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SnowSports Industries America’s consumer website, Snowlink.com, can help consumers plan a weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation in the mountains to play in the snow.

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) created Snowlink.com, a FREE resource for consumers to research everything they need for heading out to their favorite local resort or planning a family mountain vacation. Snowlink provides an introduction to skiing, snowboarding, cross country and snowshoeing, tips on shipping your gear, this season’s style trends, a women’s-only section, a resort and retail finder and much more.

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Ski trails at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

Ski trails at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

High in the hills, between Canadice Lake and Honeoye Lake, Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area has the premier cross-country ski trail network in the Finger Lakes Region, with trails groomed by the N.Y.S. Section V Ski League. Here, courtesy of the Rochester Nordic Ski Club is pdf file up-to-date map of the groomed ski trails at Harriet Hollister:

Snow Trails guidebook

Snow Trails guidebook

For other places to cross-country ski or snowshoe throughout Central & Western New York State, download a copy of the ebook Snow Trails.

Also, click  here for the Rochester Nordic Ski Club newsletter which lists the  mileage for each trail at Hariet Hollister:March 2013 RNSC Newsletter

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It’s winter – time to plan for some fun in the snow. If you live in or near Monroe, Wayne or Ontario Counties, there are trails nearby that provide opportunities for a quick evening moonlit ski or a longer weekend outing. Here are 10 of my favoritesSnow Trails.

Monroe County
1. Mendon Ponds Park in Mendon has 20 miles of groomed trails for all levels of ability. The trails wind among the eskers, kames and kettle ponds of this glacially sculpted landscape. It’s a popular winter playground for avid skiers.
2. Powder Mills Park in Pittsford is another hilly park with 8 miles of marked, groomed trails.
3. For less hilly terrain, try Webster Park along the shore of Lake Ontario. It is the beneficiary of lake effect snows. Escape into the wilderness in the middle of suburbia on a myriad of loop trails.
4. Genesee Country Nature Center in Mumford is great for families. There’s a small entrance fee, but you’ll find 4.5 miles of easy, groomed trails, a warming hut, and restrooms. Plus you can rent skis or snowshoes on site.

Ontario County
5. Canadice Lake Trail parallels the west shore of Canadice Lake with gorgeous views for an easy 7.4 mile round trip. For more of a challenge, try the side loop trails up the steep hillside.
6. Cumming Nature Center is a week-end family favorite with amenities and equipment rentals. It offers 15 miles of groomed trails. There is a small entrance fee.
7. Skiers’ Mecca is Harriet Hollister State Memorial Recreation Area south of Honeoye Lake. This park sits at high elevation and promises snow cover when the rest of the area is barren. The 20 miles of trails are groomed by volunteers from the N.Y.S. Section V Ski League and are used for ski races. The trails wind through pristine woods and one trail offers a panoramic view north over Honeoye Lake.

Wayne County
8. Casey Park in Ontario offers a 1.8-mile round trip on a flat trail along the shore of a lake that formed in an old iron ore quarry. The more adventurous can continue around the lake on the hilly, narrow north shore trail with gorgeous views down to the lake.
9. Blue Cut Nature Center sits between Newark and Lyons. Here you’ll find 2 miles of easy trails through the woods and along a marshland. The trails are free, but don’t expect amenities.

When you head out to ski, it’s helpful to have a guide specific to winter such as the local guidebook “Snow Trails.” The guide describes which parking areas are plowed in winter, which roads remain unplowed and become part of the ski trail network. You’ll also learn how each trail is rated in terms of beginner, intermediate and expert runs, and which trails are too narrow and steep and are best left for adventurers on snowshoes.

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I have a new favorite fabric for being more comfortable while skiing! And that is Smartwool! I expect any merino wool fabric will perform the same, but Smartwool has a nice product line. I have occasionally worn their socks, and have long worn their glove liners, but now have moved onto a Smartwool base layer shirt and gloves and socks full time.
The wool is claimed to be non-itchy and probably is. It is so close to non-itchy that what I find may be imagination. What it excels at is comfort when damp (much less clammy than the Sporthill synthetics I also use) and warmth. I have also tried the Smartwool long underwear and found it to be extremely comfortable, just the thing for 5 or 10 degrees F.
Wool can be expensive, but it is reported to wear like iron. Bargain purchases can be had at www.sierratradingpost.com . If you give them your email, they often send coupons for free shipping and up to 35% off anything.

by Gary Reif (I think) via the Rochester Nordic Ski newsletter :Feb 2013 newsletter vol 39 issue 4c

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Here’s a helpful guidebook on having fun in the snow in the Lake George Region: 25 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Lake George, NY Region

Roger Fulton and Michael Carpenter spent an entire winter exploring snowy trails in the Lake George Region on both cross country skis and snowshoes. They have chosen 25 of the best trails for you to get out and explore. The difficulty and lengths vary, but nearly all are easy or moderate, with the emphasis on easy. As always, they give you explicit directions from an Interstate (I-87). More than 60 full color photos help you find the trailheads and navigate the trails.

This is just the book to help you get out of the house on a clear winter day to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Country in winter. So whether you choose a flat, short and easy trail in Queensbury, or want a full week retreat at a cross country ski resort in the Eastern Adirondacks, it’s in this book. Get out and enjoy!

Click here to order a copy 

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Backcountry Skiing Raymond Brook Ski Trail – North River, NY

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Take a stroll along the bubbling Canandaigua Outlet on the 1.5 mile long multi-use Manchester Gateway Trail that opened in 2012. It’s an easy walk on crushed stone or a macadam surface with waterfront views – maybe a good place to try out those new Christmas snowshoes or cross-country skis.

Click here for a map.

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