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 kilometers of groomed ski trails, night skiing, and several kilometers of backcountry trails to the summit.
Five-time Olympian and Olympic gold and silver medalist Billy Demong, along with 3-time Olympic biathlete Tim Burke, each first learned to ski on these trails. Don’t let that intimidate you – they learned and fell 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 Smith's College Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC) is another cool spot for cross-country and skate skiing. Twelve miles from downtown Saranac Lake, the VIC offers environmental education, a cafe and local art, as well as over 20 miles of groomed trails.
Want to get into your own groove? The famous Jackrabbit Trail starts at Paul Smith's, 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.
Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.
In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.