Cascade Ski Touring Center

Cascade is one of my favorite destinations for cross country skiing.  Some of the things that keep me coming back are the beautiful trails, George serving drinks at the bar and the hospitality of Art and his ski crew.


Cascade Ski Touring Center is located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks between Keane and Lake Placid. Being located near the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics Cascade offer access to may winter sports activities.


Cascade his 20 kilometers of groomed trails in a beautiful pine and birch forest complete with a stream and beaver ponds.  There are flat trails for beginners and some fun down hills for intermediate and advanced skiers.  For those who want to go the extra mile, Cascade trails connect with the Jack Rabbit Trail and Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Ski Touring Center.  Cascade has an additional 6 km loop at the Craig Wood Golf Course. This section offer good views of the mountains and wide open skiing (not a place to go on a windy day).

The Lodge and Ski Shop

Cascade Lodge offers the comfort and culture a cross county or downhill skiers can really enjoy.  With a full service cross country ski shop with a wide selection of new skis and ski clothing that is rarely found in the big city.  The staff knows skiing and about living in the Adirondack Mountains.

Lesson for adults and children are taught by professional instructors and they will assist you with getting the properly sized rental equipment. And if you decide to buy skis, the price of you rental is deducted from the price of the skis.

Rest and Relaxation

Let’s face it, not everyone can cross country ski all day long.  So, it is best to take a break at the lodge’s restaurant.  Lookout the large picture windows and witness one of the best views of the High Peak Region.  Warm yourself by the fireplace and nourish yourself with soup, chilli or other good food from the restaurant.  Sit up at the bar and recollect the day’s adventure with a beer, wine or whiskey. Please be aware the restaurant is not open late into the evening.


Below the restaurant is lodging for skiers who want a economical place to stay.  The rooms are dorm style so you may be sharing your room with some newly found friends.  During the day you can hear the sound of people walking in the restaurant but thing quiet down during the night.  The two best parts of staying at the lodge is the breakfast and starting you day of skiing without the need of a car.

Going the Extra Distance

The combination ski pass of Cascade XC Center and the Van Hoevenberg XC Center is a favorite of mine.  Why drive your car to a resort when you can ski to it.  Leave for the lodge and test your skill on the Olympic course.  Be aware that getting to Van Hovenberg is easy, getting back can be tricky due to the fact that some of the returning trails are one way. Please use a map to assist in your journey back.


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