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...
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...
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...