Winter TrailsGuidelines & Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT THE VIC
Open for Scheduled Programs
Available for Private Events
October 15 - November 29
November 30 - April 1
Open 7 days a Week
Foyer Access and Self-Service Hours
Dawn to Dusk
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the Ski and Snowshoe trails open?
Trails are open between dawn and dusk, 7 days a week. Trail use is restricted to persons with a valid day or season pass, wearing skis or snowshoes between December 1st and April 1st each year.
How do I get a Day or Season Pass?
You can obtain your season pass in one of four ways, using our secure online order form, printing a pass application and mailing it along with a check made out to the Paul Smith’s College VIC, submitting an application with our self-service station, or applying for one in person at the front desk when the Center is open.
- If competing the online form, you’ll receive a temporary pass that can be used immediately! Your permanent season pass will be available for pickup at the front desk when the Center is open.
- If mailing in or applying using our self-service station, passes will be available for pickup when the Center is open.
- In person applications will receive their season pass during the transaction.
Mid-Week Day Passes are available by using our self-serve station located in the VIC foyer. Users wishing to purchase a day pass must use the self-service stand and payment drop slot for passes. Cash or personal checks are accepted as payment, please make checks out to the Paul Smith’s College VIC.
Weekend and Holiday Day Passes are available for sale at the Front Desk, cash check, or credit cards are accepted for payment.
Do you have rental skis and snowshoes?
Weekends and Holiday Weeks:
When the full center is open we have a fleet of skis and snowshoes available for rent to the public. We have skis and snowshoes for children and adults of all sizes! Ski rentals are $10 per day and include boots, poles, and skis. Our skis are waxless Alpina skis with NNN bindings and boots for classic skiing. Snowshoe rentals are $5 per day, you will need to wear your own warm sturdy winter boots. A friendly staff member will assist you getting all set up.
Mid-week on Non-Holiday Weeks:
VIC Visitors – The VIC has several pairs of cross-country skis and snowshoes available for rent $5 per day that are accessible through our self-service foyer. 12 pairs of Cross-Country Skis are available with 3 pin boots ranging in sizes from Women’s 5 through Men’s 12, poles from 125 – 155cm, and waxless skis for classic skiing ranging in size from 180 – 215cm. The VIC has 6 pairs of adult snowshoes available in the rental room too. It is possible to contact us in advance for specific needs regarding mid-week rentals.
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 through the Saunders Complex. Click here to learn more. Winter equipment can also be reserved through the Recreation Department Gear Room. Please contact Recreation Faculty for more information. Lastly, skis and snowshoes can be borrowed from the VIC for use on-site if it is available.
If the above list doesn’t suit your needs, some local vendors who can provide you with what you need.
Blue Line Sports, Saranac Lake, NY – Skis and Snowshoes for rent for children and adults
www.bluelinesportsllc.com, (518) 891-4680
St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Saranac Lake, NY – Adult Snowshoes for rent
www.canoeoutfitters.com, (518) 891-1838
High Peaks Cyclery, Lake Placid, NY – Skis and Snowshoes for rent for children and adults
www.highpeakscyclery.com, (518) 523-3764
When can I use the trails without skis or snowshoes?
Skis or snowshoes must be worn on trail at all times between December 1st and April 1st each year. No bare boot walking is permitted on the VIC trail system between those times to maintain the safety and experience of paying skiers and snowshoers. Skis and snowshoes are available for rent at the VIC for those looking to venture out on trail.
Do I need to sign in if I have a pass?
Day Pass holders must sign the NYS Ski Waiver before engaging in Cross-Country Skiing or Snowshoeing at the VIC. The waiver is located on the front desk during our listed business hours. The waiver is located in a white binder on our self-service station in the VIC foyer for mid-week trail users.
Are dogs allowed on trail in winter?
Dogs may be encountered on trail year round, on any trail. Certain conditions merit restricting trail use to skis and snowshoes only, please check in at the Center before taking your dog on trail. The “Official Dog Days of Winter” are Monday and Tuesdays. Dog owners must assume full responsibility of their animals while on the VIC property. Full responsibility includes leashing your pet, maintaining visual contact and voice control, picking up, removal, and proper disposal of animal waste. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome to skijouring equipment or other leash devices to maintain control of their animal. Failure to comply with these responsibilities may void your day or season pass.
What are your current trail conditions?
Trail conditions are regularly updated for skiing and snowshoeing at www.trailhub.org . Two reports are created during each update, they can both be found at http://www.paulsmiths.edu/vic/ski/trails-update/