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Love the White Stuff

It's the dead of winter, and you could be hot and out of breath. That's because when it snows here, people come out to play hard in New York. With so much attention given to far-off destinations, New York is a wonderland for those in the know. There's a real winter sports tradition here. The city of Lake Placid played host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and Ellicottville has often been called the "Aspen of the East."

If you're into skiing, you can hit the slopes at any one of New York's many ski areas. There are over 50 downhill ski areas around the state, more than any other state in the U.S.  You can choose from day or weekend trips for quick thrills or longer winter stays near prime ski runs.

There's more to active winters in New York than downhill skiing alone. If you still want to play outside, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Thousands of miles of trails at parks all over the state let you explore nature dressed in white.

Some trails can also be used for snowmobiling. In some of the snowiest towns, such as Old Forge, you'll also find designated streets transformed to snowmobile thoroughfares in the winter. Rent your own and enjoy both the town and the wilderness.

If you want to let gravity do all the work, try snow tubing or tobogganing. Both are great for fun family days at the hills. For something really different, go bobsledding at an Olympic track or see the snowy country on a dog sled. Maybe brave an icy lake and try your hand at ice fishing. You can also find many places to go ice-skating in New York. Just watch where you try out your triple lutz, okay?

Useful Links

Ski Areas of New York Site

Lake Placid Olympic Region Site

New York State Parks: Snowmobiling


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