Just starting out as a cross-country skier, and looking for flat terrain? Truth is, you can cross-country ski in dozens of places in Brooklyn, from a small local park to waterfront jogging paths with killer views of Manhattan. And, if the weather is seriously white, there's a virtual standstill on the roads, and the plows haven't yet arrived, well, it's fine fun to cross-country ski right down the street (using caution if there's traffic of course).
Wondering where to ski, that's flat? Streets aside, if you can jog there, you can cross-country ski there, too.
1. Golf Courses at Marine Park and Dyker Park
Brooklyn has two public golf courses, so if you like long, flat expanses, this might be the perfect urban cross-country ski area for you.
Enjoy about two miles of waterfront path as you ski underneath the impressive Verrazanno Bridge. You enter the 58-acre Shore Park at the intersection of Shore Road and 97th Street. To access the 2.5-mile path along the waterside, go to 69th Street, where a footbridge crosses the Belt Parkway. There are three year-round bathroom areas dotted through the park.
Afterwards, head toward Fifth or Third Avenue in Bay Ridge for a meal or snack.
3. Marine ParkAt 530 acres, Marine Park ranks second only to Prospect Park in terms of park size in the borough. It's flat with few trees. Plus, there's usually street parking.
Afterward, you can nip into Kings Plaza shopping mall for a movie or retail entertainment.