Monday, November 14, 2022

Cascade Welcome Center now open for inaugural winter season 


November 14, 2022 — Lake Placid, NY — The Adirondack Mountain Club’s Cascade Welcome Center is now open for the winter season. A hub for visitor information and community-based recreation, the Center offers 12 miles of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the winter months.

Grooming will begin as soon as there is enough snow on the ground. Once that happens, recreators will be able to enjoy trails that wind through dense woodland, along open wetlands, and past incredible views of surrounding high peaks. Many of these trails are rated as easy, making this a great area for first-time skiers, families, and those looking for a more relaxing trip.

“We are so excited to welcome visitors, locals, and ADK supporters alike to explore the family-friendly trails at Cascade Welcome Center,” said Michael Barrett, ADK Executive Director. “As a part of our inaugural season, we are also announcing a new benefit for ADK members: free skiing and snowshoeing at the Center.”

Until the snow settles in, people are encouraged to stop by for winter gear retail, including cross-country skis, bindings, and boots, as well as information services for local recreation opportunities. Other services at Cascade Welcome Center this winter include:

  • Cross-country skiing clinics
  • Ski maintenance workshops
  • Naturalist walks
  • Family-friendly events

Cascade Welcome Center website photo.

Due to infrastructure limitations, food and beverage service will be limited to snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to start the season.
“Based on our public feedback sessions, we know that food and beverage services are important to community members and regular customers,” said Barrett. “We are exploring our options to provide more comprehensive options to our visitors this winter.”

Skiing and snowshoeing will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Up-to-date trail conditions and details about rates and services can be found online at Updates will also be shared on Cascade Welcome Center’s Instagram and Facebook profiles.

About ADK:

Based out of the Adirondack Park in New York State, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and organizing stewardship experiences. Since 1922, the organization has worked to increase access to the backcountry by building trails, conserving natural areas, and developing a stewardship community that supports the ethical and safe use of New York’s outdoor spaces. A member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.

Photo at top: Adirondack Mountain Club opened its new welcome center in June, 2022. Photo by Adirondack Explorer reporter Mike Lynch.

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2 Responses

  1. LeRoy Hogan says:


  2. Alfred Orcutt says:

    One of our fondest memories is sking the Jack-Rabbit trail from Barkeaters Inn to Mirror Lake back in 1994. My wife, Susie, and I have been back to Lake Placid many times to ski at the Cascade XC center and Mount Van Hoevenberg. We just got back from Lake Placid to explore the trail area and enjoy the hospitality of the area. I appreciate all the work you have done to preserve this area and it’s historical significance. Al & Susie

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