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User condition blog

December 29th, 2020

I wonder if we users of the BREIA trails would use the blog to report conditions. Many have a drive to the trails and would benefit from advance daily updates on conditions from other skiers.

For example, my family skied the Canal trail at midday. There was about 4” of new snow on top of a patchy base. It’s skiable and in some places very nice but rock skis would be advisable.


March 4th, 2015

Do you recommend a particular all-purpose ski wax? If so, where can it/they be purchased. We skied Black River Canal Trail New Year’s Day and 1 of us got bogged by sticky snow. Thanks

Gail Person

Jackson Hill

March 4th, 2015

A group of nine skied Jackson Hill on Sunday Jan 18th. There were three other groups and one single gentleman.

We appreciated who ever cut the trail for us to enjoy! It made our trip very enjoyable. The trees were just laden with fresh snow and just beautiful.

Of course we were disappointed that the trails were not groomed and the warming hut was not open. Unfortunately we did not check your site before heading out. We still enjoyed a tailgate snack in the parking lot.

Looking forward to your grooming effort and use of the warming hut!


Feb. 20th Skiing

March 4th, 2015

Just a short note to everyone at BREIA X-Country Center. We were visiting my good college friend, Dave Jones (Utica) and he took us to BREIA. It was spectacular. Last weekend we were at Trapps Family Lodge and Craftsbury Center in Vermont and today at BREIA was just as good if not better then our skiing last weekend. The rolling hills and the ascents were magnificent and the trails were groomed perfect.
My friend, David said Echo Lake was the best he has seen it.

We will be back!

Kevin Bradley

Restless In Remsen

March 4th, 2015

Hoping for skiable conditions this weekend.



March 3rd, 2014

On Friday Feb 28, 2014 Mary Ellen wrote:

I skied at Jackson Hill today.  The grooming was perfect.  The trails are in fantastic shape after our recent snow this week.  Get out and enjoy!  Thank you BREIA for providing an awesome network of trails.

Super Grooming!!!

January 30th, 2014

On Wednesday 1/29/14 at 10:24 am Tony wrote:

I had the pleasure of skiing the canal trail late afternoon on the 28th just after it had been groomed.  My compliments to the trail crews.   The conditions were superb!!  As I have mentioned in previous emails, the BREIA trail system is an invaluable gift to central New York.  Thank you so very much!!  Tony

BREIA response:

Tony – thank you so much.  Your comments are greatly appreciated and we’re glad you had such an enjoyable experience.  Our grooming team works hard to keep all our trails in the best shape possible.  I will pass your comments on to them.


Skiing on Friday

January 23rd, 2014

On 1/23/14 at 8:54am Lois wrote:

Wonder how the trails are now. Thinking of coming to BREIA on Friday. Noticed the trails had snow on 1/20, get any more?

Thanks for any information,


BREIA Response:

Lois – We received about 5 – 6 inches of snow over the past week. Trails still have an icy base and main trails at Egypt Road, Jackson Hill, the Great Trail and the Canal Trail will be packed today. Temperatures are frigid and are supposed to remain that way through the rest of the week. I don’t believe there is any major snow events forecast anytime soon, but a little here and there does add up.

Have a great time on the trails!!


Great Trail was great today

January 13th, 2014

On 1/10/14 at 5:38 PM Mary wrote:

The unexpected snow last night and early this morning made for a really nice ski on the Great Trail today, Friday. Always a joy to be on the BREIA trails. Thanks again for providing us with this special place!

Ski Rentals?

January 13th, 2014

On 1/12/14 at 2:08PM Kathy wrote:

If we leave a drivers license and deposit may we use the equipment on the other BREIA trails if we return before the building closes for the day?

BREIA Response:

Kathy – the skis are rented through Boonville Search and Rescue squad not BREIA so we really don’t have a say in that but I do believe they have permitted it in the past.