Winter Fitness Groomed or Fresh

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!

Where to go

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.

Endless exploration

Want to get into your own groove? The famous Jackrabbit Cross Country Skiing 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. 

Maximize your playtime by staying in the right place

Don’t miss out on a minute of playing in the snow, put your feet up and rest your head at the end of the day nearby in one of Saranac Lake’s many cozy lodging options. Warm up with drinks, apps and a delicious meal at a local restaurant and stroll Saranac Lake's artsy downtown shops. 

Ready to start planning? Let us be your guide to find the right lodging option for you – use our Book a Reservation tool or view our lodging packages & specials – they’re FREE to use and here to help you. Also we’ve selected some of our coolest, flattest and most scenic routes for you to try, see below:

 

Dewey Mountain Recreation Area

Dewey Mountain is one of Saranac Lake’s village recreational centers, open to everyone. It has Adirondack cross country and...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Tupper Lake Ski Trails

The Tupper Lake Municipal Cross Country Ski Trail system is located at the Tupper Lake Municipal Golf Course, near Big Tupper Ski Area...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York
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Silvi Classic Cross Country Ski Trail

Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Bloomingdale Bog - skiing

Bloomingdale Bog has a lot of unique features which make it a great backcountry skiing option. The trail is a former access road, so it is...
Location: Bloomingdale, New York
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Trombley Clearing

This trail is seldom used in any large capacity during the winter; this is mainly due to parking. From the roadside you will drop down to...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York
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Jackrabbit Ski Trail

Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Jackrabbit Trail

The 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail runs from Keene, through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, to Paul Smiths. It is a trail that connects with...
Location: Lake Placid, New York
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Esker Classic Cross Country Ski Trail

Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Hayes Brook Truck Trail

The Hayes Brook Truck Trail begins from a parking area along Route 30 3.7 miles north of the junction of Routes 86 and 30 in Paul Smiths....
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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