Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center
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Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center
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Ski or snowshoe with us and explore one of the Catskill Mountain's most beautiful winter wonderlands. Catch a glimpse of timid woodland creatures on hemlock shaded-trails in the pine-scented forest. Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center is nestled on the northern border of Tannersville, NY, located in the beautiful Northern Catskills.
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  • Carly H
    Brooklyn, New York379 contributions
    Great for beginners
    My husband and I are complete and utter city-dwellers and decided to be outdoorsy and try cross country skiing! Since it was our very first time, we were able to rent all equipment needed as well as take a much-needed lesson. It was so great! I was expecting maybe a 10 min demo and then a big ole shove down the hill, but it truly was a great experience. The two very patient instructors helped us and one other couple for almost an hour with turns, stopping, falling and getting yourself back up (insanely awkward and almost impossible for a beginner without their ingenious tips). The trails were beautiful, clearly marked, and for most of our time, we barely saw another soul! A very nice getaway from the crazy city, indeed. There is a small indoor snack stand (cash only), from which we each had a small bowl of homemade chili, but in hindsight I wish we would have packed a real lunch and brought it with us. We would definitely come back!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2014
  • Dhan
    8 contributions
    great landscape and lovely people
    The place is vast and well groomed. we had our kids 4 and 6 take the ski lessons and they had a good time. We rented equipment from them and they were are all good. They had a nice homemade chilli and other snacks at the snack.The family that runs the place are some of the nicest people we ever met. We accidentally left our son's hat at the place and they shipped it to us in New Jersey and paid for it out of their pocket (thanks a lot guys). We sure will visit often.
    Traveled with family
    Written February 25, 2017
  • Sarjevane
    Long Island City, New York10 contributions
    A hidden gem
    The staff was very helpful for the beginners we were. They even have patrol on the trail! It's a small parking lot, so the ration km of trails vs number of people is amazing. The website does not make justice to how extensive and picturest the trails are. Right off the main road, it's easy to get to.
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 19, 2014
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cascade18
Portland, ME198 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
I had passed the drive way and their sign for years. Always a downhill skier, I decided one day to do something different, having only xc skied two other times many years ago. I was able to rent all the equipment with ease, the staff was incredibly helpful at giving me recommendations of what trails to go on, and WOW! there were so many trails, and loops, that I kept myself busy for hours exploring. Other people I saw seemed to be having a good time, it wasn't crowded, people were nice, the scenery was mostly forested. Would totally go back! In fact, got me into xc skiing on a more regular basis!
Written January 30, 2014
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Mary Grace P
Andover, NJ52 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
We headed to Tannersville in the Catskills region, coupling a weekend stay in a nice B&B with cross-country skiing. We were pleased on both accounts as this was our first time in the area. We had our own skis, but skis and snow shoes are available for rental. There are three levels of well-marked, and well-groomed trails, but if you're expecting that the easiest level is flat, you would be mistaken. The trails all intertwine through a beautiful, well-maintained hemlock forest, and you can spend as little or as much time as you want, traversing the pathways. It began to snow shortly after our arrival, and it snowed through the afternoon, turning the forest into a magical winter wonderland. There is a small snack counter available to purchase food - but choices are limited, so bringing your own lunch might be preferable. My husband had a bowl of decent chili, but I stuck with a bottle of water. Kindly, as we signed out at the end of the day, they handed out granola bars for free! This has been a tough winter, but our efforts to "embrace the moment" and to enjoy the best that this season has to offer was rewarded on this venture. We would love to return to Mountain Train Cross Country Ski Center - but since we are "all wintered-out" at this point in the season, it will have to wait until next year!
Written March 3, 2015
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xcskimom
Stratford, CT23 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
This is a decent place for new skiers, after a fresh snow when trail conditions are good. If you are a very experienced skier, want larger facilities or more of a lodge, go to one of the larger ski centers or resorts further upstate or in VT. Novice skiers have poor trial etiquette and destroyed many of the trails in recent snow conditions, making many of the popular trails nearly unusable. Facilities are okay for a day of skiing but very outdated.
Written February 23, 2014
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njfish
New Jersey17 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We tried the XC trails on Sunday morning following a Friday storm. Most trails seemed not to have been groomed since Saturday and the trail conditions were mostly mediocre despite the new snow. That said, the woods were lovely and the trails numerous enough that it did not feel crowded. But for serious skiing, head further north. Also, the place is not set up for skate skiing.
Written March 4, 2018
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We're happy you enjoyed the area. It's unfortunate to hear the conditions weren't exactly up to your expectations. We are mostly a classic nordic ski area but open a few skating lanes when conditions permit. This was an exceptionally large and intense storm, leaving over 2 feet of wet snow on Friday. Due to the storm there were major power outages for days all over upstate New York including our town. The town water main also broke due to the storm which made for a very interesting weekend to open. Most of the local business including the major ski areas in the region couldn't open at all on some days this weekend due to the storm. This included Hunter Mountain and Belleayre. We were happy to have been one of the few who opened! If you are in the area in the future, we hope to see you again. We are expecting a large storm Wednesday and this should set us up nice for the weekend on top of our deep base. Thank you for the feedback. We always do our best to make the best ski conditions for our skiers.
Written March 6, 2018
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Jo K
Norwalk, CT44 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
This was our third time visiting as we have a weekend home about 35 minutes away. It is a beautiful hemlock forest with trails groomed for all level skiiers, but even the green trails can be tricky. It's a fun sport and they have equipment to rent, or bring your own. Lovely, helpful people. If the snow keeps coming, we'll keep going. You can also snow shoe through the woods which is also lots of fun! After all that exercise, stop into Tannersville for a bite to eat! I recommend Last Chance Tavern, but there are other choices too.
Written February 15, 2017
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Flashonyx
New York City, NY2 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
Great place to cross country ski, Alison is a great fun teacher ! trails are three levels of expertise, well groomed, all the rental gear you could need plus a shop to buy gear.
Written February 10, 2015
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Sean M
1 contribution
From the moment we arrived, the staff was exceedingly helpful with getting us outfitted with the right sized equipment. We then took to the trails which were amazingly extensive and offered enjoyment for all experience levels. We were out there for hours and saw a handful of people although the parking lot seemed like it would be very busy. Seemed like everyone was just out on the trails spread out. Gorgeous views in a forested winter wonderland. Will definitely be back!
Written February 2, 2015
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VoyageuseNY
New York City, NY21 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
On 3/10/18, with lots of fresh powder, how disappointing to encounter sub par grooming on all trails used. On occasion there were vestiges of corduroy, and once even vestiges of tracks on a lone trail.

Snow shoers are free to roam, damaging what ever slight packing exists, dangerous on the many narrow trails, which also lack any direction, so that skiers of all levels need to be very careful .

The site is gorgeous, and the staff very nice, although the lodge is extremely uncomfortable, and rest rooms are outhouses with plumbing. On the day I was there, the trees were laden with snow. But branches and twigs everywhere, along with the poor grooming, and also heavy hanging branches diminished the experience. There is a central wide trail that bizarrely was packed on the sides, with mounds of snow in the middle- an atypical situation.

I skied here about 10 years ago or so, and my recollection is that the grooming was pretty good, and grooming is key to a good classic experience.
Written March 12, 2018
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Rob C
New York City, NY735 contributions
Mar 2018
Very nice wooded family run cross country ski resort outside Tannersville , wooded beginner intermediate and some advanced trails well groomed. Staff could not have been nicer. Comfortable lodge with soup hot dogs and snacks. Visited after a good snowfall.
Written March 11, 2018
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