Cross-Country Skiing

Have Poles, Will Travel

Cross-country skiing is one of Tupper Lake's favorite winter pastimes. So don't wait! Come join us as we enjoy free access to the groomed trail network at the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails, break trail on a backwoods cross-country ski adventure, and bundle up for an evening with local amateur astronomers for "Skiing with the Stars." 

Ski For A Day, A Weekend, A Week

Consider yourself warned! One day on the trails in and around Tupper Lake is never enough. Check out our lodging options and plan on spending a great weekend skiing, dining, and exploring the Adirondacks.

Find more Nordic ski inspiration with 5 places to cross country ski for free.

Leave No Trace

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.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Big Pine Trail The Big Pine that is the name of the trail will be at the base of a very short spur trail on your... Read More
Black and Bridge Brook Ponds This is a relatively new trail and not on most people’s radar so it gets much less use that other... Read More
Deer Pond Loop Deer Pond is the finest destination point and you may find that to be enough, don’t feel that the... Read More
Ward Brook Trail to #4 Lean-to This route is a mix of horse trails, old logging roads, and hilly terrain. A long ski which ends at... Read More
Fernow Trail Fernow Trail, also known as the Fernow Plantation Loop, was named after Bernhard Fernow. He was one... Read More
Five Ponds Wilderness The Five Pond Wilderness is one of the most significant areas that can be accessed from Wanakena. A... Read More
Trombley Clearing This trail is seldom used in any large capacity during the winter; this is mainly due to parking.... Read More
Hedgehog Pond Trail Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing From the trailhead you will be on a very flat cross-country... Read More
Skiing at Paul Smith's College VIC Please note that a day-use fee is required to use VIC trails in the winter. A season pass can also... Read More
Janacks Landing Trail The trail starts out rather easily once you sidestep up the steep embankment to the trail register... Read More
Fish Pond Truck Trail This ski can be extended with spur trails for more pond exploration. Cross-Country Skiing and... Read More
Bog River Trail From the gate, pass through and hike along an old road to an old bridge over the Bog River. Cross... Read More
High Falls Loop The High Falls is on the Oswegatchie River in the northwestern Adirondacks. From the 15 mile High... Read More
Raquette Falls The Raquette Falls Trail is one of the most popular Adirondack backcountry ski routes in winter,... Read More
James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails The groomed cross-country ski center As the winter whites begins to cover the town of Tupper Lake... Read More
Gilbert Tract Loop This fun little loop is a four season treat which is partly old road, and then a lollipop trail... Read More
High Rock Winter Ski From the trailhead you will be on a very flat ski with Skate Creek on your left, which looks more... Read More
Tupper Lake Country Club, XC Ski Trails This Nordic ski center is an excellent place to go if you want a variety of terrain from groomed to... Read More
Lower Dam/Big Trout Lake Cross-Country Skiing Once you arrive at the parking area, which is also considered a snowmobile... Read More
Otter Hollow Trail Loop This trail between the Fish Creek and Rollins Pond campgrounds is a lovely way to explore these... Read More
William C. Whitney Area Trail System This wilderness area is flatter than much of the Adirondacks, with low rolling hills and abundant... Read More
Jenkins Mountain Hiking From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will... Read More
Hitchins Pond and Upper Dam Hiking This is a popular destination in the summer, with access to other trails with scenic... Read More
Stony Creek Pond Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the parking area cross Route 3, carefully. Wait till... Read More

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