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The Sights and Sounds of an Adirondack Cross Country Ski Trail

Cross Country Ski Trails Sound Like ... Silence and WildlifeStrap on some cross country skis and then head out to one of the many cross country ski trails available throughout the Adirondacks for beginners and experienced skiers alike and you’ll soon notice something deafening.

Silence.

Well, actually, you’ll hear a lot. You’ll hear the sound of the wind blowing through trees and plants that are unlike any other wild place in the northeast section of the United States.  You’ll hear the sounds of bird and animal calls.

Although the only man-made sounds and sights you might hear and see are those of your skis on the snow as you glide along, your senses truly will be filled, possibly more than you’ve ever known possible.

The Adirondacks are both temperate and boreal forest, providing a great diversity of plant and animal communities.

You’ll glide through large wetlands, hardwood and conifer forests and rock outcroppings.

You’ll also more than likely spy one or more of the more than 53 mammal species that make their home in the Adirondacks.

Just some of the mammals you may see include:

  • Moose
  • Shrews
  • Moles
  • Hares, rabbits and pikas
  • Bats
  • Foxes and coyotes
  • Bobcats
  • River otters
  • Weasels
  • Minks and martens
  • Raccoons
  • Deer mice
  • Voles
  • White-tailed deer

And more.

Naturally, many of these mammals may be hibernating as you glide by, but if you pay close attention, you may see at least one.

Dozens of bird species make their home in the Adirondacks. From the American Kestrel, the Three-toed Woodpecker, the Bald Eagle, the  Belted Kingfisher, the Baltimore Oriole, the Bobolink, the Broad-winged Hawk, the Canada Goose, the little House Wren, the Northern Hawk Owl, the Peregrine Falcone, the Red-tailed Hawk, you’re bound to see – and hear – at least one.

Don’t let winter keep you from staying in the Adirondacks. There’s plenty to do here in winter. In addition to cross-country skiing, you can strap on some snow shoes and take a hike, hit the slopes, go ice skating, and finish your day by a roaring fireplace as you drink hot cocoa (with marshmallows, of course!)

You needn’t spend an arm and a leg on a hotel, either. Our Lapland Lake warm and cozy cabins are open all year long. All winter cabins are well-insulated for warmth and comfort. Rent one of our winter cabins and you also receive complimentary use of our ski and snowshoe trails, our tubing hills (suitable for children) and an ice skating pond.

Contact us today for more information about reservations and our group rate discounts.

8″ of new snow, Finn-tastic!

photo-largeConditions could not be better! We received 8″ of new snow last night giving us powder-packed powder conditions with a compacted base of 18 – 21″ and depth in the woods 29 – 34″. The forest is stunning! The trails are beautifully snowcat groomed. Snowshoeing is fabulous, kids’ tubing hills are such fun! We will be offering adults and children’s lessons along with our napa kiikku ice sled ride and Reindeer Rally fun on skis program for children daily throughout the holiday week. Come play!

Finn-tastic Adirondack Ski Conditions With 14-16″ of snow on February 5!

photo-large14-16″ of snow Wednesday, Finn-tastic conditions! 100% operation! Packed powder, snowcat grooming, 15-18″ compacted base with 23-28″ in the woods. Don’t miss all of our winter activities: xc skiing, snowshoeing, junior tubing hills (non-lift operated) & ice-skating on the pond! The weather is glorious! Ladies Day classic ski clinic for beginners & intermediates Saturday 9:30-2:30, some space remains, preregistration required. Full lesson schedule for kids & adults, NEW Reindeer Rally & napa kiikku ice sled ride for kids. Come play!

Lapland Lake Loves Ladies Saturday, January 25!

6″ of new snow Sun-Mon! 100% operation! 50% chance of more snow Saturday with a high of 20.

photo-largeSaturday, January 25 – Lapland Ladies Love to Ski! A special program designed for women, taught by women. From 9:30am – 2:30pm beginner and intermediate level female skiers, grouped by ability, will receive instruction in classic ski technique, enjoy lunch with an equipment & clothing discussion, participate in a social group ski and enjoy a group wrap up with hot beverage at the end of the day. The program is led by Lapland Lake’s PSIA-certified instructors Susan Henriksson and Jan Mares. Cost for the five-hour program is $40 including facility use pass, lunch and discount coupons for equipment. Cost of rental equipment, if needed, is $15 for this program only. Limited space remains, please pre-register.

Adirondack Skiing and Snowshoeing on Fresh Snow!

photo-large2″ of fresh snow yesterday and another 1 – 3″ on the way tomorrow! 34km groomed with trackset and skating lanes. Average 3-7″ base with 4 – 9″ in the woods. There are some thin spots. This 3-day holiday weekend your kids will love our Kids’ Club lessons, our Reindeer Rally fun games on skis, tubing on our junior hills & our popular Napa Kiikku ice sled ride on the pond!

The First Snow in the Adirondacks

The first Adirondack Snow of the season leaves a blanket of white at Lapland LakeA Lovely Sight!

A nice coating of white has greeted us with dropping temps and the possibility of another 1 – 3″ of snow this evening. If it stays cold, this could be the start of our winter base. No skiing yet, but it is just a matter of time. It’s feeling like the start of an old-fashioned Northeast winter. Jammies inside-out!

Annual Open House

Olavi at Lapland Lake enjoys catching up on news with Jim Schreiner and his family.

Olavi enjoys catching up on news with Jim Schreiner and his family.

A lively Open House November 23-24! Plenty of happy skiers and skiers to be! The weather was perfect (albeit quite cold on Sunday), and attendees enjoyed hiking the trails and visiting with our reindeer, Viima. Folks bought skis at great discounts, and we sold a pile of Season Pass Memberships. Liz Russo won our door prize drawing and had a choice of any new pair of skis in our inventory or a 2013-14 Season Pass Membership, and she chose the Membership. Congratulations, Liz!

Leaf Peeping in the Adirondacks

Leaf Peeping in the AdirondacksLeaf Peeping: Fall in the Adirondacks

Leaf peeping in the Adirondacks is an absolute “must” when travelling to Upstate NY in the fall. Thousands of travelers come from around the world to view the vibrant colors of our fall foliage. Vivid colors of orange, yellow and red fill the sky as leaves change colors for the season, making it a perfect opportunity to do some leaf peeping!

What exactly is leaf peeping?

Leaf peeping is the term used for viewing and photographing the fall foliage and the beautiful colors of autumn. New York has a huge variety of broad-leafed tress with an amazing spectrum of colors. And because we have about as many acres of these trees as all the rest of the Northeast combined, you’ll see the most spectacular displays here.

Experience leaf peeping in the Adirondacks!

Autumn is an unforgettable season here at Lapland Lake, and a visit to the Adirondacks will surely rejuvenate and inspire. There’s no better way to sample all the amazing beauty of this season than at Lapland Lake Nordic Center. So pack your car and get ready to experience the beautiful colors of fall! Rent an Adirondack cabin at Lapland Lake and be close to all the colorful beauty.

autumnWhen is the best time for leaf peeping in the Adirondacks?

Peak times for Adirondack foliage tours generally occur from mid September until the third week in October. Colors at Lapland Lake are typically at their most vibrant from the last week of September into early October, but time periods prior to and after these dates also offer lovely displays. Come and experience leaf peeping in the Adirondacks during the fall and explore its awe-inspiring beauty!

Enjoy the splendor of the Adirondacks enhanced by warm Finnish hospitality every season of the year at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center! Please click here for Adirondack Cabin Rental information!

Click here for our  Availability Calendar. Click here for information on our  autumn season and here for information on local events. Please plan to join us!

Exploring the Adirondacks

self_guided_1Self Guided Nature Tour

Within Lapland Lake’s 30-mile trail network lies a wonderful 24-station self-guided Nature Trail. Three miles in length and developed by a local naturalist, our Nature Trail is a delightful way to pass an hour or two in the company of friends and family.

Descriptions of typical vegetation and animal life indigenous to this region of the Adirondacks are presented. Children and adults alike will delight in spying an alder branch where a whitetail deer has rubbed his antlers and in learning, for instance, which tree produces cough syrup, wine and jelly! Much aquatic life exists in the property’s streams, and these are detailed as well. Mosses, berries, many varieties of trees and shrubs are all addressed in the on-loan Nature Guide. You’ll even see the remains of our 100+ year old Giant Pine, 53” in diameter and at one time 115 feet tall.  It has since been struck by lightning several times, and visitors can easily see the scars of these impacts.

You may see wildlife along on your journey. Be certain to enter your sightings in the Wildlife Guide at the Main Office. Everyone enjoys reading what others have seen and experienced.

Adirondack Cottages, Campfires, S’mores and Storytelling

Campfires and Adirondack CottagesFrom Independence Day through Labor Day Weekend lakeside campfires are held three times each week. Two of these nights are casual affairs with guests gathering at the campfire, roasting marshmallows and socializing.

One night a week is storytelling night when guests of all ages are encouraged to tell a story around the campfire to entertain listeners.

Each presenter stands on their stump, gives their name, age, tupa (Adirondack cottage) in which he or she is vacationing, and then proceeds to entertain the group with their stories, poems or songs.

Ann and Olavi bring along the makings for s’mores (chocolate, roasted marshmallow and graham cracker concoctions too delicious for words!) and each child receives a bottle of bubbles to round out the evening.

Parents tell us frequently that storytelling night is the highlight of their family’s visit! Come join us to see for yourself!


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