Adirondack High Peaks Winter Photography EVENT

When: January 28 – 31 2021
Registration Deadline: January 7, 2021 (Space permitting)
Where: Jay, NY
All-inclusive fee:
$975 (single room, no roommate)
$875 (w/roommate)


I expect I will be looking out my window at a snow-covered backyard sooner than many people would like. And, while the first snowfall of the ’20-’21 winter season is likely a few months away, the upcoming Second Annual Adirondack High Peaks Winter Photography Event, Jan. 28 to 31, 2021, will be here before we know it. So, it’s not too early to get get prepared from some great photography.  Even though I’m not really ready for the cold that goes along with winter photography I know that when the time comes I will be “chomping at the bit”, as they say.

What’s the ADK High Peaks Winter Photography Event all about?

To put it simply . . . great photography. Even more specifically, great winter photography dead center in one of the world’s greatest winter landscapes. There are few places on the planet that offer such ready accessibility to all that winter offers for nature photography. The location for this event in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountain seldom fails to impress. While we certainly cannot guarantee what Mother Nature will provide, the days we have scheduled for this event are historically among the snowiest of the season in the mountains.

Adirondack Mountains winter

What to expect

If you like photographing snow-covered mountain peaks . . . get ready. If your thing is snowy and icy mountain lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and streams . . . you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. If you have always been excited by the Winter Olympics, the Olympic venues that put Lake Placid on the map for two Winter Olympics alone could keep you busy. All of this and more will be virtually right our your front door at the ADK Trails Inn in Upper Jay, NY in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region. You won’t have to travel far. Whatever direction you choose to go in when you leave the Inn will present more pristine winter elements than you’ll ever be able to take advantage of in your short visit to the region.

While this event is not your typical photography workshop (no formal classes) there will be plenty of opportunities to expand your photography knowledge . . . not to mention your portfolio. In addition to our guest speakers, daily image review sessions have become extremely popular and the interaction with fellow participants, all of whom thrive on photography, offers more than most of us can absorb. One-on-one instruction and/or image review is a staple of this event.


High above Chapel Pond

What’s included?

Just about everything is taken care of for you. Your room at the ADK Trails Inn and all meals are included in the fee. (See the Covid-19 note.) Each evening will feature a guest speaker whose knowledge and experience creating dramatic winter photography is sure to add newfound “umpf” to your own creativity. If you would like a “Winter Olympic Passport” that will give you access to all the winter Olympic venues through April 2021 I can have it ready for you upon arrival. There is an additional $40 fee for the passport which you can pay upon arrival at the Inn.



Click here to request updates and I’ll send you a personal note as speakers and other details are confirmed. Use the subject line: “Winter Photography Event Update Request” so I know what you’re looking for.


Cascade Lakes is a winter wonderland. Being that our home base for this event in Jay, NY, we’re not far from Lake Placid and various venues for the winter Olympics. Combine this with the forests, rivers, and waterfalls of the High Peaks region and we are guaranteed great photo ops.


As I mentioned earlier, the dates we’ve scheduled are historically among the snowiest days of the High Peaks winter (no guarantees, of course), but everyone should really be looking forward to some great photography.  During our last go-around, we had some of the best snow for winter photography that I’ve experienced in recent years. So, of course, I’ve put in my order for a repeat performance. Plan on coming prepared for “cold weather” and deep snow. While snowshoes and/or cross-country skies are not required, you may certainly find plenty of opportunities to enjoy them if you have them and want to bring them along.

Guest Speakers:

I’m still confirming guest speakers. that said, the popular Adirondack workshop leader, speaker, and photographer Mark Bowie (Mark Bowie photography) has accepted my invitation to join us as one of our after-dinner speakers. Stay tuned for an update on what his topic will be. It almost doesn’t matter because he never fails to impress. That leaves us two evenings to hear more from guest speakers. Invitations have been extended and I’ll update this page as soon as the speakers are confirmed.  You can bet that our guest speakers will provide us with a great opportunity to get to know and learn from Adirondack photography icons of our time.

Take a look at some of the photos from our last ADK High Peaks Winter Photography event below . . . just to whet your appetite.



A special note concerning Covid-19

It will be no surprise to anyone that workshops have had to be canceled due to Coronavirus/Covid-10 restrictions put in place by various governmental entities. While several of my 2020 workshops have had to be canceled, it’s possible that additional workshops will need to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise adjusted in light of these restrictions. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to keep our plans for the balance of 2020 and 2021. With that in mind, an assurance is in order for all those considering joining us for the ADK High Peaks Winter Photography Event. . . All Covid-19 precautions will be employed as we move forward. All rooms at the ADK Trails Inn, including the dining room, our seating in the dining room, seating for our guest speaker presentations will allow for appropriate social distancing and all other Covid-19 considerations. Because of Covid-19 requirements, registrations for this event will be limited to no more than 10 people. Finally, should it become necessary or simply advisable, any indoor group sessions will be accomplished via Zoom presentations.


Register Now!  

There’s limited space, so if you would like to join us please confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

Questions? Send me an e-mail with your email address and telephone number at [email protected].  I will follow-up with you to answer questions and confirm the details.


Some photos from Winters in the Adirondack High Peaks Region