• Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
Several of us Ithaca area skiers (Scott, PJ, Pam, Amanda, Chris, Jack, Joan, Tom, Susi, Dan) ventured north to find a little more snow in at the Tug Hill plateau on Saturday. For me this was an excuse to try out my new equipment; new (fast waxable) skis, and two new pair of boots. It seemed the possibility of skiing was still minimal in Ithaca, although if you check out SH’s blog for the Greek Peek area I guess it wasn’t too bad for downhillers this time of year! What we found at Osceola’s little “resort” was some pretty good nordic skiing. OK, maybe a little shallow, but really no bare spots and plenty of sunshine! The weather really couldn’t have been better; low 20’s, clear sky, not much of a crowd, and plenty enough snow.
I’d never been to this ski center, but was pleasently surprised - for a mainly skate-ski groomed facility, they also have a wooded trail area that makes back-country enthusiasts like me happy as well. So I did have some problems with my new equipment, but was happy to spend some time learning about waxing skis in the very nice warm-up hut with all you need to wax your skis; iron, ski holder, tools, wax, … not to mention a pool table, radio, lounge chairs, and electric heat! The ski store in the main house had more equipment for sale for the Nordic sport then I’ve seen at any other store that I’ve been to in the area. Now I’m wishing I started there before purchasing my new stuff… that turned out to not work so well :-(.
All in all I’d recommend this area to anyone; friendly owners, great ski shop, wood-stoves to warm up, good trails for several types of skiing to make most happy. There is a nominal fee for sking - only $10 for this early in the season, but I think maybe $13.50 during regular season weekends (only $8 weekdays) - and other special rates. Check it out!
Oh, and you’ve got to check out the Plainville Farms restaurant in Cicero (close to Syracuse, on the way back to Ithaca)! Great massive quantities of food!!