Lewis County has one of the highest average snowfalls in the Northeast, making it a skier’s paradise. With an average of over 200 inches of snow annually, you’re certain to find some of the best skiing you’ve ever experienced.
Downhill skiers enjoy Snow Ridge, a complete skiing and snowboarding facility with seven lifts, 22 slopes and trails, a professional ski school, rental shop, cafeteria, restaurant, and lounge. On the rare occasion snowfall is below an optimal level, Snow Ridge has a high volume snow-making machine to keep all the skiers happy. The ski center opened Christmas Day 1945 with two rope tows, a chalet, a cafeteria, a ski shop, and a first aid room. The many programs scheduled throughout the winter offer something for all ages and abilities. They also have cross-country ski trails.
4173 West Rd.,
Turin, NY 13473
Phone: 315-348- 8456
Maple Ridge Center/Lewis County Fairgrounds Cross-Country Ski Trails
With the help of Earl Noltz and the Pratt Northam Foundation, Maple Ridge Snow Park, in conjunction with LC Fairgrounds is able to provide groomed cross country ski trails that connect the fairgrounds and Maple Ridge Center. These trails are open to the public with free cross country skis to use thanks to a generous donation from the Pratt Northam Foundation.
The Rodman-Barnes Corners Cross-Country Ski Trails
Explore the five loops that encompass approximately 9.6 miles of trails, running through pine and spruce plantations. For a full-day’s adventure follow the 2.5 mile Link-up trail to the Worth Cross-Country Ski Trails, which are countymaintained. These trails are designed mainly with the novice skier in mind.
Please note that the Oak Ridge Rim trail is snowshoe only in winter.
Directions: The access point for these trails is near a storage building located on the north side of Route 177, about 2 miles west of Barnes Corners, and 0.75 miles east of the intersection of Routes 177 and 189. There is a large parking area located to the south of the storage building off of Route 177.
The Carpenter Road Cross-Country Ski Trails
Novice and intermediate skiers can travel the three loops with connecting trails encompassing approximately 7.8 miles. Most of the trails are through wooded areas—perfect for some quiet time with nature.
Directions: The Carpenter Road Trails are located off Carpenter Rd., which intersects Route 26 2.3 miles north of the village of Turin and 0.6 miles south of the hamlet of Houseville. The starting point for the trails is about 1.0 mile in on Carpenter Rd. where it intersects with Seymour Rd. Parking is allowed on the shoulder along one side of the road.
Osceola-Tug Hill Cross- Country Ski Trails
These trails offer something for everyone—from the novice skier to the expert. The entire system is approximately 20 miles, all of which are groomed. A trail fee is charged. There are also 1,900 acres of state land adjacent to the Ski Center. The trails on state land can be accessed legally by the Malloy Trail, and have no fee for use.
About 25% of the trails are novice, 60% intermediate, and15% expert.
Directions: To get to the ski center from the south, take River Rd. from Camden to Florence, and Florence-Osceola Rd. from Florence to Osceola. In Osceola, take a right onto Osceola-West Leyden Rd. The ski center is on the right. From the north, take Co. Rt. 17 south through Redfield and then east onto Redfield Rd. Follow Redfield Rd. to the end and then turn north onto Osceola Rd. At the four corners in Osceola, take a right onto Osceola-West Leyden Rd., and the ski center is on the right.
Whetstone Gulf State Park
Whetstone’s winter recreation season is from mid-December to the first week in March. A heated recreation building with rest rooms is open Wednesday to Sunday and closed Monday & Tuesday. Whetstone has approximately 5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that go through the picnic area, loop around the camping area and follow the exercise trail. The trails accommodate novice to expert skiers. No one is permitted on the trail after 3pm. There is no charge for cross-country skiing. Whetstone Gulf State Park can be reached at (315) 376-6630.
Directions: Whetstone Gulf State Park is located on West Rd. just off of Route 26, in the town of Turin.
DEC Demonstration Center
The Lowville NY DEC Demonstration Area Nature Trails in Dadville includes 98 acres of marked trails. This wildlife abundant area is home to White Tail Deer, Great Blue Heron, Woodchucks, Cottontail Rabbits, Bluebirds and more. The twenty plus trail stops feature a fire tower, picnic area, pond, plantations, wild forest areas, wildlife marsh, and many hardwood species.