Adirondack Full Moon: Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe Options for the Full Moon

© Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time
By Diane Chase

An Adirondack Full Moon Ski, Hike or Swim?  One Adirondack family activity we always enjoy is taking our cross-country skies and hitting a trail. The kids find it exciting and we get to experience nature in a new way.  You can take your family to enjoy a planned event or find a quiet place and have kids find out what animals are starting to wake up at night!

Always bring a headlamp whether you are out on your favorite trail or participating in an organized event! Enjoy!
The child-free option is the Cascade Cross Country Ski Center (518-523-1111) in Lake Placid. It is one place that offers an adult group experience with bonfires, hot dogs, and beer. The ski trails are lit for evening skiing. Enjoy the groomed trails and bonfires and then come inside and warm up by the fireplace while listening to live music. On March 15 from 7:00 p.m. – midnight.

The child-full option is Lapland Lake in Northville. Lapland provides a Finnish twist to the full moon ski with their Finn-tastic Full Moon Ski. Also on March 15 Lapland conjures a complete event with night skiing, ice skating and tubing with campfire and live music provided. Dinner is available but reservations are recommended. Lapland is also an inn so overnight guests can quickly fill up the reservations. Take note that the tubing hill is an old-fashioned “pull an inner-tube to the top of the hill and slide down” type of tubing. There is also a guided full moon snowshoe option that includes dinner, snowshoe rentals, s'mores, dessert, coffee or tea with a guided night snowshoe. $40 ($10 off if you bring your own snowshoes.)

Garnet Hill Lodge in North River has a Poker Run snowshoe/ski full moon event for March 15 from 6-9 pm for $15/person

Outside the blue line the Shenendehowa Nordic Ski Club invites the public to join them on a free moonlit family cross-country ski March 13 (tonight) at the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve in Clifton Park. Meet at  7:00 p.m. at the Preserve main parking lot at Whipple Bridge and participants will ski along the historic Erie Canal towpaths and return to warm up, roast marshmallows and share hot drinks. Call 518-371-6667.

For anyone interested the full moons for winter 2014 are March 16 and April 15. For those wishing for a lit night-ski option but are not pulled by the full moon may find what they are looking for at Dewey Mountain Ski Center in Saranac Lake and Fern Park in Inlet.

So no need to wait for a full moon to take a night ski, there are plenty of options available.

In the spring, summer or fall, enjoy a full moon hike or swim. Of course, never go swimming by yourself and be prepared when entering the woods! Enjoy nature!

2014 Full Moon Dates
May 14, 2014
June 13, 2014
July 12, 2104
August 10, 2014
September 8, 2014
October 8, 2014
November 6, 2014
December 6, 2014


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