October Message from the President

Author: Jim Pippin

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall color and the unbelievable stretch of weather we have been having.  It’s that time of year where we enjoy our last paddle or long bike ride before we start tuning up the skis for winter. The RXCSF Board has been busy over the summer and recently wrapping up a couple of projects. In this month’s newsletter Anna Gorbold shares some of the signage improvements that we have been working on at Mendon Ponds Park in collaboration with Monroe County Parks. I think you will like the new changes and if all goes well, we hope to do the same at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area in collaboration with New York State Parks.

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RXCSF Trail Signage

Author: Anna Gorbold

For some time there has, without doubt, been a demand and concern for improving signage for XC trails at Mendon Ponds Park, Harriet Hollister State Park and possibly at Durand Eastman Park and Webster Park. At this time RXCSF’s focus is primarily on Mendon Ponds Park and Harriet Hollister where we are working in conjunction with the park management.

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Rochester Nordic Racing Summer Recap

Author: Jason Hettenbaugh

The Rochester Nordic Racing summer program recently wrapped up its 14th summer of programming. For the second year in a row two options were offered. The traditional evening practices are all encompassing with a focus on roller skiing proficiency, technique, agility, skill acquisition, and strength. The morning practices are by qualification and invitation only. These practices focus primarily on building fitness and strength while continually working on technique development. The athletes who are involved in the morning practices also take part in the evening practices and are often utilized as mentors to the younger skiers, often times leading agility and technique drills. The crossover between the two groups allows for teaching and learning at the same time!!

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A Message from the President…

Author: Jim Pippin

Happy mud season.  I hope some of you were able to take advantage of some skiing in central NY or the ADKs last week after the nor’easter passed through.  Mt. Van Hoevenberg reopened for the weekend to accommodate skiers for one last spin around their trails.  Overall, I think here in Rochester we had a great ski season.  The weather held up well and ended up providing consistent skiing here locally from January and on.  Thank you to Darren and all the groomers who worked hard out there to provide us with all the great grooming…

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A Message from the President

Author: Jim Pippin

I hope everyone has been enjoying the 2022 Beijing Olympics, especially the Nordic skiing events.  Jackie had the pleasure of discussing some of the local Olympians from our area with Ruth Hayes, a legend in the Rochester Nordic skiing palmarès, and has put together a very interesting article from her discussion.  Stina Bridgeman from the Rochester Orienteering Club provides a look at “Ski-O” which is a great way to enjoy an afternoon with friends for fun or even participate in some competitive events. Lastly, local skier Todd Williams and his family share their experience participating in the 2021 virtual Canadian Ski Marathon and provide details for this year’s event.

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A History of Local Olympians

Authors: Jaclyn Masci & Ruth Hayes

In the spirit of the Olympics, we wanted to highlight the skiers from our area who have competed in past Olympics. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ruth Hayes recently about these former Olympians. Ruth deserves full credit for the information presented here. She shared incredible stories, some dating back to when these Olympians were mere middle school students. We hope you enjoy this read and come out of it with maybe a touch more pride for our local xc ski community. Many great skiers have come out of our community in years past and, with continued support of the sport, there will be more in the years to come.

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An Intro to Ski Orienteering

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

Author: Stina Bridgeman

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.

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2022 Canadian Ski Marathon – Virtual Event

The Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) runs from Feb 5 – March 20. The most important thing to know is that the CSM is NOT a race! It is a celebration of winter and the community of Nordic Skiers. In it’s 56th year, the CSM will be virtual again which makes for a great opportunity to extend the season and set new goals for skiers. Read the full feature from local skier Todd Williams in the attached PDF below. 

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A Message From the President

Some snow and cold have finally arrived here this week.  Here’s hoping we get a long cold snap and more snow for us to get out there and start grooming trails.  I have some unfortunate news about our trail signage initiative at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area.  The State didn’t get enough time to review our proposal and issue authorization this fall so we could order and install the new signs.  We will work with the State to make sure that happens in time for next season.  We will also continue our discussions with Monroe County Parks and try to complete our trail signage plans for those parks next year/season as well.

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