Skiing in the Adirondacks & the Winter Experience
Ski Resort & Vacation Center > Adirondack Cross Country Skiing
Founded in 1978, Lapland Lake features
unparalleled woodland skiing on a superb trail system designed and meticulously maintained by
Olavi Hirvonen, former U.S. Olympic skier
(1960, Squaw Valley).
9am - 4:30pm Weekends & Holidays
10am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday (non-holidays)
"...one of the finest areas around"
- Cross Country Skier Magazine
"...one of the Adirondacks' most established centers with a deserved reputation for consistently having the best snow conditions in the Adirondacks."
- Classic Adirondack Ski Tours, Tony Goodwin
Tucked away in a unique snow basin in the heart of snow country and enjoying some of the most reliable snowfalls in the East, Lapland Lake offers lengthy winter seasons, frequently beginning in November and continuing into April. Immerse yourself in the splendor of the
Adirondack Preserve while gliding through majestic forests and alongside scenic streams and lakes while catching glimpses of white-tailed deer, otters, snowshoe rabbits and winter birds.
We take pride in our grooming at Lapland
Lake and regularly make significant investments in equipment to obtain
the best possible results. Impeccable attention to grooming, performed with a fleet of state-of-the-art equipment including
our powerful Prinoth Husky Snowcat, Ginzu
Groomer and roller and super wide-track snowmobiles (used primarily for
early season grooming and for grooming the 3km loop on Woods Lake) results in superior snow surfaces for in-track and skate
skiing in the Adirondacks. Trails are groomed
non-holiday midweek days with the same care and exacting
attention to detail as they are groomed on
weekends and holidays.
Sheltered by majestic pine and hardwood forests, 38 of our 50 kilometers of trails are trackset
with skating lanes. The vast majority of our trails are one-way, uncommon in the industry, providing skiers and snowshoers with a remarkably peaceful woodland experience.
Lake Trail is illuminated nightly exclusively for the use of
our overnight guests (click here for
Adirondack Lodging options) and is available
to the general public on several specially selected Saturday
nights during the season. 12 kilometers of trail are ungroomed, marked and mapped snowshoe trails which provide a solitary
Adirondack wilderness experience within our private lands.
North American Groomers' Challenge! Olavi has
groomed Lapland Lake's trail system every season since 1978
- the 2013-14 season is his 36th year. We're talking virtually daily grooming
midweek and weekend - with only one season when grooming
duty was shared with another individual. If you know of anyone who
has more hours of grooming experience in North America, please let us know. But
we're not removing this until we hear otherwise! (This was
first posted in the late 1990's...we're still waiting.)
Lapland Lake welcomes the novice as well as the expert - the skater and the classical cross country skier. Our PSIA-certified (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Ski School boasts over a dozen job-sharing
Ski School instructors who offer
superb instruction in group, private or semi-private settings to junior and adult skiers of all ability levels. Special day-long ski clinics are scheduled during the season for women. See our winter calendar for details.
Tuulen Tupa Grill, open during the winter season and located just a short walk from the Lodge, offers a cozy setting with a menu certain to satisfy every craving.
Lunch is served daily.
Menu items include delicious homemade soups, warming chili,
vegetarian dishes, traditional Finnish specialties along
with a variety of selections for the more traditional
appetite, beer and wine.
Join us Saturday evenings for a wonderful, filling dinner at
our Tuulen Tupa Grill (dinner reservations
advised and appreciated). A special
Catered Tupa Dinner Menu is available every night and a
Catered Tupa Breakfast Menu is available every morning
to our overnight guests.
Our Kuuma Tupa Snack Bar is open for lunch weekends and holiday weekdays for lunches and quick snacks. Its children's play corner makes it a popular spot for families with youngsters.
A visit with Ann and Olavi's
reindeer, Viima, is certain to be one of the highlights of your visit!
Snowshoeing, ice- skating, wilderness ski touring, sledding, tubing, along with child-carrying pulk sleds and Scandinavian kicksleds add variety to your day. Lapland Lake offers a variety of special events all winter long and is conveniently located near four alpine areas:
Royal Mountain (25 minutes), Oak Mountain (45 minutes),
Gore Mountain (one hour) and West Mountain (1-1/4 hour).
The Benson Trailhead of the famed 132-mile marked and mapped Adirondack-Lake Placid
Trail is just a mile from our door and offers an amazing
wilderness experience for
backcountry ski and snowshoe enthusiasts. Those wishing to
enjoy an outing with their dog often enjoy the NPT. Once
your pup has received plenty of good Adirondack fresh air
and exercise, return to Lapland Lake and ski our groomed
trails while your furry friend takes a well-deserved snooze
in your vehicle.
The Hirvonen family invites you and your friends and family to visit for a day-long escape
to enjoy some Adirondack skiing or to savor the
Nordic experience and linger even longer. Lodging is offered in immaculate
rooms or tupas (private housekeeping cottages), each with a fully equipped kitchen, living room, up to four bedrooms, electric heat, woodstove and bath with shower. Click here for tupa details. After a delightful day on the trails, relax in our authentic wood-burning sauna or indulge yourself with a therapeutic massage provided in your tupa
cabin) by a professional NYS licensed masseuse.
Did you know that cross country skiing
burns more calories per hour than any other sport - an average of 650 calories per hour? For comparison, fitness cycling averages 540, exercise walking 450 and downhill/alpine skiing 520. The endorphins released with aerobic activity boost your well-being and elevate your mood. Combine that with Lapland Lake's gorgeous
southern Adirondack setting and you have the perfect recipe for fitness, health and happiness!
Plan to join us for a truly unique winter escape.
Tavataan ladulla! See you on the ski trails!