Cross-country ski

Ski the Coast

During the winter season, the Lake Champlain hiking trails, waterways, and fields freeze and become covered in snow, making them perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Grab your skis or snowshoes and explore the extensive Lake Champlain trail system.

Choose your trail

Head to one of the region's state parks for open terrain, or ski or snowshoe on frozen Lake Champlain. For groomed cross-country ski trails, check out Roger's Rock in Ticonderoga. Whatever surface you seek, you'll be surrounded by the peaceful snow-covered landscape while breathing in the fresh Adirondack air. 

Still not sure which way to go?

Choose one of the Champlain Area Trails, there are 56 different options, offering everything from a rigorous winter work out, to a smooth, serene glide  across an open field. Or take the Coot Hill-Big Hollow or Coon Mountain trail to a summit with incredible vistas. Perhaps consider the short hike up Belfry Mountain, or a longer hike up Poke-O-Moonshine, to historic fire towers with 360-views over the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

Consider a glide among 18th century fort ruins. The Crown Point State Historic Site grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.  There is a well marked cross-country ski trail that winds its way through the site’s 500 acres and offers breathtaking scenery.


Woods & Swale Trail

The Woods and Swale Trail gently goes up and down through an old forest, then it continues through a pine plantation, skirts the wet swale, and traverses the side of a hill to the north trailhead...

Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
Noblewood Trail

The Noblewood nature and birding trail is open year round. Off-season admission (by foot) is free.

Nature and birding trails in this town of Willsboro park offer extraordinary views of the...

Rt 22, Willsboro, 12996
Ausable Marsh


Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:

From Route 9 you will ski downhill along the access road and cross under the railroad tracks to a trail register....

2608 Main St, Keeseville, 12944
Split Rock Wild Forest Trails

A series of trails through New York’s largest protected forest on Lake Champlain, Split Rock Wild Forest. Trails go up, over, and along this mountain overlooking Lake Champlain with wetlands,...

Lakeshore Rd, Westport, 12993
Wildway Overlook

The Wildway Overlook trail is a relatively easy climb to a fabulous view of the Champlain Valley and Split Rock Wildway wildlife corridor, which connects Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains...

Brookfield Road
POB 193, Essex, 12936
Roger's Rock

Groomed trails at a state campground near Ticonderoga.

Follow in the (snowshoe) footsteps of the famous "Rogers the Ranger." The story goes that he wore his snowshoes backwards, leading his...

9894 Lake Shore Drive, Ticonderoga, 12883
Crane Pond

An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery!

Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the...

763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Ticonderoga Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park offers picnic areas, riverfront trails, ball fields, lighted walking paths, tennis courts and a small boat launch. Scenic boat cruises, seasonal accommodations, campsites,...

Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area


Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around.


There are three location that you can access the trail system;

Route 373, Keeseville, 12944
Crown Point Historic Site
Grand View Drive, Crown Point, 12928
Otis Mountain Ski & Bike Trail
Lobdell Lane, Elizabethtown, 12932