Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
From the trailhead you will start a ski that is mostly downhill. You will pass by the Lester Flow Trail near the bottom of the hill, the pond is straight ahead. There is a nice campsite of the shore which is perfect for those wanting to try winter camping and still be close to the road in case they want to leave.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
Loss of ~150’
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 1 hour
Experienced Skiers: 1 hour
Beginner Skiers: 1 hour
From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for 13.5 miles to the trailhead parking on the left at the DEC sign. It is not recommended to drive the access road to Cheney Pond.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: this is an easy ski over a wide trail.
Additional Important Information:
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.