As the calendar changes from December to January, anticipation for winter is at full throttle. While the Adirondacks may seem to be most captivating during the warm summer months, here's an insider's tip - Tupper Lake is just as beautiful and exciting at the height of winter. Here are the top reasons to bundle up and come enjoy a long weekend in Tupper Lake this season.
8 reasons to get to Tupper Lake this winter:
1. There's literally beer on the trails
Yup, you read that right -- in winter we have beer waiting for you on the trails! On Saturday, February 24, a loop at the Tupper Lake Groomed Cross-Country Ski Center will once again transform into a mile-long brew fest. Appropriately named The Brew-Ski, this event is one for beer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to get out and sample some new local brews on some awesome trails. Mark your calendar now as you'll want to come ski or shoe the Brew-Ski.
2. Who doesn't love free?
From the free groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at the Tupper Lake Golf Course to the outdoor rinks -- and even The Adirondack Public Observatory -- Tupper Lake is the home to some awesome free activities. Did you know that if you visit The Wild Center, your admission for the consecutive day is free. While there, be sure to take advantage of the complementary snowshoes available with your admission pass. Want more free stuff? Keep an eye out for free events and live music held throughout the winter.
3. We have ice and we know how to use it!
Between the ice at the Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, and the outdoor rinks at Tupper Lake Municipal Park and the Piercefield Baseball Field, Tupper Lake has its fair share of ice to play on -- and we haven't even gotten to the frozen lakes and ponds. Whether it's a leisurely afternoon skate, a pickup game of pond hockey, or a high-stakes hockey tournament, make sure to pack the skates. Looking to watch some hockey action? Check out the Phil Edward's Memorial Hockey Tournament coming up January 5-7.
4. No need to tune in for a traffic report
Ever wonder what the complete opposite of rush hour traffic is like? It's a thrilling snowmobile ride through some of the most scenic Adirondack backcountry around. Trust me, a traffic jam will be the last thing from your mind as you navigate your way through the snow-covered trees, past frozen lakes, and loop your way on to your next destination. And to make riding even sweeter, this summer new connector trails were constructed in Tupper Lake to allow easy access from trails to lodging, dining, and other amenities as you ride this winter.
5. Over $35,000 in cash and prizes
Boasting over $35,000 in cash and prizes, the annual Northern Challenge Ice Fishing Derby on Simon Pond is the mecca of ice fishing derbies in New York state. Join in the fun on Saturday, February 3, for your chance to take home some of the cash or great door prizes which include two 4-wheelers, power augers, ice fishing shelters, an underwater camera, fish finders, a Go Pro Camera system, tip-ups, gift certificates, and more! Whether you are an avid angler or not, the Northern Challenge is an event to see.
6. Stargazing is at its peak
The low moisture in the atmosphere on cool, crisp winter nights provides the best opportunity for stargazing. Where better to take advantage of it than in Tupper Lake? You can choose to stargaze at the Adirondack Public Observatory's roll-off roof observatory the first and third Friday of every month, so come enjoy some spectacular night sky viewing. Better yet, did I mention it's free?
7. Warm meals always taste better after a day of playing in the snow
After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing, nothing is more enjoyable than warming up to great food, drinks, and company. Whether it's starting your day off with a hearty lumberjack breakfast at the local diners, coming indoors for a famous "Nelson burger" and chili for lunch on the trails, or finishing the day off with a succulent bowl of seafood pasta at the local Italian restaurant, you'll find plenty of cold weather good eats in Tupper Lake.
8. No need worry about that bikini body!
With bikini weather behind us, we are moving into the "dress like the abominable snowman" season. That being said, there's no need to worry about tan lines, rock-hard abs, or any of those self-conscious summer issues when you are sporting snow pants and a down jacket! Just please leave the "turkey pants" at home.
Plan your Adirondack winter getaway
Don't let cabin fever get the best of you this winter. Start planning your winter vacation now! Begin by browsing through our winter events calendar and picking the perfect weekend to get away, then book a cozy room to retreat to after a day of activities. Whether it is a snowmobile trip with the boys or a family skiing adventure that calls your name, know that a winter getaway in Tupper Lake is sure to deter those cabin fever blues.