There is a good write up today on the Fahnestock Winter Park (alternate link on NY outdoors blog), including some expansion plans. I love the idea of making a groomed trail around Stillwater Pond, as that would give another couple of miles on the wooded side of the park, which is my favorite.
Fahnestock Winter Park is currently fully open, including the Lake Trail, and definitely something you should check out if you like x-country skiing. I was just there yesterday, and the snow is quite good.
Of all the things my parents gave me, one of the things I most appreciate is the love of x-country skiing. When I tell people I grew up in Vermont, I’m often asked if I ski. I have to give a qualified yes by saying only x-country, as some time in High School I gave up downhill because of the cost, which meant that none of my friends were doing it either.
I have no real recollection of my first time on skies, so I couldn’t tell you how long I’ve been on skies. I have an early memory of skiing at the Granville elementary school as part of a day of winter sports. By that point I was comfortable snow plowing down hills, so I must have been on skies for a while before then. While many other activities with my parents went to the way side, skiing is one that I’m typically chomping at the bit for, and I’m always looking for a snow report when I call and talk. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve neighborhood ski parties, were a pack of 20 or so family friends would trek through the mountains, taking turns breaking trail along the way. The parties have since passed, but we still typically get out with my parents when we visit Vermont. Our mid winter trip is timed to give us the best chance at getting some good skiing in.
There is something magical about gliding through the quiet woods after a storm. Once you get into a fluid motion, with a consistent glide, you almost feel like you are flying. Susan knows that a good snow fall down here in New York means we’re getting up early the next day to take advantage of the snow before the Sun does it’s damage. Our 2.5 hour outing to Fahnestock Winter Park yesterday, under really excellent conditions, may be one of my favorite memories of the winter. That we got out skiing in December here in New York gives us pretty good odds of having at least one more ski day this year.
Here’s to hoping that 2011 brings us plenty more snow in the North East so even more skiing will be in our future.
A big storm around here means getting out to Fahnestock Winter Park as soon as they open for cross country skiing. Mornings are the best times for it, for 2 reasons: it almost always breaks freezing by noon after a storm around here, and the New York City folks roam in around noon. Today the snow would have lasted longer, but on our last stretch back to the lodge we passed a steady stream of folks that were complaining about the snow, or their skiis, or something else, and realized it was good that we were about to be done. I’m not sure why so many folks from NYC have the inability to appreciate a beautiful snowy day, but apparently they do.
MyTracks provided me with a great map of the ski, so here it is to share and enjoy:
View 2010-12-28 X-Country Skiing in a larger map
We didn’t quite intend to do 9 miles, the last half in a snow storm, when we started out today, but sometimes that’s how it goes. This is especially true when “Horse Trail” apparently means poorly marked washed out river bed. MyTracks on my HTC Hero make a nice gps track of our adventures.
View Fahnstock Lake Loop in a larger map
We also heard something when we were backtracking our horse trail miss, some sort of screaming animal being taken by a predator, probably a rabbit, if I had to make a guess. No idea on the predator.