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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Garnet Hill Lodge

Garnet Hill Road, North River, NY 12856

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Garnet Hill in North River, NY (800-497-4207, 518-251-2444, www.garnet-hill.com) , home of the "Adirondack Ruby" in an old garnet mining community is now under new owners Don Preuninger and Mindy Piper, who are committed to upgrading the operation. The mine tailings are multi-leveled with open areas sculpted with hills, slopes, flat areas, and mountain vistas. The resort has 36 km of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing and 30 km of snowshoe trails. Garnet Hill has lake and mountain views, accommodations and dining, rentals, snowshoes, and lessons. There are 2 km of lighted trail night skiing and a working sugarhouse in the spring. Garnet Hill is at 2,000 feet elevation and it has a full ski shop (Ski Shop phone 518-251-2150). The new owners have pledged to offer enhanced trail grooming at Garnet Hill Lodge.

Skullbuster Hill is a thrill for advanced skiers winding through stands of white birch with views of the high peaks including Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York state.

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The adult trail pass rate is $20 per day and youth (5-15) and seniors (above 65) are $17. Rental gear is $20 per day $17 for Youth (5-15) . Snowshoe rentals are $20 for adults and $17 for youth.

A package with rentals, lesson, and a trail pass is $50 for adults, $48 for Youth or Senior. Pulk rentals are available for toddlers and there is skate or steel edge equipment ($5 additional for adults or $3 for youth), too.

Lessons are 1 hour and 15 minutes with the group lessons held at 10 AM and 2 PM for $20. Private lessons are $45 per person.

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There are three buildings with accommodations including the Log House, The Birches, and The Tea House. The Log House has window views of the lake and mountains with a huge stone hearth ringed with rocking chairs and couches. The main room is for dining and there are 16 guest rooms with private baths. These rooms are priced starting at $115 and $150 for rooms with the lake view. There is a family-friendly game room with ping pong, pool table, TV, and 2 computers. Garnet Hill has free WiFi Internet access. The Preuniger's Pub is a full service bar with beer, wine, specialty coffees and dessert drinks for apres ski. Chef Andrew Bulmer returns to the Garnet Hill Lodge dining service for guests in a redecorated dining room. Meals range from bistro style to many dishes with robust soups, hearty salads, fresh herb & wine stews, gratins, and bakery delights.

The Birches priced at $135 and up feature 5 large guest rooms that are great for families and the Tea House has 4 guest rooms with king size beds, whirlpool baths, and Direct TV. The Tea Room prices start at $140. Garnet Hill also has rental houses and vacation homes.

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The Nordic 3-Night Package is available starting on Sun, Mon, or Tues and includes dinner, BF, and xc ski trail pass each day starting at $295 double occupany (taxes, gratuities are add'l). Nearby is Gore Mountain for alpine skiing.

Directions: From south take I-87, exit 23. Rte 9 to Rte 28 to North River. From north take exit 26. Follow signs to Gore Mountain and North Creek off Rte 28. Make a left on Garnet Hill Road and go 5 miles to Garnet Hill.