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 Camp Read Winter Adventures

During the winter months the Adirondacks become one of the most popular locations in the country for winter outdoor activities as the entire area becomes a frozen playground! Our winter programs are based out of the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY, just a few miles north of the Lake George village.

New for 2018!!!

Ice Fishing on Brant Lake! Reserve your space today!

Also, for 2018 we are offering downhill skiing/riding, XC skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing adventures. An extended Winter Adventure is also available during the President's Day Week. Snowshoe into the nearby Pharaoh Wilderness Area is possible in addition to our other winter activities. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

The focus is on learning the fundamental concepts and techniques of these activities and building a solid foundation for further development. Basic skills and etiquette will be introduced and reinforced.

Fees & Registration

2017 Fees: A $75.00 per person non-refundable deposit (applied to your total balance) is due with your application. Fees are per person pricing and include all meals and lodging. A minimum group size of 6 for deposit needed to reserve your space. ** Multi-day tickets can be used at Whiteface or Gore after day 1. **Final Payment is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. Email: for program availability, fee and registration questions. 

Down Hill Ski & Ride

 Downhill Ski & Ride Youth Price Adult Price
 1 day Ski/Ride (Gore Only) 150.00 165.00
 2 day Ski/Ride (WF/Gore) 185.00 200.00
 3 day Ski/Ride (WF/Gore) 220.00 235.00
 Lessons (90 Minute Group) 25.00 25.00
 Equipment Rentals (1 day) 27.00 27.00
 Additional Rental Days 23.00 23.00 


Adirondack Winter Adventures

Any of these activities may be combined with Down Hill Ski and Ride packages at additional cost for lessons & rentals.

 Description Youth & Adult Fees
2 Day Winter Adventure Lodging, Food & Equipment220.00 
3 Day Winter Adventure Lodging Food & Equipment350.00


Choosing Your Adventure 

Participant Requirements

Camp Read Winter Adventure Programs are dedicated to getting scouts and leaders out during one of the most beautiful yet challenging seasons in the Park. But all activities are not for everyone. While we do our best to have something for everyone, group size limits and appropriate ages are an important part to our winter programming and planning. We are happy to customize your winter adventure and answer all of your questions. 

Ages: When looking over the dates for winter adventures please note that all programs are for 14+ aged scouts with the exception of Down Hill Ski & Ride and Ice fishing. Should you have a group that ranges in age there may not be an alternate activity for them on both days of the weekend. Down Hill Ski and Ride is a popular two or three-day program that we encourage for younger scouts when Ice Fishing is not available. 

Group Size: These vary based on gear, DEC laws in the Park and quality of programming. Leaders are considered participants at the activity site.

 Activity Age Max/Min Group Size
Down Hill Ski/Ride 9+ 27/10
Ice Fishing 12+ 12/6
Biathlon 14+ 10/6
Ice Climbing 14+ 10/6
Backcountry Ski 14+ 10/6
Snowshoe Mountaineering 14+ 10/6

Please let us know how we can help customize your Camp Read Winter Adventure for 2018!

2018 Program Dates

The following calendars include offerings and dates of our winter adventures for your troop at Camp Read. ***Please note that not all activities are available every weekend or on Saturday and Sunday. Give attention to age limits and group size maximums and minimums.*** You must choose an activity for Saturday and Sunday. Downhill Ski and Ride are offered both days of the weekend.

Please click on each calendar to see which winter adventures are offered when. Please note group sizes above and age restrictions. Please contact us if your group is interested in a program and all available weekend dates are full.  Cancellations may free up a weekend.



 Sat/Sun Activity


Available Space FH(16)/LC(27)

Jan 5-7Ski/Ride

164 Yorktown


LC (26)1 space available

FH (16 spaces available)

Jan 12-15 (MLK)Ski/Ride

5 Bronxville

154 Goldens Bridge

LC (20) 7 spaces available)

FH(11) 5 spaces available

Jan 19-21



15 New Rochelle

41 Putnam Valley

LC (15) 12 spaces available

FH (12)

Jan 26-28


Ice Climb/BC Ski

113 Centerport

18 Briarcliff
LC(15)12 spaces available

FH (6) 4 spaces available
Feb 2-4Ski/Ride

Ice Climb/BC Ski/SnShoe

1 Chappaqua

200 Wilton Park & 65 Cedar Grove, NJ

LC(14) 13 spaces

FH (10)

Feb 9-11Ice Fishing Derby


4 Purdys
LC 2 (25 spaces available)

FH 15 (1 space available
Feb 16-19Ski/Ride

Ice Climb/XC/Biath.

Crew 1570, VA

LC (27) available

FH (6-8)

Feb 20-22Ice Climb/XC Ski Custom 161 Shoreham, NYFH (10)
Feb 23-25 Ice Climb/Ski

267 Yorktown

154 Goldens Bridge
LC (13) 14 spaces 

FH (6-10)
Mar 3-5 Ski/Ride/SnShoe165 Yorktown LC (20) 7 spaces available
Mar 9-10 Available Available  Available 



Essentially, plan for gear similar to that required for a cold day of skiing.  The ice climbing sites are located at exposed locations.  Be sure to bring proper clothing.  Review upcoming weather forecasts for the area; it can be very cold in the Adirondack Park throughout the winter months.

All XC skis, poles, boots, snowshoes, specialized ice and climbing equipment will be provided. Downhill equipment can be rented at additional cost. No prior experience is necessary. Participants must provide the required personal gear.

 General Personal Gear List for all Winter Programs

  • Warm jacket
  • 2 pairs of winter gloves (to allow for dry warm hands)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Snow pants or other waterproof pants
  • Underwear
  • 1-2 sets of synthetic non-cotton mid-heavy weight long underwear and undershirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Towels
  • Extra shirts and pants
  • Sweater or sweat shirts for in camp
  • Boots and sneakers
  • Toiletry Kit
  • Socks 1-2 pr. (Heavy wool/synthetic and light synthetic liner)
  • Small duffel bag or day pack
  • Ski goggles for extreme conditions.
  • Face covering for extreme conditions.
  • Sunglasses

Ice Climbing Specific Gear

  • Waterproof pants and jacket.
  • Wool or fleece hat (which will fit under a helmet)
  • Small backpack (recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle (recommended)
  • Winter insulated boots.The climbing & XC Ski will be done with special boots but winter boots are recommended in case boot swaps are necessary at the climb site.An inventory of everyone's boot size will be needed in advance of the weekend. (Extreme sizes (small or large) may require an additional rental and in some cases, may not be able to be accommodated).
  • Essentially, plan for gear like that required for a cold day of exercise outdoors. The winter activities can be in exposed locations. Be sure to bring proper clothing.Review upcoming weather forecasts for the area; it can be very cold in the Adirondack Park throughout the winter months.

Downhill Ski/Ride Specific Gear

  • Skis/board/boots/poles
  • Helmet


Camp Read is 45 minutes north of Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) located at exit 15 off I-87 in Saratoga, NY for any last-minute purchases, which is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Ski shops in your local towns may also rent ski/ride equipment at reduced rates to scouts. We will also have limited inventory available at our camp trading post.

Meals, Lodging & Travel

The Camp Read chefs provide Saturday and Sunday breakfast & lunch and Saturday night dinner. Breakfast and dinner are at the Camp Read farmhouse and log cabin and bag lunches go out with the group. However, convenience stores and restaurants are within 10 minutes of most climb sites and ski mountain cafeterias are also available to purchase any additional food. This makes for a nice break and opportunity to warm up.

The farmhouse accommodations are in a warm house-like setting with two large bedrooms with bunk beds. Sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, towels and all personal items are not provided. So please plan accordingly. The farmhouse accommodations are in a warm house-like setting with two large bedrooms with bunk beds. Sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, towels and all personal items are not provided. So please plan accordingly.

Travel Directions

The ice-climbing program is based from the Read Scout Reservation located at 1377 Palisades Road, Brant Lake, NY 12815, about 1 to 1.5 hours north of Albany, NY.
From lower New York State proceed to Albany using the Taconic State Parkway or the NYS Thruway (I-87).

If using the Taconic: From the end of the Taconic following I-90 west into Albany (exit B1 off the Thruway to follow I-90) then to I-787 N then to Route 7 West to I-87 North, (the Northway).

From Albany continue on I-87 North (the Northway) to Exit 25, 65 miles north of Albany. There are two good rest areas (neither with food) on the Northway: one in Clifton Park at about mile marker 13 and one just before exit 17 at mile marker 40.7. Best opportunity for food is at exit 15. With several fast food or sit down options. Last fast food is a good Subway at Exit 18 (mile marker 45) and a McDonalds at exit 23. Last (cheap) gas is at exit 19, gas is also at exit 23 and 25 (mile marker 72).

Take exit 25, Brant Lake, NY and make a right onto Route 8 towards Brant Lake. On Route 8, approximately 7.3 miles from the Northway, take a left onto Palisades Road at the sign directing you to camp. This is the second-time Palisades Rd will intersect Route 8. The Camp Read entrance will be 1 mile on the right off Palisades Road.
Please try to arrive prior to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Program Schedule

Friday night: arrive at Camp Read. Check in at Read Manager Residence at the camp entrance. Drive to farmhouse or log cabin for evening snack, weekend orientation and sleep for the night.

Saturday: Depending on your choice of activities wake and departure times vary. Plan for a full day of winter activities either at the ski resort, ice cliff or right from the Camp Read Property.

Saturday evening: return to the Read farmhouse around 5pm. Shower and free time until dinner. Dinner at 6:30pm. Trading post open for sales after meal. Free time & desert to follow.

Sunday morning: Depending on your choice of activities wake and departure times vary. Plan for a ½-full day of winter activities either at the ski resort or right from the Camp Read Property.

Weather conditionsExternal Link may require changes in this schedule.

Other useful Information

Brant Lake has cell phone coverage by mostly Verizon carriers only. There is however, limited Internet service at the log cabin and farmhouse. Most winter activity locations do not have great cell phone coverage.

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