Best Nordic Ski Center in The Adirondacks

Winter arrives early to the Adirondacks. It is not unusual to be cross country skiing at Garnet Hill by Thanksgiving. Early season storms quickly transform the Adirondack wilderness into a beautiful world of white mountain vistas and snowy woodland scenes.

Come up to the magic world of winter! Discover snowy forest trails and the winter scenery of the New York Adirondack Mountains. Garnet Hill Lodge is a true mountain resort where you can discover all the fun and adventure of cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Enjoy miles of scenic groomed trails. Take a ski lesson! Watch your kids ski. Enjoy a backcountry ski journey. At day’s end find the warmth of friends and good cheer by The Log House fireplace.

Nordic Ski Family

The Garnet Hill Advantage

  • 2000 ft. elevation – we always have snow!
  • 55km trails, groomed daily, set tracks & skating lanes
  • Complete ski shop – rentals, sales, & repairs
  • PSIA certified ski school with lessons daily
  • Kids! Ski program, weekends and holiday weeks
  • Unique “ski down – ride back” shuttle bus – the longest ski lift around!
  • Full moon skiing program
  • Ski Center open daily from 9am-4pm
  • Lodge and Restaurant open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner


Youth: Age 6-17 years | Senior: Age 65+

Trail Pass Rates

(Trail passes are included for overnight guests)

$22 / 1 Day
$15 / Each Additional Day

$15 / After 12:30 1/2 Day Rate

$18 / 1 Day
$12 / Each Additional Day

$12 / After 12:30 1/2 Day Rate

$10 / Day

Free snowshoeing for 10 and under

Ski Rentals Rates

Rentals include skis, boots, and poles

$25 / 1 Day
$15 / Each Additional Day

$15 / After 12:30 1/2 Day Rate

$20 / 1 Day
$15 / Each Additional Day

$12 / After 12:30 1/2 Day Rate

Backcountry Rentals
$30 / Day

Pulk Rentals
$20 / Day

Boot or Pole only Rentals

$8 /Day

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.

Ski School Rates and Information

  • Group Lesson – $25 / per person / per day
  • Private Lesson – $50 / per person / per day
  • Semi-Private Lesson – $40 / per person / per day
  • Skate Lesson – $45 / per person / per day
  • Backcountry Lesson – $45 /per person / per day

Group lessons meet daily at 10am and 2pm
Private & Skate lessons are by appointment only

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. The following is covered:

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.

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