Cross-Country Skiing in the Saranac Lake Area
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Winter's Endless Exploration

A favorite time of year is when the snow flies and we can get out into the woods and on the trails to cross-country ski. Cross-country skiing has grown into a popular recreational activity, it’s a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors, plus get some exercise!


For the groomed experience, check out the winter wonderland at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, located a mile west of downtown Saranac Lake. A mountain bike haven in the summer and fall, the center features 15 km of groomed ski trails, night skiing, and several kilometers of backcountry trails to the summit.

5-time Olympian and Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, Billy Demong along with 3-time Olympic Biathlete, Tim Burke, both first learned to ski on these trails. Don’t let that intimidate you – they learned here – Dewey Mountain is a great spot for families and all abilities. What’s cooler than skiing in the groomed ski tracks of Olympians! 

The Paul Smiths College Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC) is another cool spot for cross-country and skate skiing. 12 miles from downtown Saranac Lake, the VIC offers environmental education for visitors, as well as over 20 miles of groomed trails.

Natural Conditions

Want to get into your own groove? The famous Jackrabbit Trail starts at Paul Smiths, and lets you travel to Lake Placid, and beyond.  Don’t think your options end there – the backcountry skiing options are endless – from old logging roads to all of our area hiking trails, there is always something new and different for you to experience. 


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