Best New York Cross Country Skiing Trails

New York has 60 cross country skiing areas.

  September 26, 2018

Located in the US, the cross country skiing in New York offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best New York cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Art Roscoe XC Ski Area, Mt. Van Hovenberg Nordic Center, Rodman - Barnes Corner Ski Trail, Bear Mountain Loop Trail, and Rampo-Dunderberg Trail. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a New York cross country skiing trail below.

Where Can I Cross Country Ski In New York?

Art Roscoe XC Ski Area
Bear Mountain Loop Trail
Bear Springs Mountain Trail System
Belleayre Mountain Ski Area
Bethpage State Park
Black River Environmental Improvement Association
Bond Lake Park
Brookfield Trail System
Byrncliff Resort
Carpenter Road Ski Trails
Cascade Cross Country Ski Center
Catskill Scenic Trail
Cayuga County Trail
Chateaugay State Forest
Chautauqua County Parks
Chautauqua Rails To Trails
Clarence Fahnesock State Park
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Danby State Forest
Dewey Mountain X-C Ski Center
Escarpment Trail
Essex County Trails
Fahnestock Winter Park
Five Ponds Wilderness
Friends Lake Inn
Frost Valley YMCA
Garnet Hill Lodge Ski Center
Genesee Valley Greenway
Gore Mountain Ski Area
Gorge Trail
Green Lakes State Park
Hammond Hill State Forest
Highland Forest County Park
Interloken Trail
Jack Rabbit XC Ski Trail
Lapland Lake Nordic Ski Center
McCauley Mountain Ski Center
Mohonk Mountain House
Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center
Mt. Van Hovenberg Nordic Center
Oak Hill Farms X-Country Ski Center
Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center
Phillips Creek State Forest
Pineridge Cross-Country Ski Area
Point Au Roche State Park
Rampo-Dunderberg Trail
Rodman - Barnes Corner Ski Trail
Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center
Saratoga Spa State Park
Shindagin Hollow State Forest
Ski Plattekill Ski Resort
Spruce Bog Trail
Stoney Pond Nordic Ski Trail
Sugar Hill State Forest
Tourathon Trails
Tree Haven Ski Trails
Vernooy Kill Falls Trail
Whaupaunaucau State Forest
Whetstone Gulf State Park
Whiteface Club Nordic Center


FEATURED:  Mt. Van Hovenberg Nordic Center

  Lake Placid, New York

  July 23, 2016

Southeast of Lake Placid, the Mt. VanHovenberg Olympic Nordic Center has an exceptional 50km cross country ski trail network. The trails are groomed daily for skate and classical skiing. These are the trails that were created for use during the 1980 Winter Olympics.

FEATURED:  Art Roscoe XC Ski Area

  Ellicottville, New York

  August 3, 2016

South of Buffalo and Ellicottville near Salamanca, the 65,000 acre Allegheny State Park has a fantastic network of trails designed for cross country skiing traversing rolling terrain. The 45 km of groomed trails start from the day lodge and roll around the surrounding hills through hardwood forests.

FEATURED:  Pineridge Cross-Country Ski Area

  Albany, New York

  June 25, 2016

Northeast of Albany near Petersburgh, Pineridge Cross-Country Ski Area has 35 km of groomed forested trails along Poestenkill Creek offering mountain vistas. There are 20km of groomed skate skiing trails. In addition, there are 15km of ungroomed trails.

FEATURED:  Cascade Cross Country Ski Center

  Lake Placid, New York

  September 26, 2018

Southeast of Lake Placid, the Cascade XC Center has 20km of groomed cross country ski trails. The Cascade nordic ski trail system also connects with the Mt Van Hoevenberg Olympic Trail System and the Jack Rabbit XC Trail System.

FEATURED:  Highland Forest County Park

  Syracuse, New York

  August 10, 2016

Southeast of Syracuse and east of Fabius in Onondaga County, the 2,700 acre Highland Forest County Park has over 20 miles of trails open to cross country skiers. This area is known as the Adirondacks of Central New York with rugged forest terrain.

FEATURED:  Brookfield Trail System

  Syracuse, New York

  August 8, 2016

Southeast of Syracuse near Sherburne in southeastern Madison County, the 130 mile Brookfield Trail System traverses the 13,000 acre Brookfield State Forest. The trail system is shared by snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in the winter. The trail is marked and numbered. The rolling route combines trails and closed forest service roads.

FEATURED:  Stoney Pond Nordic Ski Trail

  Syracuse, New York

  July 4, 2016

Southeast of Syracuse and southwest of Morrisville, the 1,469 acre Stoney Pond State Forest has a nice 13 mile trail network open to cross country skiing. The trail network runs through pine plantations and hardwood forests.

FEATURED:  Clarence Fahnesock State Park

  Poughkeepsie, New York

  July 17, 2016

North of NYC and southeast of Newburgh, the Clarence Fahnesock State Park has over 70 miles of trails. Many routes are shared by cross country skiers and snowmobilers. All the trails are blazed with round plastic discs of varying colors, or painted rectangular marks.

FEATURED:  Black River Environmental Improvement Association

  Syracuse, New York

  September 25, 2018

Northeast of Syracuse near Booneville, the Black River Environmental Improvement Association (BREIA) trail system has 50km of groomed cross country ski trails. The area is known for reliable snow since it is on the Tug Hill Plateau. There are three distinct trail systems.

FEATURED:  Lapland Lake Nordic Ski Center

  Adirondack State Park, New York

  August 2, 2016

Near Gloversville in Adirondack State Park, the Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center has 50 km of nordic ski trails. There are over 38 km of tracks groomed for classical and skate skiing.