Winter Activities

Why hide inside when cold weather comes when you could be chilling out in the open?

We make the most of some of New York state’s most consistent snowfall (and a lot of it).

Once everything turns white, the time is right for some of the year’s most enjoyable outdoor activities. We’ve got a great landscape to accommodate every winter interest.

Get an amazing view of the Adirondack Park on the chairlift at McCauley Mountain Ski and Recreation Center or hit the city-bound slopes at Val Bialas in Utica.

Winter Activities

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two of Central New York’s favorite activities. Experienced cross-country skiers must sample some of the 30 miles of the BREIA Trails, one of the largest groomed systems in the eastern U.S.

Many hiking areas can be traversed during the winter and most state parks offer trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or both.

The most popular wintertime paths belong to snowmobilers, who cruise more than 2,000 miles of well-groomed trails after the snow flies for the first time.


Old Forge is the “Snowmobile Capital of the East” thanks to 300 inches of annual snowfall, 500 square miles of trails and snowmobile-accessible lodging that host 2,300 beds.

Ice skating is popular at Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown, which is also a top spot for watching wildlife in the winter.

Ice anglers looking to land a lunker should have luck in any of Central New York’s frozen waters.

Whatever your winter escape, you’ll find it in the ultimate cold-weather getaway destination in Central New York.