You don't need to be graceful on skis or skates to have fun and get exercise in the winter. If you love to hike, you'll love to snowshoe. Strap on a pair—bring your own or rent snowshoes from us—and follow the miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe-only trails through some of the beautiful woods that make the Adirondacks famous. A great sport to share with friends and family, snowshoeing allows you to enjoy the outdoors in winter at your own pace. Save 20% with your Olympic Sites Passport!
2013 - 2014 Snowshoeing Rates: Day Passes
|1/2 Day||1 Day||2 of 3 Days||Additional Days|
|Teen (13 - 19)||$16||$18||$34||$16|
|Junior (7 - 12)||$10||$12||$22||$10|
|Senior (65 - 69)||$16||$18||$34||$16|
|6 & Under||Free||Free||Free||Free|
|*Dogs must have proof of rabies vaccine | Rentals and Guided Tours Available | Rentals and Guided Tours Available|
Mt. Van Hoevenberg Views
Join our NYS licensed guide for the Mt. Van Hoevenberg snowshoe hike departing from the Lodge and heading for the top of Mt. Van Hoevenberg for amazing view of the Adirondack High Peaks. The hike travels up the famous Ladies 5km, merges with 1932 Bobsled Track, a member of National Historic Register, before reaching the summit for a panoramic view. Brunch is served in the 1980 Start House overlooking Lake Placid, Whiteface Mt and the Bobsled Track. All snowshoers receive a logoed hydration pack and brunch.
The Trip Itinerary
The day starts in the Cross Country Lodge with a snowshoe fitting and review of the trip. Snowshoe from the Cross Country Stadium, up the last section of the Women's Cross Country Olympic 5k Ski trail, cut up through the woods to the 1980 Start House, head to the top of the 1932 Bobsled Run and then a quick 1/4 mile climb to the spectacular views of the Adirondacks, including Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York state.
Winter Olympic History and Adirondack Wildlife
In addition to the Olympic history of the 1932 and 1980 Bobsled Track, a member of the National Register of Historic Places, and the amazing views of the High Peaks, there are wonderful opportunities to spot Adirondack wildlife including moose, deer, fox, snowshoe hare, barred owls, ruffled grouse, woodpeckers and other small songbirds.
The Group Sets the Pace
The pace of the trips will be adjusted for the skill level of the snowshoers but the terrain is generally a moderately difficult hike. The elevation climbs from about 2,000 ft. above sea level at the Cross Country Stadium to a height of 2,940 ft. at the summit of the mountain. The outing includes equipment rental, a guide, a cool hydration pack and brunch served in the toasty warm 1980 Start House.
Your Cross Country Experience Guide
Elizabeth Lee is a New York State licensed guide with experience taking children and families into the woods. She specializes in natural history and loves to discuss plants and animals that are native to Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- December 22, 29, 31
- January 5, 12, 19, 26
- February 2, 9, 16, 18, 23
- March 2, 9
- Cost: $115
*48 hour advanced noticed require for all reservations, please Email or call 518.523.4436
Trail pass & snowshoes included
- Location: Olympic Sports Complex View Map
- Dates: Open Daily: December 7 – March 23 (Check conditions for availability.)
- Tickets: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Trails Close: 4:30 p.m.
- Gates Lock: 5:00 p.m.