Cross-country and Backcountry Skiing

Cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to experience winter in Lake Placid. Our groomed trail networks make getting out a snap, and warmth and food are never far. Cross-country ski centers are also great places to try skiing — rent equipment, get some pointers from the staff, and master the basics on wide, well maintained paths.

Go at your own pace

More experienced skiers will find plenty to love in our mountains. There’s a nice trail network near Adirondak Loj that’s a perfect place to prepare for the longer, more demanding trails in the region, and of course there’s the famous Jackrabbit Ski Trail, which passes through several Adirondack communities including Keene, Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake along its 35 miles. You’ll find plenty of ups and downs along this breathtaking route!

Avoid the busy lift lines

Avalanche Pass

A lot of winter enthusiasts are happy taking in the scenery from our mellower trails, while those looking to test their skills head into the High Peaks for a taste of the backcountry, nothing beats the moderately difficult trail to Avalanche Pass. This iconic ski route is a little over 5 miles one way to Avalanche Lake, where the immense cliffs on Mount Colden rise dramatically from the shore. If steeper, thigh-burning backcountry experiences are what you crave, check out the ski trails up Mount Marcy and Wright Peak.

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center
Location: Route 3, Saranac Lake, New York
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Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center at Whiteface Club & Resort
Location: 373 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid, New York
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Northville-Placid Trail/Wanika Falls
Location: Averyville Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Tupper Lake Ski Trails
Location: Country Club Road, Tupper Lake, New York
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Pitchoff Pass
Location: Old Mountain Rd, Keene, New York
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Cascade XC Ski Center
Location: 4833 Cascade Rd., Lake Placid, New York
Phone: (518) 523-1111
Lake Placid Club Nordic Center
Location: 88 Morningside Drive, Lake Placid, New York
Phone: (518) 523-2556

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