While many visitors to the Adirondacks know about Ausable Chasm, one of the most popular summer tourist attractions in the area, few know that it’s also open in the winter months. This past week, during our Adirondack/Lake Champlain Region family vacation, my family got a full, guided tour of the chasm – and it’s quite breathtaking in the winter.
We took a one-hour guided tour – other options include the 30 minute self-guided tour, and a two-hour guided tour. For all of the guided tours, guests are either provided with snowshoes or ice cleats to help with walking. We got ice cleats, and they really did make walking on the ice easier.
Our guide was great – he gave us lots of information about Ausable Chasm, and told us about some of the damage from the flood in 1996 and from Hurricane Irene this year. The weather, however, was freezing, and my little guy was so cold that we weren’t able to finish the full tour. But, we were able to get some fabulous photos, and my kids just loved the experience of walking on the ice cleats.
PO Box 390, 2144 Route 9
Ausable Chasm, NY 12911
Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to Ausable Chasm.