Skier Spotlight: Mark Paprocki

He’s an Irondequoitan runner-turned-diehard-nordic-skier who chose cross-country over ski jumping, won back-to-back Rochester Cups, and skied his way into the Alfred State Hall of Fame.  He has dined with Olympians in Alaska, and was literally at the cutting edge of the rise of skating in cross-country skiing.  You might read his posts from Durand Eastman, where he finds good skiing when you thought the ground was bare.  If you’ve huffed your way up Bristol’s Race to the Summit, you’ve done it next to him.  And if you cross ski tracks with a bearded guy with sunglasses and a gregarious laugh who’s skating fast on classic skis with the tips sawn off, hop in the track next to him and talk skiing.  You’ll be bound to learn something cool about the history of the sport in Western NY, and stories to remind you that in an ever-more-complicated world, cross-country skiing can still be simple, practical, and addictingly fun.

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Proposed Nordic Ski Trail Signage

RXCSF is working to revise the current trail maps, create new maps for the groomed Nordic ski trails, and install new signs that clearly indicate trail names and difficulty. RXCSF believes this work will provide improved trail information and guidance for Nordic skiers that visit Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area (HHSSRA) and Mendon Ponds Park (MPP).

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November 2021 Message from the President

Snow has already fallen in some of the higher elevations in the Western New York region. It’s snow time! The RXCSF Board is still busy finalizing our preparations for the season. Darren is making some modifications to our sleds to include flashing beacon lights to comply with safety guidelines. Anna, Stina and I have been finalizing the signage plan for Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area and Mendon Ponds Park. We have decided to focus on these two parks this year and if the changes are well received then we will develop plans for the remaining parks next year. We are happy to introduce in this month’s newsletter a new feature called “Skier Spotlight”. Matt Bellizzi interviewed Mark Paprocki for this month. Matt and Mark did a great job, and we plan to continue this feature going forward. I think everyone will find this interesting. Jason Hettenbaugh provides some waxing tips – this month’s topic is liquid glide wax. Jackie has started the official RXCSF Instagram account and Bob has cleaned up the Facebook page a bit. More information including links and the upcoming HFL Ski Swap can be found below.

One update I want to share with you is that RXCSF is no longer affiliated with grooming at Barker Road Middle School in Pittsford and therefore, our supporters are unable to ski there since it is private property. Unfortunately, the Pittsford Central School District never really allowed the public or RXCSF supporters on their trails from the beginning of our involvement therefore, it was not in RXCSF’s best interest to continue our affiliation.

Please consider renewing your support for RXCSF in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who support RXCSF every year. I am looking forward to seeing everyone out on the trails soon.

Jim Pippin
President

A Message From Your RXCSF President…

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. The RXCSF Board has been busy preparing for another Nordic season which will be here before you know it. Darren Leach has serviced all our sleds and grooming equipment, so we will be ready to go once the snow flies. Jackie Masci has been busy coordinating with our contributors in preparing this newsletter for you. As I mentioned in our May newsletter, we have started a signage initiative that we hope to implement this fall at all venues where RXCSF grooms.  Thanks to Anna Gorbold and Stina Bridgeman for leading this effort. Jason Hettenbaugh, through his Rochester Nordic Racing organization has been busy all summer leading youth development programs for the Nordic youth skiers in the region. Bob Kuehl, Donna Hickling and I have been busy addressing legal items, insurance coverages and organizational matters – not very fun summer work but essential none the less for the success of our organization. I also met with Monroe County Parks staff at Mendon Ponds Park about some of the feedback from our supporter survey earlier this spring but, also to get their input on our signage initiative.

Thank you to all who support RXCSF every year. We would not exist without you. I would also like to thank our sponsors. I encourage all our RXCSF supporters to patronize these local businesses.

Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone,

Jim Pippin
President

RXCSF Welcomes New Grooming Coordinator

This past season we welcomed Darren Leach to the RXCSF Board as our Grooming Coordinator. Darren has already provided valuable expertise to help us maintain and coordinate our grooming equipment, ensuring our machines are ready when the snow flies. We greatly appreciate Darren’s efforts and look forward to continuing to work with him in the seasons to come. Please read a brief bio about Darren below. 

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RXCSF Youth Season Recap

Can’t link arms for blob tag during a pandemic?  No problem, let’s whack each other (from a distance) with foam noodles instead!   RXCSF youth skiers found plenty of ways to have fun in the snow this winter while adapting to COVID rules.  75 kids, with volunteer help from several high-school skiing program alums, explored new techniques and terrain in small groups through activities like a skiing playground at Mendon Ponds (jumps! bumps! Slalom! snowmen!), Ski Bingo at Bristol, and a photo scavenger hunt at Cumming Nature Center.

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RXCSF Welcomes New Board Members

This past season we welcomed two new volunteers to the RXCSF Board, Darren Leach who joined us in December as our Grooming Coordinator and Jaclyn Masci who joined us at the end March as our Vice President and will be key in coordinating RXCSF’s public outreach activities including reviving this newsletter.  Please read brief bios about both Darren and Jaclyn below.  The RXCSF Board welcomes them and greatly appreciates their efforts.

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A Message From Your RXCSF President…

A big THANK YOU, to all of you that supported RXCSF this past season.  The weather finally cooperated, and we ended up having some great skiing here locally from the end of January through March.  I have to say being able to enjoy some great Nordic skiing this past winter was a very welcome respite after the crazy 2020 we have all endured.  We would not be able to do it without all of your support.

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Looking for a new direction this winter? Try ski orienteering!

Ski orienteering combines the map-based navigation sport of orienteering with cross-country skiing. Participants use a detailed topographic map showing ski trails, water features (streams, marshes, ponds), clearings, buildings, and other landmarks in order to navigate to a series of checkpoints. Unlike summer forms of orienteering, all of the checkpoints are on trails – if you can use a trail map, you can do ski orienteering! It’s a great way to explore new areas, or to see familiar places with a different perspective.

The Rochester Orienteering Club has a series of “sol-o” ski orienteering courses available at local parks this winter. All you need are your skis and a map – you can try these courses at any time! Difficulties range from beginner to advanced – more advanced courses are longer, have more complex navigation choices, and use more difficult ski trails.

Click here to know more about ski orienteering? (what you need, how it works, tips) <Ski_Orienteering pdf>

Visit the ROC website (https://roc.us.orienteering.org) for maps and information about the available courses.