Cascade Welcome Center

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The Adirondack Mountain Club’s Cascade Welcome Center is a year-round outdoor recreation and information center located between Keene and Lake Placid in the Adirondack Park. Featuring an information center building along Route 73 and a 12-mile trail network, Cascade Welcome Center is the Adirondack Park’s premier resource for visitor information and community-based recreation. Learn more about our trails and services below.

Address: 4833 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Sunday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Note: Cascade Welcome Center is temporarily closed until May 15 as we prepare for summer operations. Thank you for another amazing ski season, and we’ll see you soon!

Trail Network

Cascade Welcome Center offers 12 miles (20km) of trails that are open year-round and groomed for classic skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The network is composed of largely flats and rolling hills with some steeper downhills on the south end.

Our trails wind through dense forests and along a large wetland, which offers excellent views of neighboring high peaks around the property’s wetland. Dogs are allowed as long as they remain on a leash at all times.

Cascade Welcome Center also hosts part of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail, a 30-mile (50km) trail that connects Keene and Paul Smiths.

Two skiers on a trail

Services, Rentals, & Retail


We offer a full-service rental center with classic cross-country ski equipment from Fischer, Madshus, and Alpina in both adult and youth sizes. We also sell classic cross-country skis, bindings, and boots, along with other winter gear and necessities.

Additionally, we offer ski tune-ups and mountings. Rates vary depending on the service and time required.

We offer gear and equipment for sale and rent, as well as consignment gear to help you get started in a new sport or try out a different type of gear. Click here to see our consignment policies.

Cascade Fen in snow
Ben Brosseau


Stop by to use the bathroom, get a snack, and check in to be sure you have everything you need when you arrive at your destination.

Our expert staff members are available 7 days a week to help you plan your next adventure. Get tips and advice on a range of summer recreation topics, including: hiking for all ages and abilities, through-hiking, cycling, fishing, trail running, van and car camping, paddling, local wildlife and vegetation, where to go for what you want to do, and so much more!

Winter Rates

ADK Membership: ADK members ski and snowshoe for free. Learn more about becoming a member below.

Winter Trail Fee:

ADK Members: FREE
Adults: $15.00
Youth (6-12): $8.00
Children (5 and under): Free

Season Pass:

ADK Members: FREE
Adults: $125.00
Family (Up to 2 adults & 2 children): $250.00
Youth (6-12): $75.00
Children (5 and under): Free

Ski Rental:

Adult Package Full-Day: $30
Adult Package Half-Day: $20
Youth Package Full-Day: $15
Youth Package Half-Day: $10

Adult & youth packages include skis, boots and poles

Skis Only: $15
Boots Only: $15
Poles Only: $7

Snowshoe Rental:

Full-Day Rentals: $25/day
Half-Day Rentals: $12/day

Ski Tuning:

Hot Wax: $23
Edge Sharpening: $25-$45 conditionally
Epoxy Work: $15, up to $50
Pole Trim: $15


NNN, Plate NNN, BC NNN: $20
3 Pin 75mm: $25 (Added cable trim + $10)
Downhill Telemark: $45
Binding Removal & Plugging: $10

Upcoming Programs & Events

New York State Warning to Skiers

Nordic skiing, like many other sports, contains inherent risks including, but not limited to the risk of personal injury including, catastrophic injury, or death, or property damage, which may be caused by variations in terrain or weather conditions; or, surface or subsurface snow, ice, bare spots or areas of thin cover, moguls, ruts, bumps; or other persons using the facilities; or rocks, forest growth, debris, branches, trees, roots, stumps; or, other natural objects or man-made objects that are incidental to the provision or maintenance of a ski facility in New York State. New York Law imposes a duty on you to become apprised of, and understand, the risks inherent in the sport of skiing, which are set forth above, so that you make an informed decision whether to participate in skiing notwithstanding the risks. New York law also imposes additional duties upon you, to which you must adhere, for the purpose of avoiding injury caused by any of the risks inherent in skiing. If you are not willing to assume all of these risks and abide by these duties, you must not participate in skiing at this area.

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