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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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The New Year Brings Winter Events and Family-Friendly Fun in the Adirondack Region

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By Emeri Krawczyk, The Buffalo news, link to original article

A wise Zen Norwegian once said, “When the going gets cold, the cold don a Nordic sweater and head out into the wilderness to face their fear.”

Well, not really, but on a recent 13-degree Saturday, there I was in the middle of the woods, layered in winter clothing, overheating and absolutely drenched following a romp around the “blue” trail of Bristol Mountain’s Nordic cross-country area.

The Finger Lakes are just fabulous in winter and offer ideal One-Tank Trip opportunities like cross-country skiing. Even a total klutz like me in relatively good health can enjoy this activity that gets the juices flowing and comes without the terror of its downhill counterpart.

The Sig Other and I decided to take advantage of Bristol Mountain’s cross-country special at 11 a. m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For $35 per person, we got equipment (skis, poles, shoes), an all-day trail pass, and a lesson with the darling Angie Cannon, who believes in the “environmental and Zen aspect of the sport” rather than a high-power athletic point of view.

Our first order of business was equipment. Cannon explained the two types of skis Bristol rents — classic cross-country and “skate” skis, which are thinner, faster and require a different movement.

As beginners, Cannon equipped us “old school” with the wider classic skis. Arms raised, she measured us for skis (tips to wrist) and poles (to armpits). Mercifully, she didn’t make us step on the scale. Instead, she eyed us up for the right “camber” (the upward curve under the ski).

“For me, cross-country skiing isn’t just a means of exercise, Cannon said. “Its a way to reconnect with the natural world through a lovely rhythm that celebrates gentle movement, a calm mind, and a soulful sense of being one with the outdoors.”

After showing us how to step into our skis and hold our poles, she led us to the perfectly groomed trail — a wide path with two sets of tracks for skiers to follow and a packed area for the ski skaters or folks who prefer to ski outside the tracks.

Once we had the basic movements down, we headed to our first “hill,” where Cannon showed us how to stop by “snow-plowing” (bringing the tips of our skis together), and how to turn. While the gentle hills aren’t too intimidating, you still move pretty fast, and these skills are necessary to maintain control and balance.

For the uphill battles she showed us two techniques — a quick jog motion or shuffling up with skis in “V” formation, reminding us to use our poles to stop any backward sliding.

“If someone is really afraid to go downhill or is having trouble going up, I show them how to turn parallel to the hill and ‘walk’ down or up on the skis,” Cannon said. If worse comes to worse, she advises to take the skis off and simply walk.

After a while, we got the hang of it, and Cannon reminded us to look around at the beautiful surroundings: fresh pristine snow, a unique birch tree, birds and a big blue sky.

For Cannon, cross-country is not about speed, but about living in the moment and skiing the trail at one’s own pace.

“I think that people struggle with our long northern winters here, and getting out into forests and fields opens up our eyes to the presence of so much more life out and about,” she said. “You can find animal tracks everywhere, hear the calls of winter songbirds, see the greening of lichen on the trees and sometimes even catch a little vitamin D in the form of sunshine, which is always a good thing!”

Our lesson came to a close and our Zen master bid us farewell, leaving us to explore another trail.

Had we been up to it, we could have skied all day into the night, as one trail is lighted. However, after about another hour of skiing on our own, we were tired, hot, but absolutely gratified by our experience.

The Bristol Mountain Nordic Center is located at 5589 S. Hill Road, Canandaigua. Since it’s at the top of the mountain, you need to drive up, versus the bottom where downhill skiers can access the lifts. You can rent equipment, warm up and grab a snack in the center, but bathrooms are “nicer” port-a-potties outdoors. Cost for a cross-country trail pass is $10 (kids 7 and under are free with adult purchase); equipment rental (skis, poles, boots) is $14. In addition to cross-country, we saw downhill skiing and snowboarding. For downhill prices and information, visit www.bristolmountain.com or call (585) 374-6000. Eat, play, stay

The Bristol Harbour Resort & Restaurant, 5410 Seneca Point Road, has a lovely view of the lake. The fare is basic, but very tasty. Lunch is served late until 5 p. m., and then the dinner menu picks up, but still offers some sandwiches. We loved the bent wood chairs, fireplace and great bar you could hang out at and enjoy some Finger Lakes wines. We drove County Route 16 down Canandaigua Lake to Seneca Point Road. It’s a great way to see the beautiful frozen lake and gawk at the gorgeous lake houses that you might not see when the leaves are on the trees.

If you’d like to stay overnight, the Bristol Harbour Resort has nice ski/stay or ski/stay & dine packages. A cross-country ski and stay is $79 per person on weekends/double occupancy ($64 Sunday through Thursday) and includes your room and ski rental. Throw in dining and it’s $109 ($84.50 Sunday through Thursday) for the room, ski rental, a $55 dinner voucher, $14 breakfast voucher and bottle of Finger Lakes wine. Downhill packages start at $107. The room we checked out had a fireplace and warm Adirondack feel. Call (800) 288-8248 or visit www.bristolharbour.com for more information.

Directions: From Buffalo, hit the Thruway going east, take Exit 44 and follow Route 332 into Canandaigua. Ride is about 1z hour 1/3 . Add 20 minutes to get to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort or Bristol Harbour Resort.

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Snow Sliding (er… skiing) Through the Adirondacks

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Saratoga P.L.A.N.’s (PLAN) Woodcock Preserve on Tanner Road in Clifton Park NY has seen a flutter of recent activity. Recent improvements include a new informational kiosk, bluebird boxes, and some bollards, used to help deter motorized vehicle usage on the nature trails which were designed for hiking and cross country skiing only.

Joel DiPersio, an Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 6, Jonesville NY, completed the work in the preserve in September, after months of planning and with the help of his troop. While documenting his Eagle Scout project with photographs, Joel discovered that some of his efforts had been vandalized; a set of the recently installed bollards, as well as an additional set installed by other volunteer trail stewards, had been taken out and removed from the site.

Two replacement sets of bollards were installed by volunteers. The replacement bollards have also been tampered with, leaving the volunteer stewards scratching their heads. One of the vandals and his dog were captured on camera removing the structures and the images have been given over to law enforcement officials.

The Woodcock Preserve is open to the public for passive recreation from dusk until dawn year-round. Trail maps and directions are available at http://www.saratogaplan.org. The Preserve is a hardwood wetlands conserved for American Woodcock habitat and passive recreational trails. There is a main trail covering about a 1.3 mile roundtrip from the new kiosk, with two smaller secondary trails designed by Jackie and Christopher Parker, volunteer preserve stewards for Saratoga PLAN. Boy Scout Troop 45 helped clear the red trail. A member of Troop 45 is planning to create an entry sign for the preserve, trailside benches and duck boxes. The Woodcock Preserve can be reached via Route 146 or Route 146A.

Saratoga P.L.A.N. is a not-for-profit land trust offering comprehensive land conservation services to landowners, developers, organizations, and government partners, while striving to achieve regional coordination and cooperation on land use, conservation and recreational trail planning. It has protected over 3,433 acres of farmland, natural habitats, and water resources in Saratoga County. For more information on land conservation, or directions and trail maps for public preserves, contact Saratoga P.L.A.N. at 518-587-5554 or at www.saratogaplan.org.

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The Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation has been busy over the summer adding and upgrading trails in Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial State Recreation Area south of Honeoye Lake.Two new trails have been completed (bulldozed and smoothed!) Ruthies Run is a green (easy) trail about 0.25 miles long that takes you to the Lodge Road (also green, 0.5 mile long). A black (most difficult) trail, Cannonball Run (0.6 miles ) parallels the Overlook Road from the parking lot to Little Whiteface. A new connector trail is also in place from Little Whiteface to the Lodge Road.

Renew or become a Foundation member and show your support to Cross Country Skiing in the Rochester NY region!
Donate online at: www.skireg.com/Net/3367 (You need to set up a quick password and name for that if you haven’t already)
~~ Or ~~
Print a membership form and send a check in this way:
Cross out the old year at the top and put 2012-13, mail it to:
RXCSF PO Box 482 Mendon, NY 14506

THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Feel free to write some of your dreams or ideas on how to spend your money, other than grooming, on the form too!

Did You Know…
Snow grooming in the 4 parks (Mendon, Harriet Hollister, Webster, Durand-Eastman) is 100% funded by your donations to RXCSF (and not by local government). Becoming a contributor to RXCSF allows our collective cross country skiing voice be heard at the county and state government levels when discussing trail usage and planning.
We need you!

source: Rochester Nordic Ski Club newsletter:Nov 2012 newsletter

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Cross Island Farms offers educational tours involving organic farming and sustainable living. Open year round, participants can see and interact with the animals of the farm such as: cows, pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. As well as getting to see the organic vegetable gardens, the windmill, and solar panels. Participants learn about the organic gardening methods used, rotational grazing, heritage breeds, natural brush control, renewable energy, and overall sustainable living.

Primitive Camping is on a 102-acre organic farm, with views of woods, ponds, and pastures, and is open year round. Guests can walk; ski, or snowshoe ¼ to ½ mile to sites. (The policy is strictly carry-in, carryout.) Surrounding the sites are trails throughout the farm for walking, skiing or snowshoeing.

Rates: Off-season
(Oct.15th thru May 15th) $20.00/day

Rates: In-season
(May 16th thru Oct 14th) $20.00/day weeknights,
$25.00/day weekends, Holidays and Holiday eves.

Cross Island Farms

44301 Cross Island Rd.
Wellesley Island, NY 13640
Phone (315) 482-3663   (482-FOOD)

Just over the Thousand Islands Bridge off I-81
· 15 minutes from Alexandria Bay and Clayton, NY
· 30 minutes from Watertown, NY

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