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about a little X-Country Skiing, Alexis?" "Well", you say, "I've always wanted to try
that! I hear it's really good for you and not too hard to learn."
And, you'd be right!
Green Mansions Golf Club,
adjacent to our condos, is open to cross-country
skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling, weather permitting, if you have your own equipment. The
Clubhouse is open Thursday-Sunday with
lunch, dinner and hot beverages. Below is a list of just a fraction of
the cross-country facilities available for your enjoyment, as well as tips for making
your North Country experience successful. We hope you will find this
article helpful in making your plans for cross-country skiing &
snowshoeing near Green Mansions and in the
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you've never been on skis before, forget about skiing for a few
moments. Take some time to get used to your 'big slippers' by walking on
them. If you need to take exaggerated steps to move your feet forward,
so be it. Choose a flat piece of land and go for a stroll, picking
your skis right off the snow as you would your feet off the ground.
Then begin leaning forward and tilting left and right and start
bending your knees a bit as you take each step. Don't worry about
concepts such as" weight transfer" yet. Just get comfortable leaning
over each ski.
As you walk on the skis,
concentrate on keeping their tips from crossing. Guide them straight
and parallel. If you've ever been in a sack race when you couldn't
move each leg separately, you'll appreciate the importance of not
allowing one ski tip to step on the other. Also get used to the idea
that your footwear has very little traction. Think of walking on a
slippery floor with shoes. It's hard to describe just how your gait
employs scoot-prevention, but if somebody tells you to watch out for
the wet floor, you're just as likely to skid, but somehow less likely
to fall because you're bracing for the sudden slide.
about instruction? When you aren't linking stylish turns, you still
need to link skills, even for the most basic forms of skiing. Taking
certified instruction at a Nordic center will help reassure you that
your form is polished enough to take the next step. You may sail
through the introductory steps of the diagonal stride, but if you
start stalling on the up hills, an instructor can give you some
optional drills you might never have tried on your own.
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Cunningham's Ski Barn
1 Main Street, North Creek, NY 12853
25 km marked trails, warming station, rentals. Food available. Lessons
Box 470 Route 28, North Creek, NY 12853
11 km marked trails, warming station, rentals. Food available. Lessons
Garnet Hill Cross Country Ski Center
13th Lake Road, North River, NY 12856
54 km marked trails, warming station, rentals. Food available. Night
skiing. Lessons available.
Adirondack Park Visitor Center at Paul Smiths
Box 3000 Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
17 km marked trails, warming station. Food available.
Box 867 Adirondak Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946
20 km marked trails, warming station, rentals. Food available. Lessons
Cascade X-C Ski Center
Box 888 Route 73, Lake Placid, NY 12946
20 marked trails, warming station, rentals. Food available. Night
skiing (Saturdays only). Lessons available.
Cunningham's Ski Barn
Lake Placid Club, Lake Placid, NY 12946
25 km marked ski trails, warming station, rentals. Food available.
Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Center
Mount Van Hoevenberg Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946
50 km marked trails, warming station, rentals. Food available. Lessons
Wilderness and Unsupervised
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10 km of trails groomed by
volunteers, 5 km are lighted for night skiing
No trail fees; No ski lessons; No facilities Location: Crandall Park
in Glens Falls Contact phone #: Inside Edge Ski Store, Queensbury
518-793-5676 Equipment rentals: Available at Inside Edge Ski Store
Spa State Park
The Spa State Park golf course, is the
perfect setting for the beginner skier to practice. If you ski into
the valley carved by Geyser Brook, there is some good down-hills. All
together, there are 20 kilometers of trails. Ski rentals, as well as
individual and group instruction is provided in the complete ski shop. Saratoga Spa Park is located one mile
south of downtown Saratoga Springs. The Park may be reached by
traveling 3 miles north on Rt. 9 after taking exit 13N of the
Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area
The principal Nordic skiing route runs approximately north-south
from Thirteenth lake coming out on Rt. 8, about 4 miles west of
Baker's Mills. It follows the Sacandaga River for most of its length.
The Shanty Brook section off Rt. 8 goes over a shoulder of Eleventh
Mountain. The descent down the north slope of this mountain is steep
and is hazardous under frozen snow conditions. the remainder of the
trail has generally easy grades. A side trail to the Siamese Ponds branches to the west about 4 miles
from Rt. 8 an additional distance of 2 1/2 miles. The grades on this
portion are steeper than the rest of the trail. There is a lean-to at
this trail intersection. The total distance from the foot of
Thirteenth Lake to Rt. 8 is approximately 12 miles.
The northern terminus of the route is found by taking Rt. 28 to North
Creek and then to North River. About 5 miles from North Creek and 1
mile beyond North River look for a road left, marked for Thirteenth
Lake and for Garnet Hill Lodge. For the southern approach, take Rt. 28 to Wevertown and turn west
on Rt.8. The sign for Shanty Brook and Siamese Ponds is about 10 miles
west on Rt. 8 from Wevertown.
Lower Slopes of Crane Mountain
This is a short novice trail about 1 mile long from the trail head
to the Crane Mountain Observers cabin. Take Rt. 28 to Wevertown, and
turn west on Rt. 8. In about 1 1/2 miles reach Johnsburg, and turn
south on South Johnsburg Rd. Follow this for approximately 7 miles to
a right hand turn marked with a sign "Crane Mt. Trailhead." Continue
for almost 2 miles and turn right again at a second corner similarly
marked. Follow this road to the end, about half a mile.
Recommendations for Success
Try to match the
difficulty of the trail to your level of ability, even to the
ability of the least experienced member of your party. Select a
destination that matches your interest.
Take advantage of
the expertise of a licensed
Adirondack guide and outfitter. They have extensive
knowledge and can set you up with the proper gear.
Adirondack Mountain Club,
NY - 518-523-3441 for detailed trail maps. Also
contact Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers for additional
information. Paul Smiths, NY - 518-327-3000 or
Newcomb, NY - 518-582-2000.
Observe and enjoy wildlife and plant life but leave them undisturbed
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