Mt. Van Hoevenberg

cross country skiing & biathlon center

World-Class Skiing in the Adirondacks

The Olympic Cross Country ski trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg have delighted individuals, couples and families for over 35 years. Constant trail upgrades and world class grooming on 50 km of rolling Adirondack terrain have been the hallmark of our Olympic legacy. Skiers have always found trails fit for the Olympian inside them, no matter their ability. Step into a pair of skis or snowshoes, breathe in the fresh, crisp air and follow our meticulously groomed trails through the snowy woods. Through the forest, follow the trails that have led athletes, like local Bill Demong (Gold and Silver Medalist in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games) to Olympic glory. 

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Season Schedule & Hours

Trail access: During the winter season, Mt. Van Hoevenberg is open daily from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (trail passes available for purchase until 4:00 pm). For more information, call the Cross Country Ski Center at 518-523-2811 or email us at

Activities for All Skiers

The Cross Country and Biathlon trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg opened for the 1980 Olympic Games and has held its place as a world class destination in Nordic Sports. We have 50 km of trails that are groomed to perfection every day of the week. Our professional staff treats each day as if we are both hosting the Olympic Games and welcoming you in for a cozy chat.

You will have plenty of opportunities no matter your ability. We regularly stage major national and international skiing events, yet first-time and recreational skiers are our daily priority. We have trails and experiences that exceed the expectations of world class athletes, fitness lovers, recreational visitors, outdoor enthusiasts and those new to our sport. Nordic terrain parks, toasty bonfires, Josie's destination ski cabin, and our warm and friendly lodge will make world class memories!

PSIA Certified Mt. Van Hoevenberg Ski School

Join our PSIA certified Ski School Instructors and head out on the trails to improve your technique in a fun learning environment. Call 518-523-4436 or email us for more information and to make reservations.

Lesson/Program Details Rates
Discover Cross Country Includes trail pass, rentals, class lesson, and visit to Josie's Cabin $55
Discover Biathlon Includes trail pass, rentals, class lesson, and biathlon instruction $55
Discover Snowshoeing Includes guided hike, trail pass, rentals, water and a snack $55
Group Lesson 1 hour session starting daily at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm $22
Private Lesson 1 hour session starting daily at 9:00 am & 2:30 pm (or by appointment) $40

Green Goddess Natural Foods

Mt. Van Hoevenberg is thrilled to have Green Goddess as our provider of delicious food and wonderful drinks. They connect residents and guests to local food growers and producers with their fresh organic menu. Enjoy the taste and experience of their food made daily from scratch.

Josie's Cabin

This ski-to destination is full of Adirondack ambiance and will become the heart of your Cross Country experience. Delicious food and hot drinks will be served inside the cabin during holidays, weekends and special events. Adjacent to the cabin will be two warm fires with s'mores kits available to complete your experience.

Nordic Terrain Park

Our Nordic Terrain Park features terrain for all levels of skiers looking for a little fun. It is a one of a kind experience capturing the thrill and imagination of skiers. Just outside of our Cross Country Stadium and adjacent to the main parking lot you will find music, jumps, bumps, boxes and elements that will test your balance, agility and creativity on skis.

Biathlon & Nordic Competitions

We host World Cup Biathlon, Nordic Combined and Cross Country competitions at all levels, including Junior Olympic events, and a number of amateur races, like the famed Lake Placid Loppet—a 50- and 25-km race that's part of the American Ski Marathon Series. We're also a recreational playground, open to anyone who wants to get on the trails and into the woods.

Ski Patrol

Ski Patrol is located in the lower level of the Cross Country Ski Lodge. If there is an accident, any employee can help you. If you call in an accident, it is helpful if you know the name of the ski trail and your approximate location.

MVH Mnt. Biking
Cross Country Mountain Biking
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Explore 30 km of cross-country trails offering challenging terrain for both beginner and veteran trail riders.
XC Mountain Biking
Discover Mountain Biking
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Learn how to Mountain Bike from our experienced staff on over 30 km of cross-country trails that offers challenging terrain for both beginner and veteran trail riders.
Bike & Biathlon
Bike & Biathlon
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Enjoy an hour long mountain bike lesson to start the program then meet up at the range for an informative video on Biathlon and professional instruction on our Olympic Biathlon Range!
Be a Biathlete
Be a Biathlete
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Feel the rush of a biathlete as you test your marksmanship skills at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country and Biathlon Center.
Young Girl Cross Country Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Looking to spend some quality time on our 50+ km of world-class ski trails? Get your Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Pass today and enjoy season-long skiing as well as great pass holder perks!
Discover Cross Country Program
Discover Cross Country
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
The complete cross country ski experience, including a trail pass, rentals, and expert instruction in a fun and friendly atmosphere as you explore our winter wonderland!
Discover Biathlon
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
During the winter season, take an in depth look at this sport that combines freestyle skiing and rifle marksmanship. Take a ski lesson to start the program or just join us on the range to zero in your shooting skills.
Josie's Cabin
Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Olympic Sports Complex
Join us at our new woodland retreat to celebrate the dream of Josephine Schofield. You'll find naturalists, artists and leaders in our community for a series of unique natural history lessons about Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Adirondack Region.
Young Girl XC Skiing at MVH
wee ski
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
A “mom and me” program for children ages 2 to 4—dads and grandparents welcome!
Four XC Skiers at MVH
snow dogs
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Snow Dogs is a six week program that covers basic ski skills and builds a base for ski exploration and personal growth in this wonderful winter sport!
Cross Country skiers on the trail at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country and Biathlon Center
homeschool days
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
This season long program will offer a wonder of possibilities on our Olympic Trails and a dedicated space for homeschool enrichment and activities
Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Kids Program
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Eight Saturday sessions designed around age and ability create a supportive and fun atmosphere for children ages 5-11. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the techniques that will make a lifetime of skiing enjoyable.
Loppet Juniors Program at Mt. Van Hovenburg
loppet juniors
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
For Nordic teen skiers looking to develop skills and fitness in a fun environment with the goal of participating in one of the Nordic Festival races.
Summer Loppet Juniors
Summer Loppet Juniors
Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Olympic Sports Complex
Participants develop sport skills and fitness toward enjoyment and proficiency in mountain biking and marksmanship. Individuals will learn technical and mental skills through experience, games and exercises that will create a solid foundation for lifelong activity!
Summer Pathfinders
Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Olympic Sports Complex
Games, fun drills and experience will develop skills and confidence for lifelong activity. Individuals will be encouraged to challenge their boundaries in a fun and supportive environment!

cross country season passes

Looking to spend some quality time on our 50+ km of world-class ski trails? Get your Mt. Van Hoevenberg Season Pass today and enjoy season-long skiing as well as great pass holder perks!

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day trail passes & packages

Whether you're visiting the area, trying out a new sport, or a local looking for the best groomed trails around—head to Mt. Van Hoevenberg for the day and enjoy an authentic Adirondack cross country skiing or snowshoeing experience! All day trail passes, packages, and programs may be purchased on site at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. 

Trail Pass 1 Day* 1/2 Day (after 12:30 pm) Late Day (after 2:30 pm) 2 Day Each Additional Day
Adult $20 $18 $14 $38 $18
Teen / Senior  $18 $16 $12 $34 $16
Junior / 70+ $12 $10 $6 $22 $10
6 & Under Free Free Free Free Free

Adult: 20-64 | Teen:13-19 | Junior: 7-12 | Senior: 65-69

All trail passes include admission to the sliding tracks

*Return your full day trail pass by 12:00 pm and receive a $6.00 coupon off of your next visit

Multi-day tickets include an additional day to complete your ski days (e.g. if you purchase a 2 day ticket, you have 2 of 3 days to ski)

Includes trail pass and rental equipment
Package 1 Day 1/2 Day (after 12:30 pm) Late Day (after 2:30 pm) 2 Day Each Additional Day
Adult $38 $36 $26 $72 $34
Teen / Senior $36 $32 $24 $68 $32
Junior / 70+ $26 $22 $14 $48 $22
Performance $46 $38 $28 $84 $38
Adult: 20-64 | Teen:13-19 | Junior: 7-12 | Senior: 65-69
Rentals 1 Day 1/2 Day After 12:30 pm Late Day After 2:30 pm 2 Day Each Additional Day
Adult/ Teen/ Senior $18 $16 $12 $34 $16
Junior $14 $12 $8 $26 $12
Performance $26 $20 $14 $46 $20
Snowshoes $18 $16 $12 $34 $16
Pulk Sled $30 $15 (per 2 hours) $15 (per 2 hours) $60 $30
Adult: 20-64 | Teen:13-19 | Junior: 12 & Under | Senior: 65+

Ten Dollar Tuesdays

On non-holiday Tuesdays come ski at Mt. Van Hoevenberg for just $10 all day long! Promotion includes a trail pass; rentals may be purchased at an additional fee.

Military Discounts

Mt. Van Hoevenberg offers the following rates for qualifying military guests, which include active US or Canadian Military, or immediate family of, or Retired US Military. Valid military ID designating active or retired status is required.

  1 Day 1/2 Day (after 12:30 pm) Late Day (after 2:30 pm) 2 Day Each Additional Day
Trail Pass $16 $14 $10 $30 $14
Student Groups $10 $8 $6 $18 $8
Rentals $14 $12 $8 $26 $12
Student Rentals $12 $10 $6 $22 $10
Explore Package (trail pass & rental) $30 $26 $18 $56 $26
Ski / Snowshoe Rentals $14 $12 $8 $26


Discover XC $34 (lesson, traill pass & rental)      
Lessons $15 (per class lesson)      
Discover Biathlon  $44 (lesson,trail pass, rental & biathlon)      
Be a Biathlete $25 (range & lesson)      

snow guarantee

While we strive to present an exceptional experience and snow conditions at all times, there may be days where uncontrollable factors come into play. If you find that the surface conditions are not to your satisfaction you have one hour from the time your ticket was issued to return to the ticket desk and receive a voucher for another day of skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

In the event that Mt. Van Hoevenberg is unable to open because of low snow conditions, Season Pass Holders will be able to access the snow-made loop at the Olympic Jumping Complex during scheduled times. The snow guns will be turned on (weather permitting) in early November. Olympic Jumping Complex Trail Passes may be purchased for $10 per day at the ticket booth. 

mt. van hoevenberg cross country ski center

Gliding through some of the most beautiful terrain in the east, taking in the towering white pines, crisp, clean air, the calm of the Adirondack woods. That's what cross-country skiing here at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid is about.  A day on our impeccably groomed cross-country trails will exhaust and replenish you all at once. We offer cross-country skiing lessons—group and private—equipment rentals, a well-stocked sports shop and café. In short, everything you need to enjoy a day on our world-class cross-country ski trails in the Adirondack woods!

2019/20 Group Rates

Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Please contact us in advance of your visit so we may best accommodate your group.

  1 Day 1/2 Day (after 12:30 pm) Late Day (after 2:30 pm) 2 Day Each Additional Day
Trail Pass $16 $14 $10 $30 $14
Student Groups $10 $8 $6 $18 $8
Rentals $14 $12 $8 $26 $12
Student Rentals $12 $10 $6 $22 $10
Explore Package
Trail Pass & Rentals
$30 $26 $18 $56 $26
Discover Cross Country
Trail Pass, Rentals, & Lesson
Discover Biathlon
Trail Pass, Rentals, Lesson & Biathlon Range
Biathlon Range & Lesson $25        

Contact Us 

Rebecca Dayton, Olympic Sports Complex Assistant Venue Manager
phone: (518) 523-3419  |  email: