Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

February 2017 featured a nice dump of snow in the Lake Champlain Region that created great cross-country ski conditions in the backwoods area. Our guest blogger, Chris Maron, Director of Champlain Area Trails, shares his solitary ski experience.  We just had a great February snowfall. Finally, in the Lake Champlain Region, there is deep snow. The family is away so I’m on my own. Now, where to explore? I pull out the CATS Map--that’s...
Skiing and Snowshoeing the Champlain ValleyThe Champlain Valley is chock-full of unique trails located up and down the Adirondack Coast, but sometimes the best bang for your buck are areas with many trails, loops, and levels of enjoyment. At the five locations I'm going to highlight, you will have the opportunity to XC-ski at all levels, snowshoe as long as your heart desires, and in non-snowy conditions you can trail run, hike, or just sightsee...
Local residents are buzzing with their winter predictions - all the “whens” and the “ifs": Will we get much snow? Will it last? Will the big lake freeze? In recent years we have seen milder winters. This fall has been unseasonably mild which leads some to believe we are in for it “big-time.” No matter, we are prepared to give you some ideas for a few adventures to enjoy the magic of winter along the Adirondack Coast, regardless of the snow or...
Predictions are for better than average amounts of snowfall this season which should make for some great winter trail activity. We are part of the Adirondack Park; 6-million-acres of winter wonderland playground, but let's keep in mind, that land is both public and private. If we simply want to venture out, not necessarily hitting a formalized ski center, where do we go? Whether we seek outdoor winter solitude, an opportunity to view wildlife...
Abundance of Recreation and NatureSituated directly on the Adirondack Coast, on Lake Shore Road about half way between the hamlets of Westport and Essex, is an unusual site - a remarkable playground for any outdoor enthusiast. There is a plethora of outdoor experiences and recreational opportunities to be had all in one place, rather a one-stop “shopping mall” for nature lovers. This site has everything: history, water, views, cliffs, forest,...
I work at home when I’m not in the field, and a day at my desk in a drafty corner can make me hunch and shiver and cramp. I need a break and even the shortest of ski outings can increase productivity and improve my frame of mind. The lack of snow this week was a challenge, but I was successful in finding two great snowy destinations that fit my schedule and my level of inspiration.Hidden Quarry TrailOn Thursday I had a full day of paperwork with...
Lake Champlain is a big attraction in the Adirondacks through every season. The lake dictates weather, moods, activities and gear. This winter has been a wild one. Each week Lake Champlain has had a completely different character. I walk my dog to the boat launch in Westport most days so I have a chance to get up close and watch as the season progresses.  Natures mood swingsIn January, temperatures were too warm to cool the water but...
Living in the Lake Champlain Region sure has its benefitsBecause of its topography, linking the peaks of the Adirondack mountains to the fields of the Champlain valley and eventually to the big lake itself, the region offers some of the very best terrain for two of my favorite outdoor recreational activities; road biking and cross country skiing. The varied and meandering country roads that I cycle on in warmer months aren't necessarily...
It’s difficult right now to think of snow. I've yet to even see a flurry in the Champlain Valley.  Mid November and we are still hitting 50-some degree days filled with sunshine. I am still seeing people in shorts and t-shirts!   Nevertheless, I know winter weather is not far off and it's that time of year when it is necessary to do the shuffle in the outdoor shed; garden tools and pots to the back of the storage rack;...
What a day and what a destination! Yesterday I took a group to the Crown Point State Historic Site for an adventure that definitely made history for us. I selected the spot because the snow conditions had the potential to be sticky but we wanted a crack at some skiing if there was a chance. With one in the party feeling under the weather we picked a flat route and a guaranteed view.The trails at Crown Point are listed in some written guides but...
A lucky late winter stash of snow.As the weather gets warmer the search for snow gets more creative. Last week I hit it perfectly at the Penfield Homestead Museum trail, a nice trip of about 2 miles each way that starts in Crown Point and ends in Ticonderoga.Coming from Crown Point the Penfield Homestead Museum is at the top of Creek Road in the hamlet of Ironville. Just before the white buildings there is a quick left turn onto Peasly Road and...
This winter keeps coming and going. This morning there was sunshine all over wet, spring snow but a week ago it was still blustery, dry and truly winter. I spent the duration of the last storm at my desk and finally came up for fresh air and exercise. Having an errand at Full and By Farm, the CSA where I have a share, I decided to try the trail nearest the farm. The trail is really an abandoned road, the McAuliffe Road, which connects Jersey...
Nemo, as the most recent snowstorm was named, brought wide-ranging amounts of snow to the Adirondacks. On the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, reports ranged from 5 inches to a foot. Where I live, we received about 10 inches of white, fluffy trail covering.Today began at freeze-your-fingers temps and was predicted to rise to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so I waited for it to be right in between the two, and packed my cross country skis and my...
Last Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. I saw a break in my desk work and knew I needed some outdoor time. My daughter and I headed for the Bobcat Trail in Wadhams knowing we only had about 90 minutes of daylight. The Bobcat Trail is one of the early ones cut by Champlain Area Trails and it's really satisfying to hike or ski. There is easy parking at the bend on Ferris Road. The trail begins up through what is a beautiful meadow that's covered in...