Winter 2021-22 Preview

October 1, 2021 update

As the temperature drops and the leaves turn, inquiries about the upcoming ski season are getting more frequent.  We don’t have all the details worked out yet, but we can’t wait for winter!  Here is what we know as of early October.

Trail Passes:  Like last season, we will be selling date specific trail passes online and strongly encourage day visitors to purchase passes in advance.   We will limit daily trail pass and equipment rental volumes as needed to manage congestion.  On busy days we may sell out online and on those days drive-up trail passes and/or equipment rental will not be available.  Online trail pass prices are discounted so advance purchase costs less than drive-up pricing.

Season Passes:  Season passes are on sale now, with early season pricing available through December 7.  You can purchase online, or by printing the application and mailing it to us with your check.  Reasons to purchase a season pass include (1) a season pass is good every day we are open to the public so you don’t need to worry about congestion management (2) save 10% off regular priced ski shop merchandise over $10 and (3) you will ski more!

Equipment sales:  Cross country ski equipment supplies remain tight.   We expect to receive most but not all of the equipment in our wholesale orders, with some shipping delays likely.  We have already received some equipment from Fischer and Madshus, and more goodies are arriving every day.  We expect to have a good selection of entry level classic XC equipment in stock by mid-October, and a more complete inventory including skate ski equipment by mid-November.  We recommend purchasing early.  The ski shop will be open by appointment before we start skiing, and will be open every day the trails are open once we are skiing.

Seasonal Equipment Rentals: If you are not ready to buy yet, and for growing children, our season long equipment rentals may be the answer.  Available now, please call ahead for a ski shop appointment.

Lessons and Programs:  Like last season, we will be offering private and shared private lessons.  We will not have adult group lessons.  We hope to make some children’s group lessons and programs available, we are watching the COVID situation and will finalize these plans closer to winter.   Our Ladies Day programs and Moonlight Snowshoe tours will remain on pause this season.   New this year, our lessons can be booked online!

Lodge Building Occupancy:  We again expect to limit the occupancy and use of the lodge building this season.   We will continue to have an outdoor food truck on busy weekend days, with food service in the lodge building on less busy days.  We will again have outdoor picnic tables; we have not yet decided whether or to what extent indoor dining space will be available.  We will again have outdoor porta-johns; we expect to allow indoor restroom use on most days but may need to close indoor facilities on busy days.  Equipment rental, especially on busy days, will be mainly done through the window.  Advance online purchase of trail passes, equipment rentals, and lessons helps us reduce congestion in the building.

Winter Lodging:  Advance bookings are strong for our winter lodging and some dates are already almost full.  Currently we are offering the sauna for fully vaccinated lodging guests, and unless the COVID situation changes we expect to continue in that mode for the winter season.

Trails and Grooming:  Our grooming equipment is on track to be ready for winter.  Annual maintenance is almost complete on our Prinoth Husky snowcat, and we have added a beautiful new Polaris tracked side-by-side to our fleet.   Maintenance crews have been busy with trail surface and drainage improvements, so we can offer the most and best skiing possible with the snow Mother Nature gives us.

Operating Schedule:  We are hoping for early snow, but we don’t know exactly when that will be.  When snow and weather conditions permit, we expect trails to be open to the public seven days a week (except 12/25 when we will be open only for lodging guests) during the core season from December 8, 2021, to March 20, 2022. During the early and late season (before December 8 and after March 20), we will be open Wednesday through Sunday when conditions permit, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (and closed 11/25).

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 (sorry not available winter 2020-21) 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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