Places to Go Cross-Country Skiing Near Albany
Experience the great outdoors and participate in this fantastic winter sport! There are plenty of scenic spots to go cross-country skiing in Albany and the Capital Region. You can enjoy classic Nordic or faster skate-skiing at a nearby state park, ski center, or mountain resort.
Cross-Country Skiing Hotspots in the Capital Region
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve's many trails aren't just used for hiking and biking, but for cross-country skiing as well. There are about 20 miles of multiple-use trails that are marked and are considered easy to moderate.
Named "Best in the Mid-Atlantic" and "Best Cross-Country Resort for Families," Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center includes 50 kilometers of scenic cross-country ski and snowshoe trails surrounded by a pristine Adirondack Forest Preserve.
There is meticulous snow cat grooming for classic and skate-skiing, as well as a warming lodge, fully equipped rental and retail shop, PSIA Ski School, food service, illuminated trails, lessons including children's programs, ice-skating, junior tubing hills, ski rentals, snowshoes, tubes, pulk sleds, ice skates, Scandinavian kick sleds, and more! Lapland Lake has a season-long calendar of events and is an easy drive to the Southern Adirondacks.
Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area
Enjoy 35 kilometers of groomed woodland cross-country skiing trails at Pineridge in Petersburg. Situated at the foothills of the Berkshires and Taconic Mountains and just a quick drive east from Albany, Pineridge offers wooded trails through hardwoods and evergreens.
Go night skiing along lighted trails, or enjoy skiing through the track set specifically for traditional cross-country skiing. Prefer skate-skiing? Pineridge offers 20 kilometers of skating trails as well. Lessons, ski rentals, guided tours, a warming lodge, and a retail shop are all available.
Schenectady County Forest
Head over to nearby Duanesburg for cross-country skiing in a flat to rolling woodland forest preserve. Schenectady County Nature and Historic Preserve is comprised of 102 acres of native hardwood and red pine forest open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter.
New York State Parks Offering Cross-Country Skiing
These state parks located in the Capital Region and Saratoga area are great options for cross-country skiing:
- Cherry Plain
- Grafton Lakes
- Max V. Shaul
- Mine Kill
- Moreau Lake
- Peebles Island
- Saratoga Spa
- Schodack Island
- Thacher State Park
- Thompson's Lake