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Archive for December, 2008

X-Country ski race Sat. Jan. 3

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

BREIA will be hosting a high school x-country ski race at the Egypt Rd. Gorge trails on Saturday, January 3. The schools racing will be Camden, Holland Patent, Old Forge, and Whitesboro. So as not to interfere with the racers, we’ll close access to the Gorge trails, including the upper parking lot, from 9:00 AM-Noon. The trails will reopen to the general public after noon. Access to the Great Trail will not be effected.


ski rentals

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Thanks for your comments. To answer your question, yes, the Boonville Search & Rescue rents skis on weekends throughout the winter. Schuss Ski & Snowboard on Commercial Dr. in New Hartford also rents x-country skis.

Best Regards,


cross country ski rentals

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Thanks for providing such great cross country trails.

It is great to have this in our area.
Do they still rent cross country skiis at the Boonville Search & Rescue?
Do You know of anyplace that does rent cross country skis?

Jackson Hill

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Hi Mike,

The plan is to start grooming the Jackson Hill trails after the start of the new year. Check our Trail Conditions page for trail updates. Thank you for your comments…we’ll look forward to seeing you out on the trails again!


Question about Jackson Hill

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Hi Folks,

I’m just writing to find out what the scoop is on Jackson Hill. I went up the other day, and the parking lot was closed (not plowed) and the lodge was not open. Will it be open this year? I did get to ski at Egypt Road and that was great.

I love the trails and thanks for what you do!!

Mike Taman

For the blog:

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


It was mighty cold, it was very windy, the canal trail was freshly groomed, and it was FABULOUS skiing today. We skied from Boonville to Pixley Falls plus partway to the trail head and enjoyed every minute of it. And it looked like we were to only folks out there (at least in the afternoon).

Thank you, BREIA!!!

Lou and Maureen Casamayou
Turin NY

Ski tour on 11/29

Monday, December 1st, 2008

After learning from BREIA’s web site that the trails had received another foot of new snow on Thanksgiving and that most of the Egypt Road trails had been groomed on Friday, I decided to drive to Alder Creek on 11/29 to give them a try.

WOW! Conditions were nearly perfect and the snow-covered landscape is beautiful. It was a mostly sunny day with temps in low 30s during my visit.

I skied four different trail segments (16.4 miles in all).and was rewarded with this view of the Adirondacks.

I saw/heard ravens, bluejays, black-capped chickadees, hairy woodpeckers and a white-breasted nuthatch plus many deer tracks, turkey tracks, red squirrel tracks and mouse tracks.

Looking forward to my next visit…

Dave Behm
Clifton Park, NY

BREIA donations…

Monday, December 1st, 2008

In response to John Gosier’s earlier post we’d like to clarify BREIA’s position concerning donations. As a not-for-profit corporation funded by a private family foundation, we do not accept donations. We do, however, appreciate your offer and hope to see you back at BREIA soon!

Best Regards,