Winter Bucket List

Every year, before winter I like to create a bucket list of activities I want to accomplish throughout the winter. This way, I avoid the feeling of not doing much during the winter season once spring hits. Experiencing winter in Hamilton County is something I haven’t had the chance to do before, so creating my bucket list was not very hard. I’ve heard about the great winter activities that go on in this part of the Adirondacks, but actually getting to experience the different events and activities will be the highlight of my winter season this year. 

Check out what I want to accomplish this winter:

Cross-Country Skiing at Lapland Lake

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center has a trail system that was designed by Olympian Olavi Hirvonen. It is a nationally recognized cross-country ski and snowshoe center. They also have ice skating and snow tubing for children. Not to mention they are a year round destination with 4-season cottage rentals, a spring fed lake allowing kayaking, canoeing, swimming, or fishing. Among endless hiking and biking, Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center is definitely on my “must dos” for this winter! I can't believe it took me this long to get there…

Four different times this winter you can experience “Lapland by Moonlight.” First you enjoy a warm bowl of chili and a side of cornbread in the main lodge, then you head out on a moonlit guided snowshoe hike through the trails, stopping along the way for a lakeside campfire, snacks and drinks. This seems like a fun filled winter night to me! I can’t wait to break out my snowshoes for this event! 

Ski Oak Mountain

Although I have skied my whole life, I have never made it to Oak Mountain. Family owned and operated, Oak Mountain has terrain for everyone. 22 different trails allow the whole family to enjoy a powder day at Oak! Not into skiing or snowboarding? Check out the endless miles of snowshoe trails or the four lanes of tubing they have. I am so anxious to take a run at Oak. I may have to be at opening day!

Oak Mountain turns 70! 

Break out your best retro attire for Oak Mountain’s 70th Birthday Party! Saturday, February 2, after a day of skiing, there will be live music, beer and food sampling, along with prizes, a photo booth, memorabilia, and much more. How long have you skied Oak Mountain? Prizes will be awarded for oldest season passes brought in and oldest ski ticket brought in!

Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights 

On February 23, 2019 I’m going to be in Inlet to experience my first year Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights. Spending the day at Fern Park with free cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowshoeing sounds like the perfect way to spend a winter day. Up next, finishing my day by a bonfire and watching the coronation of the King and Queen along with a fireworks show. Bring the family and enter the kids in the cardboard sled races. I can’t wait to see this event in person as I have only heard about it and seen pictures. 


This is just the beginning of activities and events I would like to experience this winter. I don’t want to overwhelm myself, so I am going to keep the bucket list short and sweet. However there are snowmobile races, ice fishing derbies, snowmobile poker runs, and much more that I also hope to be a part of this winter. I think I will be busy! Check out the events calendar to plan your winter vacation. 

So find a place to stay and a hot meal to warm up. 


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