GO WITH THE SNOW - MLK Weekend Ski Trip to the Tug Hill Plateau, NY

Date and Time

Friday, January 14, 2022 7:00PM - Monday, January 17, 2022 5:00PM


Tug Hill region, NY State,
New York, Thousand Islands - Seaway,


Registration is required for this activity.


Enjoy great Nordic skiing on the Tug Hill's lake effect snow, your choice of state forest backcountry trails or groomed trails at a rustic, well-run local Nordic center. Not open to beginners, but intermediate-level skiers and up are welcome. For experienced cross country skiers, this is a great opportunity to try out 'Nordic backcountry' skiing on relatively easy trails with usually good snow conditions. The skiing on the state forest trails is over rolling terrain, not mountainous, but not 'flat' either. If we get hit with a lake effect storm we may have to take turns breaking trail. Wider backcountry skis help. It is strongly recommended that participants have winter hiking experience in deep snow (and enjoy it). For those who prefer groomed-track skiing, there are two excellent Nordic centers in the area. There is also a charming local downhill ski area that often offers real powder skiing. A small group may peel off to spend a day there if conditions permit and there is interest. I can't guarantee there will be transportation or ride shares to these places. We'll stay three nights in a shared house with bedding, linens, towels provided. Large eat-in kitchen with good appliances, pots and pans, cutlery, tableware and glassware provided. Shared potluck suppers (bring a pre-cooked dish to warm up and share). Participants make their own breakfasts and trail lunches. Since we'll be sharing a house and eating meals together, all participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have documentation to prove it. All participants (and the leaders) will be required to take a COVID test 72 hours before the trip, and report your results to the leader *before departing for the trip*. You MUST cancel If you test positive for the trip, but there will be no monetary penalty if that happens. There is no public transportation to this area. You will either need to drive or find a ride share with someone who drives. Participants organize ride shares among themselves.

AMC Trip Policy

COVID 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.


Adult: $210 member / $210 non-member
*Three nights lodging with bedding, sheets, towels included. Shared eat-in kitchen with appliances, cookware, tableware included. Basic foodstuffs are provided (dry cereal, bread, milk, eggs, butter, cheese, some condiments/spices, sugar, coffee, tea).

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AMC group on a snowy day on the Tug Hill Plateau


Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)

Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey




Adults (18+)


Hiking and backpacking leader since 2006. Ski outings leader since 2008.