Winter is a way of life in the Adirondack Mountains, where people eagerly embrace winter recreation. Old Forge was established in the early 1800s as a sportsman’s paradise, and it’s still going strong. Adirondack recreation has a rich heritage, and Old Forge, with its surrounding hamlets of Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Stillwater and Beaver River continue that tradition.

In the 1930s, ski trains brought New Yorkers to Old Forge. McCauley Mountain opened in 1959, and remains the most affordable Adirondack skiing. Three Olympic skiers call McCauley Mountain home, including World Pro Champion Hank Kashiwa and two-time Olympian John “Louie” Ehrensbeck.

McCauley Mountain offers endless fun in rambling trails, snow-pillowed boulder falls and magical glades. Cross-country trails and snowshoe trails complete the package at McCauley, with free lighted skating nearby. It’s safe family fun.

In Old Forge, the town owns and maintains a snowmobile trail system covering 500 square miles, featuring winding forest trails along waterways and climbing to mountain vistas. The trails are professionally groomed, and connect to the statewide trail system.

Old Forge wraps its winter friends in charm and hospitality, with lodgings and dining ranging from incredible to indescribable. One hour north from Utica on NYS 12 & 28.