Things to Do on Campus

Cold Hard Facts

The coldest month:

Average yearly snowfall:
63 inches

Average January high:
27 degrees

Average January low:
10 degrees

Record low:
-31 degrees in 1994



Winter in Plattsburgh

The SUNY Plattsburgh community relishes the cold weather winter brings because it affords students and faculty the chance to participate in activities that can’t be found in warmer climes.

Winter Sports

A sense of adventure is ingrained in the local culture and much of that translates to outdoor winter recreation.

Tucked behind the college’s Field House in Rugar Woods, a web of trails snakes through the brush, which borders the Saranac River, as does the paved Saranac River Trail. Used for biking and running in the spring and summer, the Rugar Woods trails are perfect for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in winter. Another option are the trails at  Point Au Roche State Park, which are well-loved by locals and just a few minutes’ drive from campus.

For downhill skiing or snowboarding, Whiteface and Titus Mountain ski areas are about an hour’s drive from the City of Plattsburgh. Students can purchase a season pass to Gore, Belleayre and Whiteface, a past venue the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games, at a deeply discounted rate.

Indoor Amusement

There’s no shortage of cultural activities in the Plattsburgh area to experience during the winter months.

The historic and newly renovated Strand Center for the Arts in downtown Plattsburgh regularly holds events like art exhibits, classic film showings, lectures and musicals.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops at SUNY Plattsburgh’s E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium every year in late January. Attendees are treated to an evening of visually stunning films that showcase the natural environment and sports like rock climbing, skiing, kayaking and biking.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

A nearby village in the Adirondacks celebrates the season each year with the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which dates back to 1897. The festivities are well worth the hour-long drive from campus.

A must-see at the carnival is the ice palace, built on the shore of Lake Flower using blocks of ice cut from the lake’s Pontiac Bay. The ice palace lighting during the first weekend of the event is followed by a fireworks display.

Among the other activities offered at the carnival are torchlight skiing, snowshoe races, a chocolate festival and arctic golf.

A few miles southeast of Saranac Lake is the Village of Lake Placid, which hosts several world-class winter sports competitions throughout the season including luge, bobsled and ice hockey.

For those more inclined to indoor activities, both villages and downtown Plattsburgh offer a diverse selection of shops, boutiques and restaurants for every price range.

Plattsburgh Winter Survival Guide


Contact Information

The Admissions Office is located on the 10th floor of the Kehoe Building.

Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012
Fax: (518) 564-2045

Mailing Address:
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901