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Nordic Skiing Near New York

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Published January 10th 2011
Even if your window looks out onto gray concrete, there is snow in the nearby mountains! From New York's Bear Mountain and Fahnestock state parks to New Jersey's High Point Cross Country center, the ground remains snow-covered from December to April, making a pristine winter wonderland you cannot miss.

A great way to take in the scenery is by strapping on a pair of Nordic skis. Once you get the hang of it, there is nothing like gliding along trails beneath an icicle-covered forest. Take in the views and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife while getting a great workout!

Though once a center for ski jumping, things at Bear Mountain State Park have mellowed considerably. Now the park maintains cross-country ski tracks that will take you through coastal forests to spectacular views of the Hudson River. Warm up in the Trailside Museum before heading back outside for a nostalgic spin on a sled or toboggan.

Come December, Fahnestock State Park transforms itself into Fahnestock Winter Park where tube sledding is the fastest downhill sport. The park maintains nine miles of skate and classic Nordic tracks on its fourteen-thousand acres. You can rent gear here, and even take a lesson. The more advanced can explore backcountry (ungroomed) trails that wind through billowy hemlock and hardwood forests. A nature trail interprets the landscape while an outdoor fireplace warms your icy fingertips. Enjoy a post-skiing bite at the Acorn Café.

From New Jersey's highest point, you can see the winding Delaware River and the mountains in three surrounding states. Visit the High Point Cross Country Ski Center for rentals and lessons. The nine miles of groomed skate and classic cross-country trails at High Point are perfect for first-timers. More than half the trails are beginner level which means you can enjoy the scenic Kittatinny Mountains instead of worrying about the next downhill stretch. Apres-ski by the fire at the Lake Marcia center with hot soup and cocoa.
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Why? For a scenic workout to fight those holiday treats!
When: December - April (check for snow conditions). Bear Mountain: 8am - dusk; Fahnestock: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, 9am – 4:30pm; High Point: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 4pm.
Where: Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Parkway and Route 9W, Bear Mountain, NY; Fahnestock State Park, 1498 Route 301, Carmel, NY; High Point State Park, 1480 Route 23, Sussex, NJ.
Cost: Bear Mountain: $8 per vehicle; Fahnestock: Adult trail pass $9 (with rentals $16); High Point: Adult trail pass on weekdays $15, weekends $18 (season passes available)
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