Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing in the Adirondacks

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. 

From the gate you will start climbing immediately. The climb is never too steep but continuous. It was built for cars to travel easily, leaving the total grade rather moderate. In the early season there can be bare spots and windblown...
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Wilmington, New York
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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...
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Wilmington, New York
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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...
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Wilmington, New York
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Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, nature signs, and swimming are available along the way. This hike is an excellent snowshoe...
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Wilmington, New York
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Peak Name Esther Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead  Wilmington Trail from the Atmosphere Science Research Center (ASRC) Elevation 4240’ Round Trip Distance 7.0 miles Average Round-trip Time 7 to 8 hours...
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Wilmington, New York
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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 through a flat area with very little elevation change. As you move through the forest, the Bears Den...
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Wilmington, New York
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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 are not comfortable with slide climbing or exposure, this route might not be for you. If you...
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Wilmington, New York
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To approach Wilmington Peak from the south you should use this approach for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before gaining elevation and areas of frozen water. The climb along the trail...
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Wilmington, New York
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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...
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Lake Placid, New York
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The Wilmington Flume Trail System has around 8.0 miles of trails in total. These trails are a multi-purpose open to mountain biking, hiking, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing, and pretty much whatever else you can do without the use...
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Wilmington, New York
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Location:
Wilmington, New York
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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 Nature Conservancy Land for all to enjoy. You will appreciate a nice hike through a bog using a...
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Wilmington, New York
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Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Trailhead From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, follow Route 86 toward Jay. In Jay, take a left onto Route 9N and then an immediate right onto Glen Road. Follow Glen Road to its end, and turn left on Jay...
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Jay, New York
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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 ski tour you have a good possibility to see winter wildlife so keep a keen eye and ear. This is a...
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Wilmington, New York
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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...
Location:
Lake Placid, New York
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Location:
Wilmington, New York
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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 Brook Tract at this time. These trails are a multi-purpose landmark for the New York State DEC....
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area encompasses 862 acres offering a wide variety of loop opportunities. Since the completion of the management area there have been several foot trails...
Location:
Keeseville, New York
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Whiteface Landing is located at the northeast end of Lake Placid lake. It's a popular cross-country ski for locals and visitors. From the parking lot, go back 50 yards to a small sign marking a short connector trail that...
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Lake Placid, New York
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