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

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, where 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 of 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.

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Keene-Keene Valley/Backcountry Trails
Rt 73, Keene
(518) 576-4444

Wilderness Backcountry Trails in Keene and Keene Valley Access to trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, Giant Mountain Wilderness, Dix Mountain Wilderness, and the Ausable Lakes area. These backcountry trails are not packed or groomed; they are...

Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center at Whiteface Club & Resort
373 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2551

The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Center at Whiteface Club and Resort boasts the finest groomed, set track in Lake Placid plus professional instructions, ski shop and rentals (including snowshoes). Open throughout the winter, weather permitting, daily, 9am...

Bloomingdale Bog Trail
Route 86, Saranac Lake
(518) 523-2445

Hiking An abandoned railroad right-of-way provides easy access to a scenic bog - full of birds, conifers and unique plants - with distant views of surrounding mountains. Pine forests surround the northern portion of the route. Intersections with...

Marcy Dam Truck Trail
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

From the Loj Road you will have to ski South Meadow Lane for 1mile to access the Klondike Notch Trail. The road starts out heading easily uphill before descending very slightly to the gated road on the right. This gated road is the truck trail. This...

Fernow Trail
Route 30, Tupper Lake
(518) 523-2445

This is a wonderful trail through a mixed forest of mostly evergreens. The trail was designed in a lollipop loop formation, so you can loop back to your car. The trail enters the forest and goes through a large stand of spruce and pines. At just over 0.

Tupper Lake Country Club, XC Ski Trails
Country Club Road, Tupper Lake
(518) 523-2445

The Tupper Lake Municipal Cross Country Ski Trail system is located at the Tupper Lake Municipal Golf Course. Snowshoeing is permitted, but please stay off the set cross-country ski track. Dogs are welcome if they behave, do not bother other skiers...

Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway - Winter Trek
Memorial Highway, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

On a fair day with good snow conditions, a trip up and down Whiteface via the highway can seem like a deceptively easy way to bag a 4,000 foot winter ascent. Under less than ideal conditions, however, the skiing can be treacherous and the weather...

Heart Lake Loop
Adirondack Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

From the trailhead you will ski on a slight downhill with the lake to your right and pass by a few lean-to's. Cross a small bridge over a creek and remain to the right. Eventually the trail will bring you to the base of a practice hill. Ski up the...

Whiteface Landing
Off Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4...

Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area
Route 373, Keeseville
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...

Northville-Lake Placid Trail
Averyville Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Many sections of the 133-mile Northville-Lake Placid are suitable for cross-country skiing. This section features rolling terrain with some short steep climbs to a leanto and frozen waterfall reached via a side trail. Northville-Placid Trail/Wanika...

John Brown Farm State Historic Site
115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3900

Hiking John Brown Farm in the town of North Elba is the home and gravesite of abolitionist John Brown. John Brown died in the pursuit of freedom of slaves, and after an assault on Harpers Ferry to obtain arms in 1859 he was hanged in Virginia. His...