Keene and Keene Valley Winter Guide

keene valley winter guide

Similar to the Saranac Lake, the Keene and Keene Valley region is an ideal place to enjoy small town living in the Adirondacks. Keene Valley winter is a hiker and climber’s paradise offering the largest variety and number mountain hikes in the region. From quick trips and overnight options  including quite a few 46’er high peaks, the area offers ample hiking and ice climbing opportunities.

The community is also heavily focused on the arts, with studios and galleries showcasing local artists’ work ranging from Adirondack Style furniture to paintings and photography.  With such variety and expertise, finding the perfect piece of Adirondack art for your home is a snap.  Read on for ADKPP’s Keene and Keene Valley Winter Guide.

Events – Keene & Keene Valley Winter Guide

FirstAidWilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR Courses – January 27-28 2024

Accidents can happen while exploring the rugged Adirondacks.  Every hiker should consider getting a little “insurance” with high quality first aid training before heading into the winter backcountry.  Head over to the Mountaineer to take a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR Courses this Keene Valley winter!

WFA courses are perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a basic understanding of first aid. The course is 16 hours over two days with a focus on Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries and Medical Emergencies.

Course will be held at The Nature Conservancy in Keene Valley. Cost is $275 for the Wilderness First Aid course plus additional $45 for the CPR add-on. Successful completion of the course earns students a SOLO WFA certificate valid for 2 years. Visit The Mountaineer website for registration details.

Ice ClimbersAdirondack International Mountainfest – February 9-11 2024

Sponsored by The Mountaineer, Mountainfest is the ultimate celebration of ice, snow and winter mountaineering. This Keene Valley winter event gives novice and experienced ice climbers alike to build ice and snow skills on world-class terrain.

Mountainfest offers 101 beginner courses as well as more advanced skill building clinics to step up your game with steep ice and mixed climbing. For more advanced climbers, thin ice clinics will offer challenging opportunities to test your meddle. Additionally, clinics are offered in alpine touring, back country skiing, winter travel and avalanche awareness.

Don’t forget to stop back in to the Mountaineer throughout the day check out gear and clothing demos. Finish off each Mountainfest day at evening entertainment events that include presentations from guest athletes, big raffles and free swag giveaways!

eclipse 32823 1920Solar Eclipse – April 8th

Visit the Keene/ Keene Valley region to see the total solar eclipse!  Beginning at around 2:14pm the partial eclipse will begin.  Check out NASA for more details on the 2024 solar eclipse and when to view in your area.

Outdoor Activities- Keene & Keene Valley Winter Guide 

Ice ClimbersIce Climbing

For Adirondack adventurers who thrive in the vertical world, Keene & Keene Valley winter offers world-class ice climbing. Mountainfest hosted by The Mountaineer in Keene Valley each February is a multi-day celebration of winter mountaineering.

Crags around the town of Keene as well as the Cascade Pass offer world-class ice  climbing for all abilities throughout the winter climbing season. Cascade Pass is one of the most beautiful climbing areas in the Adirondacks and is not to be missed. offers the best resource to choose climbs that are best for your skill level.

snowshoe 1983134 1920Hiking And Snowshoeing

If you’ve climbed 46’ers during the summer, why not try some in the winter too?  Whether you are looking to cross off multiple Adirondack 46ers, or do a smaller mountain the Keene/ Keene Valley winter area will give you the most options to hike or snowshoe. The Barkeater Trails Alliance, or BETA for short, recently created a wonderful multi-use trail system with 2 miles of adventure trails on the East Branch of the Ausable River. With easy access from Keene & Keene Valley, the popular BETA trail system is slated for expansion with plans for constructing an additional 6 to 7 miles of trails.

Cross Country Ski GirlsCross Country Skiing

Keene and Keene Valley winter offers wonderful cross country skiing! Explore throughout the region with a short trek on the 2 mile multi-use BETA trail system or go further into the backcountry on the 40 mile of Jack Rabbit Trail.  For some of the most picturesque scenery in the Adirondacks, the Jack Rabbit trail is a top notch choice for cross country ski touring.

Skiing BoyDownhill Skiing And Snowboarding

Unfortunately, there are no downhill skiing or snowboarding options in the Keene/ Keene Valley area unless you decide to do backcountry skiing. For resort skiing and snowboarding, Whiteface Mountain is a quick 15-20 minute drive to Wilmington. If you are looking to backcountry ski, popular options for locals and visitors include the Dix Mountain Slides, Avalanche Pass and Mount Marcy.

Where to Eat – Keene & Keene Valley Winter Guide

coffeeOld Mountain Coffee Company

1767 NY- 73 Keene Valley, NY | Open 7am – 4pm Everyday

What a better way to start your morning than a fresh, locally roasted coffee! Old Mountain Coffee Company is the perfect stop if you are looking for locally roasted coffees plus breakfast and lunch options to keep you going on your outdoor adventures.

Cedar Run Bakery & Market

2 Grist Mill Lane Keene, NY  |  Friday – Monday 8am – 6pm

Cedar Run Bakery & Market is small store in Keene established in 2002 with the mission to provide homemade food for the community using local and organic products. To start your day, stop by the bakery to pick up fresh breads, muffins and granola.

At lunch, there is a deli to pick up sandwiches, buddha bowls, salads and deli salads. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery again post-hike or ski to pick up cookies, cupcakes or pies for later. If your day packed full of Keene & Keene Valley winter adventures runs long, Cedar Run also has a take and bake section perfect for a quick meal after your hike!

Noon Mark Diner

1770 NY- 73 Keene Valley, NY  |  Open 7am – 3:30pm Everyday

Noon Mark Diner is an Adirondack/ Keene Valley classic where generations of families and hikers continue to stop in to enjoy homemade food. Most known for their homemade pies, the Noon Mark Diner is always worth a visit. They offer breakfast all day, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups. They also serve entrees including lasagna, fried chicken, rainbow trout and sirloin steak! Noon Mark will have you energized for any Adirondack adventure.

steak 2Keene Valley Ausable Inn

1809 Route 73 Keene Valley, NY  |  Wednesday – Sunday 11:30 am – 8pm

Keene Valley Ausable Inn is close to hiking and climbing. It offers outdoor dining as well as a full service bar perfect for enjoying sunny Adirondack days. For lunch, pick up a sandwich, burger, salad or some pub fare. At dinner, enjoy wonderful entrees from poultry dishes to steaks and fish dishes!

Forty Six

2837 Route 73 Keene, NY  |  Friday – Tuesday 11:30 am – 8pm

Forty Six is a bistro-style, farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of Keene. They feature local and sustainably sourced ingredients. If you are taking a break from your adventures at lunch time, they offer a selection of sandwiches as well as a few appetizers to start your meal. They also offer dinner for after your explorations with a great variety of entrees including fish, duck, steak and even tofu. This restaurant is perfect if you have any dietary requirements.

Baxter Mountain Tavern

10050 NYS Route 9N Keene, NY |  Wednesday – Sunday 4 pm – 9pm

The local spot for refreshing cocktails and a hearty meal, Baxter Mountain Tavern offers made-from-scratch dishes using fresh locally sourced ingredients. This is the perfect spot to stop after your Keene Valley winter adventures or on any day to gather with friends.

At Adirondack Premier Properties, our top rated agents love living in the communities that we serve and enjoy sharing  knowledge of the local area with clients.  If you are looking to invest, relocate or travel to the Adirondack region, we hope our Keene and Keene Valley Winter Guide gives you a good idea of all this area has to offer.  Contact one of our agents today for help in selling your Adirondack property of finding the home of your dreams.

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