Looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors this winter? Cross-country skiing is a great way to explore wintery landscapes, and many trails can be easier to traverse with smooth, deep snow. Cross-country skiing is also known as “Nordic skiing” and may be abbreviated “XC.” There are two styles of cross-country skiing: classic skiing - the original version, and involves a straight-line stride - and skate skiing, where movements may look like a speed skater on ice.
Stay tuned for our Facebook LIVE on Wednesday, January 20 at 1 p.m. to learn tips and tricks on how to get started cross-country skiing and enjoying the winter.
All trails on DEC lands are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Check out this list of great places to explore.
If there is not enough snow to enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, you can still take in the sights and sounds of the season by checking out a winter hike.
Plan ahead and prepare for a safe and enjoyable adventure by checking out these outdoor winter hiking safety tips. Be sure to always PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL*. In case you missed it, watch a Facebook LIVE with DEC Forest Rangers discussing Winter HikeSmartNY tips.
Check out our YouTube playlist for more winter recreation ideas.