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XC Ski Hudson Highlands

Cross Country Ski in the Highlands

Discover the scenic beauty and peaceful tranquility of the Hudson Highlands on this winter’s day.  We will ski through hardwood and hemlock forests, and alongside meadows and lakes on the park’s 15 kilometers of machine groomed ski trails which are perfect for all experience levels. 

The day will begin by getting everyone outfitted with all our ski gear at the parks full service winter facility.  We will then go over all the basic techniques and skills to get you ready to hit the trails. Starting out on level terrain we will cover the ‘glide’ and ‘kick’ motion, stopping, falling (or avoiding it) and getting up, maneuvering, turning, ascending/descending, etc. The basic movements are very natural and can be learned quickly and easily, also it is an excellent activity for providing a full body cardiovascular workout (remember the Nordic Track - Scandinavians swear by it!).

The diverse terrain of this park affords plenty of gentle trails for first timers just learning the sport as well as challenging terrain for the more adventurous skier. Your day of guided ski touring will consist of exploring the trails for approximately 5-6 hours as we glide past lakes, streams, old stone walls and granite rock outcroppings all of which provide a visually pleasing and picturesque setting for our day of outdoor adventure. Want to take a break? Stop by the outdoor fireplace to warm yourself up or head into the cozy café for a snack. Food, beverages, restrooms and changing facilities are available for your convenience. 
Trip includes all ski rental equipment, transportation costs, licensed guide, ski day pass, basic instruction, continental breakfast, and picnic lunch. At the end of the day you’ll bask in the glow of your accomplishments on this true wintry Iditarod-esque adventure.

About winter trips – We carefully keep tabs on the weather forecast and prevailing snow conditions for each trip. You will be notified in advance if we believe existing conditions are likely to comprise the quality of the trip (lack of snow, severe weather forecast, etc). In this instance we will do everything possible to accommodate our guests which may include rescheduling, change venues, etc.

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.
Outdoor Connections Guided Adventure Travel
Trip Date: TBD
Departure: 7:15 a.m. (approximately) - 8th Avenue between W31st and W33rd streets - on the steps of the US Post Office - across from Penn Station
Return: 7:00 p.m. (approximately)
Trip Rating: Moderate/Intermediate – We will ski for approximately 5-6 hours. (learn more)
What's Included: Trip includes all ski equipment, transportation costs, licensed guide, ski day pass, basic beginner instruction, continental breakfast, and picnic lunch.
What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the season and in layers - this means have the ability to take tops on/off as needed to keep you comfortable. Wear comfortable clothing that is warm and wicking - polypropylene, wool, fleece, coolmax, etc – No Cotton! We recommend long underwear underneath and waterproof or water resistant outerwear. Wear at least one pair of thick ski/hiking socks or two thinner pairs that are warm and wicking – No Cotton! Wear a warm hat and gloves. Chemical hand/foot warmers are a good idea as well (they are cheap and can be found at sporting goods and major department stores). Ski boots are provided so wear whatever footwear you like. Bring a backpack/daypack to carry your stuff – extra fleece/rain jacket, extra socks, water, extra snacks, camera, etc. If you are not sure, bring more clothing than you think you need – extra items can be left in the van. Bring a change of shirt, socks, etc for the trip back. 

Trip Cost:
Membership Price with Transportation $99 (Retail/Non-Membership Price at $185)
Membership Price Drive Yourself $79 (Retail/Non-Membership Price at $145)

For trips that list multiple dates, please e-mail us at to let us know which date you prefer after you have registered and paid on-line.

Outdoor Connections Guided Adventure Travel

Cross Country Ski Hudson Highlands

Transportation Option $99 ($99 early bird)

Date: Option not available

Drive Yourself Option $79 

Date: Option not available

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