In our Winter Hiking and Beginner Mountaineering courses, you'll learn snowshoeing, ice ax & crampon skills, self-arrest, map-and-compass, trip planning and more. This year's mountaineering classes include day hikes and backpacking trips in the Adirondack Mountains of NY as well as NH's White Mountains.
Winter Mountaineering Handbook
Winter Day Hike Gear List
Winter Backpacking Gear List
Winter Hiking Awards and Patches
Links to Mountaineering and Trip Planning Resources
What are the best winter hiking and mountaineering boots? What snowshoes are best for climbing? What is a vapor barrier liner? Find answers to some common gear questions and questions about our winter mountaineering courses here.
Registration for WMS 2023 is Open! Programs Start Thursday January 26, 2023.
WELCOME TO THE ADK WINTER MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL
OVER 60 YEARS OF SNOW AND ICE
The ADK Winter Mountaineering School is non-profit group that has been sponsored since 1954 by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). The purpose of the program is to promote enjoyable and successful winter mountaineering and camping through a learn-by-doing approach. Our program is held in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Past participants have included three season hikers and backpackers looking to expand their skills to include winter hiking, backpacking and mountaineering, as well as more experienced skiers, trip leaders and winter mountaineers who are wishing to refine their skills or are looking for some excitement and adventure. Our friendly, experienced, all-volunteer staff; low student-instructor ratio; and pricing make the ADK Winter Mountaineering School the best value in the Northeast for learning winter skills. We offer day trip, weekend backpacking, and weeklong backpacking options.
Thanks for visiting our site, and we hope to see you in the mountains this winter!
For questions on gear:
For questions on our programs:
Winter Mountaineering School, ADK
P.O. Box 867, Lake Placid, NY 12946