First Ski Saturday of 2013 is a Good One in the Adirondacks

Cross-country skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Along the trail at Mt. Van Hoevenberg cross-country ski center in Lake Placid.

Since I am still undergoing ski immersion therapy, I can offer a first hand report on ski conditions in and around Lake Placid in the Adirondacks. Skiing of any sort is great right now. There is approximately 28 inches of snow on the ground at ~2200 feet just outside of Lake Placid. The high country has even more snow and the Jackrabbit Trail is has excellent coverage all the way to Keene.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg Trail

There was a cross-country ski race today at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, but the trails were remarkably quiet.

At Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the site of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games cross-country ski events, the trails are in superb condition. I have enjoyed some of the best skiing in years these past few days. The facility has all 50 kilometers of trails packed and groomed with  full depth tracks.

Double dipper at MVH

Bring your fast skis because Double Dipper is a lot of fun!

Mt. Van Hoevenberg is the neighborhood year-round playground, but the place really shines in the winter. The wide trails wind through mixed balsam forest and hardwood stands. It is one of those rare places where you can ski fast on very beautiful, machine-groomed trails, but it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. It is not uncommon to see owls, woodpeckers, grouse, rabbits, turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, or deer while on the trail, but not another person.

Mt Van Hoevenberg trail with balsam 01-13

Mother Nature graciously provides balsam sprigs for perspective.

The combined effect of time spent in nature and the incredible workout that is part of cross-country skiing is good medicine for anything that ails you. And skiing makes you smile when you see signs like the one below.

Wabbit Way at Van Ho

Who can resist the turn to Wabbit Way?

 

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