students try skiing at Higley Flow
copied from NorthCountryNow.com 2/7/17
COLTON – A long
imagined vision came to fruition recently when grades 5-8 of
Colton-Pierrepont Central School came to Higley Flow State Park to
experience cross country skiing.
In order to offer
such an experience several pieces needed to fall into place: the park
needed cross country ski trails, preferably groomed and trackset;
there needed to be somewhere for students to warm up and restrooms
needed to be available; there needed to be ski equipment available
for the students to use; finally there needed to be volunteer
instructors ready to work with small groups of students.
Over 20 years ago,
park personnel and volunteers began to develop a trail network. Over
the years grooming equipment improved from primitive to state of the
art. St. Lawrence University and
equipment; an additional grooming drag was obtained through a town
grant. Through fundraising a new sled was purchased in 2016.
Thirteen plus years
ago interested individuals formed a Friends group with an eye toward
a new Nature Center that could be used as a Trails Lodge in the
winter months. After years of planning, grant writing and
fundraising, the current nature center was constructed in cooperation
with parks who provided the labor to construct the building.
This year the parks
decided to invest in cross-country ski and snowshoe rental equipment
for Higley Flow State Park. The Friends group decided to supplement
the purchase with some equipment for younger skiers.
An offer was made by
the Park to provide the equipment at no charge for school groups.
Colton-Pierrepont Central was the first to take advantage of the
The groups were
guided by local volunteer skiers and instructors who encouraged their
groups to get the most out of the opportunity.
“Judging by the
enthusiasm of the returning skiers it was a success,” Fuhr said.
“It is hoped that this is the first of many such experiences for
local area youth.”
Groups interested in
a similar experience contact Henry or Shari at 315-262-2880 for more