The lovely Lake Placid High Peaks Resort has come out with their favorite Cross Country Trail list and finally we have enough snow in the Northeast to actually be able to cross country ski.
Check out this list and grab your skis and get ready to burn some calories…All Good!
1. Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway - This novice-intermediate ski is 11 miles round trip. Note, however, that this is a 4000' ascent and because of the wide road, you are more exposed to the elements than you might be in the woods.
2. Olympic Sports Complex Cross-Country Ski Center - Here you can ski on 50km of groomed trails that wander through the forests of the Olympic Sports Complex. Ski rentals, lessons and a warming lodge are available.
3. Whiteface Landing - Beautiful lakeside scenery at the start and end of this trail. It's an old road, so it's level and you can make your trip as long or as short as you'd like. Great for beginners and children.
4. Cascade Ski Center - A complete cross country ski area with 20 km of groomed trails for all abilities. The trails here connect to the Olympic Sports Complex trails so ask about a combined pass. Ski shop, rentals and a restaurant and bar too!
5. Jackrabbit Trail - 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. For a short ski, park behind the Howard Johnsons in Lake Placid and ski the approximately 3 mile loop along the lake.
6. Whiteface Club & Resort - 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).
7. Adirondack Park Visitor's Interpretive Center at Paul Smith's College (The VIC) -The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers in Paul Smiths and Newcomb serve the 6 million acre park as environmental education and tourist orientation centers. Both offer miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits, multi-image presentations on the park.
For information and directions go to http://www.lakeplacid.com .