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
Twenty-two miles of free, groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. These trails are great for mountain biking and hiking when there is no snow. Pavilion with basketball court becomes an ice...
Inlet, 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
Ride on horse back over the great trails at Otter Creek but enjoy a few people comforts, like water and electric sites or a cabin rental, while your horse is in a spacious corral or box stall. 65 mi...
Glenfield, NY
Private 25km groomed cross country trails; 10km above 2,000 vertical feet back country trails. Guided trips, ski school. Complete shop offers downhill ski, board and snowshoe rentals; demos and...
North Creek, NY
Former tree nursery now used as a demonstration area for several different types of trees and wilderness areas. Hiking trail winds through entire 92-acre area. Cross country skiing.
Lowville, 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
7km of varied terrain for running, walking. Dedicated snowshoeing trail. Trails are groomed and lighted until 10pm for cross-country skiing. No walking or pets allowed on groomed ski trails. No motor...
Glens Falls, NY
55km of groomed trails, set tracks and skating lanes, novice-expert. 30km dedicated snowshoe trails. Guided tours, lessons, maps, and rentals.
North River, NY
(2 miles RT, easy) Enjoy a hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski through meadows and forest. Parking is roadside and you may access the trail from the north end on Ferris Road or south end on Walker...
Wadhams, NY
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