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“Great for beginners”

Mountain Trail Cross Country Ski Center
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Owner description: Ski or snowshoe with us and explore one of the Catskill Mountain's most beautiful winter wonderlands. Catch a glimpse of timid woodland creatures on hemlock shaded-trails in the pine-scented forest. Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center is nestled on the northern border of Tannersville, NY, located in the beautiful Northern Catskills.
Reviewed 26 February 2014

My husband and I are complete and utter city-dwellers and decided to be outdoorsy and try cross country skiing!

Since it was our very first time, we were able to rent all equipment needed as well as take a much-needed lesson. It was so great! I was expecting maybe a 10 min demo and then a big ole shove down the hill, but it truly was a great experience. The two very patient instructors helped us and one other couple for almost an hour with turns, stopping, falling and getting yourself back up (insanely awkward and almost impossible for a beginner without their ingenious tips).

The trails were beautiful, clearly marked, and for most of our time, we barely saw another soul! A very nice getaway from the crazy city, indeed.

There is a small indoor snack stand (cash only), from which we each had a small bowl of homemade chili, but in hindsight I wish we would have packed a real lunch and brought it with us.

We would definitely come back!

5  Thank Carly H
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

This is a decent place for new skiers, after a fresh snow when trail conditions are good. If you are a very experienced skier, want larger facilities or more of a lodge, go to one of the larger ski centers or resorts further upstate or in VT. Novice skiers have poor trial etiquette and destroyed many of the trails in recent snow conditions, making many of the popular trails nearly unusable. Facilities are okay for a day of skiing but very outdated.

2  Thank xcskimom
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

The staff was very helpful for the beginners we were. They even have patrol on the trail! It's a small parking lot, so the ration km of trails vs number of people is amazing. The website does not make justice to how extensive and picturest the trails are. Right off the main road, it's easy to get to.

3  Thank Sarjevane
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

I had passed the drive way and their sign for years. Always a downhill skier, I decided one day to do something different, having only xc skied two other times many years ago. I was able to rent all the equipment with ease, the staff was incredibly helpful at giving me recommendations of what trails to go on, and WOW! there were so many trails, and loops, that I kept myself busy for hours exploring. Other people I saw seemed to be having a good time, it wasn't crowded, people were nice, the scenery was mostly forested. Would totally go back! In fact, got me into xc skiing on a more regular basis!

3  Thank cascade18
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Reviewed 7 January 2015
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1  Thank Francia C
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