Winter Getaways in the State of New York

By | November 17, 2020

While some places remain closed as the weather gets colder, the state of New York has become a winter wonderland. It offers snowboarding, skiing, and snowmobiling, as well as snowshoeing and skiing. Here are the best winter getaways in the State of New York.

Discover the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, where the 1932 and 1980 Games were held. Go bobsleighing, experience the magic of frozen waterfalls. Learn to play in the snow at the snowshoe and ski center of New York State.    

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is the best way to see the winter landscape of New York. But if you’re in a hurry, try snowmobiling. North of New York City, you’ll find a variety of options for all abilities, including the Mohonk Mountain House. Stay in cozy cottages with bed and breakfasts. Or in one of the many hotels and cottages in the area, such as the Lake Placid Inn.     

Lapland Lake is a Finnish-flavoured resort with trails designed by former Olympic skiers. Discover where you can ski backcountry, which runs through the foothills of the Taconic and Berkshire Mountains. It has perfectly groomed trails and illuminated trails for night skiing.     

Follow the miles of coastline to the shores of Lake Champlain. It is the largest lake in New York State and one of the most scenic in the state.     

The Snowbelt east of Lake Ontario includes the entire Tug Hill Plateau. And SnoCountry in New York can be visited on state-owned land. You can now also view and order our winter guide. Or you can view photos and videos of the best winery tours in the state of New Jersey.     

Cross-country skiing resorts that have reopened have issued guidelines starting Friday, November 6.


Visitors who wish to use a snowmobile in the state of New York can use it immediately after registering for 15 days and operate their snowmobiles upon receipt of registration.

Old Forge, known for over 50 years as the “capital of the East” for snowmobiling, has been the king of snowmobiling for over a century. With over 200,300 inches of snow and snow all year round, there’s plenty of room for adventure as all snowmobiles ride the trails in New York across the states.     

For more information about snowmobiles in New York, please contact the New York State Snowmobile Association. To register a snowmobile originating in another state, visit the DMV website for information on the laws and regulations governing snowmobiles. The DMV will send you a permanent registration by post. Or contact your local DMV office for further details on registration and registration fees.     


As the saying goes, if you can do it, it’s on snowshoes – and snowmobiles.     

The lakes of central New York stretch from Finger Lakes to the Hudson River, from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Trawling has been restored and you can hike to breathtaking lake views of Lake Champlain, Lake Placid, and the Niagara River.     

With very agile snowshoes you reach places that are not accessible with skis or snowmobiles and are a real eye-catcher for hearty snowshoe fans.     

From Long Island to Chautauqua to Allegheny, state parks and nature reserves offer a variety of snowshoe hiking opportunities. Rent a licensed guide in the state of New York to show you some great places to explore and give valuable advice to improve your experience. Visit a specialized snowshoe trail or a nature center and you also have a snowshoe trail.     

Remember to keep up with others who are not at the party, wear masks and face coverings and if you are not skiing, eat and drink, drink. Ski resorts and snowshoe walks will reopen in time for the January and February Winter Olympics in New York State, but they will be closed to the public from January 1 to March 31.     

These best winter getaways provide an excellent way to escape from the hustle of New York and get in touch with nature.

Or you want winter getaways with skiing? Ice skating in Central Park? Right, this way?