Catch the Excitement at Lake George, Black Lake, Golden Arrow Resort & More
If there’s a way to have fun in the winter, New York has thought of it. Sit back and take in an Islanders or Rangers game, or burn some calories of your own with New York’s winter sports season.
Tobogganing is still a top family sport, from the Enchanted Mountains of western New York to the Lake Placid toboggan chute, a 30-foot-high ski jump trestle that launches sleds on thousand-foot runs down ice covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. For a different type of drop, try a winter coaster ride in Ellicottville or a trip to a ski mountain may have you hopping on a snowtube for some fast winter fun for all ages!
Winter Fishing lures anglers to ice shanties on Oneida Lake for walleye and perch, Black Lake for crappie and northern pike, and to Lake George where you can jig for lake trout and salmon. Shore fishing is fine on Cayuga Lake’s Taughannock Falls State Park. The Salmon and Oswego Rivers offer spectacular fishing, and so do smaller creeks like Eighteen Mile, Grindstone and Little Sandy.
Skikjøring puts your family dog to work pulling you along on skis. Many cross-country ski areas have opened miles of trails to this fast-growing sport, spawning skijøring clubs and outfitters. We promise you won’t have to walk the dog when you get home.
Some resorts, like Mirror Lake’s Golden Arrow, now offer rides on hand-crafted Adirondack dogsleds. Local races are popping up too in places like Winona Forest, Pack Forest in Warrensburg, and Inlet near Raquette Lake.
Snowshoeing burns calories like there’s no tomorrow. Hike countless miles of trails from the Catskills to the Finger Lakes. Ice skating is making a comeback too at hundreds of rinks, lakes and ponds. Or motor over acres of tundra on a snowmobile. Outfitters like Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services offer rentals and tours, and State Parks provide plenty of snowmobile-approved trails.
Ziplines are a year-round thrill, but there’s something magical about soaring over sparkling winterscapes at 50 miles per hour suspended from a nylon strap. Hunter Mountain’s SkyRider Tour reveals magnificent views of the Catskills, Windham Mountain offers side-by-side racing ziplines, and Hyde Park’s Big Bear Ziplines are an easy drive from NYC.
Real speed demons might even try a plummet down Mt. Van Hoevenberg at Lake Placid’s Olympic Complex, where world-class bobsled and luge tracks deliver a mile-long rocket ride down ribbons of ice at up to 5-G speeds, professional driver included.
• Big Bear Ziplines
• Black Lake
• Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services
• Dogsled Rides
• Enchanted Mountains
• Golden Arrow
• Lake George
• Lake Placid toboggan chute
• Olympic Complex
• Oneida Lake
• Oswego Rivers
• Pack Forest
• SkyRider Tour
• Snowmobile-approved trails
• Taughannock Falls State Park
• Windham Mountain
• Winona Forest
• Winter Fishing
• Winter Roller Coaster