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Winter in Lake George and the Adirondacks

January 4th, 2013 by

The big tourist season for Lake George runs from late May to mid-October… but I’ll let you in on a secret: Winter might be more fun than summer. Sure, it can get pretty cold, but the daytime temps usually don’t get much below 20 degrees on average. What makes winter so wonderful is the fluffy white stuff: SNOW! Just the sound of the word might make some people think of shoveling the driveway. But it can also mean off-the-charts fun!

Skiing (downhill and cross-country), snowmobiling, snow tubing, snowshoeing… Now, that’s what I’m talking about.

You don’t need to own expensive equipment. You can rent pretty much anything you need to take part in these awesome activities.

It’s great fun for the whole family – from toddlers to seniors.

Rates are lower in the winter than in summer and it’s a lot less crowded. Yes, many of the restaurants and shops are closed, but there are plenty of great restaurants open year-round and the factory outlet stores are open year-round as well. The only thing you’re really missing is the snack shacks and t-shirt/souvenir shops.

The Fort William Henry Hotel is located at the southern tip of Lake George – just off the Northway I87. We are the perfect and most convenient jumping off point for all winter activities in the Adirondacks.

For downhill skiing, there’s West Mountain just minutes to the south. There’s Gore Mountain just 45 minutes north. Hickory Ski Center just 20 minutes to the north.

For cross-country skiing, there’s Crandall Park just south in Glens Falls. There’s Garnet Hill a little further north from Gore Mountain.

Snow tubing is really big now and about as cost-effective as it gets for family fun. Great tubing runs can be found at West Mountain and at Tubby Tubes Outdoor Fun Park. Both are minutes from FWH. Both have groomed tubing runs, with snowmaking and lights for night tubing. They have tubes already there, so all you need to do is dress warmly.

Snowmobilers love us. There’s the Southern Warren County trail system less than a stone’s throw away. There are miles and miles of trails to the east in Washington County and to the west in Old Forge. You can rent snowmobiles and even take guided tours. We like the guided tour up Prospect Mountain through Extreme Off Road Sports right here in Lake George.

The Lake George Winter Carnival takes place each year – every weekend in February. There’s an ice castle, entertainment, great food/drink… and, if the lake freezes enough, you can walk out on the lake and watch motorcycle/ATV races as well as the famous Outhouse Races.

For the hearty, outdoorsy types, you can try snowshoeing up the many mountains around Lake George. Some good ones are Pilot Knob, Cat Mountain and at Up Yonda Farm in Bolton which also has a nice museum with wildlife displays.

Tons of fun things to do, less expensive, no crowds… What’s not to love about winter in Lake George?!!