This is what we’re looking for! Great skiing!
Photo above is from Lapland Lake last season.
Thanksgiving XC-Ski Specials and Sales!
Ski Season is coming Fast! After a good start the last couple of weeks for Osceola Tug Hill and Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, we’re in a little lull waiting for the first coastal storm of the ski season. Get in gear! The new snow will also fall on Open House Celebrations at Garnet Hill, and of course the great ski sale at Cascade in Lake Placid. Click a tab below for more information.
NY Cross Country Ski Season 2014-2015 has begun! Three ski areas are open in New York – Osceola Tug Hill in Camden, NY the Olympic Trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, and Cascade Cross Country Ski Center also in Lake Placid.
Top photo is from Mt. Van Hoevenberg. See complete ski reports here.
Osceola has he most snow with all 40km of trails open. Lake Placid has substantially less snow, but it should last through the weekend. Get out there! Visit our weather page for more information.
Backcountry skiers might want to try the Whiteface Highway (pictured above) – see a story here from Brian Mann of NCPR. Also – Listen to John Warren’s podcast below about current conditions in the Adirondacks
President’s Week 2014 – This is as good as cross country skiing gets! With as much as 5″ of new snow on Tuesday, cross country ski areas are sporting the best ski conditions in years! While it does appear that a warm-up will visit most of ski country across New York on Friday – a return to cold is in the forecast for later in the weekend. Check the latest ski conditions here. And find weather report information here.
Check out our backcountry ski page for some information about ski routes in the North Creek/North River area. Photo above is Ed Orr skiing Raymond Brook Trail in North River, NY. Coming up March 1. 2 – Ski Fest – a festival of Backcountry Skiing in the Lake Placid Area.
Current Ski Conditions
Finally – a great snow storm has deposited a foot of snow (and more!) across the entire state. Get out and enjoy it! The groomers will be out packing and setting tracks for that deluxe midwinter snow experience we all love. Find a ski area near you – use our ski directory page also find phone numbers and website information for live reports. Find that ski center and get directions – use our google map page. Updates Ski Reports call 800-CALL-NYS or look on the ski report page here. Picture courtesy of Lapland Lake – Here’s what good midwinter snow conditions look like!
Cross Country Ski Events coming up…
Lapland Ladies Love to Ski – Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center will host a women’s-only ski program Saturday, February 8 from 9:30am – 2:30pm. Pre-registration is required. The popular five-hour ski program is geared to beginner and intermediate skiers. Focus is on classic ski technique. Cost for the program is $40 or $55 if participants need rental equipment. Included is a day-long facility use pass, instruction, lunch with equipment & clothing discussion, social group ski with instructors, group wrap-up, hot beverage and equipment discount coupon. Additional events at Lapland include Romancing The Snow packages for Valentine’s Weekend More info…
Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid – Feb 6-9, 2014
The 2014 Empire State Winter Games are a multi-day sports event that will take place February 6-9, 2014. For more than 33 years, the Games have brought together over 1,000 athletes from across the State to compete in a variety of winter sports. More info…
By Dick Carlson|February 6th, 2014|event, XC-Ski News|Comments Off on The Snow is Here – Get in Gear!
Lake Placid Loppet Postponed
The Big news is that the Lake Placid Loppet, originally scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, has been postponed ’till March. This is good news – think of all the training time you have now!
From their FB page…
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2014 Lake Placid Loppet has been postponed to Saturday, March 8th, 2014. Early registrations ($70) has been extended to Wednesday, March 5th. Packet pick-up and late registration ($80) is Friday, March 7th, 3:00-8:00pm at the Olympic Cross Country Center.
We hope that you will be able to join us on our postponement date of March 8. If you are not able to, your registration will be carried over to the 2015 Lake Placid Loppet. Link to Registration
Latest Conditions Jan 16, 2014
There is still plenty of skiing – and surprising good cover in many areas. So, trail counts and surface quality will improve with even small amounts of new snow. Lake Placid has recorded 2″ of new snow and Mt. Van Hovenberg will reopen tomorrow on some of the flatter terrain. Further to the South Garnet Hill is open with some new snow (1″+). Much the same with Lapland Lake (2″) and Osceola. This makes a huge difference in the skiing – again with good base cover – some nice skiing is on tap for MLK Weekend. Picture is from Lapland Jan. 16, 2014. Latest Ski Conditions
Lapland Lake – Ladies Love To Ski A Cross Country Ski Program Designed For Women, Taught by Women! Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center will host a women’s-only ski program Saturday, January 25 from 9:30am – 2:30pm. Pre-registration is required. The popular five-hour ski program, “Lapland Ladies Love […]
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.