Fresh, crisp Adirondack air, snow-covered recreation, and a smattering of indoor activities make the small lakefront village and the surrounding area the perfect place for a winter getaway.

Below are the top 7 reasons why the Lake George Area is the best Adirondack winter getaway destination:

 

The Best Ski Resort in the Adirondacks

Gore Mountain downhill skier

If you're planning a ski vacation, you need to go to Gore Mountain. This four peak, 110 trail skiing and snowboarding mecca is the perfect ski resort for couples, young families, and groups of adventurers. From long cruisers like Sunway, to terrain parks full of rails and kickers, to legendary steeps like the Rumor and Lies, Gore Mountain truly has it all. Add in the recently renovated Tannery Pub & Restaurant, and snowmaking covering the entire mountain, and you'll understand why Gore Mountain is second to none.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to check the website of the ski area you want to visit well in advance, as specific COVID-19 policies can range depending on the mountain. It's advised that you reserve your lift tickets in advance or check with the mountain directly for their ticket purchasing policy. Midweek skiing is always a good consideration to avoid the weekend crowds.


Night (and Day) Skiing at West Mountain

Night Skiing at West Mountain

When it comes to night skiing, there’s no better place than West Mountain. This family-owned and family-friendly mountain has over 30 easy to difficult trails to explore. Night skiing allows you and your family to cruise 15 of these trails well past sundown. Of course, you can also ski and ride during the day, with 4-hour and 8-hour tickets available.

Long cruisers, tough steeps, and awesome terrain parks offer something for every type of skier and rider. Couple that with tubing on the weekends, the delicious West Mountain Bar & Eatery, and constant mountain upgrades, and West Mountain will be a family favorite of yours for years to come!

IMPORTANT: Be sure to check the website of the ski area you want to visit well in advance, as specific COVID-19 policies can range depending on the mountain. It's advised that you reserve your lift tickets in advance or check with the mountain directly for their ticket purchasing policy. Midweek skiing is always a good consideration to avoid the weekend crowds.


Winter Hikes with Stunning Views

The hiking trails don't close once the snow starts piling up. Some would argue they get better. The Lake George Area has dozens of miles of hiking trails to wander throughout the region. While the trails will be covered with snow and ice, a pair of snowshoes or spikes will make sure you arrive at those stunning Adirondack Mountain views in no time.

Winter hiking trails range from short walks best for beginners to tough, multiple hours slogs. If you’re in a serious adventuring mood, tackle several trails in an attempt to complete a hiking challenge like the Lake George 12ster or the Chester Challenge! Explore Natural Stone Bridge & Caves in Pottersville to discover over 14 miles of snowshoeing trails.Crane Mountain


Those Feisty Fish are Still Biting

Ice Fisherman drilling a hole in the ice for ice fishing

The abundant lakes and waterways are ice fishing ground zero once their skim of ice grows thick. Most ice anglers choose Lake George, accessing the lake from Veterans Memorial Park or Million Dollar Beach, hoping to catch a record lake trout or a bucket of yellow perch.

Other bodies of water like Brant Lake, the Hudson River, the Schroon River, tough-to-access Adirondack ponds offer ice fishing opportunities as well. Glen Lake even has an annual ice fishing tournament. Check out our list of the ice fishing hot spots in the Lake George Area!

Remember to check the depth of ice before venturing out to enjoy hard-water fishing.


Snowmobile Trails Galore

Snowmobiling on Prospect

Miles of gorgeous snowmobile trails cover the Lake George Area. Local trails, managed by four separate snowmobile clubs, are the perfect way to explore the region. These trails are as diverse as they are exhilarating, with long corridors connecting towns and villages, to winding wooded trails that lead to the Hudson River.

The famous Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is snowmobile-accessible once snow covers the winding road. The summit of Prospect Mountain boasts stunning views of Lake George, the Adirondack Mountains, Vermont, and even Canada.


Miles of Cross-Country Ski Trails

Cross-country skier

It’s not all about downhill skiing in the Lake George Area. Cross-country skiers have dozens of trails to ski and skate throughout the region. Head to the Nordic Center at the North Creek Ski Bowl, where wooded routes, tough inclines, and lit trails for night skiing. The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is a four-season facility that offers 55 kilometers of finely-groomed trails. Cole's Woods in Glens Falls offers a 5k race loop, lighted and non-lighted trails and a non-lighted snowshoe trail.

 


Warm up with a little shopping!

Factory Outlets of Lake George

  

Some people don't love the snow. When the winter weather in the Lake George Area is a bit too cold or snowy, there’s plenty of shopping to be done!

Our shopping is as diverse and widespread as our great outdoors, with big stores and small boutiques all over the region. Spend your day perusing discount clothes and shoes at the Factory Outlets of Lake George. From designer clothes to running shoes, these well-known stores are always offering massive discounts. You can walk the streets of quaint towns to shop for locally made goods on Main Street. From family-run sporting goods stores to shops dedicated solely to Lake George, there’s something for anyone in need of a Lake George Area memento. You can find Adirondack furniture and treasured collectibles in antique shops spanning the region. Be warned, though, your day will easily melt away as you meander from shop to shop, just make sure you have enough room in your car!