Trail Descriptions

Trail Descriptions:

Informational Video
Grooming Video

Located in Tupper Lake NY, this FREE winter trail system connects the Tupper Lake Country Club with Big Tupper Ski Area. This dog friendly trail is groomed for Classic XC skiing, but there are also some skate lanes available on the wider sections. Snow shoeing is welcomed, but please stay to the sides of set XC tracks.

Golf Course Loop: Beginner: From the pro shop, this trail enters into the woods, and follows along the sides of fairways 9, 8 and 7. From there you have choices of trails to take, or continue along the edge of fairways 6,5 and 4 back to the pro shop. This is a nice gentle ski with wide open spaces along the edges of the fairways and only a few short hills. The total change in elevation is +55' (but since it's a loop it's downhill half way!)

Hull's Brook Trail:
Intermediate - Advanced: Added in the fall of 2015, this 1 km loop provides a challenging ski / snowshoe right at the start of the trails. Enter the main trail system by the sign in box. The first entrance to this loop is in about 300 yards on the left. The second is about 100 yards further.

Cranberry Pond Loop: Beginner - Intermediate: This trail breaks off of the Golf Course loop near the 7th Tee Box. From there, it follows the old logging road around Cranberry Pond. The trail between the golf course and junction "3" is very flat, and offers awesome views of Cranberry Pond and Big Tupper (see top photo). From "3" the trail makes a short but worthwhile loop with an overall 50' of vertical rise.

Little Logger Loop: Intermediate: This trail takes you from the backside of Cranberry Pond, to the "Big Corner" and back. This is an intermediate trail with about 100' of total elevation change. While the trail is more challenging, it goes through a quick study of Adirondack forests: From pond edge, to hardwood forest to spruce swamp to upper elevation hardwoods - all in 1 1/2 miles.

Big Tupper Trail: Intermediate: This trail takes you from the "Big Corner" to the parking area at Big Tupper Ski Area. This .6 mile stretch has been totally renovated for the 2011 season to be much more skier friendly. The net elevation change is less than 20' from the sign post at "9" to the parking lot ("11").


Skidder Trail: In 2010 we added a trail (from "6" to "7") that takes you across the top of several glades to the North of the trail that are ski-able with good snow coverage. In the fall of 2012, we widened this trail in anticipation of logging activity on the trails above. In 2013 we added another skid trail to this section - "Skidder Ridge". This new route has the same start and end points as Skidder, it just takes you along the ridge overlooking Cranberry Pond.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Icy Conditions Persist

  Warm temps and lack of snow has raised havoc with the trails.  The best way to enjoy them is to walk with traction devices.  As soon as we get back to good skiing conditions we'll post.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Some success on the upper trails.

It took some persuading, but we were able to get some sections of our woods trails loose enough to set track. The entrance to the system at the Country Club is bare, but the further you go, the better it is! Only the first 150 yards are rough. 
Cranberry Pond, Little Logger and Skidder all have a loose track that will be a fast ski for the weekend. Park at the Big Corner to hit just the upper trails (lots of snow in the woods up there). The road to the Red Gate is groomed for tomorrow's Full Moon Bonfire. If you are walking this weekend, traction devices are advised, and please don't walk in the set ski track. 
Watch for icy areas and bare ground. The trail changes quickly, but is mostly covered with a frozen granular surface.

January Thaw

The January thaw took it's toll on the trails. The good news is that they are still better than last year! There are some icy / bare patches in the open areas, but fair conditions in the woods. Hiking with traction devices is a good call. Snowshoe Hull's Brook Trail for a treat! (bring ski poles and ignore the closed signs).


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Trails Endure

  The trails have endured the overnight "ADK Sampler" which brought snow, freezing rain and rain. We are holding off on grooming until the temperatures drop below freezing again - which should be on Friday.
  If you go today, be aware of some icy conditions on the open sections of the trail. Areas in the woods ski well, as there is a nice layer of snow under the crust.  Supposed to be a sunny afternoon, with winds slowing a bit.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Great Conditions are Here!

Enjoying an afternoon on freshly groomed trails. This weekend promises to be the best skiing we have had in 2 years. Please remember to sign in. Over 30 folks did just today!



Just enough snow

Groomers are going out this morning, and judging by reports from Jules yesterday, we should be able to get the trails back into great shape!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Starting to come back after thaw

The trails are still recovering from the Boxing Day thaw. With today's snowfall, we'll be grooming to try and get them back into shape ASAP. It may be a bit before we have tracks set again - we'll have to see how much snow we get over the next few days.