Strategic Planning

Author: Bob Kuehl

During offseason this summer the RXCSF Board updated its original Vision and Mission statements which were initially created when RXCSF was founded in 2006. Our revised Vision Statement reads as follows, “Establish and grow an inclusive environment for cross country skiing sustainable for future generations in the greater Rochester, NY area.” The Mission Statement explains how the vision will be achieved.

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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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End of Season Grooming Recap

Author: Darren Leach

Hi RXCSF supporters. I hope this letter finds everyone healthy and happy with Spring being here and warmer weather on its way. I’m sure there are some of you that would still rather be out on the snow on your favorite trails. My apologies for welcoming the warmer weather. Maybe roller skiing or water skiing might help fill the offseason void.

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Rochester Nordic Racing Season Recap

Author: Jason Hettenbaugh

It was another great winter for RNR athletes. With the return of USSA Junior Nationals, this season was as important as ever for athletes who are skiing at a high level. Due to the cancellation, after 1 race, of the Junior Nationals in the spring of 2020 and the complete cancellation of Junior Nationals in 2021 everyone was looking forward to getting back to the big show!

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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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