Central New York Cross Country Skiing
Central New York Cross Country Skiing

salmon hills lodge

The cross country skiing in the Syracuse region is absolutely phenomenal. Lake effect snow coming off of Lake Ontario blankets the area with beautiful, dry snow. Sometimes when conditions are right, it snows a few inches each day. This coats the ski trails with fresh snow every morning making the ski conditions perfect every day.
I have three favorite ski locations in the Syracuse area:

Highland Forrest, Fabius, NY
The lodge is really nice with a spectacular view. Very pretty trails. Ski and snow shoe rentals available.

Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville, NY

Much smaller area with nice forest trails. Nice lodge with interesting nature exhibits. Snow shoe rentals available.

Osceola Ski Resort, Osceola, NY
This area on the Tug Hill Plateau west of Lake Ontario gets 350-400 inches of snow each winter. The trails are beautifully groomed. Nice lodge with light food and hot drinks. Hugh is a master at finding the best match for your rental skis from his enourmous stock.