Cross Country, Backcountry, Telemark, Alpine Touring
The Adirondack Park is a winter wonderland for skiing opportunities, with local trails around town and the backcountry terrain of the High Peaks, there is something for everyone. We offer introductory to advanced courses in all disciplines of Nordic skiing throughout the season from simple no wax touring skis on a golf course or nature trail to light weight metal edge skis for a little more control on back country terrain such the approach to Marcy Dam, the Peninsula trails, or the Jackrabbit trail. We are also lovers of more speed and grace of the ski skating technique, so can instruct you to achieve this fun skill with great rental ski skating gear. After you try this on a guided trip you can get a discount on the equipment should you decide to invest in your own set up, if you don't already have nordic gear. We can get you going on great nordic adventures for life!!
The Adirondack State Park is also the perfect destination for AT and telemark skiers. Get into the game, hone your skills, and master your technique on a wide variety of trails from Whiteface Mountain to the miles wilderness trails in our area. The Adirondack slides also make for some of the best back-country ski slopes, and with so many at hand we can introduce you to one of any level you desire. You can also combine your skiing adventure with a winter mountaineering and camping course and enjoy a multi-sport winter backcountry experience. We offer introductory to advanced courses all season long!
Also check out our Skiing Gear List for items you'll need for your outing.
Involves stepping one ski at an angle and pushing off from it, much like ice skating. This type of skiing is associated with speed and performance and requires technical skills and physical conditioning. Skate skis have a smooth base (waxable), the boots are light but have a stiff sole and good ankle support.
Skiing on flat ground to gentle rolling hills with no sharp turns such as golf courses and tracked trails. Skis are narrow to medium in width and may have a scale pattern on bottom to provide grip, boots and bindings tend to be flexible for ease of the classic "kick and glide" technique.
May involve off-track terrain with moderate hills which may require the ability to navigate significant downhill sections. Skiis tend to be wider with metal edges and scales, boots and bindings tend to be heavier duty for control over uneven terrain.
Skiing downhill with "freeheel" turning technique. Requires good technical skills. Skis are medium to wide with full metal edges and a waxable base (waxable). Boots are rigid and bindings are very sturdy, often with a cable stretched around the heel for added control.
Venturing deep into the backcountry in search of steep terrain. The skis, boots, and bindings are very similar to those used in alpine (downhill) skiing with the exception that the heel can be released to allow a "kick and glide" technique. A set of climbing skins is often used to provide grip on the uphill sections.