COVID-19 Operations Update

(updated 9/19)  These are unprecedented times.  We hope you and your family are safe and well.  With some limitations and adjustments, we re-opened for overnight lodging on June 19 and are thankful we are able to share the natural beauty, tranquility, and outdoor recreation opportunities offered by our Adirondack region.

Our highest priority at Lapland Lake is the safety of our guests, staff, and community.   We are doing all we can to adapt our operations to provide the safest and most enjoyable guest experience possible during this situation.    We ask that all guests travel responsibly.  If you feel unwell or have other reason to believe you may present a risk of transmitting COVID-19, or if travel from your location to ours is restricted, we ask that you reschedule your visit.

For fall lodging, we are offering a contactless lodging check-in and check-out process.  Behind the scenes, we have enhanced our cleaning and sanitizing processes to follow the latest guidance from NYS DOH and CDC.  Access to the lodge building is limited, however the retail shop is open for customers with face coverings.  At this time we are not able to offer the sauna within safety guidelines.   Our canoes, kayaks, and rowboats on Woods Lake will be available for lodging guests through October 21.  Lodging will be closed from October 22 through November 12.

For winter, it is too early to know with certainty what limitations we will face.  Given the low density and outdoor nature of cross country skiing we are optimistic that we will be allowed to open our XC ski and snowshoe trails and are looking forward to a great season.  Weather and regulations permitting, we plan to be open for XC skiing seven days a week during the core season from December 9, 2020 to March 14, 2021.  During the early and late season (before December 9 and after March 14) we will be open Wednesday through Sunday when conditions permit, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

We expect that occupancy of the main lodge building will be limited this winter, and face coverings will be required.  We plan to offer equipment rental and lesson sign-ups with process changes to reduce the time customers need to be inside the building.  We hope to offer some level of food service; however indoor seating may be limited or unavailable.  The tradition of spending down time inside the lodge building to warm by the fire and enjoy a leisurely lunch may be paused for this season.  We are hearing the saying “your car is your lodge” and that may be the reality for this season.

We are selling 2020-21 season passes now.  In the unlikely event that COVID-19 prevents us from offering any skiing this winter, season pass purchasers will be offered their choice of a refund or a pass for the following season.

We are taking winter lodging reservations now.  We will continue to offer a contactless check-in and check-out option.  We cannot make any promises about sauna availability.  We realize that the sauna is an important feature of the winter experience for many of our lodging guests.  Unfortunately we have not seen any timeline from NY State for lifting the restrictions on sauna operation.

This summer there was high participation and equipment demand for solitary outdoor sports such as bicycling and kayaking.   Cross country skiing may follow this pattern, and we have increased our retail inventory levels to be prepared for this.  We are not scheduling our traditional weekend preseason sale in early December.  Instead we are offering discount pricing on an ongoing basis now through late December and strongly encourage early purchasing.  The ski shop is open by appointment, and we will announce regular hours as we get closer to winter.

In summary, this winter may be a back-to-basics type season.  The basics of cross country skiing and snowshoeing are delightful physical activities in a stunning outdoor setting, and we hope you are able to enjoy them with us this winter.

Call or email us if you have questions.  Stay safe, stay healthy, and we hope to see you!

Do I need to rent a cabin from you to ski at Lapland Lake?

In the winter you can come as a day visitor.  The purchase of a facility use pass gives you access to our 38k ski trail system, 12k dedicated snowshoe trails, and our skating pond and junior tubing hills. Lodging guests do get extra perks – Lodgers have access to our wood burning sauna and our lighted night ski trail, and nothing beats waking up in the peaceful Adirondacks, just steps from the ski trails.  Please remember to check our current trail conditions before making a trip.

When does the ski season start?

We rely on natural snow, and usually nature treats our location very well.  In 42 years of operation, our earliest opening day was November 14 (in the 2018-19 season) and the latest was December 29 (in the 2015-16 season).  Looking at percentages, we have opened in November 38% of the time, we have opened on or before December 10th 67% of the time, and we have opened on or before December 21st 90% of the time.  The full chart of past season data is under “Snowfall History” on our trails and conditions web page.  Typically we have limited trails open on the first day of a season, because some of our trails require more snow base than others to offer good skiing.  Another early season scenario is frozen Woods Lake – often in seasons when we have limited snow in late December, Woods Lake is frozen with the snow cover blown off and offers a few days of fantastic full lake ice skating and kick-sledding.

Can I visit for the day in the summer?

In the spring, summer, and fall our outdoor facilities are open only to overnight lodging guests.  We offer day use options only during the winter season.

Can I bring my pet with me?

We do not allow pets in our overnight lodging units or on our trails. If you are coming to ski for the day and have your pet with you, we recommend you take the pet for a nice walk before arriving (a Northville/Lake Placid trail head is about one mile from us). Then make a nest out of some blankets in your car so your pet can have a warm, comfortable nap while you ski.

Do you rent ski equipment?

Yes, we have a full line of classic and skate ski equipment available for rental, plus snowshoes, ice skates, tubes, and pulk sleds for toting little ones.  You can rent packages (boots, poles, and skis) or single pieces (e.g. boots, or poles, or skis).  Our rental ski equipment uses NNN compatible boots and bindings.  You can rent by the day for use on-site.  Lodging guests may keep their rental equipment overnight during their visit.  We also offer seasonal rentals of XC ski equipment, our seasonal rentals may be used at Lapland Lake and off-site.   We also sell new (and sometimes used) XC ski and snowshoe equipment.

Should I look for bargains on XC ski equipment?

You may find great bargains at yard sales, closeout sales, swap meets, and similar.  If you are an experienced skier with several sets of equipment already, you probably have a good understanding of equipment types, sizing, and condition so keep your eyes open for good deals.  If you are just starting out, here are some questions to consider before buying used or closeout equipment :

  • Is it the right type of equipment? Classic XC skis include narrow racing skis, intermediate width touring skis, and wider backcountry skis.  Each of these classes include classic waxable, mechanical pattern (also known as no-wax or fish-scale), and skin skis.  Most beginners start with mid-length mechanical pattern touring skis, but your needs could be different depending on how and where you expect to ski.
  • Is it the right size for you? Classic XC skis are sized mainly by skier weight.  If you are considering a relatively new ski, manufacturer sizing recommendations should be available.  If you get the wrong size classic ski you may have difficulty getting good grip (ski too large/stiff for you) or you may get poor glide (ski too small/soft for you).  Poles are sized by skier height.  Boots need to fit your feet, so if you are purchasing sight unseen check on the return or exchange policy.
  • Is it in suitable condition? For used skis, check the base for bad scratches and gouges, check for excessive wear on mechanical patterns, and check for delamination especially at the tail.  Make sure bindings are securely attached to the ski and work properly.  For used boots, check the sole where it clips into the binding and check straps, zippers, etc.
  • Does it use a current binding system? Almost all new skate and touring XC skis use NNN compatible bindings and boots.  There is a lot of used equipment for sale with proprietary Salomon binding systems – these are good systems but the bindings and matching boots are becoming unavailable.  Changing a used ski to an NNN compatible binding system usually costs around $100.


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