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Old 01-18-2016, 11:30 AM   #1
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Cross-country ski trails at Paul Smith's VIC in February

My little band of backcountry skiers is heading to Paul Smith's VIC in February. The youngest is 9, but she's a good intermediate climber when she's in the mood.

We have 1 1/2 days of skiing at Paul Smiths. Any thoughts on favorite trails would be appreciated..
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:12 PM   #2
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They are all pretty nice.. Look at the map scale. Jenkins might be a little steep.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:34 AM   #3
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My favorite trails you can get to accessing the dirt road from Keese Mills Rd. Its called the silviculture trail. There are now new trails. But it is a place I like to go to escape the stresses in life. Its just beautiful, quiet and peaceful.

Another good place to check out would be the red dot trail. This is near the old abandoned church parking lot on the corner of 86, 30 and Keesemills Rd. If you know about the Hot Dog Man, its in that parking lot.
You could ski out on church pond too to access some of the trails.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:12 AM   #4
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VIC XC skiing

I skied there a few weeks ago during several days in Lake Placid. The Logger's Loop is likely the best trail to plan for (though check their web site for recent conditions). It and a few others (Easy Street & Skidder trail) are groomed for skating and were fine for classical. Since at the time there wasn't enough base for tracks to be set, the "classic" trails weren't as recommended.

When you get your trail pass ($12? for adults) they'll tell you trail conditions. The main parking area & VIC building are elevated above much of the trail network so you will have one drop to get to the lower level. We took Logger's loop south for a nice run through the woods to the one short drop to Shingle Mill Falls (photo opp). This was reportedly the easiest way down/up. There is access to the trail system off Keese Mill Rd that would avoid the drop from the VIC building.

There was a bit more snow there than Lake Placid at the time. 2 years ago, they had the best skiing in the region when LP trails were marginal. Unless there is a race, I've found the VIC to be a preferable place to ski given the snow, nice trails & views, lack of crowds, low cost and good grooming. They are nice people too, and the VIC exhibit building is worth a few minutes visit - in addition to changing in/out of your ski boots.
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