The 7 Best Lake George Area Winter Views

The Lake George Area offers up beautiful views all four seasons so don’t let the snow stop you from taking them in this winter. While some require a hike with appropriate gear (snowshoes, spikes, warm clothing) some of the best views can be accessed by car. Not seeing your favorite spot on this list? Share it with us!

  1. Beach Road & the Lake George Southern Basin

The perfect first stop on your next trip to the Lake George Area. You can take this view in from Beach Road in Lake George Village by Million Dollar Beach. Accessible by car, this view doesn’t require any hiking and you can look north for miles of lake and rolling Adirondack Mountains.

      2 & 3.  2 for 1 at Crane Mountain

A challenging winter hike that rewards with not one, but two great winter views! Make sure you bring snowshoes and spikes as this hike is steep with boulders and ladders that you’ll have to climb up. This hike is a 3.2 mile loop with a shorter and steep path one way and a longer but not as steep trail the other way that brings you along a beautiful spring fed mountain ridge pond on the way down; a perfect spot to take a break and take in the view.

  1. Gore Mountain

Skiers and riders should head to Gore Mountain not just for great skiing and riding but beautiful views for miles. With four peaks you’ll get Adirondack vistas in every direction with snowcapped trees surrounding you at each peak.

  1. Brant Lake

Step out on frozen Brant Lake and you’re instantly surrounded by unforgettable 360-degree views. Walk around the lake and see ice fishers and snowmobiles out every weekend. Spend an entire day on the lake for the annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival! Make sure the lake is completely frozen over and safe before you venture out!

  1. The Sagamore

This luxury resort is nestled on its own island on Lake George and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Whether you’re staying for the week or dropping by for a cocktail or meal don’t miss a walk by the lake. If you time your visit right in the late afternoon you’ll witness the suns rays hitting the mountains on the east side of the lake as the moon rises over the same mountains. A magnificent site year round!

  1. West Mountain

While your skiing and riding at West Mountain during the day you’ll find sprawling views to the West of Queensbury and Glens Falls with mountains in the far distance. At night (yes there is night skiing at West Mountain) you’ll see lights from nearby Glens Falls.


5 Things to Know About Winter in the Lake George Area

1. There are plenty of dining options.

While some restaurants shut down for the season there are still so many places to choose from if you know where to look. If you want to stay right in Lake George try The Garrison on Beach Road. The great menu, cozy interior and drink selection will have you lingering for hours. Craft beer lovers should head to 163 Tap Room on Canada Street where you’ll find 16 rotating regional craft beer on tap, good food and some seriously in-the-know bartenders and wait staff. They’ll answer your questions on the beer and the area. Shopping at the Outlets? Swing by Sammy D’s Café who ranked #7 on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2017. All their breads and baked goods are homemade and they roast their own meats. So good!

In downtown Glens Falls you’ll find everything from Thai to Mexican and gourmet comfort food to the best hot dogs in upstate New York. The restaurants are open year-round but some are closed on Mondays so call ahead!

Heading to North Creek for some skiing and riding at Gore Mountain? Try Basil & Wicks for great food and drinks, live music and a great atmosphere. Fancy a nice glass of wine and some small plates? Check out BarVino, an Adirondack wine bar with a NYC twist. To warm up with hot chocolate or coffee and baked good try Café Sarah in downtown North Creek

For a full list of places to eat in the Lake George Area go here.

2. From cozy cabins to resorts with all the amenities there is something for everyone.

Hit the slopes at Gore Mountain and enjoy a relaxing stay at the Copperfield Inn on Main Street in North Creek. You’ll love the amenities and the location only minutes from Gore Mountain and walking distance to many great North Creek restaurants and stores.

Skiing at West Mountain? Stay at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls and take their shuttle to West Mountain for a day, or night, of skiing. It’s gorgeous architecture, grand lobby, indoor pool, restaurant, and lounge will pull your right in.

Looking for a cozy cabin where the entire family can stay? The Summerwind Lodge sits on the shores of Lake George in Bolton. This lodge can accommodate groups of up to 14 and pets are allowed!

Find a list of everything from cabins to resorts in the Lake George Area here.

3. There is something going every weekend here, choose which is best for you!

February in the Lake George Area means Winter Carnival time! From February 4th-26th every weekend is packed with events and activities for all ages and every Saturday you’ll find s’mores and fireworks at Shepard Park.

We love getting outside in the winter and the abundance of ice and fire bars in the Lake George Area help warm us up. Every Saturday through February 18th you’ll find fire bars, cocktails and delicious food at Winterfest at the Inn at Erlowest. Head to Fort William Henry February 10-12 for the Polar Ice Bar.

Country fans should book their trips the weekend of February 16th for the Brantley Gilbert Concert at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The next night you can head to West Mountain for Fire on the Mountain, a Fireworks and Torchlight Parade complete with live music, great drinks and food specials.

Families looking to get away for a weekend of winter fun shuld head to Silver Bay YMCA for their Adirondack Winter Fun weekend February 17th-20th. Make sure you bring your ice skates, snowshoes and cross-country skis!

Need plans for February break? Drop the kids off at the Three Day Holiday Camp for Kids at Gore Mountain or the February Break for Kids Weekend at West Mountain and enjoy a romantic weekend with your significant other.

Find outhouse races, winter sports, broomball tournaments, music, and food at the Brant Lake Winter Carnival February 25th!

Find a full list of events here.

4. There are multiple ski mountains and each offer something very different.

Looking for a full day, weekend or week of skiing? Head to Gore Mountain in North Creek. With four peaks and 115 trails you won’t get tired of any terrain. For even more trails and an ever wider range of activities including Nordic skiing and snowshoeing head to the North Creek Ski Bowl at the foot of Little Gore Mountain. Families, beginners and freestylers should head to West Mountain in Queensbury where 30 trails offer up everything from easy to expert terrain. Book a lesson with one of their instructors or hit the terrain park which offers up the longest jump in the Northeast! At night the lights turn on and you can ski until 9pm Monday through Saturday. Free skiing? We’ve got that too. The Dynamite Hill Recreation Area has a rope tow, night skiing and snowmaking on their drop of about 65 feet. You’ll also find cross country ski trails, snowshoeing, a tubing hill, skate rink, and warming hut at the recreation area.

5. It’s not just about skiing and riding in the winter, there are plenty of things to do!

Whether you want to round out your ski trip with more activities or aren’t a skier or rider, there are plenty of options. Are you indoorsy? No problem. Spend the day shopping at the Factory Outlets of Lake George and follow it with a wine tasting at Adirondack Winery. If you’re really looking to escape winter stay at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark and you won’t need to go outside for days. Choose from four places within the lodge to dine at, spend the day in the indoor waterpark, hit the spa, and wrap up the day relaxing in your luxury suite. Click here for a full list of winter indoor activities.

If you’re in need of some fresh air, there are endless opportunities for you. For a range of activities including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and fat biking check out one of the many parks in Queensbury. Want to go sledding? If you have your own tube head to the Lake George Rec Center where you’ll find a steep hill with plenty of speed. If you need to rent check out the tubing at West Mountain and Tubby Tubes.


Après-Ski

The Lake George Area is the perfect place for ski days, ski weekends and week-long ski vacations. Whether it’s the upgraded lifts and fabulous night skiing at West Mountain, the slopes of the legendary Hickory Ski Center or the unique four peaks at Gore Mountain boasting over 4,000 vertical feet, skiing in Warren County has something for every skier. Looking for après-ski activities or something to do while everyone else in your group is skiing? We’ve got you covered.

While friends and family are hopping moguls, grinding rails and enjoying some fresh powder, those that don’t ski have plenty of options to fill their day. Outdoor options  are abound with tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, and biking. If getting out in the snow on something other than downhill skis is your style, you’ll love the tubing option at West Mountain open both day and night. Tubby Tubes, located just five minutes from Lake George, offers fantastic tubing weekends and holiday weeks.  At Gore Mountain, you’ll find their extensive Nordic Center offers trails with snowmaking and grooming for all levels of cross-country skiers plus snowshoe trails. Ski rentals and snowshoe rentals are available for those who don’t own their own gear.

If you did bring your own gear, snowshoes, sleds, hiking boots, or cross country skis Crandall Park in Glens Falls will keep you busy all day. Nicely groomed ski trails, hiking paths and parking for snowshoeing plus the best saucer sledding in the County makes for an action-packed day.  For the more adventurous in your group pick up a fat bike rental at Grey Ghost Bicycles in downtown Glens Falls and head to Gurney Lane Recreation Park where you’ll find nicely groomed trails for bikers and hikers alike.

A little farther north is Natural Stone Bridges and Caves offering snowshoe tours with views of the stone bridge cave entrance, glacial boulder, ledges, and waterfalls.  For those who enjoy motorized winter sports there are many spots to enjoy some tremendous sledding. For more than 200 miles of trails winding through the region check out the Thurman Trail System which offers a great way to explore the wild Adirondack Mountain foothills.

Have someone in your group who would rather enjoy their time indoors? The indoor water park at the Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park will keep you busy and warm for hours. You can get your adrenaline pumping at Adventure Family Fun Park’s indoor go-kart racing or bowl a few games at Lake George Lanes & Games.  Cultural (and warm) destinations include The Hyde Collection, The Chapman Historical Museum, and the World Awareness Children’s Museum.

When the day starts to wind down and everyone is ready to meet back up for some après-ski the possibilities are extensive. West Mountain offers an outdoor fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and the East Slope Eatery full service bar & restaurant. For more dining and nightlight options head to nearby downtown Glens Falls. Gore Mountain’s Tannery Pub & Restaurant has a large outdoor deck with an Adirondack view, indoor booths constructed from gondola cabins and a full-service menu with unique cocktail and beer selections. Off-mountain options that are worth the short drive include Bar Vino and Basil & Wick’s both located five minutes from Gore Mountain in North Creek. If Hickory was the mountain of choice head to George Henry’s or the Grist Mill in Warrensburg for warmth and great food and drink.

Ultimately visitors to the area will not be disappointed with all that there is to do. From ski mountains to sledding, swimming to bowling, museums to food, and everything in between you’ll find something for everyone to do and a place for everyone to meet afterwards. Cheers.

 


Skiing & Riding in the Lake George Area

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The beauty of skiing in Warren County is that you need only decide your preference—
Black diamonds
Green circles
Terrain parks
Night skiing
Day skiing
Après ski
Bench warming in the lodge

Whatever you’re looking for, the Lake George Area has it. Here, we’ll take you for a little tour:

Gore Mountain, North Creek – 109 Trails

Hit Gore Mountain for a full day of skiing. With 109 trails, a gondola, two double chairs, three triple chairs and a 2537’ vertical drop, Gore is the biggest mountain in the area. The ski day ends around sundown here, so it’s perfect if you need to tuck in kiddos or if you want to save the evening for something else. If you go make sure you take advantage of their full calendar of events, daycare, dining, bar, and the absolutely stunning views!

Gore Horizon

North Creek Ski Bowl, North Creek – Tubing & Twilight Skiing

Operated by Gore Mountain and just down the road, the North Creek Ski Bowl offers up 11 trails, three glades, a half pipe, tubing, and twilight skiing. If you are up for some twilight skiing after a day at Gore, your Gore lift ticket includes same day access to the North Creek Ski Bowl. Or you hit up the ski bowl for the day, as the passes are a steal!

North Creek Ski Bowl

West Mountain, Queensbury – Night Skiing & Terrain Park

West Mountain is known for its long hours and night skiing. You’ll oftentimes find locals hitting up the mountain for a couple hours after work or dinner but its great terrain, rentals, lessons, tubing park, terrain parks, après culture, and proximity to downtown Glens Falls makes it a popular spot for visitors and first timers.

West Mountain

Hickory Ski Center, Warrensburg – Sweet Steeps for Experts & Slow Slopes for Beginners

Expert skiers ready for some challenging terrain should head to Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg. Founded in 1946 by veterans of the 10th Mountain Division this rugged mountain has a lot to offer. Open on weekends, Hickory Ski Center is often compared to Mad River Glen in Vermont because of its natural ski conditions, vintage lifts and the steep terrain. Beginners can find easier terrain towards the lower mountain. Head to the base lodge and sit around the fire pit for a break or to wind down after a full day. The mix of terrain, rich history and community atmosphere make Hickory a great mountain for families.

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Photo courtesy of HickorySkiCenter.com.

Dynamite Hill, Chestertown – FREE

With just one trail and a rope tow this isn’t the biggest ski spot in the area but it’s free and has a lot to offer as it’s part of the Chester Recreation Center. While you’re there check out the sledding hill, the cross country ski trails, ice skating, and warming hut.

Get the Gear

Forget something or in the mood to update? Both Gore and West have rentals right on the mountain and there are plenty of great local gear stores to get you mountain ready. You can find ski and board rentals at Beaver Brook Outfitters in Weavertown and Cunningham’s Ski Farm in North Creek. If you’re heading north to get to any of the mountains take a pit stop at Fountain Square Outfitters, Sports Page, or Inside Edge. At Fountain Square Outfitters in downtown Glens Falls you’ll find enough gear to get you to the top of Mount Everest. If you’re looking for skis, snowboards, helmets, coats, and anything you could need to get you on the lift, go to Sports Page or Inside Edge in Queensbury. Their knowledgeable staff will hook you up with whatever you need.