First Tracks! Cross-country Ski Getaway in Tug Hill, New York

We just returned from an overnight at Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center in the snowiest region of New York.

Laura Cross Country Skiing

Here we immersed our boys in their first cross-country skiing experience and had fun gliding downhill…and into snowbanks to break our terrifying, accelerating descent!

My husband and I made first tracks this morning before the kids blinked their weary eyes. Filtered sunbeams warmed the path, no other human was visible.

The sounds of nature are appreciated in a quiet, snow-covered pine forest. The scrape of our skis on the well-worn trail was accompanied by nothing more than the groan of swaying trees, chicka-dee-dee-dees, and rat-a-tap-taps of the occasional woodpecker.

Sure, I would have liked to take my kids to Florida or North Carolina–anywhere warm-for spring break. But like it is for many families, our budget does not regularly approve of such adventure.

So when you can’t beat the snow, take the bull by the horns, and drive yourself deeper into it!

This single night away made winter break seem like a real break and and left us with plenty of outdoor memories (and sore legs!).



We stayed at the Red Camp, which is owned and operated by the ski center. It is located just the street, which allows you to ski from your doorstep and have a comfortable place to break between outings.  We paid for rental equipment (modern and in good shape!) and received 50% off trail fees because we rented the house.

The camp house rental starts at $89 and it’s often rented out. You can sleep up to 7 people but quarters are tight after #5. The second floor is one single attic room with two double beds and one single. A pull-out couch is on the first floor. Electric baseboard heat plus a pellet stove keep you toasty warm. The camp benefits tremendously from its convenience and location, but if you’re a stickler for cleanliness, reduce your expectations or go elsewhere.


Laura Kammermeier

Laura Kammermeier is the creator and managing editor of Nature Travel Network. She is a writer, website producer, traveler, birder and a birding/nature travel consultant. Laura has traveled Uganda, Europe, Ecuador, Belize, Honduras, Israel, and throughout the United States Read More


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