Winter Activities in Albany, NY
Snowmobiling at its best! Olde Forge offers hundreds of groomed miles in the Adirondacks for the avid snowmobiler or the first-timer. Unlike many trails, you have to come prepared and outfitted but at Olde Forge you can rent snowmobiles and even take a safety course before you embark on this popular pastime of New Yorkers. Don't worry about getting hungry on the trail-there are numerous tried and famed eateries to fill your hungry belly after a long day in the snow.
Learn to ice climb in the best place in the Lower 48 at Chapel Pond in the Adirondack Mountains. Chapel Pond offers many areas to ice climb for the novice to the advanced climber. If it's your first time exploring the world of ice climbing definitely get connected with an outfitter in the local area such as Alpine Endeavors for lessons, tips, and all the gear. Ice climbing is a safe and exciting workout that works those strong shoulders and arms but is a great total body endurance activity to keep you fit and healthy during the winter months in NY.
Albany offers a variety of ice skating rinks in the area, but Bethlehem allows you to get out of the city and enjoy an inexpensive and uncrowded venue to spin, jump or just stay upright. The YMCA rink is great for first-timers or seasoned skaters with beginner classes and or technique lessons. The rink offers rentals but bring a comfy pair of warm sock to keep your feet warm and toasty as you glide across the ice. Do check the schedule of events just in case there is a hockey game or clinic before you make the drive...or be surprised and watch a game of pickup hockey.
Come join the tradition of Stillwater's community tradition of family winter fun at the Frost Faire at the Saratoga National Historical Park. Speed down the Big Hill on your sled, race your friends to find the treasure during the scavenger hunt, and laugh at the annual snowman toss competition. You can enjoy a local favorite--a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the park under cozy warm blankets while sipping rich hot cocoa! The Frost Faire is full of olde time tradition with modern flare.
Get to John Boyd Thacher State Park and get a trail map to snowshoe the 4.2 miles of the Cliff Trail Loop. This loop offers a safer condensed version of the more heavily trodden Indian Ladder Trail used during the spring. Cliff Trail treks through fossil-laden limestone, magnificent vista views and paint mine. You are within 20 miles from Albany but this park has all the wildlife a remote park would have: fox, deer, and rabbits. After a loop around the park, you can hop back in your car an take the easy ride back to Albany to enjoy the comforts of home.