The 2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival starts this Friday, February 6th and runs through Sunday, February 15th. Named the second best winter carnival in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine in 2012, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. Since 1897, it has grown into a 10-day festival that includes sports, performances, two parades and three sets of spectacular fireworks.
Sporting activities pack the schedule of events at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and include traditional winter sports like snowshoeing and nordic ski racing at the Dewey Mountain Cross-Country Ski Center, innertube and alpine ski races at the Mount Pisgah Ski Center, and skating races and hockey games. There is also a series of non-traditional winter sports such as Snowflake Volleyball played in knee-deep snow at the Civic Center, Snowshoe Softball played at the Elks Field, Ultimate Frisbee Games in the snow at the Petrova athletic fields, Firemen’s Broomball at the Civic Center, a curling exhibition on Pontiac Bay, and an exhibition of woodsmen’s logging skills with Paul Smith’s College students at Riverside Park.
A number of cultural activities are also part of the schedule, including concerts, theatrical performances, a chocolate festival, indoor and outdoor movie nights, and the annual Rotary Club Variety Show.
The centerpiece of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the Ice Palace, built on the shore of Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay at the state boat launch.
Just a short drive from Saranac Lake, Northwoods Inn is the perfect home base to enjoy all that winter in this region has to offer.