November 20, 2019
The winter season is here. And that means ski season is nearly here. It has been a long eight months since I last clipped in to my cross-country skis, but it is finally almost time. Here at the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center, we have 10 miles of ski trails on property (PDF link), as well as numerous options for gliding into the backcountry. Note: the trails at the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center are not groomed, though they are patrolled by staff who check for blowdown and set track in the process.
Here are some of my favorite ski trips, which all start from property. Some stay around the area, while others explore the backcountry and all it has to offer.
Outlet Brook Loop – Beginner – 1 mile round-trip
My favorite trail for winding down after a long day, the Outlet Brook Loop starts next to Lean-to #3 in the Wilderness Campground and takes skiers on a pleasant trip through a coniferous forest. Great for beginners, this loop features a few small hills that can help new skiers practice for more challenging runs found elsewhere.