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Cross-Country Skiing

Snap on some skis and glide along scenic trails and slopes

Buffalo Cross Country skiing - Photo by Ed HealyCross-country skiing is one of the best ways to see New York's winter landscape. Just north of New York City, you'll find trails for all levels, including those on the grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House. Traverse the 19-mile Catskill Scenic Trail or explore Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area, where 30 miles of groomed trails and backcountry skiing in the foothills of the Taconic and Berkshire Mountains. 

Lake Placid's Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, one of the premier venues of North America, has 31 miles of impeccably groomed trails for all levels. Lapland Lake is a Finnish-flavored resort with trails designed by a former Olympic skier. Garnet Hill Lodge's 34 miles of cross-country trails, from novice to expert, include a lighted trail for night skiing. Trails at Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region follow miles of shoreline. In the Snowbelt, east of Lake Ontario, lake-effect snow covers the entire Tug Hill Plateau with an annual average of 300 inches.

Cross-country ski and trail information is available at SnoCountry Ski Areas of NY; and for state-owned land, at XC Ski with DEC. You can also view or order our Winter Travel Guide now!

Ski resorts featuring cross-country skiing can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, November 6, 2020. Please remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering at all times when not skiing, eating, or drinking. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires anyone traveling from certain states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State. Travelers may undergo COVID testing to test out. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory here.

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