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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

Winter in the Plattsburgh region with its snowy landscapes and stunning scenery is the perfect time to explore all the area has to offer in the way of winter sports, the arts, shopping, dining and more.

Plattsburgh is surrounded by the Adirondack Park to the south and west, Canada to the north and Vermont to the east, putting students and visitors in prime position for access to all the winter activities the area offers.

Lake Placid, N.Y., Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, Vt. are all an hour or less drive from Plattsburgh.

The SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association (SA) sponsors weekend bus trips to Montreal and Burlington each semester at a low cost to students.

The Adirondacks

The Village of Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, offers plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities like downhill skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing. Students receive special discounts on passes to nearby Whiteface Mountain. If you’re looking for recreation closer to campus, the college’s Field House is a great place to cross-country ski or go for a walk in the snow.

Between Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain is High Falls Gorge, which features ice formations wedged between majestic granite cliffs. Visitors can go on a self-guided tour, rent snowshoes and roast marshmallows by the campfire.

For more information on Adirondack activities, visit www.goadirondack.com.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Nine miles northwest of Lake Placid is Saranac Lake. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, dating back to 1897, is the longest-running winter carnival in the eastern U.S.

The 10-day festival includes three fireworks displays, parade, the lighting of the ice castle, an art exhibit and the 24th Annual Chocolate Festival, among many other events. The carnival is generally held in February each year.


Montreal is the fourth largest primarily French-speaking city in the world. Don’t speak French? No problem. Try your best and understand the majority of Montreal residents speak both French and English.

The city has world-class entertainment offerings including concerts, plays, dance performances and more at Place Des Arts. The Bell Centre is the venue for many pop and rock concerts. If you’re looking to watch professional winter sports, Montreal is home to the NHL’s Canadiens.

Montreal has European flair and a vibrant food scene with traditional, specialty and ethnic food abound.

Upcoming events include the Montreal New Music Festival and Montreal En Lumiere, a festival of light, arts and food.

For more information, visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.


If you prefer to explore a smaller city, Burlington, Vt. has unique shops and restaurants for every taste. The Flynn Center for Performing Arts in downtown Burlington hosts comedy shows, music, theater and dance performances, film festivals and more.

For more on Burlington tourism, visit www.vermont.org/experiences/burlington.

You don’t have to set foot off of campus, though, to have some winter fun. The hill behind Memorial Hall is popular for sledding with students and public skating is offered at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena at the Field House most weekends. Students also enjoy Winterfest, held each year at Clinton Dining Hall. The event features a s'mores bar, special dinner menu, ice sculptures and a build-a-snowman contest.


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
Email: admissions@plattsburgh.edu

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