Winter Trails

Guidelines & Frequently Asked Questions
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Cross-country Ski and Snowshoe Center

During the winter months, the Paul Smith’s College VIC becomes a cross-country ski center with over 25 miles of trails for classic skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. Under Paul Smith’s College management, the VIC has nearly doubled the size of the trail system, using a groomer purchased by the College to maintain the expanded trail network.

Please carefully read through our Winter Trail Use Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions below. Following these guidelines allows for all of our pass holders to enjoy the kind of trails they’ve come to expect. The VIC relies on trail passes to support our ski center and educational programs. Please consider supporting the VIC by purchasing your pass today, becoming a supporting Friend of the VIC Member, or volunteering!

Pass and Trail Use Guidelines

  • Friends of the VIC: Active members receive a 25% discount on Season Passes only.
  • Friends of the VIC Trailblazers: Passes are free with an up-to-date Friends membership.
  • Family Pass: For 2 adults living in the same household and up to 4 children under 18 who live in the household.
  • The Trails are open from 9 to 5 daily weather permitting. Please register at the VIC building for every visit.
  • Current PSC employees and students do not need to purchase a pass but must have their current ID with them while skiing. This ID serves as their ski pass and must be visible while on trails.

Your trail pass helps pay for grooming equipment, personnel and continuing improvements to the VIC trail system. To support the VIC year-round, please consider becoming a Friend of the VIC.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a pass?

You can sign up for a pass in person at the VIC anytime during normal business hours, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. We accept cash, check, and credit.

Do I need to sign in if I have a pass?

Day use and season pass holders, please sign in at the VIC building register before each ski. Register is located just inside the building and can be found outside the front doors when the building is closed.

When are the VIC trails open?

Trails are open from 9 to 5 every day. The VIC building is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays. The building is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Trails are accessible for pass holders any day of the week.

Where can I rent skis or snowshoes?

Paul Smith’s College Students & Employees – Nordic skis, boots, and poles and a small number of snowshoes can be rented during the winter months exclusively to all current Paul Smith’s College students and employees. Click here to learn more.

VIC Visitors – If you’d like to ski or snowshoe at the VIC but need to rent gear, there are local vendors who can provide you with what you need. The VIC does not have rentals available.

Blue Line Sports, Saranac Lake, NY, (518) 891-4680

High Peaks Cyclery, Lake Placid, NY, (518) 523-3764

What are your current trail conditions?

Check our Facebook page during ski season to get updated trail conditions.