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Volunteers Needed - Evening Volunteer Host Program


Hello Higley Friends,

I am sending this to all you folks who have some interest in cross country skiing at the park. As you probably know, the trails close at dark, which from now until some time in March is rather early in the afternoon. This makes it nearly impossible for skiers who work during the day to have a chance to ski mid-week. To minimize this inconvenience, we are fortunate to have an evening ski program which allows us to ski on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8:00 PM.

Our Park Administration allows the lodge to remain open on these evenings when it usually closes at 3:00 PM. The important feature which allows this variation in park rules is the Evening Volunteer Host Program. The primary requirement of this plan is that there must be a responsible person at the park between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. The volunteer is able to use the park in the usual ways (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) while they are on duty. The idea is that everyone else who is visiting knows there is someone there who can be a source of assistance or information. It also means that if you are planning to ski or hike anyway that it's a good time to be a volunteer host.

We have gotten an exceptionally early start to the season and people are interested in night skiing already. So, this email is the announcement that we are now looking for volunteers. To sign up, just reply to this email and let me know which Tuesday or Thursday you will be available, and as long as someone else hasn't already taken that date, it will be yours. At this point the rest of December and January are the nights we are intending to cover. I will send messages similar to this one each month so you don't have to plan TOO far ahead to make a commitment. 

This program has been in place for several years now, and it has grown quite a bit over that time. I have noticed that volunteers are using the lodge to good advantage, I think at least two birthdays were celebrated there last winter, and one night there appeared to be a fondue contest. I don't know who won, but it surely smelled great that night. The lodge has a refrigerator, sink with running water, and a microwave to accommodate some food prepping, but there is no stove or oven. It  does seem custom designed for crockpots and popcorn and lots of socializing. 

I hope to hear from you soon so we can keep this program on track.

See you on the trails,
Barry Walch, Evening Host Coordinator



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Snow/Ski Report

1/20/19

The  Park has a LOT of snow. SLU tried to groom the roads this morning. It was challenging and they had to devote quite a bit of time to getting the sled and the drag out after the sled had an issue. The SLU sled is in the shop now with a mechanical issue . The St. Lawrence Cty. Snowmobile Assoc. is on their way to flat groom the skier side of the road for us. This will give a great base to work from for us. With the temps and the snow depth it is not a great plan to be out trying to groom the trails with one sled. We are planning on bringing our back up sled up to the Park, hopefully later this afternoon-and SLU is going to try to bring their roller up, which would be better for the initial groomings, as it tends to float on top, rather than plow as the drags do.

We will keep you posted, if you like back country this is your time.

Ed & Judy on behalf of the Friends of HFSP


Sunday is Family Fun Day, hope you can make it. 
POSTPONED! Due to a combination of frigid temps not ideal for families, and snow accumulation requiring intensive grooming efforts, the Family Day, planned for the Park today will be postponed until next Sunday. Hope to see you then. Please pass the word if you know someone who was planning to come.
Thank you
Judy

















Here's a couple of shots of the grooming.

 


Thanks to Ed & the others who help keep the trails smooth.

 
Judy sent in some pics from 1/14/19 showing how great the conditions are, thanks to all the hard work.














We wanted to pass along the following information from the Park Staff:

1). The normal Lodge hours are 8AM-3PM.  They are 8AM-5PM on weekends during the ski season.
2).  Park hours are going to be 8AM-4PM.
3).  Night skiing will only be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings - when hosts are available. 


Happy skiing!

Ed & Judy

 









Trail conditions are updated courtesy of Ed & Judy Fuhr:






Link to NYS Winter Trail Map for Higley Flow State Park

A trail and topographical map of Higley Flow State Park.
(click on picture or link for larger image)

Trail ratings:
Overlook-Beginner-green rating
Camp Loops-main roads B,C and E loops Beginner-green, A,D and F loops
Intermediate-blue
Warmbrook-Intermediate-blue rating
Pine-Intermediate-blue rating
Cedar Brook-all three levels depending on loop chosen, back
hills-Advanced-black; trail to back hills -Intermediate-Blue;  First two
rights and next left to return-Beginner-green




Special "Thanks" to Ed Fuhr who spends many hours keeping our trails so perfectly groomed.

We'll also try to keep you informed of changing trail conditions as they occur.  If you find changes that we've missed reporting, please email us at "higleyfriends@gmail.com"