My husband and I and sometimes our grown children have enjoyed Lapland Lake for over 14 years - sometimes twice in one ski season. We travel over six hours to get there.(It is lovely in summer as well.) We started XC when we lived in Norway at age 50. We tried several ski centers on the East Coast upon our return and found them beyond our skill level at the time. Olavi has created and maintained a ski center that offers something for everyone and every age. Flat to slightly rolling trails on one side and exciting intermediate and double black diamond trails across the stream that runs through the 300+ acres. We honed our skills and now enjoy challenges at another venue. We always start our season at Lapland to get our "ski legs" ready for the season. Sometimes we return to savor March skiing as well. The "tupas" are cosy, clean and situated in the middle of the trails for easy ski-in and out. Oliavi's wife Ann manages the resort effeciently and creatively. The staff is friendly and helpful. And, did I mention the Finnish sauna! What a way to end a long day of XC! There are no painful joints after this experience. We usually end the day with a run on the lighted Lake Trail. Can't say enough good things about Lapland Lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center offers a touch of Finland in New York's southern Adirondack Mountains! We offer lodging in cozy tupas (housekeeping cottages), a pristine non-motor lake with sandy beach for swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing along with scenic hiking and mountain biking. Visit in winter for the day or overnight to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. Our four-season woodland retreat was proudly operated by former U.S. Olympian Olavi Hirvonen and his family for more than 35 years. New owners Kathy and Paul Zahray offer you their warmest welcome. We offer year round lodging in ten immaculate tupas (housekeeping cottages) featuring up to four bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens (refrigerator-freezer, range, microwave, toaster, electric coffee maker), baths with showers, screened porches, electric heat, wood stoves including all wood stove supplies, outdoor fire pit and BBQ. Our authentic Finnish wood-burning sauna is complimentary year round for overnight guests. Professional massage therapy is available. During the spring, summer and fall seasons overnight guests have access to our stunning 70-acre, motor-free lake with sandy beach. Woods Lake offers exceptional swimming, fishing, kayaking & canoeing with complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boats. Our 30-mile of private hiking and mountain biking trails are available for our lodging guests' use. Our 3-mile self-guided nature trail is a delight for children and adults alike. In the winter months you are welcome to visit for the day or to lodge with us to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. 50Km of scenic ski & snowshoe trails are surrounded by the pristine southern Adirondack Forest Preserve. Trails are available for all abilities, from beginner to expert. Lapland Lake offers meticulous snowcat grooming; well-trained, courteous staff; two-story warming lodge; full rental-retail shops; daily PSIA ski instruction; children's tubing; ice-skating and two food service locations. Tavataan ladulla! See you on the trails! Come join us to experience Adirondack Splendor and Finnish Hospitality! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Hotel Northville