We had a brief discussion about groomed ski trails on the CNSC list serve today. I am NOT a supporter of groomed trails on public lands. Here is my (modified) response to that discussion, briefly explaining why. (1st indent following). Scroll down for info on ski race.
In a multi-use area like HH, skiers expecting nicely groomed trails could be upset by snowshoes, kids, dogs and beginner adult skiers. It also, often enough, requires widening the trails for grooming equipment access, which degrades the summertime single-track experience for cycling, hiking, running and so forth. Widening the trails also opens things up for potential unauthorized motorized access in the summer months. For these reasons alone, grooming is best kept on private lands, where the land owners can collect a fee to cover costs of fuel and maintenance and can legally limit access to the private groomed trails.Other choices less traveled: There are literally hundreds of miles of seldom used NYS DEC and Federally sanctioned recreational trails in the Finger Lakes area covering a land area of 100,000 plus acres (Hammond Hill is only about 3500 acres) If folks want less traveled trails, they should explore other forests. There are many maps available for other forests on the internet. (Examples, http://cayuganordicski.org/new/?page_id=8 , http://www.cycle-cny.com/trails-2/ ) Go ski: go have fun. If you need groomed trails, go to a private resort and pay the deserved fee for that service.” -Mike L
Also … I need to give folks who are on this bikeski list but not on the other outdoor lists a heads up! The Cayuga Nordic Ski Club is hosting a race this weekend at Hammond Hill (Jan 12th Sat morning). This event happens once a year only if snow conditions permit. The racers have a one time special permit to groom tracks for this event. If you are not racing, please avoid the groomed tracks the night before and the morning of the race :-) Here is a map of the race course http://canaaninstitute.org/photos/2013_CNSC_race%20map.jpg Read the full description below.
Oh, and here is part of the response on that same grooming thread from Jack Rueckheim, CNSC co-president and race coordinator. (I am passing on mostly the part of the letter relevant to grooming and the upcoming race).
Sometimes its hard to accept the condition in which other types of users leave the trails, but we do have to tolerate the other users (with the exception of motorized vehicles). But some of these other users, for example, the equestrians, put big money and work into trail work at HH so its hard to complain about horsehoof postholes. That being said, it would be considerate to knock the exhaust off the trail.All that being said, the CNSC WILL be using a snowmobile later this week to groom certain trails for Saturday’s race if all goes according to plan. This is through a DEC permit. It’ll probably be done late Friday with the race going off on Saturday morning, so the presence of the snowmobile and the tracks will probably be short-lived.” -Jack R.
Cayuga Classic Ski Race Scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2013 Here is part of the article from the CNSC website. Full article http://cayuganordicski.org/new/?p=656
Racing will begin at 10:30 AM and all racers are expected to have started by 11 AM and to be off the course by 12:30 PM. The general public is invited to participate in either the 10k Empire State Games Qualifier (open to all), the 5k citizens’ race, the 5k scholastic race, or the 1k kids’ race. Details and on-line registration are at Skireg.com. Day-of registration is from 8:30 to 10:00AM on January 12 at the ski hut. The entry fee for the 10k race will be $25 ($5 refunded if you are a NYSSRA member). Entry fee for the 5k race will be $20, to cover costs and insurance.
Thanks for your cooperation on the trails and we hope to see you there on January 12th Club members (and others!) can volunteer to help or you will be press-ganged. Your choice. We need some marshals, car parkers, registration table staffers, and start/finish timers. Contact Ernie Bayles (email@example.com) or Jack Rueckheim (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Happy New Year,