Lake Champlain Region winter itinerary

Outdoor activities abound in the Lake Champlain Region during the winter season — from fishing, skiing, and skating on Lake Champlain to fun events and other outdoor adventures. Explore the region's rolling hills, climb one of the Adirondack mountains or snowshoe through open fields. After a day of snowy thrills, head into one of the region's charming towns for a hot chocolate, a hot toddy, or a hot shower.

Day 1:

Visit Ausable Chasm

Explore the oldest natural attraction in the United States! The chasm has uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyons made of 500-million-year-old rock. During the winter, visitors can traverse miles of maintained paths and walk the entire rim of the chasm. Take in the incredible views of the towering icy cliffs and snowy natural landscape from scenic overlooks, bridges, walkways, and lookouts.

Opt for the 30-minute waterfall walk to view the nearly frozen Rainbow Falls and the famous Elephant's Head, or choose a one- or two-hour guided adventure that will explore remote sections of the chasm and take you to marvel at 150-foot icicles and unique rock formations blanketed in snow.

Go ice fishing

Every winter, anglers from near and far descend on frozen Lake Champlain for a day of fishing and festivities. Fish for lake trout and northern pike or, when the deeper water freezes, try smelt fishing in Port Henry, Westport, and Willsboro Bay.

Hire a licensed guide to teach you the techniques and show you where the secret stashes are, or rent a shanty of your own in Crown Point, Port Henry, and Westport.

Day 2:

Ski or snowshoe

Strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and spend a few hours outside. The Lake Champlain Region boasts an extensive network of trails that are perfect for skiing or for a peaceful snowshoe through the woods. Head to one of the region's state parks for open terrain, ski or snowshoe on frozen Lake Champlain, or glide on groomed cross-country trails at Roger's Rock in Ticonderoga. Whether you want to go uphill or down, you'll enjoy scenic views of Lake Champlain and the snow-covered Adirondack and Green mountains.

Attend an event

The Lake Champlain Region hosts a variety of events throughout the year — whether it's a performance at the Depot Theatre, Christmas in the village of Essex, or an exhibit at a local art gallery, the region's artistic offerings celebrate the winter season and the area's significant history. Following a performance or event, head into town and have a hot chocolate, stay at a charming Lake Champlain bed and breakfast, and enjoy a snowy evening in front of roaring fire.

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