Of course, Albany NY and the entire Capital Region are ideally located for day trips to the cities of Boston, Manhattan, and even Montreal while nearby lakes and hiking trails make for perfect summer afternoon destinations, but what is there to do in the winter?
Well, those same mountain lakes and hiking trails are also winter outdoor sports destinations. Whether you want to stay within an hour of the Capital Region or go a little further out to explore the Olympic Village at Lake Placid, there are an incredible number of winter outdoor activities near Albany NY.
Skiing Near Albany NY
Let’s start with the most obvious and popular winter sport: skiing. Though the East Coast is not as famous for it’s slopes as the Alps or Aspen, there are many New York and Vermont ski resorts with trails for beginner and advanced skiers. Just an hour south of the Adirondacks, an hour north of the Catskills, and about 2 hours west of Vermont’s ski region, your Albany NY apartments are perfectly located for hitting the slopes.
Popular New York ski mountains include West Mountain, Gore Mountain, and Whiteface in the Adirondacks or Platekill and Sawkill in the Catskills.
Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Near Albany NY
Lots of the same hiking areas that attract hundreds of tourists each summer also make great winter hikes. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recommends the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area, and Buck Mountain Trail in the Lake George Wild Forest for winter hikes in the Albany NY area.
Other snowshoe hiking and cross country skiing areas include the Saratoga National Historical Park and Saratoga Spa State Park. Many other area state parks, such as Moreau and Schodack Island also offer cross country ski trails.
Ice Skating Near Your Albany NY Apt
There are many indoor and outdoor skating rinks in the Capital Region. We recommend making the short trip to the Empire State Plaza for a fun afternoon or evening of skating and snacks. Known as the “Empire Skate Plaza” during the winter months, this rink is an area favorite and only 6 minutes from your Albany NY apt at the Lofts at One Broadway.
If you’re looking for an apartment close to all these fun outdoor activities, look no further than Albany Lofts at One Broadway. We offer some of the largest floorplans in Menands, NY and some of the best amenities you’ll find in the area. Come visit us at one of our open houses to tour our grounds and apartments. You’ll be glad you did!