Embrace Winter

in New York's Snow Country


Proximity to Lake Erie and lake effect storms mean snow for Chautauqua County, totaling an average 200 inches annually! For downhill and cross country snow sports, head to Peek'n Peak Resort and enjoy 27 slopes and trails, state-of-the-art snowmaking, eight chairlifts, four progressive terrain parks, seven tubing lanes and a renowned ski and snowboard school. Cross country skiers and snowshoers will find opportunities at Long Point State Park, Lake Erie State Park, Boutwell Hill State ForestChautauqua Institution and the Audubon Community Nature Center


Hundreds of miles of trails groomed by five local clubs provide an ideal setting for snowmobiling over railroad beds, former trolly lines, open farm fields, heavily wooded areas, and seasonal roads. Snowmobile trails may officially open a week or so before Christmas provided the ground is frozen and there is adequate snow. We recommend always calling the SNOWMOBILE HOTLINE before hitting the trails: 1-800-242-4569, dial 2 then dial 5. 


Chautauqua Institution Winter Village

Winter Village at Chautauqua Institution

Bring the family to this inaugural winter event. Visit Santa, decorate treats, sample Ice Wine and more! Learn More

Visit Chautauqua County Winter

10 Reasons to Visit

If you need a reason to visit Chautauqua County this winter, we've got 10! READ MORE

Ski Chautauqua County

Ski, Board & Tube

Alpine and Cross Country Skiing. Snowboarding and Tubing. Find out where to hit the slopes and trails this winter. READ MORE

Plan a Visit

Request a Visitors Guide and start planning your getaway to Chautauqua. For periodic news and events, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, and for daily news and updates, like us and join the conversation on Facebook. Check out Visit Chautauqua, a downloadable app for help in planning your trip.

Chautauqua County is located less than three hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Niagara Falls, and Toronto and within an easy drive from Buffalo and Erie.   

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