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Ski & Snowshoe

XC SKI CONDITIONS — Groomed cross-country skiing is available when conditions permit on select carriage roads only. Ungroomed, backcountry skiing is available on all other trails. Visitors may snowshoe on any trails or carriage roads on the Preserve, but should stay out of ski tracks. Carriage roads are groomed by Mohonk Mountain House and Mohonk Preserve staff. Click here to view a daily ski trail report.

The Overcliff and Trapps Carriage Roads are regularly groomed for cross-country skiing and are accessible from the West Trapps Trailhead. Please note that when snow-covered, Overcliff is a ski/snowshoe only trail, while Trapps is a multi-use trail open to all visitors at all times. Current Mohonk Preserve members may also park at the Mohonk Mountain House Gatehouse lot for a fee of $10 per person with payment by credit card only, subject to space availability. Preserve membership cards must be presented upon entry.  

Enjoy the serenity of our woods in winter

…including ice flows sculpted by nature on rocks and in streams, branches sporting winter coats of snow, and the tap-tap-tap of a hungry woodpecker as a break in the welcomed silence. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Access to carriage roads and trails, including linkages onto the adjacent Mohonk Mountain House resort. (Please note that Minnewaska State Park Preserve charges a separate per-person fee for skiing on the carriage roads on their property.)
  • Incomparable and varied scenery ranging from valley views to open, snowy fields
  • Varied topography to meet the needs of novice and experienced visitors
  • See our suggested ski and snowshoe routes.

Miles and miles of trails …

Groomed cross-country skiing is available only occasionally and on select carriage roads only. Ungroomed, backcountry skiing is available on all other trails. Visitors may snowshoe on any trails or carriage roads on the Preserve, but should stay out of ski tracks.

Is there a fee for skiing/snowshoeing on Mohonk Preserve lands?

Yes. You can join online now, or you can buy a day pass or membership at a trailhead or at the Visitor Center.

Please note these winter regulations: 

  • All Preserve trails and some carriage roads are always open to non-skiers, such as Undercliff and Trapps Carriage Roads (from West Trapps Trailhead) and Farm Road and posted sections of Spring Farm Carriage Road (from Spring Farm Trailhead).
  • Please respect the signage and barriers in place when any carriage road access is restricted for use by skiers and snowshoers.
  • Don’t walk on carriage roads that have been groomed. Hiking on groomed trails creates “foot potholes” that can cause skiers to fall; they are also hard to fix and make the snow melt quicker. Hikers on groomed trails will be asked to leave.
  • Snow biking is permitted at Mohonk Preserve on designated bicycle trails only. Please help us in creating a respectful and cooperative experience for all users by abiding by our biking rules and guidelines.
  • Do not ride in the classic ski tracks, give skiers a wide berth, ride single file.
  • Riding is only permitted when temperatures are below 25 degrees F for the duration of planned ride.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport—stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules.
  • Purpose built Snow Bikes only! Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.
  • Bikes yield to all other users. Cross-country Skiers don’t have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way.
  • Be a good trail citizen. If the conditions cause you to leave ruts (deeper than 1 inch) that will impede skiing, leave the trail.
  • Pets are not allowed on groomed trails.
  • Horseback riding isn’t allowed when trails are open for skiing or snowshoeing. Please call to find out if the Preserve is open for horseback riding on particular winter days (845) 255-0919.
  • The Preserve has no equipment rentals on site. You can get rentals nearby from outdoor equipment shops like Rock and Snow in New Paltz, or Eastern Mountain Sports in Gardiner. 

Thanks to Patagonia Meatpacking for generously supporting our Rangers' winter rescue efforts!

How can I help make sure that these skiing and snowshoeing trails are here for the next generation to enjoy?

Please share with us the responsibility for keeping this a beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Become a member today. Be our partner in preserving the ridge!
  • Volunteer as a trailkeeper, backcountry ski patroller, bike patroller, or interpretive guide.
  • Donate to the Thom Scheuer Memorial Fund for Land Stewardship, which is used to maintain the Preserve’s carriage roads, trails and trailheads.

Photo by Gerald Liddelow