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. 

Results for "Cross-country and Backcountry Skiing"

Mt. Van Hoevenberg
220 Bobsled Run Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-4436
Jackrabbit Trail
from Keene Valleyto Paul Smiths, Lake Placid
(518) 523-1365
Heart Lake Loop
Adirondack Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
Avalanche Lake
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
Peninsula Nature Trails
Brewster Peninsula Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
Heaven Hill Trails
Bear Cub Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
Marcy Dam Truck Trail
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3900
Klondike Notch
South Meadows Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
Pine Pond Trail
Averyville Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445
Henry's Woods
Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3061
Cascade Welcome Center
4833 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 837-5047