Experience Lake Placid on skis 

One of the best ways to experience winter in Lake Placid is on skis! Whether you grew up skiing or are new to the sport, you'll find a trail in our area that is just right for you. Cross-country ski centers and a vast network of groomed and backcountry trails support adventures big and small, and warmth and food are never far.

Ski centers are for everyone

Cross-country ski centers are great places for seasoned skiers and those who are new to the sport — rent equipment, get some pointers from the staff, and master the basics on wide, well maintained paths. Mount Van Hoevenberg, site of the cross-country skiing events of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, offers more than 50km of trails, including 4km of world championship rate trails, with variety for everyone. Over at the Cascade X-C Ski Center (now owned by Adirondack Mountain Club), you'll find 20km of groomed trails, a cozy bunkhouse, an awesome ski shop where skiers of all abilities can make Cascade their winter getaway destination.

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!

Many 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.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks. 

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

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.

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

This is a classic Adirondack backcountry ski and is a favorite amongst visitors and locals!

  
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.

  
Avalanche Lake
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Avalanche Lake is beautiful and remote. It's well worth the trip for those who are prepared for the miles.

  
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...

  
Cascade Welcome Center
4833 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 837-5047

Opened in 2022, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Cascade Welcome Center is a one-stop shop for visitor information, outdoor recreation, and much more.

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

In summer, Heart Lake is a dream. In winter, it's still a dream, but with lots of snow for skiing!

  
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...

  
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...

  
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...

  
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
220 Bobsled Run Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-4436

Home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track--the only one east of the Rockies--as well as 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and a biathlon shooting range, the Olympic Sports Complex is a study in extremes. It's on this track that...

  
Jackrabbit Trail
from Keene Valleyto Paul Smiths, Lake Placid
(518) 523-1365

The 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail runs from Keene, through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, to Paul Smiths. It is a trail that connects with four ski centers and several backcountry routes along the way.