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“Best cross-country skiing I have ever experienced” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Van Hoevenberg

Mount Van Hoevenberg
Lake Placid, NY
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Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Lake Placid
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Skiing
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Owner description: Mount Van Hoevenberg is the starting point for 31 miles of beautiful cross-country trails that have seen both Olympic and World Cup competition.
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“Best cross-country skiing I have ever experienced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

WOW! Where do I begin? We decided to ski during the week to avoid the crowds. My son has never skied before, so we thought it would be best to stay out of others ways.

What a great experience! The employees at the rental and fee station were wonderful and friendly. The trails were amazingly wide and groomed to perfection!

We spent Tuesday skiing on the easy trails so my son could learn. Skiing on groomed trails was such a pleasure and is so much easier and enjoyable.

After 2.5 hours of skiing the easy trails, we did a more difficult trail and called it a day.

We returned Wednesday to try some of the more difficult trails since we had so much fun the day before. They offered a $10 discount for both days, so it was not bad at all. I have my own skiis, so we only rented a set for my son. I found the $74 for two days worth every penny of family fun. We did the 3 Trail Loop which is 3.4 miles. At times it was so scary, but exciting as well. I have never skied better even with the many falls I took. There are some really nice gradual hills, and then some really steep ones. Some were difficult to walk up even using the herringbone technique.

On our second day, I overheard a conversation between some of the employees. They were discussing complaints about the trails, etc. I thought to myself, "How could anyone complain about the trails and prices here?" The grounds are immaculate and breathtakingly beautiful!

The one and only thing I could even complain about would be the price of water. $3.50 for a small bottle. Guess it's my own fault for not bringing our own.

We will definitely return.

Visited March 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“beautifully groomed trails and nice warm lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We loved this place!!! A variety of trails to choose from and cozy lodge to warm up in. Staff is very helpful. Ticket is a bit pricy but well worth it, you can easily make a day of it.

Visited February 2013
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Scarsdale
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“Olympic Cross Country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The trails at this venue are pristine and any cross country skiers dream. Skis are avalablefor rental on site. You can pick from a number of trails that range from novice to expert and the board will also tell you approximately how long the course will take to complete.

Visited February 2013
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Westchester, NY
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“Very good if there is snow!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

They have fixed up the cross country "lodge" and it's much nicer. Unfortunately, they didn't have much snow, so only the flat courses were open, but it was a good workout. Staff is very nice.

Visited February 2013
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Newtown, PA
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“Great place for cross-country skiing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I have skied downhill for 40 years but never tried cross country. We are now hooked and can't wait to do it again. Mount Van Hoevenberg provides yet another Olympic experience in the Lake Placid area. The total for 2 of us to rent skis and use the facility was only $68. The conditions were perfect with over 2 feet of fresh snow on the ground. Being two days before New Year's, it was somewhat crowded getting our skis, but manageable. Once out on the trails it seemed somewhat deserted. There are miles of trails to explore and they were very well marked and maintained. Around every turn one will find winter beauty. I say give it a try if you've never done it.

Visited December 2012
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