Six (6) Adirondack Full Moon Snowshoe/XC Ski Events

full moon in night sky over snow-covered mountain range

Recently my family went on an evening Owl Prowl with the Champlain Valley Areas Trails (CATS). Now on January 30 at 7 pm, they will be conducting another  moonlight hike to explore the woods and experience winter under the evening sky.

There is always something magical about getting outside and skiing under a bright Adirondack full moon. Though it is certainly easy enough to visit any trail with a headlamp and proper gear, it is sometimes the camaraderie of an organized event that pulls everything together.

Most organized activiies are family-friendly, but if you are in need of night off from the kids then Cascade Ski Center’s Full Moon Skis are the place to be. (Look for more ski/snowshoe options in my Adirondack Family Time guidebooks.)

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Champlain Valley Areas Trails (CATS).
January 30: 7 pm  - free moonlight hike starting at the Angler Hill Rd trailhead to walk along the new Wildway Passage Trail in Westport. Concluding the snowshoe hike there will be a gathering at the Westport Hotel and Tavern.

Janaury 31: Snowshoe by the light of the moon
March 7: guided snowshoe/dinner package
Anyone wishing to get out under the moonlight and enjoy the fresh evening air. This package includes a light meal, snowshoe rentals, s’mores by the lakeside fire and guided tour.

February 7: 7 pm
March 7: 7 pm  
Full moon ski events are for adults only. The shop and trails are open during regular business hours, but on those nights the rental shop and trails open back up at 7pm. Hotdogs, hot chocolate and popcorn, beer. Bring ID. There is also live music with the doors open until 2 am. Lighted trails. Warm up alongside one of the bonfires or relax inside in front of the fireplace. 

Garnet Hill , North River
February 6: Chocolate Fondue (6:30 – 8:30 pm) 
March 6: Poker Run (6:30 – 9 pm)
in North River is hosting their version of a full moon ski and snowshoe events with special activities such as the February 6 and  Participants can explore the trails by themselves or join a guided tour. Hot chocolate is available at the bonfire and equipment is free for all participants. Prices vary.

Adirondack VIC, Paul Smiths
February 5: 5:30 - 9 pm Full moon ski potluck and lecture series
Thursday, February 5 from 5;30 – 9 pm or follow the tiki lights. There will also be an armchair lectures series, bonfire and potluck dinner. The annual takes place March 6 from 7 – 11 pm with live music, food, bonfire and activities inside the VIC building as well as along the trails. Prices vary. 

January 31:  6 pm
March 7:  6 pm 
Ski along the groomed trails at the Tupper Lake Country Club. Ski to Cranberry Pond by yourself or with others and enjoy the bonfire.

These are just a few places to enjoy a full moon outing. Please keep in mind that even though these are organized events headlamps are a necessity. 

For those wishing for a 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, Fern Park in Inlet or Rogers Rock Campground in Hague. 

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide. She writes about Adirondack Family Activities™ for Adirondack Family Time™ as well weekly columns for the Adirondack Almanack and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. 


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