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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Pine Pond Trail
Averyville Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking and Cycling LENGTH: 14 miles RT. TRAILHEAD: End of Averyville Road, Lake Placid. TERRAIN: Hard-packed double-track route to a remote kettle pond. Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead it...

Pitchoff Pass
Old Mountain Rd, Keene
(518) 523-2445

These 3.5 miles are the last 3.5 miles of the Jackrabbit Trail and one of the most scenic sections. From the trailhead you will ski on a nearly flat surface and cross a small beaver pond. Not far beyond is a decent sized hill that will need to be climbed.

Heaven Hill Trails
Bear Cub Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Route Overview One of the perfect things about the Adirondacks' newest trail system is the variety of options. There are three main loops and all of the paths are relatively flat and accessible. The Big Field Loop is 0.9 miles long and leads through...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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

Avalanche Pass is usually approached from the Adirondack Loj. But it can also be approached from the Upper Works, and when the two are combined make for an excellent through hike. Hiking Below both routes are described for those who want to hike the...

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...

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. Trailheads: 15km of trail near ski centers are...