The Adirondacks are a Winter Film Location Scount's Dream Come True


December 13, 2023



Cesare Manansala


Hallmark Christmas movie lovers, rejoice! It was recently announced that a “Hallmark-style Christmas Movie” has commenced filming in our very own neck of the woods.

According to, Brookhaven, NY-based production company Gemelli Films has started shooting the as-of-yet untitled holiday film in Lake Placid from December 4 up to December 21. It is currently shooting and Adirondack Film has been assisting! Further details on this film can be found at

To us at Adirondack Film, Gemelli Films’ decision in choosing our area for their upcoming film comes to no surprise. The Adirondacks is more than the ideal region to shoot a wintry film! With the region’s rugged trails, thousands of trees, pristine snow-capped peaks, and near-endless bodies of water for icy aquatic sequences, the Adirondacks is bountiful in its options for winter film shooting locations. Due to the diverse natural terrain, our area provides an appropriate setting for a number of different genres for filmmakers to decide, from white Christmas tales to suspenseful outdoor survival thrillers! It’s no wonder filmmakers have chosen the Adirondacks for their preferred winter-centric shooting locations since the Silent Film era.

Hitting the Slopes

Many snow-centric films inevitably involve speedy wintry sport activities. Suppose your story involves skiing down a snowy hill; if you’re doing a movie about competitive snowboarders, then look no further than the Adirondacks. Our region’s many mountains offer not just ski resorts for personal recreation, but great settings for your next winter film production. From large mountainous slopes like Whiteface Mountain, Gore Mountain, and Titus Mountain, to smaller slopes such as Oak Mountain, Mount Pisgah, and Snow Ridge, the Adirondacks is home to many ski resorts that are perfect for skiing, sledding, and snowboarding action sequences.

Cozy Lodges For Indoor Scenes

Certain winter pictures do require the necessary indoor scene. If you’re filming a holiday romantic comedy set in a ski lodge, why not consider the Adirondacks’ cozy luxury resorts? From the vintage Adirondacks Great Camps to modern resorts such as the Friends Lake Inn, Garnet Hill Lodge, and Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, our region provides cozy luxurious mountain getaways that could prove handy for your film’s indoor scenes. 

Mountain Trails For Icy Adventures

The Adirondacks’ breathtaking mountainous terrain provides a great physical landscape for your snowy film project. Filmmakers with a flair for outdoor adventure should consider shooting in our region’s many skiing trails. For example, the Tug Hill area offers miles upon miles of snowmobiling trails that would be perfect for a riveting snowmobile chase sequence in a wintry action thriller. Or if your picture is a historical period piece that involves characters going on snowshoeing expeditions, then Dewey Mountain, Northville-Placid Trail or Lake Placid’s Mt. Van Hoevenberg may provide great backdrops for your project!

Safety Tips For Outdoor Film Shooting

Of course, it’s vital that filmmakers take safety precautions when performing outdoor film shootings, especially during the winter time. During your scouting process, it’s important to consider the following safety considerations and tips to ensure your crew and cast’s wellbeing:

1. Research the Area:

  • Familiarize yourself with the Adirondacks by researching online, looking at maps, and studying the various regions and terrains. Understand the different types of environments available, such as lakes, mountains, forests, and charming towns.

2. Seasonal Considerations:

  • The Adirondacks experience distinct seasons, each offering unique visual opportunities. Decide whether you want lush greenery in the summer, vibrant fall foliage, snowy landscapes in winter, or the renewal of spring. Consider how these seasonal changes can complement your project.

3. Permits and Regulations:

  • Check for any permits or regulations required for filming or photography in the chosen locations. Some areas may be protected or have restrictions, so it's essential to obtain the necessary permissions to avoid legal issues.

4. Local Contacts:

  • Connect with local tourism boards, park rangers, or community organizations. They can provide valuable insights into hidden gems, less crowded spots, and any restrictions you should be aware of. Local residents may also offer valuable advice.

5. Visit Multiple Locations:

  • Plan to spend some time exploring different locations to find the one that best fits your vision. The Adirondacks offer a variety of landscapes, from serene lakeshores to rugged mountain peaks, so take the time to scout various areas.

6. Accessibility:

  • Consider the accessibility of your chosen locations. Some spots may require hiking or special transportation, so ensure that the locations align with the logistics of your production.

7. Weather Awareness:

  • Be aware of the typical weather conditions during the time of your shoot. The Adirondacks can experience unpredictable weather, so be prepared for changes and have contingency plans in place.

8. Time of Day:

  • The lighting in the Adirondacks can be particularly stunning during sunrise and sunset. Plan your scouting trips and shoots during these times to capture the landscape in the best possible light.

9. Local Culture and History:

  • Consider incorporating elements of the Adirondacks’ rich cultural and historical heritage into your project. This can add depth and authenticity to your visuals.

10. Safety First:

  • Prioritize safety during your scouting trips. Inform someone about your plans, carry essential safety equipment, and be aware of any potential risks associated with the chosen locations.

A Winter Wonderland At Your Filmmaking Disposal

We at Adirondack Film would be remiss in our film promotion duties if we don’t recommend our region for your next filmmaking journey. Apart from the Adirondacks being a terrific place for recreational activities, our region offers the finest wintry terrain for film productions in New York state, and perhaps even in the Northeast! To help plan your film production in the Adirondacks, contact us at (518) 302-1375. Hope to see your next film shot in the heart of the Adirondacks!