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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Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Center
220 Bobrun Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-4436
Winter conditions can be challenging.
Klondike Notch
South Meadows Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This is considered a moderate trail with some steep stretches. It lets a skier experience the lovely scenery from Adirondack Loj to Johns Brook Lodge if they wish. The Lodge is 6.3 miles from the beginning. The Klondike lean-to (roughly 3.6 miles in)...

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...

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.

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...

Great for winter cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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...

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...

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...

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...

High Peaks Mountain Guides - Nordic, Alpine Touring, Tele/NTN, Split Board
High Peaks Cyclery2739 Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3764

Click to book your rental now The Adirondack back country is a winter wonderland for cross country, AT, and telemark skiing opportunities. Our guides can instruct and lead you on a wide variety of cross country skiing terrain from our in town nature...

Henry's Woods
Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

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...