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Things you must do this winter upstate NY – and where you can do them

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  Jan. 14, 2017, 12:54 p.m. | By: Pranati Madhav

Looking for winter activities to do in upstate New York this winter? Look no further!

Have you ever skied while getting tipsy? If not, experience a Full Moon Party at the Cascade Ski Center (Lake Placid, NY; Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11 7:30pm-2am). Each winter the Cascade XC center hosts a full moon celebration for each full moon cycle – 3 in total. The trails are lit for a night of cross country skiing and snowshoeing with pit stops for bonfires, hot dogs, beer kegs, live music and a good time! It doesn’t matter if you’re a skiing pro or you’ve never worn skis before – this winter activity is for everyone 21+ over. http://www.cascadeski.com/

View one of the most spectacular displays of ice artistry at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival (Saranac Lake, NY; Feb 3-12). Each winter, the Adirondack town of Saranac Lake hosts the longest running winter carnival in New York. This winter event is home to The Ice Palace, a large, magnificent ice castle designed and built by locals. The family-friendly celebration spans 10 days and features firework displays, parades, games, exhibits, concerts, and more. www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/

Warm up and chow down at Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest (Saratoga Springs, NY; Saturday Feb. 4th 11am-4pm), one of the most awaited winter events in the region. Featuring over 70 chowder vendors serving hot bowls of tasty chowder, this outdoor event is delicious enjoyment for all your family and friends. https://discoversaratoga.org/chowderfest

Skate your way to family-friendly fun at the annual Syracuse Winterfest (Syracuse, NY; Feb 16-26). This upstate winter festival takes place from downtown Syracuse to areas throughout Onondaga County. At the center of the festival is a popular open-air ice rink at Clinton Square. Be sure to enjoy the many winter-themed outdoor events, parties, cook-offs that the festival has to offer. http://www.syracusewinterfest.com/



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