Cross Country Skiing

Miles of quiet trails, the soft glide of your skis on snow - there's nothing quite like the sensation of gliding in an Adirondack winter landscape.
Mush Dad! Mush!
Donald Evans
Powder, Powder Everywhere!
C Simpson
The Race is On

Skiing on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Carly Simpson

Cross-Country Ski Through the Adirondacks

Throughout the Adirondacks, cross-country ski trails traverse frozen lakes, dash along forested glades and circumnavigate every town from Lake George to Star Lake. It is one of the most easily accessible - and easiest to learn - winter sports. Trek along the famous Northville-Placid Trail, or ski from Keene to Saranac Lake exclusively on the Jackrabbit Trail. Grab a headlamp and enjoy skiing under the stars. Many cross-country ski trails are multi-use, offering Adirondack snowshoeing tracks. For a more adventurous excursion, Adirondack outfitters offer backcountry expeditions and overnight treks. Pack binoculars for wildlife viewing and a winter picnic to enjoy on a soft blanket of snow.

The Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson offers a cross-country skiing retreat perfect for families. Operated by U.S. Olympic skier Olavi Hirvonen and his family, discover a bit of Finland in the Southern Adirondacks - and plenty of trails to explore.

Groomed Trails, Restaurants, and More to Keep You Skiing

Cascade Cross Country Ski Center just outside of Lake Placid provides everything skiers need - from a fully outfitted ski shop to ski and snowshoes rentals, to lodging and an on-site restaurant and bar. A don't miss Adirondack event, Cascade's Full Moon Ski Party offers live music, bonfires and refreshments. Enjoy the center's 20 kilometers of groomed trails that connect to nearby Mt. Van Hoevenberg, with miles of trails through towering, snow-covered forests. Part of the Olympic Sports Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg also serves as a biathlon training facility for Winter Olympic hopefuls. See if you have what it takes and sign up for the "Be a Biathlete" workshop.

Check out the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center trails, offering wildlife lookouts, or head to Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake for their Friday night Ski Jams complete with live music and refreshments.

Lake George area recreational trails parallel the Hudson River and wind around the Adirondack foothills. The Tughill Plateau may be well known as a NY snowmobiling haven - yet cross-country ski trails can be found everywhere. Check out Barnes Corners Ski trails or the Lowville Forestry Nature Trail for scenic, leisurely skiing.

Skiing-Cross Country Areas Listings

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center - Benson, NY
A touch of Finland in the Adirondacks! Nationally recognized XC ski & snowshoe center, also for snow tubing and sledding. Owned by Olympian Olavi Hirvonen & family. 4-season cottage rentals,...
Benson, NY
(.6 miles, easy) An easy hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski to the fire tower on Belfry Mountain with views of the old mining community. 
Witherbee, NY
(.8 miles, loop) Fairly easy trail loop for snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter and walking and hiking in the summer. 
Westport, NY
Highest snowfall east of Rockies, 35k groomed trails. Open daily, rentals, day lodge snacks, mountain biking and orienteering in the summer months.
Camden, NY
3 trails of 3.5 miles for hiking, mountain biking, birding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Leashed dogs welcome. Park is carry in - carry out. No alcohol, camping, camp fires or motorized...
Warrensburg, NY
ADK is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of New York State Forest Preserve, parks, wild lands and waters. Walk-in information center offers hiking, snowshoe, skiing maps,...
Lake George, NY
In the Northern Adirondacks at the foot of Lyon Mt. The New Land Trust features 287 acres - Open to the Public for xc-skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, birdwatching, and general enjoyment of nature....
Saranac, NY
A view from any angle of this magnificent fort overlooking Lake Champlain is breathtaking. Visitors will discover the original ruins of the 18th-century structures. Recreational opportunities abound...
Crown Point, NY
Ski the childhood mountain of three Olympians: Tim Burke, Annelies Cook and Bill Demong all learned to ski on Dewey Mountain!Dewey Mountain is located inside the Village of Saranac Lake in the heart...
Saranac Lake (Franklin County), NY
Tug Hill Plateau offers thousands of acres of public lands. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, biking, ATV riding, fishing, hunting, camping and more.Home to the best...
Lowville, NY
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