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, 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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Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area and either can be used to create a loop to the three ponds. Copperas Pond offers great camping potentials with a...

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...

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...

Peninsula Nature Trails
Brewster Peninsula Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The Brewster Peninsula Trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid and are tucked back on a dirt road. The DEC has worked to use old access roads and selected new trails to develop this year-round destination for short, fun afternoon outings.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

High Peaks Wilderness/Backcountry Trails
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

The Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake Recreation Center offer a good year-round access point for many trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. From the large parking area (be sure to pay the parking fee) you can reach: Mount Marcy Algonquin Mt. Mount...

Henry's Woods
Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3061

Henry's Woods, which is owned and maintained by the Uihlein Foundation, is a community preserve located just outside the village of Lake Placid. The caretakers of this beautiful property and the Uihlein Foundation invite the public to use these trails...