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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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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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Attached is a special trail edition (lots of trail maps) of the Nordic Ski Club newsletter: Nov 2010 Nordic Ski Newsletter

Rochester Nordic Ski Club  Meeting;
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 Meeting 7:00 PM
Buckland Lodge, Buckland Park (not our usual place, due to remodeling)
Topic: Ski waxing! Bring a pair of skis and we will help you learn to hot wax them!  (no racing skis please).
Get the kind of glide you always wanted…. Be free of sticking and icing!

Buckland Park Lodge, Buckland Park, 1341 Westfall Rd.,Rochester, NY  ~1/2 mile West of Winton Avenue off Westfall Road (south side)

Hope to see you all at the meeting!
Gary Reif

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Click here to open a pdf of the October 2009 Nordic Ski Club Newsletter: Oct 09 RNSC newsletter (click again on the icon that opens)

Inside you’ll find an article on interesting things to do near Harriet Hollister (including a tractor museum) and current information on access to the Reynolds Gully waterfalls.

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