My family has enjoyed ski weekends at Lapland Lake for a number of years now, and there's no better place for getting away from it all to focus on great winter exercise, nature, and connecting with family and friends free from distractions and commercialization. Here is comfort without the schlock -- cozy cabins, woodstove, sauna, easy access to wireless internet in lodge but freedom from electronics otherwise, snacks and meals available but great cabin set up for cooking yourself too. They stand out in making nordic skiing family-friendly -- love the kids clubs and ski games, along with the tubing, and other special Finnish outdoor activities when conditions are right and visits with reindeer. Trails in beautiful varied woods are set up to be ideal for beginners, experts, racers, and everyone in between. Many small friendly touches keep it homey but not intrusive, and the owners are great hosts. Olavi grooms the trails to perfection -- even on our trips in warm weather in late March and during this unusually snow-starved January every snowflake has been arranged to maximize great skiing. Wish we could get there more often. Another plus is that its location is easier than many places to travel to (not far from I-90) -- it makes a good meeting place for friends dispersed around the northeast.
- 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