Four full-service cross-country ski centers are linked by the famed Jackrabbit Ski Trail, which offers 75 miles of groomed skiing between Keene, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The map of the trail is available at area chambers of commerce and sport shops.
In addition to the Jackrabbit Trail, cross-country skiers can tackle the same terrain as the Winter Olympics competitors in 1980 at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex. Just outside Lake Placid off Route 73, the center offers more than 30 miles of groomed trails with rentals and Biathlon Center.
Another popular Nordic skiing stop in Lake Placid region is Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center with 12 miles of trails, just a bit farther down the road off Route 73.
The Lake Road to Ausable Lakes in St.Huberts provides a wonderful skiing experience. For the more adventurous looking for the ultimate challenge, the High Peaks trails can be accessed by backcountry skis. This undertaking, however, requires very serious preparedness as well as proper equipment, and consultation with local guides on the terrain conditions.
Ample skiing opportunities are available on the lands of Santanoni Preserve in Newcomb. Possible trips include: 2 miles RT to Farm Complex, or 10 miles RT to Great Camp Santanoni itself, as well as Moose Pond, Mount Adams, Goodnow Mountain, Henderson Lake, Duck Hole or Lake Colden and Avalanche Pass.
A challenging network of trails can be found in Malone, Paul Smiths, Lake Clear, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) features about 9.5 miles of cross-country ski trails for people of all abilities, with the western trailhead of Jackrabbit Ski Trail being located in the VIC.
Big Tupper Ski Area has miles of trails for cross-country skiing, including the Deer Pond Loop and its network of connecting wooded trails. Another option in the locality is William C. Whitney Wilderness Area by Little Tupper Lake.
Cross-country skiing is available in Inlet at the Fern Park recreational facility along with rentals and a warming hut.