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“nothing compares with this”

Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center
Albany, New York
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9 reviews
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“nothing compares with this”
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Been visiting LL for over ten years - often with lots of kids in tow, and once a year (blissfully) with three fine friends for a long weekend away from urban life. This place is special: getting there is a bit of an adventure till you have done it a few times; there is a fine peace in realizing there are no TVs or cell phone service (but no problems if there is an emergency! 0lavi and Ann see to that!). The trails are great; the tupas are timeless; the quiet is without compare. This place might be the raison d'etre of the Adirondacks.. or at least, one of them.
And for tupa guests: the sauna is genuine.
(Once, about five years ago, there was a freak blizzard on our annual friends' weekend. Trees down, lightning, snow; we almost turned back but thanks to 4wd, made it up the grade. Got to our tupa; no electricity. No problem: Olavi had gone door to door with candles, firewood, and was running the generator. We had manicotti cooked on the woodstove, wine & dinner by candlelight. We went out walking that night across the creek bridges in the snow. Beautiful.)
Nothing better.
Hope this place lasts forever...

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Amsterdam, New York
1 review
“Great Trails”
Reviewed November 20, 2010

Lapland Lake is magical! Great skiing , great trails and friendly staff. The scenery is just breathtaking.

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Westchester, NY
1 review
“It's a double whammy- both stellar skiing AND an inviting atmosphere!”
Reviewed March 24, 2010

Our family loves Lapland Lake. We have been faithful skiers there for years now. It has some of the best cross country trails out there. And not only that, the service is great; the staff is friendly and accommodating. The Finnish lodge is perfectly "lodge-like" with couches that eat you up and a wood-burning stove that always burns. The trails are gorgeous, challenging, and well-groomed. Our annual Lapland Lake trips hold many of our best family vacation memories....they'll do the same for you and yours. I just know it.

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“Lapland is our favorite place to ski! We love it!`”
Reviewed March 24, 2010

It's always exciting to drive up to Lapland and get there with all the folks skiing or getting ready to ski or just hanging out in front of the fireplace in the Lodge. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable in every aspect...the food is as they say "Finntastic" We look forward to eating at the cafe they always have such great specials ...homemade soups and wonderful salads and sandwiches. The ski trails are beautifully groomed and are exquisite with flowing brooks alongside and underneath as we go over the wooden bridges..sorry to see the season end but definitely look forward to going up again as soon as the snow flies next season!

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Upstate New York
1 review
“Best xc Center overall”
Reviewed March 24, 2010

I've been skiing for 30 years and I've visited many many centers in the Northeast and even in Colorada. Lapland Lake is the best overall that I've ever been to: best-groomed trails, best food, and most comfortable lodge. Trails aren't as vertical as at some centers (some might like this, for me, it's what I like least.)

I'm lucky to live close enough that I can make it a day trip, but someday I want to stay overnight in a tupa!

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