Discover Cross Country Skiing!
New York Winter Trails Day, Jan. 11-12, 2014
Enjoy a great introduction to Winter Fun. Discover cross country skiing and snowshoeing!
Well if your New Year’s Resolution includes getting in shape of just getting outside and having some fun – Winter Trails is tailored just for you! There are at least 3 sites in New York with great programming for Winter Trails Day with free cross country skiing, snowshoeing and other great winter events. Start by visiting The Winter Trails Day website registration is required for many events. New York Areas with Winter Trails programming include Lapland Lake, Benson, NY, Garnet Hill Lodge, North River, NY, Fahnestock Winter Park, Cold Spring, NY, and Adirondack Mt. Club, Lake Placid, NY.
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I had always remembered a skiing trivia question. What was the biggest ski day ever? What day of the year has recorded the most skiers at a ski area? Most folks would guess sometime during Christmas or New Year’s or Presidents weekend in February. But alas it was Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Killington in Vermont recorded 14,000 skiers on Black Friday sometime in the 1990’s. This number was eclipsed by Mammoth Mt. in California sometime later.
Biggest Ski Day Ever – The Vasaloppet!
But I recently saw an article about the Vasaloppet in Sweden. This 90km. (that’s more than 55 miles!) cross country ski race has almost 16,000 skiers registered for the March 2, 2014 event! The entire week of racing will see 68,000 skiers cross country ski racing! The race commemorates the victory of the Swedes over the Danish Rulers by Gustav Eriksson Vasa in 1521. Read the Vasa History Account here.
Most of the racers are Swedish and they take this race very seriously with a combination of national pride and fitness training. Here is a photo of Ernst Alm the first winner in 1922. Check out that equipment to go 90km in!
There is an American version of the Vasaloppet held every year in Mora Minnesota – Vassaloppet USA. This Loppet features a 58km. freestyle event and a 42km classic event.
If you can’t make it to Sweden or Minnesota, local racers can enter the Lake Placid Loppet. This year the Lake Placid Loppet is held on Jan. 25, 2014. The Lake Placid Loppet is held on the same trails as the 1980 Olympic cross country […]
Watch this incredible video from National Geographic Magazine via the Ski Channel Website.
Get out There! Ski Season is On!
As of Saturday, November 30th at least 4 cross-country ski centers are now open for the season. It’s always a good idea both early season or late season – call ahead. Visit the Ski Area Directory Page for contact information.
Open Areas include Osceola Tug Hill, Camden, NY
Lapland Lake, Benson, NY
Garnet Hill Lodge XC-Ski, North River, NY
The Olympic Trails, Mt. Van Hoevenburg, Lake Placid, NY
Also, it is early season, so, older equipment is recommended and a bit of caution is advised especially on downhills with thin cover.
Benson, NY – Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center will host its two-day annual Open House Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24 from 9:00am – 4:30pm each day. Visitors are invited to tour the Finnish-style four-season vacation center which is celebrating its 35th anniversary year.
Open House is free of charge to all. Facility use fees will be half-price both days for those wishing to ski, snowshoe and tube (conditions permitting). If there is no snow, visitors are welcome to enjoy complimentary hiking on the resort’s 50km trail system.
Visitors may enter a door prize drawing for a choice of any pair of new skis in stock OR a 2013-14 Season Pass Membership. If the individual whose name is drawn has already purchased their 2013-14 Membership, his or her purchase price will be refunded.
During the two-day Open House all new cross country ski and snowshoe equipment will be discounted 30%. Rental ski packages will be available for purchase from $125.00 for juniors and from $175.00 for adults. Season-long equipment rentals ($75 – $180 plus deposit) will be available as well. Lapland Lake’s operator, former US Olympian Olavi Hirvonen, will assist with proper equipment selection and sizing.
Spencer Morrissey, author of the newly published book, Adirondack Skier, a guide to some of the best trails in the Adirondack Park for cross country skiing, […]
Let it snow – Kick off the XC Ski & Snowshoe Season
4th Annual Cross Country Ski
and Snowshoe Swap Fundraiser
As the Hudson Valley hillsides change color and the leaves cover up the summer hiking trails outdoor enthusiasts’ attention will turn to the winter sport season. Many envision a downhill descent on a sunny winter day in the mountains far away from home. However, there is another way to enjoy gliding on skis or snowshoeing through Hudson Valley woods on a sunny winter day – with a visit to the Fahnestock Winter Park.
To kick the season off and support the Metro NY, NJ and CT cross-country ski and snowshoe fans, the Fahnestock Winter Park’s 4th Annual Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap Fundraiser will take place Sat., Nov 2 from 9 am to 1pm at Fahnestock State Park’s Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC).
If you are looking to upgrade cross-country ski or snowshoe equipment and are in the market for good deals on new equipment from last year’s models or used snowshoes, cross country skis, boots, poles, bindings, roof top car boxes, roller skis and waxing accessories, this is a great opportunity to purchase gear.
For those not familiar with a swap – if you have xc ski equipment, snowshoes or other Nordic accessories in the basement gathering dust, maybe it is time to consider selling. Bring them to us and we will help you tag […]