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Archive for January, 2009

Jackson Hill trails Not Groomed Jan 4

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

My friend and I took advantage of the beautiful day Sunday Jan 4 to go to Jackson Hill to ski. We were very disappointed that the trails weren’t groomed. The time we can enjoy this sport is limited to available time off, weather,and daylight. I know there are a lot of trails to groom but I thought Jackson Hill was very popular. Does anyone know why all the other trails were groomed and not Jackson Hill?

New Hartford

A great day on the Great Trail

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Weather and trail conditions sounded perfect, so I headed to the Egypt Road trails. I arrived at 9am; 2 degrees, sunny, calm. A gorgeous day to be out in the woods! I started at the trailhead at the railroad parking lot.

I skied Creekside Loop, Cherry Tree Trail, which offered a little off-track, backwoods skiing, and the Great Trail, with its dozen or so fun hills along the western half of this trail. However, the front half of the Great Trail was fairly flat and wound its way through a couple of stands of hemlock trees, as in the photo to the left.

I saw/heard black-capped chickadees, ravens, downy woodpeckers, goldfinches, a bluejay, a white-breasted nuthatch, a tufted titmouse, and a hairy woodpecker plus tracks from deer, fox, coyote, cottontail rabbit, and mice.

Thanks, BREIA, for another great outing!

Dave Behm
Clifton Park, NY

ski race, Jan. 3, 2009

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

BREIA was pleased to host a cross-country ski race between Camden, Holland Patent and Whitesboro high schools. Both weather and course conditions were ideal.


high school x-country ski race

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Thanks to BREIA and all the volunteers for hosting the High School race today. The course was great and the kids really enjoyed the new venue. Hope we can do it again next year.

Steve and Stacey Smith