Winter Programs

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Building Hours

Open for Ski Season 9A – 5P
Weekends December 2 – April 1
Christmas Week December 23 – January 1
Martin Luther King Weekend January 13 – 15
Presidents Week February 17 – 25

October 10 – June 15
open for scheduled programs
available for private events

Foyer and Self-Service Rental Station Hours

Open for Ski Season 9A – 5P
Monday – Friday on all Non-Holiday Weeks
December 4 – March 30

Winter Trails
Dawn to Dusk
December 2 – April 1
Day or Season Pass Required
Skis or Snowshoes Required

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Learn to Ski with David Welch

Saturday, December 16th
Saturday, December 23rd
Tuesday, December 26th
Saturday, December 30th
Sunday January 7th
Saturday, January 13th
Saturday, January 20th

Join our volunteer and retired Nordic Coach David Welch from 1 to 3 pm and perfect your cross-country skiing. Dave will offer free group lessons at the VIC. From beginners to advanced, kids and adults there is something for everybody. A trail pass and skis are required for lessons. Adult rental skis are available at the VIC.

Please call ahead and reserve your space.



The Chilly Ski Fest Returns!

Saturday, January 27th

The Chili cook off returns to celebrate our new commercial kitchen! Come try our chilis and vote for your favorite. Meat and veggie chilis will be available. The Center will be open all day for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Stay tuned for details!


More musicians than you can cram in a VW beetle will be playing in the Great Room Sunday, January 28th from 2 – 5PM. 8 to 9 musicians playing their variety of traditional, folk, old time, Celtic and some current tunes. Come enjoy this locals mix of passionate VIC supporters and skiers in between laps out on the trails.

Sunday Morning Waffles!

Sundays through April 1st

Faithful volunteer and masterful chef Keith Oborne will be cooking up waffles and sausages from 9-11 AM Sundays through the Cross-Country Ski Season. Waffles will be served with fresh butter and real maple syrup, wash it down with an apple juice or coffee and you’re bound for greatness on skis or snowshoes. Food and beverage service is provided with a suggested donation.

Closing Day Bash

Sunday, April 1st

Ring out the Ski Year with us April 1st. The Center will be open all day for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Come bask in the warm Spring sun on back deck in-between laps on our groomed trails. Stay tuned for details!






21st Annual Great backyard Bird Count

February 16th – 18th, 2018

Join in!

Help the VIC count as many birds as possible! Learn more about this historic bird count at Call (518)-327-6241 to register, or drop by any of the dates and times listed below!

Friday, February 16th 10AM – 1PM
Saturday, February 17th 8AM – 4PM
Sunday, February 18th 8AM – 4PM



Explore the Adirondack Winter with our naturalists on a snowshoe adventure appropriate for all ages. Join our naturalists from 1 to 3 pm and hone in on your observation skills.  Adult rental snowshoes are available for participants at the VIC. Come learn about winters mysterious ways and how our flora and fauna have adapted to deal with the harshness it brings.

Naturalist Snowshoe Hikes will be held on:

Wednesday, December 27th
Saturday, December 30th
Sunday, December 31st
Monday, January 1st
Sunday, January 7th
Sunday, January 14th
Sunday, January 21st
Saturday, January 27th
Sunday, January 28th
Saturday, February 3rd
Sunday, February 4th
Saturday, February 10th
Sunday, February 11th
Saturday, February 17th
Sunday, February 18th
Wednesday, February 21st
Saturday, February 24th
Sunday, February 25th
Saturday, March 3rd
Sunday, March 4th
Saturday, March 10th
Sunday, March 11th
Saturday, March 17th
Sunday, March 18th
Saturday, March 24th
Sunday, March 25th
Saturday, March 31st
Sunday, April 1st

Please call ahead and reserve your space.



24th Annual 5Km Jingle Bell Snowshoe Race

Saturday, December 9th Snowshoe/ No-shoe race

Race 1:00 – 2:00 pm

The Paul Smith’s College Striders are hosting the 24th Annual 5 Km Jingle Bell snowshoe race. Registration is from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm in the VIC Lobby. Pre-Registration: $15; Race Day: $20; Children: $2 entry fee (14 and under) An absence of snow will result in a 5 km foot race, using the same woodland trail system. Please contact Jim Tucker at for pre-registration.

Empire State Winter Games

100M, 400M, 800M and 5Km Snowshoe Races

Saturday, February 3rd

Please visit the Empire State Winter Games website for registration and more information.

Adirondack Snowshoe Fest

Saturday and Sunday, February 24th-25th

Joint events with the Village of Saranac Lake and Dewey Mountain Recreation Center

Saturday, February 24th at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:

      • 10 am — Guided snowshoe tour
      • 1 pm — Shoe-Be-Doo (5 km)
      • 1 pm — Race (10 km)
      • 3 pm — Awards ceremony
      • 4:30 pm — Snowshoe Stomp: A casual ‘stomp’ on the trails, with bonfires and hot chocolate at stops along the course
      • 6 pm — Warm food and drink in the lodge, with live music

Sunday, February 25th at the Paul Smith’s College VIC

      • 10:00 am — Guided snowshoe tour
      • 10:30 am — Race (5km)
      • 10:30 am — Race (15km)
      • 11 am — Guided snowshoe tour
      • 1 pm — Awards ceremony

Visit the Festivals website or facebook for more information on upcoming events!






The Making Fire workshop has been POSTPONED and will be re-scheduled for a warmer day. Stay tuned for a re-scheduled date.

Monday, January 15th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Making Fire

Making and sustaining a fire is among the most essential wilderness skills, and if you can master it during an Adirondack winter, you can handle the task most anywhere. Learn about both conventional and primitive ways to get a fire going, explore different materials and fire-building techniques, and take a step toward being a back country fire expert.

Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Snow Shelters

Whether you’re in an unexpected overnight scenario or just having fun in the backyard, crafting snow shelters is both a fun and need-to-know skill. Learn all the different ways to turn something frozen into an insulated shelter, from the familiar igloo-style shelter to something you can dig quickly and efficiently if you find yourself hunkering down for the night.

Saturday, February 24th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Orienteering & Safety in the Winter Wilderness

You’re on top of Algonquin on what started off as a perfect winter day. Clouds move in, the wind picks up, and snow is falling. Your tracks are snowed in, cairns are out of sight, and you’re one misstep or spruce-hole away from serious trouble. Adirondack hikers face this scenario every winter—know what to do next.

Program Fee is $30 per person to help cover 2 instructors providing 2 hours of instruction each.

To Register: Please call us at (518) 327-6241 to register.


Join us for NYS Maple Weekends and our First Annual Pancake Breakfasts

Saturday, March 17th
Sunday, March 18th
Saturday, March 24th
Sunday, March 25th

These weekends are full of maple related events. Join us for a tour of our wood fired, student run sugar shack, take a naturalist snowshoe tour, collect buckets and learn about the process. Fun family games and events from 10AM – 4PM. Our Center will be open from 9AM – 5PM for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

We will be serving hot pancakes with fresh maple syrup and real butter. Pricing, quantity, & amenities TBD. Pancake Breakfast starts at 8AM, come hungry!

Please call ahead and reserve your space.