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Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Trail Pass Rates, Equipment Rentals, and Lessons

Garnet Hill Lodge’s full-service ski center offers cross country ski and snowshoe rentals, plus a great selection of new equipment for purchase. Our ski school is PSIA certified, and we offer lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers. Our Ski Shop staff is more than happy to help you get set up with everything you need for an exceptional day out on our trails. If you have questions, give the Outdoor Center a call at (518) 251-2150.

Trail Pass Rates

Trail passes are included for overnight guests

Senior: Age 65+ | Youth: Age 11-17 years | Child: 6-10 years | Child 5 and under free

All trail passes purchased online are subject to a pre-purchase discount


Adult Ski

$30 / Full Day

$24 / Half Day (After 1:00pm)


Youth/Senior Ski

$25 / Full Day

$20/ Half Day (After 1:00pm)


Child Ski

$18/ Full Day

$13/ Half Day (After 1:00pm)


Snowshoe (All Ages)

$20 / Day

*Snowshoe passes are not available for half-days

Free snowshoeing for children 5 and under


Season Passes: Purchased after 12/1/22

$200/ Adult

$175/ Youth(6-17) and Senior(65+)

$125/ Child (6-10)

$425/ Family(2 Adults and up to 4 Youth)

See more info or purchase a season pass


Group Rates (10+ people)

All passes subject to 30% discount.  Advance booking required.  Call Outdoor Center at 518 251 2150 to book your group rate.

Rental Rates

Senior: Age 65+ | Youth: Age 11-17 years | Child: 6-10 years | Child 5 and under free

All rentals booked online are subject to a pre-purchase discount


Adult Ski Package

(Includes skis, boots, and poles)

$35 / Full Day

$25 / Half Day (After 1:00pm)


Youth & Senior Ski Packages

(Includes skis, boots, and poles)

$30 / Full Day

$20 / Half Day (After 1:00pm)


Child Ski Package

(Includes skis, boots, and poles)

$25 / Full Day

$15 / Half Day (After 1:00pm)


Backcountry Rentals

(Includes skis, boots, and poles)

$40 / Day


Adult Snowshoes 

(Includes snowshoes and poles)

$20/ Full Day

Children up to 18-years-old Snowshoes 

(Includes snowshoes and poles)

$15/ Full Day


Pulk Rentals

$30 / Day


Group Rates (10+ people)

All rentals subject to 30% discount.  Advance booking required.  Call Outdoor Center on 518 251 2150.


Purchase A 2022-23 Winter Season Pass   Purchase A Day Pass Or Equipment Rentals

Garnet Hill Ski School

Ski School Rates and Information

Private Lesson – $50 / per person
Semi-Private Lesson – $40 / per person
Skate Lesson – $45 / per person
Backcountry Lesson – $45 /per person

Lessons are by appointment only. Call Outdoor Center on 518 251 2150.

The Garnet Hill Ski School

Member: Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)

Cross country ski lessons are a great step toward improving your technique and increasing your enjoyment of the sport. At Garnet Hill Nordic Center we teach all ages and abilities including beginner lessons, telemark and ski skating lessons. We recommend a beginner group lesson for all first time cross country skiers. The ski school also provides intermediate and advanced lessons including ski skating, telemark and backcountry techniques, and racing techniques.

We have a ski school staff that is dedicated to helping you start off on the right foot, improve your skiing, and help you to have more fun on skis. We offer a full range of lessons, from beginner through advanced, including all types of nordic skiing. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!

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.


Beginner Lessons

Beginner lessons are for those who have never skied at all, for those who have downhill skied but never cross-country skied, or for those who have skied some, but know they could use instruction on the basics and develop good habits.

Intermediate Lessons

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.

Advanced Lessons

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.

Skate Skiing

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.

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.

Snowshoe Tours

Everyone from beginners on up are welcome to join us on our guided snowshoe tours during the weekends.  These tours, as well as snowshoe rentals, are free for guests but available to all. See more information.

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