Mother Nature and Allegany State Park collaborated to give us great conditions last weekend, and the Art Roscoe Loppet was a resounding success. By Sunday afternoon temps were rising and we are again having a major thaw. The season was marked by repeated cycles of freeze/thaw, and the lower trails were never more than passable, but ASP did a great job establishing and maintaining base on the upper trails and we had several weekends of good skiing.
The climate scientists tell us that the new normal is that there will be no normal, so we can hope that in future there will be XC skiing here at least some years. That is as close to optimism as I can manage.
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The 10/25/14 work day and pot luck was a huge success/ Crews cleaned and cut back all trails but Snow Snake. The Christian Hollow snow fence was also re-set.
And the chili selection at the pot-luck was of gormet proportions!
Remember to thank the gritty skiers that help keep the trails clear.