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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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Lapland2013139 Lapland Lake Road, Northville (Town of Benson), NY  (518) 863-4974 |
Winter Trails Day – Date: 1/11/14  Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

FREE to first-timers! Come enjoy a Touch of Finland in the Southern Adirondacks.  Complimentary facility use, beginner x-c ski lesson for adults and children from age 5 & ski rentals for first-time participants.
Saturday, January 11 – Open 9am – 9pm!

Lapland Ladies Love to Ski! A special program designed for women, taught by women. From 9:30am – 2:30pm beginner and intermediate level female skiers, grouped by ability, will receive instruction in classic ski technique, enjoy lunch with an equipment & clothing discussion, participate in a social group ski and enjoy a group wrap up with hot beverage at the end of the day. The program is led by Lapland Lake’s PSIA-certified instructors Sherry Dixon, Susan Henriksson and Jan Mares. Cost for the five-hour program is $40 including facility use pass, lunch and discount coupons for equipment. Cost of rental equipment, if needed, is $15 for this program only. To ensure space, please pre-register.

– Winter Trails Day from 2 – 4:30pm. FREE to first-timers!
Complimentary afternoon facility use, beginner x-c ski lesson for adults and children from age 5 & ski rentals for first-time participants. Pre-registration is required for first-timers participating in Winter Trails Day. Other resort activities include snowshoeing, tubing on our junior hills, and visiting with our resident reindeer. Our spacious two-story warming lodge with its toasty wood stove is the perfect place to relax and visit with other outdoor enthusiasts. The resort’s Tuulen Tupa Grill, overlooking the pond, serves Finnish specialties, homemade soups, vegetarian and beef chili, quiche, wraps, burgers, quesadillas and delicious fresh baked goods. Plan to join us for an extraordinary afternoon when you will enjoy Adirondack splendor and warm Finnish hospitality!

Snowshoe by the Light of the Moon! This winter evening is certain to create lasting memories! Dinner and dessert at our cozy Tuulen Tupa Grill followed by a gently paced snowshoe tour. Stop by our lakeside campfire to roast s’mores! This $48.00 package includes dinner, dessert, coffee or tea, snowshoe rentals, s’mores and guided tour. Ages 18+, please. Space is limited; reservations are a must! Dinner service begins at 5pm; the guided snowshoe tour begins at 7pm and runs until 8:30/9pm. Please bring headlamps. We have a limited number to loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited space available – reserve early!

– Finn-tastic Moonlit & Illuminated Night Skiing, Junior Tubing, Ice-skating, Lakeside Campfire & Dinner Service! Delight in a perfect day and evening of skiing, snowshoeing and junior tubing. Linger longer for a wonderful Saturday evening meal including Finnish dinner specialties. Reservations are advised and appreciated; dinner is served beginning at 5:00pm with a final seating at 7:00pm. Night skiing is free to those purchasing a full or half-day facility use pass. After 2pm rates apply to night skiing – so come early if you can! (Night skiing and tubing are available every night to our lodging guests.)

Fahnestock Winter Trails75 Mt Laurel Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516  (845) 265-3773

Date: 1/12/14, Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We invite you to participate in the Hudson Valley  National Winter Trails Day Winterfest Celebration.  Program starts at 11 am and ends at 3 pm.  It will take place at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center on Sunday, January 12, 2014.   TOEC is  located in the 20,000 acre Fahnestock State Park near Cold Spring, NY.

A “Snow, No snow, rain or shine” event.  It will take place at the Fahnestock’s State Parks — Taconic Outdoor Education Center, 75 Mountain Laurel Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516.  Website:  or call TOEC at (845) 265-3773.

Avoid cabin fever & enjoy a winter day outdoors!

In Highland Lodge….

JLS Sports and the New England Nordic Ski Association will present a cross country ski waxing clinic. Learn about the basics of prepping a ski for glide and kick wax, how to select the proper wax for the conditions, and tips to simplify the process.  Beginner instruction on map and compass use will be provided by Orienteering Unlimited.  After learning the basic skills, you will be able to put them to use and practice on a novice orienteering course.

TOEC staff will offer a nature craft activity for kids.  REI outdoor staff will offer some tips and tricks for winter camping and hiking. Putnam Highland Audubon will answer winter bird feeding questions and have seed available for sale.  The Guiding Eyes for the Blind ambassador dogs will be in attendance.  Catch a glimpse of an owl, hawk and snake.  Bill Robinson will provide a live wildlife presentation.

Outdoors…Beginner bird and nature walks offer by TOEC staff

Depending on weather and conditions… Snowshoes will be available for use courtesy of Tubbs Snowshoes and Mountain Tops Outfitters in Beacon, NY. On a first come, first served basis, participants will have a chance to use a pair of snowshoes for a short period of time.

Garrison Fish & Game Club will be ice fishing on Duck Pond.  Come join them and learn about this fun way to fish in the winter.

Tubing & Ice Skating – The back hill will be available for tubing, the lake open for skating-bring your own or just “boot” skate.  Food and hot beverages will be available too!  So sorry – no pets

GarnetHillNew39 Garnet Hill Road, North River, NY   12856  (518) 251-2150 | Event website | Garnet Hill website
Date: 1/11/14, Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits with these easy-to-learn winter sports. Free beginner group lessons, KIDS! lessons, guided tours, shuttle bus rides and more. Shuttle Bus Rides offered from Rogers Road & Old Farm Road – sign up at the Nordic Center to reserve your seat!

Rental fees will be charged… Adults $25 / Youth & Seniors $20.
Rentals for children ages 4 and under are always free!

Garnet Hill Tentative Schedule:
Beginner Group Lessons, 30 minutes… 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm
KIDS! Lessons, 45 minutes… 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm
Snowshoe Tour, 45 minutes… 10:30 am
Tours for Classic Technique, 45 minutes… 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
Tour for Skate Technique, 45 minutes…
Backcountry Tour, 60 minutes… 3 pm
Nordic Cafe hours… 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Preuninger’s Pub hours… 12 pm thru close
Log House Restaurant hours… 5 – 8 pm

adk-logo1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946  (518) 523-3441 |
Date: 1/11/14, Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Enjoy a family friendly winter event at its Heart Lake Program Center in Lake Placid. This event aligns with ADK’s mission of promoting protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, and other parks, wild lands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. ADK has participated in Winter Trails Day events in the past, and has hosted similar family snowshoe day events on its property
Schedule of Activities
9:00 AM  Registration starts at High Peaks Information Center.
Snowshoe hike up Algonquin with Christine Bourjade. Preregistration required.  Snowshoe hike to Avalanche Pass with Jack Coleman. Preregistration required.
Ongoing throughout the day:
Skating on Heart Lake | Vendor tents | Kid’s only activities with ADK staff and volunteers. Kid’s zone. | Self-guided ski and snowshoe adventures.

Winterfest Quest: Self-guided snowshoe scavenger hunt.
Registration at the High Peaks Information Center.
Food and information at the Concessions Tent.
10:00 AM – Mt. Jo Guided Snowshoe Hike with ADK staff.
11:00 AM – Ski Waxing clinic with Brian Delaney of High Peaks Cyclery
Telemark lessons with ADK staff.  Curling clinic with Lake Placid Curling Club.  12:30 PM  Intermediate Nordic Ski clinic. High Peaks Cyclery staff.
1:00 PM  Curling clinic with Lake Placid Curling Club. Heart Lake.
Beginner Cross-Country Ski Clinic with Tony Goodwin. Preregistration required.  Orienteering lesson (in French!)
2:00 PM  Mt. Jo Guided Snowshoe Hike with ADK staff.  Telemark lessons with ADK staff.  Ski Waxing clinic with Brian Delaney of High Peaks Cyclery.  4:00 -8:00 PM  Live Music: Annie in the Water.
5:00 – 7:00 PM  Buffet Dinner. Adirondak Loj.