Clair Tappaan Lodge
The lodge maintains approximately 12 kilometers of groomed cross-country
ski trails and offers excellent instruction
in both cross country track and telemark techniques. Top quality cross-country
skis and snowshoes are also available
to rent at very reasonable rates.
We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes in cross country
skiing. Our philosophy and teaching methods emphasize having
fun and learning functional skills for greater enjoyment. With
basic skills in place, we move on to specific areas of the students
interest, such as diagonal stride, turning and telemarking,
We hold classes on weekends and holidays, as well as on weekdays
when there is sufficient interest. Sign-up and payment for lessons
and ski rentals takes place each morning starting at 9 AM in
the Clair Tappaan Lodge living room. Classes typically start
at 10 AM and cost $14 for our typical 1 to 2 hour lesson (depending
upon class size). The minimum age for children is 8 years old.
We have a large supply of high quality cross country track and backcountry
skis and snowshoes for adults and children. All equipment is
rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.
Full Day Rates (Skis, Boots, Poles):
Backcountry: First Day: $16, Each additional day: $14
Track: First Day: $13, Each additional day: $11, Kids 12 and
Half Day Rates:
Backcountry: Adults: $11
Track: Adults: $9, Kids 12 and under: $6
Adults: $11, Children: $7
Cross country ski trails begin right outside of our back door.
There are approximately 12 kilometers of groomed and tracked
trails appropriate for beginning and intermediate skiers. The
trails are a convenient link to miles of backcountry skiing.
Use of the trails is free to guests of the Clair Tappaan Lodge.
Others are asked to contribute $7 per person ($3.50 per child
under 12 years of age) to help cover the costs of grooming and
Just behind the lodge (turn on the sound!!)
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The Lodge is located near a variety of ski areas. Distances
to downhill ski ares are as follows:
It is also within an easy drive to
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