2023 Ski-O Nationals – Empire State Games
Friday, Feb. 3 – Sprint Event, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center, 31 Van Hoevenberg Way, Lake Placid, NY.
Venue for the 1980 Olympic Cross Country and Biathlon events, Van Ho features a 55 km world class trail system along with a dense network of single track mountain bike trails used for winter snowshoeing.
The Sprint event will take place on the north side of Bobsled Lane and check-in will be at the old Biathlon building. This area is embargoed and can not be used before Friday’s event!
Indoor washrooms are available at check-in. Waxing facilities are located near the main parking area at the end of Bobsled Lane.
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Middle Event, Dewey Mt. Recreational Center, State Rt 3, Saranac Lake, NY.
This is a community-owned facility that offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and mountain biking in the warmer months. There is a dense network of trails on the side of Dewey Mountain, so expect at least one map exchange plus a trip or two up the mountain. Parking is right off Rte 3 and check-in will be in the magnificent new volunteer-built lodge.
Indoor washrooms and waxing facilities, including irons, are available.
Sunday, Feb. 5 – Long Event, Visitor Information Center of Paul Smiths College, 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY.
The VIC is a year round outdoor center and features many kms of groomed ski trails, including a recently constructed 10 km world class race loop, plus a large network of narrower groomed classic and snowshoe trails extending throughout its 3,000 acre property. Scenery varies from marshes to mountain top views and you might be tempted to go for a more leisurely tour after your race just to take in all the sights. Parking is off Rte 30 and check-in will be in the Heron March Gallery in the main lodge.
Washrooms are located in main lodge and waxing facilities are available in the Sugar Shack adjacent to the main building. There is a small cafeteria offering light refreshments.
Alternate Ski Areas
Because the venues are listed above are all embargoed you may be looking for other nearby places to ski in the days leading up to the event. Some of the closest areas are listed below – remember you must purchase a trail pass before accessing their trails. Many of the areas have lights for night skiing and /or rental equipment available.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg – the entire area to the south of Bobsled Lane is available for pre-Nationals skiing and in fact the model course will be set up here. To access this area drive to the end of Bobsled Lane and park in the main designated parking area. on the left. All participants with credentials may ski free of charge but all others must purchase a day pass at the Mountain Pass Lodge. You MUST stay on the south side of Bobsled Lane: if you find yourself crossing the road on a bridge or through a tunnel you’ll be out of bounds so TURN AROUND! There are more than enough trails on the south side for a good tour and if you can make it up the new race loop behind the lodge you’ll be treated to some spectacular views!
ADK Center (formerly Cascade Cross Country Ski Center), 4833 Cascade Road, Lake Placid – located close to Mt. Van Hoevenberg, this area features 25 enjoyable km of groomed tree lined trails for classic skiing only. Their trail system is adjacent to the embargoed area at Mt. Van Hoevenberg so please DO NOT ski off the ADK property. If you do stray out of bounds you will likely be spotted by a course setter and disqualified from the Sprint competition!
Craigwood Golf Course, 141 Country Club Lane, Lake Placid – groomed as snow conditions permit.
Whiteface Inn, 373 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid, NY – groomed as snow conditions permit.
Garnet Hill Lodge, 39 Garnet Hill Rd Section 2, North River, NY – located about 90 minutes south of Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondacks, Garnet Hill is a four season resort featuring 50 km of groomed trails for skating and classic skiing.
Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center, 139 Lapland Lake Rd, Northville, NY – this is a four season outdoor activity center located about 2 hours south-west of Lake Placid and features 50 km of well-prepared trails for skating and classic skiing.