Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
From the trailhead you will pass by the gate and start a wonderful ski over a groomed terrain. This road gets a ton of winter use by skiers and snowshoers, so expect it to be a fast ski. In a short amount of time, after an easy uphill ski, you will come to the milk stables and some old farm houses that are being restored. From here you will be skiing mostly uphill but on a very easy grade, at times hardly noticeable and seemingly flat.
Just prior to the crossing of the bridge at Newcomb Lake there is a slight downhill, but that is the extent of the thrills you will have in that regard. The camp itself is a wonderful place, a dream home for many, I am sure.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
320’ gain to height-of-land
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours
Experienced Skiers: 3 to 4 hours
Beginner Skiers: 3.5 to 4.5 hours
Follow I87 north from the Schroon Lake Exit and get off Ext 29. From Exit 29 head west along Blue Ridge Road toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N in Newcomb and head right into the village. Pass almost entirely through the village and locate the Newcomb Lake Road on the right, there will be a DEC sign for Camp Santanoni. Drive this road to its end at the gate and parking.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Two: This is easy to moderate trail with only the slightest elevation change at one time, it is very gradual.
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.