Trails and Current Conditions

Open Weekends & Holidays 9am – 4:30pm & non-holiday Mon-Fri 10am- 4:30pm.

Current Date: Jan 26, 2020 Opening at 10AM

Daytime High: 24F

New Snow:
afternoon? Total Km Open 46K
Average Depth:  5″ – 10″ Km XC Groomed: 34K
Surface:
Packed Powder Km Trackset: 34K
Snowfall This Season:
37″ Km Skate Lanes: 34K
Total Days Open:
38 Km Snowshoe: 12K

 

January 26 – Lodge building limited occupancy today, please be patient and help us operate safely.  Please base from your car.  Food service will be take-out only, no indoor seating available.  Retail shop open by appointment.  Porta-johns available. 

Ten inches snow since Friday Jan 15, with more predicted this afternoon into Wednesday!   We expect to have all land based XC ski trails open with the exception of the third Karhu upper expert loop.  Morning trail surface should be a smooth and relatively fast snowcat groomed packed powder.  We are regrooming only limited trails this morning (Vasa, Lake Trail, Olavin Uni, and Sisu).  Snow is predicted to start around 1:00PM so afternoon conditions will likely be accumulating fresh snow.  

We advise against skiing or snowshoeing on frozen Woods Lake at this time.  Recently skiers reported areas of wet slush under the snow cover, this is at best inconvenient and could indicate ice safety issues.   We plan to re-evaluate the frozen lake condition later this week, after it has time to stabilize after the upcoming snow storm.  Ice skating is not available at this time and is unlikely this season.  Our 12K snowshoe trail network is open.  One Junior tubing hill is open.   Come enjoy a fabulous outdoor day! 

Day pass visitors please purchase tickets in advance in our online store; these tickets will be refunded if we are not open for skiing on the specified date.  Drive-up day tickets are available only if we are under our capacity limit for the day.

Ski orienteering (self timed, honor system) is available at Lapland Lake now through January 31.  It is like a treasure hunt with a detailed map of our trail system.  The treasure is the satisfaction of finding a sequence of locations (controls) in order and navigating to the next control. We have a limited supply of maps of the introductory 1.3 k white course you can borrow from the office.  More advanced course maps can be obtained digitally (without physical contact) by emailing [email protected].  First pick a date you would like to ski here, purchase your trail pass, and send your request for:

  • An orange course – 2.4 k with 6 controls;
  • Green course – 4.1 k with 10 controls;
  • Brown course – 5.2 k with 15 controls; or a
  • Red course – 6.6 k with 17 controls.

The cost of participating in the ski orienteering event is included in your trail pass for the day.

Cross Country Skiing Trail Map

Instructions: Click on map to enlarge photo or Download a PDF of this map here.

Lapland Lake Ski Trail Information

2-way section of Lake Trail (out and back) 2.6 km
1-way section of Lake Trail – Olavin Uni (Olavi’s Dream) 1.3 km
Practice Field with Inside Loops 1.2 km
Erä Polku (Forest Trail) 1.7 km
Woods Lake Loop (ICE MUST BE SAFE) 3.0 km
Ski School Areas 1.0 km

 

Kippis (Finnish Drinking Toast) 0.7 km
Vasa (Baby Reindeer) 1.5 km
Joki Latu (Trail by the Stream) 1.5 km
Sisu (Determination) 4.2 km *
Honka Tie (Large Pine Way) 1.1 km
Karhu Polku (Bear Path) via short cuts 7.0 km *
Leilan Latu (Leila’s Trail) 1.1 km
Tuulen Tie (Way of the Wind) 1 km
Short cuts to Honka/Sisu 0.6 km
Shortcut 0.4 km

 

Karhu Polku with upper expert loops 9.0 km *
Napa Piiri (Arctic Circle) 3.4 km *
Tunturi Loop (Lapland Mountain) 1.5 km

 

* Measured from the bridge

Additional Trail Information Outside Loop West of Bridge 10.4 km
Lapland Lenkki Loop (follow orange trail markers) 20 km
Lenkki Loop including lake 23 km
Grant Lake Wilderness Trail (out & back) 10 km
Ungroomed Snowshoe Trail to Woods Lake – East 4.0 km
Ungroomed Snowshoe Trails – West Side 8.5 km

 

Download a PDF of the map here.

Snowfall History

A Winter Wonderland! Mother Nature & Old Man Winter have always worked diligently at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center. For the past 10 years, skiers have enjoyed average annual snowfalls of 9 feet and have skied into April seven out of ten years!

Year Snowfall
Amount
Opening Date Closing Date Number of Skiing Days
1978-79
1979-80
1980-81
1981-82
1982-83
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87
1987-88
1988-89
1989-90
1990-91
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19 2019-20
128″
124″
104″
122″
118″
130″
113″
125″
121″
106″
86″
125″
110″
100″
187″
185″
94″
162″
189″
137″
140″
124″
163″
115″
180″
131″
115″
101″
146″
145″
145″
80″
153″
62″
106″
136″
136″
38″
104″
123″
105″
79″
11/23
11/19
12/17
12/10
12/3
12/8
12/8
11/30
11/22
12/16
12/17
11/22
12/8
12/6
12/12
12/21
11/23
11/18
11/30
11/15
12/20
12/18
12/13
12/9
11/19
12/7
12/8
11/25
12/26
12/2
11/26
12/9
12/17
12/28
12/23
11/30
11/22
12/29
12/6
12/12
11/14
11/16
Mid-Apr.
Early Apr.
Records lost in fire
4/4
3/29
4/1
4/6
3/31
3/25
4/2
3/26
4/15
4/6
4/4
4/18
4/17
3/26
3/31
4/6
3/29
3/29
3/26
4/1
4/7
4/13
4/5
4/1
3/26
4/22
4/14
4/5
3/21
4/10
3/17
4/5
4/6
4/5
3/1
4/3
4/8
4/1
3/15
134
124
——
107
110
112
118
120
124
108
100
132
117
108
122
113
117
127
123
130
100
95
109
110
140
121
110
121
103
133
125
103
91-102
65-77
107
118
126
59
110
116
135
110

February 6, 2020

“Great skiing, COVID protocols make for a safe & fun ski day”  Michael, Union NJ  1/21/21

“Instructor Trail Report!  Get out and Glide! West side trails have deep tracks and nice skate lanes. Get out and ski!” Mary D. 1/20/21

“Wonderfully abundant snow, the usual exceptional grooming, and great skiing on all trails and the lake. The silence and beauty are deafening.” Jay C., Mamaroneck, NY, 1/20/21

“Fabulous conditions. Celebrate 2021 on the trails at Lapland.” Don S. Schenectady, NY,  1/20/21

“Find your joy at Lapland Lake X-C skiing.” Carolyn and Jim, Schenectady, NY, 1/19/21

“Best Conditions of the year! Great snow and grooming – Thanks, Paul! Come up!” Don S., Schenectady, NY,  1/19/21

“The Lake Trail was one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen”  Renata V., Niskayuna NY  1/9/2021

“Easy to distance outdoors & enjoy the snow!”  Don S., Schenectady, 12/21

“Skiing in a winter wonderland!” Brig & Violet, Altamont NY, 12/20

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