Visiting the Adirondacks in the winter can be a delightful experience regardless of the weather. Read on for tips to safely enjoy a beautiful, brisk adventure in this mountain wonderland.
Winter in the Adirondacks offers adventures for the whole family. Whether you chose to ski, ice skate, snowmobile or snow hike, every day offers new options for soaking up the cold season. But as you vacation, or look for a piece of Adirondack land to make a permanent home, how can you prepare to be safe in colder -than- you’re- used to temperatures? Here are three steps to take to thrive on ice and build a snowman with the best of them.
Visit the Adirondacks in Winter with the Right Mindset
In her book There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, Linda Akeson McGurk shares the Scandinavian culture’s recipe for raising resilient kids. They summarize this formula in two words, “stay outside.” The Scandinavian culture highly values fresh air and outdoor recreation so much that American parents notoriously criticize Scandianavain parents for allowing children to play outside regardless of the weather.
But McGurk argues that adaptability to various weather conditions begins with mindset. When you value being outside, you value everything the experience brings – including variations in climate. Your health benefits from fresh air, Vitamin D and exercise, and the more of it the better. With this clear goal in mind, you can get ready to enjoy winter in snowy mountains.
Visit the Adirondacks in Winter with the Right Gear
Once you have the right winter mindset, you need the right winter gear. Too often people hate cold, wind, and snow because they’re not dressed appropriately for these elements. Wear the right stuff and you’ll be amazed at the ways you can engage extreme weather.
You need a good hat, warm waterproof shoes, the right coat and multiple pairs of gloves. If you plan on doing any snow activities, you also need waterproof snow pants and plenty of layers. Visit an outdoor store such as LL Bean for clothing, or REI for outdoor recreation and used gear.
Speak with the employees about your activity level and ask for suggestions on the appropriate apparel. Coats and layers are often rated for temperature. You can make choices based on the weather during your time in the Adirondacks and your level of activity while you are there.
If you want to make a larger investment, consider heated clothing. Ororo’s apparel for men and women is heated with lithium-ion battery power. Be ready to jump into winter temperatures in the Adirondacks without your teeth ever chattering.
Visit the Adirondacks in Winter with the Right Plan
The right plan of events and activities will shape your winter visit to the Adirondacks. Winter Carnivals are wildly popular and happen across the region throughout the season. Enjoy fireworks displays, polar plunges, cook-offs and ice-fishing.
If you plan on downhill skiing, visit one of the many ski resorts in the Adirondacks. Whiteface Mountain has the steepest vertical drop in the east and is near Lake Placid. Oak Mountain is right in the middle of the breathtaking Adirondack Park and offers beginner and intermediate skiing for families.
Take some time to look for land in the Adirondacks with Adirondack Mt Land. When you’re ready to stop visiting and begin living here, make an appointment with a realtor to tour mountain properties. You can make the Adirondack Winter Wonderland your second home, or backyard throughout the year.
Experience Winter in the Adirondacks
Poet Edith Sitwell said it best. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.”
When you arrive with the right mindset, gear, and plan, you can experience winter’s treasures in abundance. This season explore the Adirondacks and think about making it home. Contact Mike Black if you are interested in more information about this winter wonderland or if you’d like to visit some properties.