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Victoria Vattimo


New York State Parks Offering XC Skiing

These state parks located in the Capital District and Saratoga Region of New York are great options for cross country skiing:

Cherry Plain

Grafton Lakes

John Boyd Thacher

Max V. Shaul

Mine Kill

Moreau Lake

Peebles Island

Saratoga Spa

Schodack Island

Thompson's Lake




                      Submitted by: Gordie Peters / 2013


The following PDF files list places to go cross-country skiing within a 2-1/2 hour drive of Albany. Web links are embedded in this table for places to ski, downloadable trail maps and Google maps that pinpoint the location of these places. Links are highlighted in blue and underlined. Be patient, some trail maps take awhile to load. For location maps, click on the colored map icon to use Google’s “Driving Directions” feature to get distance and directions.

If you haven’t already visited an area with un-groomed trails, it’s a good idea to ski with someone who is familiar with the area.

Any questions...,please contact Gordie Peters.




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The Klister

 The Newsletter of the

Capital Area Ski Touring Association



Wood Carving was hand carved by Chuck Alsdorf, Secretary of CASTA.Wood Carving was hand carved by Chuck Alsdorf, Secretary of CASTA.


Definition of KLISTER:  A soft wax used on skis.  Origin of KLISTER. Norwegian, literally, paste, from Middle Low German klister.  First known use: 1936







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