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As March gets underway and the first days of spring inch closer, many people look forward to the return of their favorite warm weather activities. However, thanks to longer, sunnier days, March is actually one of the best times to hit the trails and enjoy cross-country skiing in the Adirondacks.
Our trail system remains open until early April, so long as the weather permits, to let guests experience the benefits and fun of spring skiing and snowshoeing.
Compared to January and February, March has more daylight hours, warmer temperatures, but still a good amount of snow for winter sports. This means you can still go skiing and snowshoeing but without having to face frigid conditions and bundle up with extra layers.
If you’re not a fan of the subzero days that we see in the Adirondacks during the heart of winter, then March is the perfect time for you to get outdoors and enjoy an invigorating workout. From start to finish, your adventure will be much more comfortable when you’re traversing the trails on a nice warm day.
Before you go, all you need to do is dress for the early spring weather and remember to bring a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen; it will frequently be sunny out there.
Now that you know about some of the benefits of skiing during March, the next step is planning your trip. Our Adirondack lodge and trail system are located at 2,000 ft. elevation, which means the snow sticks around longer and we can typically offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the month of March (depending on the snow accumulation).
In total, our vast trail system features approximately 55 km of cross-country ski trails and 15 km of snowshoe trails that intertwine with each other. There are trails for all skill levels, and our team works hard to expertly groom these ski trails daily with set tracks and skating lanes to ensure an enjoyable experience.
We recommend beginning your adventure in the morning so you can traverse the trails, soak up the scenery, and then wind down with lunch or dinner at our Log House Restaurant. Reservations are required, and takeout is available too.
One particularly fun route is following the trails to the Sugar House, which functions as a warming hut for skiers. There are a few paths you can take to reach the building, so plan on exploring a mix of intermediate trails along the way.
Looking to ski or snowshoe at our trail system this March? We offer lodging guests complimentary trail passes so they can step outside the front door, strap on their gear, and go. You can stay in a comfortable guest room in the main Lodge or reserve a spacious room in the Birches or Tea House cottages that are perfect for families.
Non-lodging guests can purchase a day pass for either a whole or half day. These are available online and at our ticket window, but we highly recommend you purchase yours ahead of time. Equipment rentals are available as well.
No matter how you choose to visit, you will have a wonderful time skiing and snowshoeing on our beautiful property this month.