Winter Recreation

Fitness made fun

The Whiteface Region offers plentiful backcountry skiing opportunities. Whether you are telemark skiing or cross country skiing, the Whiteface Region is the ideal place to blaze the trails. Cross country skiing is a total body workout that gets your heart and lungs pumping. If you're a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just want to increase your fitness, cross country skiing in the Whiteface Region is a great way to cross-train and stay active this winter. Not to mention it's fun, inexpensive and fairly easy to learn.

For those looking for a more challenging route, head up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway trail for some spectacular views atop the fifth-highest High Peak in the Adirondacks. Take in the Adirondack wildlife as you ski by frozen-over streams and snow-topped trees. Birders will especially enjoy navigating through the pristine woodlands, where hawks, eagles, owls and smaller birds make their winter home. You may even see Crossbills high in the trees along the trails.

Whether you prefer a groomed trail or fresh powder, there are several trails in the Whiteface Region to enjoy. Many of these trails are located just off of Route 86 between Whiteface Mountain and Wilmington. To find out more about cross-country skiing, be sure to get a trail map or guidebook when you arrive. 

Adirondac Ski Tours

Adirondac Ski Tours runs a wide variety of ski and snowshoe trips throughout the Adirondack Mountains in the Lake Placid / Wilmington ...
Location: Schroon Lake, New York
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Bears Den Snowshoe

At the Bears Den Lot in the ski area the trail is located to the north side of the parking lot. The trail flows along the hillside ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Beaver Brook Tract

The Beaver Brook Tract Trail Network is around 8 miles of trails with an additional under construction or planned.  Nine ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Esther Mountain | Snowshoe

  Peak Name Esther Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead  Wilmington Trail from the Atmosphere Science Research Center ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Flume Knob

While a secondary trail does come in from the Whiteface ski area, this is best for snowshoeing Flume Knob. From the trailhead start by ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Flume Trails

The Wilmington Flume Trail System has around 8.0 miles of trails in total. These trails are a multi-purpose open to mountain biking, ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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High Falls Gorge | Snowshoe Trek

High Falls Gorge is especially spectacular in the winter months. Come for a nature walk, and gasp at the spectacular ice formations on ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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High Peaks Wilderness/Backcountry Trails

The Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake Recreation Center offer a good access point for many trails in the High Peaks Wilderness ...
Location: Lake Placid, New York
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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 ...
Location: Lake Placid, New York
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Olympic Sports Complex Cross-Country Center at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Experience the Olympic Cross-Country ski trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg Ski on 50km of trails, groomed for classical and skating ...
Location: Lake Placid, New York
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Owen, Copperas, Winch Ponds

These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Silver Lake Bluffs

This attractive little trail is off the main route to anywhere, but well worth the added effort to locate it. The trail is also found on ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Stag Brook Falls

Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Taylor Pond | XC Ski Trail

On the shore of the pond sits the Taylor Pond State Campground which is an excellent location to access this trail as well. Along this ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Whiteface Landing

Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: Whiteface Landing sits at the northeast end of Lake Placid (the lake) and has been a popular ...
Location: Lake Placid, New York
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Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway - Winter Trek

Distance: 11 mi (17.7 km), round-trip Difficulty: Ski—Novice–Intermediate; Snowshoe—Experienced ADK map and guidebook: ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Whiteface Toll Road

From the gate you will start climbing immediately. The climb is never too steep but continuous. It was built for cars to travel easily, ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Wilmington Peak - Cooper Kiln Pond Approach

To approach Wilmington Peak from the south you should use this approach for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Wilmington Peak - Slide Approach

This approach is a very unique one, as it uses a slide track for the major portion of the ascent over 2130'. First and foremost, if you ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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Beaver Brook Trails | Cross Country Ski

The Beaver Brook Tract Trail Network is 6.6 miles of trails with a difficulty level right for anyone. Seven trails make up the Beaver ...
Location: Wilmington, New York
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