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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.

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.


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