Outdoor Winter Fun- Cross Country Skiing

The snow keeps falling, which can only mean one thing- its time to play in the snow! The upstate area is a great place to find a ton of outdoor-winter related activities for you and your families. Known as touring, cross country skiing offers many health benefits and is a great way to exercise while spending time with the ones you love. Here are some of the most popular ski parks surrounding the capital region:

Tree Haven Trails
Located in Hagaman NY, Tree Haven Trails offers some of the best trails for families. Weekday prices are $8.00 for adults and seniors and $5.00 for juniors. Weekend prices are $10.00 for adults and seniors and $5.00 for juniors. Ski rentals range from $15.00-$20.00 while snowshoe rentals range from $8.00-$10.00. Cross Country Skiing lessons are available Saturdays and Sundays between 11am-1pm and reservations are necessary. Call 518-627-4260 for more information.

Schenectady County Forest
Go skiing on a forest preserve! Located in Duanesburg NY on Lake Road, County route 88 the Nature and Historic Preserve is comprised of over 100 acres of perfect land for skiing!

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area
Sitting at the bottom of the Berkshire and Taconic mountains the Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area is home to 35km of cross country ski trails. Ski skating, and night skating are available with lighted trails. Ski rentals, lessons, shops, and warming lodges are also available. Children 6 and under ski for free, they are open daily from 9am-4pm and you can visit http://www.pineridgexc.com/rates.html to check out the going rates by age and size of the group.

Arctic Circle Ski Center
Located in Gloversville and featuring over 25km of land, the arctic circle ski center is the perfect place for families and winter fun. Ski rentals are available as well as ice skating, snow tubing, and snowmobiling. Visit http://www.gobacktothebasics.com/cross_country_skiing_rentals.htm or call 518-725-7699 for more info!

LapLand Lake Nordic Vacation Center
Bordering the Southern Adirondacks, Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center was named “Best in the Mid-Atlantic” and “Best Cross Country Resort for Families”. Claiming over 50km of scenic land, your visit is sure to be packed with endless fun! Skiing, a warming lodge, equipment rental, retail shops, ski school, resturants, “night-time” trails, children’s programs, ice skating, tubing, and much more are available. You can visit http://www.laplandlake.com/ or call 518-863-4974 for more information!

Some other parks in the Capital District and Saratoga Region that offer cross-country skiing options:

Cherry Plain
Grafton Lakes
John Boyd Thacher
Max V. Shaul
Mine Kill
Moreau Lake
Peebles Island
Saratoga Spa
Schodack Island
Thompson’s Lake

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