Cross Country Skiing at Garnet Hill Lodge
Programs | Rates & Season Passes | Ski Shop | Lessons | Rentals | Kids Programs |
|Dear Don & Mindy,
Thank you so very much for your incredible hospitality during my stay this past weekend. The skiing was fantastic, the trails offer a lot of diversity and some great views. The views are better than at most XC ski areas. The easy access to great backcountry trails is a real plus. On Sunday morning, I had an awesome backcountry ski, going out to Barton Mines Rd. and back on the Raymond Brook trail, and then completing the Botheration Pond loop. The lodge experience was top notch and the room was terrific and oh what a view!! I found your staff to be very competent, welcoming and helpful throughout the entire resort. Best of luck in the upcoming seasons and years ahead.
At Garnet Hill Lodge we offer several bus rides each day to transport skiers back up the hill so that they are able to ski more and enjoy more of the trails and activities on the property. We also offer bus rides to more remote locations for those who are serious about their skiing adventures.
Backcountry Skiing in the Adirondacks of NY
The Adirondack region near The Garnet Hill Ski Center offers some of the finest backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering trips found anywhere. The adjacent Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area contains almost 40 miles of mapped and marked trails. These routes offer day ski trips and multiple day winter wilderness adventures. In addition trails can be connected to frozen ponds, streams, and other winter only routes to provide an almost infinite variety of backcountry ski options. See Adirondack Ski Tours by Tony Goodwin for good route descriptions in the area.
Backcountry Ski Adventure
For more adventurous and advanced skiers we offer a guided backcountry ski tour from the Raymond Brook Trail on Barton Mines Road back to the Ski Center. Contact the Ski Shop at 518 251 2150 for details or to arrange a trip.
Garnet Hill Cross-Country Skiing Trail Passes
years, Seniors 65+
*Family season passes include two adults and up to four children under the age of 18
Garnet Hill Ski Lessons 2013-2014
yrs. old, Seniors 65+, Family is parents and children
under 18 up to four on a family pass.
Garnet Hill Snowshoe Trail Passes 2013-2014
Ski Rental Rates 2013-2014 season
Rental and Trail Fee
The ski shop is the center of activity at Garnet Hill's Cross-Country Ski Center. In addition to housing the ski center, the Garnet Hill Ski School and rental shop, the ski shop building also features a spacious day skier lounge with rest rooms and changing rooms.
and all abilities including beginner lessons, telemark and ski skating lessons.
Garnet Hill Ski Center's school is a member ski school of
Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Our ski school and ski lessons
are a great step toward enjoying the sport of cross country skiing more. Improved ski
technique improves your fun. We recommend a beginner group lesson for all first time cross
country skiers. The ski school is also available for intermediate and advanced lessons
including ski skating, telemark and backcountry techniques, and racing techniques.
It's been proven by athletes that the best way to master a new sport is by learning it right the first time. If you develop good habits from the start, it will save you a lot of "unlearning" later, and will allow you to progress more rapidly to higher levels.
Beginner lessons are offered as group, semi-private, or private lessons. Intermediate lessons and specialty lessons, such as skate skiing and telemark lessons, are available as semi-private or private lessons.
Private and semi-private lessons can be tailored to your needs, and can include lots of focus in one area (i.e. downhill), or can be a "trail" lesson, where we ski the trails, using the terrain to practice different skills.
Ski School Rates & Information:
Group beginner lesson: $20/person
Skate Skiing Technique: $45/person
Beginner Group lessons meet daily at 10AM and 2PM
Beginner lessons are for those who have never skied at all, for those who have done downhill skiing but never cross-country, or for those who have skied some, but know they could use instruction on the basics and develop good habits. The following is covered in a beginner lesson:
Ski and pole fit/construction
In many beginner lessons, we can also move on to the wedge turn, and occasionally step turns.
The intermediate lesson is a more individualized lesson. We will work on refining the skills covered in the beginner lesson, correcting bad habits, and addressing individual needs. The goal is to increase efficiency and improve dynamic balance. The following is covered:
Better balance and body position for more glide
In the advanced lesson, we get down to the nitty gritty of energy
efficiency and improved balance and dynamics. This lesson is for the serious skier who
wants to refine his/her techniques and strive for a new level of speed, comfort, and
efficiency. The instructor makes a detailed and critical analysis of the skier and gives
necessary feedback. Specific skills are addressed as needed, and include all aspects of
diagonal stride, double pole, and downhill technique.
If you want to learn or are frustrated with your attempts at it, a lesson is highly recommended! There is a lot involved in this technique that looks so easy when you see the experts fly by you. We introduce many different drills to help you improve each aspect of the technique. A beginner lesson introduces:
Weight transfer and body alignment in skate position
An intermediate/advanced skate skiing lesson would include:
Refining the V-1 and diagonal V skate
Introduce the V-2 and V-2 alternate skate
The Telemark Lesson
This lesson introduces the basic telemark turn, and can be done with
most regular nordic equipment, although waxable skis are highly recommended. We spend most
of the lesson without poles, going through a gradual progression and a series of exercises
that results in a complete telemark turn. Proper body position is stressed. If time
permits, we try to link turns. Equipment, terrain, and snow conditions are discussed.
Individual issues are addressed.
The Ski Shop offers a wide selection of cross country ski equipment, clothing and accessories. In the ski department we feature skis by Fischer, Atomic, Asnes, and Karhu. We carry a number of boot-binding systems including Alpina boots and Rotefella NNN -II bindings, and NNN-BC boots and bindings. In addition we sell Salomon Profile system boots and bindings, and the tried and true 75mm boots and bindings.
Today cross country ski equipment comes in many sizes and shapes. Each class of cross country ski equipment fills a particular skiing "niche." Light weight racing skis for competition, light touring equipment for groomed and packed trails, touring width skis for off trail, and metal edged skis for backcountry and telemark skiing. The latest advances in ski equipment are in the new "compact" ski designs - skis are shorter, lighter, and easier to use. (Many designs will fit in the trunk of the car!). Most of the equipment we sell is available to rent and "Try before you buy". We will deduct up to two days rental fees from the price of new equipment.
The Garnet Hill Kids! Ski Program is designed to teach cross country skiing to children through games, skills sessions, and by just having fun on skis. The basic direction of the program is an interaction of children together and with our staff to encourage learning basic cross country ski techniques. These techniques include diagonal stride, turning, stopping, how to fall and get up, and even skating technique. The Kids! Ski Program is taught 10:30AM - 12:30. Our ski school is also available for private children's ski lessons by appointment.
Snowshoeing has become quite popular in recent years, owing to exciting equipment advances, new trails, and a renewed spirit to get out and discover the outdoors in winter. Snowshoeing has been around for eons, and we have rented snowshoes here at Garnet Hill Ski Center for over 20 years.
The newest equipment advances give snowshoers a great advantage over the old "woodies". Most new style snowshoes are constructed with a very light weight aluminum or plastic frame with a light weight decking. In addition these newer shoes have a snow and ice "claw" that grips into the snow creating a no slip traction system that is great for mountain ascents. Improved bindings round out the advances creating a very light easy to use snowshoe. Try them out! The Garnet Hill Ski Center rents and sells Atlas Snowshoes.
Snowshoers will also find a great new network of trails. Intertwined among our groomed ski trails are snowshoe and mountain bike trails. Combining with the wilderness trails in the area, snowshoers can enjoy a day or a week of winter adventure. Picture at right is Balm of Gilead Summit View - a must do for any snowshoer at Garnet Hill!
For years Garnet Hill Lodge has offered guided backcountry ski excursions into the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. We target 3 specific trails to safely but thoroughly give each participant a taste of the Adirondack wilderness backcountry.