Anyone who grew up in colder climates probably has fond memories of playing outside in the winter. After a full day of fun in the snow, you would tumble inside rosy cheeked, smelling of wet wool and with a beaming smile on your face. As adults, we associate winter with work … shoveling snow, cleaning off cars, and trudging through snow and slush. Don't let the winter doldrums get you! The Ticonderoga Area has many winter excursions for you that are sure to bring that childish smile back to your face!
The Ticonderoga Area has a beautiful system of snowmobile trails that connect through many Adirondack towns. Thanks to the hard work of the Adirondack Trailriders snowmobile club, these trails are accessible to members and visitors alike. Snowmobiling offers the opportunity to experience the area in ways you never thought possible. Be sure you bring your camera and capture some picturesque scenes along the way. Further south along Lake Champlain, you can also connect with the northern Washington County Trailblazers to utilize their fantastic trail system.
Nothing brings out the kid in you quite like ice skating. The town of Ticonderoga’s public skating rink is a great place to let your inner child free! As this rink is weather dependent, please connect with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce to find out if it is currently operational.
Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park is a great place for you and your family to go sledding. Whizzing down the hill on your toboggan is a surefire way to get you laughing like a kid! If you did not pack a sled with you, many retailers in town have sleds for purchase. If you need a break from going up and down the hill, the park is also a great place to build a snowman or have a snowball fight!
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
Our area has many trails that are usable in the winter months for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The LaChute River Trail, many Champlain Area Trails, Crown Point State Historic Site, Rogers Rock Campground, and Cook Mountain Preserve are just a few trails waiting for you to explore.
The shores of Lake Champlain are well suited for a memorable ice fishing experience. There are numerous locations to enter the ice in Ticonderoga, Crown Point, and Port Henry. These points are so popular they are well known to create “shanty towns” during ice season. Ice safety is of the utmost importance, so we highly recommend connecting with local ice fishing experts to check on the ice conditions.
If you like the idea of getting out into the elements, but do not know where to start, perhaps a guided experience is more your style. Through the help of Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service, you will be paired with an experienced guide for whatever activity interests you. If you are interested in trying out a hobby, but do not want to invest in the gear, they can even outfit your needs!
A visit to the Ticonderoga Area this winter will bring back memories from your childhood of snow filled fun, all while building new memories to treasure each winter. If you need assistance in planning your trip to the area, please contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. We are here to help you build a trip you will remember for a lifetime!