Winter in Minerva

Winter in Minerva is Magical. From December through February Minerva has fresh powdered trails and frozen lakes. There is ice fishing at Minerva Lake, ice skating on Minerva Lake, and at the skating rink at the new Pavilion on Beach Road, snowmobiling on the vast groomed trails, downhill skiing at Gore and West Mountain, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. 

Ice Skating on Minerva Lake

Ice skaters playing hockey, December 2020, on Minerva Lake.

Minerva Lake is a great place to enjoy ice skating.  It is free and is a perfect spot to introduce your kids to the sport. In addition to skating on Minerva Lake, the recreation area features an outdoor skating rink. Adjacent to the skating rink is a warming hut.

Educate Yourself on Important Ice Safety Tips

Ice Fishing on Minerva Lake

Kerrianne Belline, right, of Olmstedville, N.Y. holds a 43-inch northern pike she caught through the ice on Minerva Lake in Essex County on Super Bowl Sunday 2020. Friend Jason Rogers is also pictured.

For ice fishing spots in Essex County, click here for the Department of Environmental Conservation.


grooming Minerva snowmobiling trails

If you like snowmobiling, you’ll love the trails in Minerva.  Minerva has its own snowmobiling club – The Minerva Snow Travelers.  The club is dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of safe snowmobiling in NYS and the preservation of a local trail system for locals and visitors to enjoy. 

For more information on Snowmobiling click here Adirondack Hub.

Snow Shoeing at Stony Pond Trail, Minerva, NY

Stony Pond Trail

For more information on Snowshoeing, click here Adirondack Hub.

Snowshoeing at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, Pottersville, NY

There are 14.5 miles of trails at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves with names like Old Sink Hole, the Beaver Stump Loop, and the Bobcat Ledges. For more information and to book online, click here Natural Stone Bridge & Caves.

Gore Mountain

For up-to-the-minute snow conditions click here for Gore Mountain.

West Mountain

West Mountain Night skiing

For up-to-the-minute Trail Conditions click here for West Mountain.

Garnet Hill Lodge – Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

“Garnet Hill Lodge is a true mountain resort where you can discover all the fun and adventure of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Enjoy miles of scenic groomed trails, take a ski lesson, or enjoy a backcountry ski journey. At day’s end find the warmth of friends and good cheer by The Log House fireplace.”

For Trail Conditions, please click here for Garnet Hill.

For more information on Cross Country Skiing, click here Adirondack Hub.