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Adirondacks | New York

Backcountry Skiing in the Adirondacks

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Season

Late November through mid-April

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Nearest city

Plattsburgh, NY, is only an hour away, and Albany, NY, 2.5 hours away

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Duration

1 day

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

The Adirondacks offer the best powdery slopes on the East Coast

The Adirondack Mountains host two excellent ski areas: Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid and Gore Mountain in North Creek. With over 3,430 feet (1045 meters), Whiteface has the biggest vertical drop on the East Coast. The terrain is spread across three peaks and offers 87 trails, making it a great place for all types of skiing and all skill levels. If your goal is to escape the crowded resorts, then a guided day in the Adirondack backcountry is your perfect choice. Join your guide and discover spectacular views and diverse terrain, from glades and beginner-friendly trails to black diamonds.

Most Popular Itineraries

Private Intro to Backcountry Skiing

From $225 · Full-day

If you are still new to the off-piste skiing, your guide will help you understand all the basic concepts and techniques necessary for backcountry ski touring. Make the most of your day by learning new skills and practicing them on the smoothest powder on the East Coast, while enjoying the impressive vistas over the park. Your guide will teach you the fundamentals like uphill and downhill travel and show you the best powder stashes in the area!

A Customized Day of Private Guided Backcountry Skiing

From $300 · Full-day

With six million snowy acres of public lands in the Adirondacks, you have the perfect opportunity to create an ideal day for you and your group. The terrain is diverse and allows for all types of skiing. The highest peaks offer 3000+ vertical feet of everything from steep tree’s powder lines to open bowls with beautiful scenic views. Let your guide plan the best day for you according to your wishes —- enjoy the powdery slopes or work on your technique while exploring the beautiful backcountry.

Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering

From $300 · Full-day

If you are a seasoned skier in want of a more challenging adventure, explore the backcountry with your guide and make the most of your day! Advance your skills or enjoy the verticals and the most impressive powder on the East Coast. If you are looking for some adrenaline, let your guide combine a day of backcountry skiing and mountaineering into one legendary adventure on the slopes of the Adirondacks!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in the Adirondacks

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Adirondacks, please refer to the New York State website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of backcountry ski touring

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Trip insurance
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation
    • Food and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in the Adirondacks, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
    • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
    • Lightweight snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First-aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from your guide or High Peaks Cyclery
    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles from your guide or High Peaks Cyclery

High Peaks Cyclery ski gear rentals are in Lake Placid, NY, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

What can I expect from skiing with a guide?

A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.

It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1.

The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.

Ski touring in the Adirondacks, NY, can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
  • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.

If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Adirondacks, most people fly into Burlington International Airport (BTV) or Albany International Airport (ALB) which are two hours away, or Plattsburgh International Airport and Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) which are an hour away. From there you can rent a car or take a train or bus to the Adirondacks.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

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