Cross Country Skiing in the Catskills

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The Neversink River runs in Frost Valley

The past week the temperatures have decreased substantially. The last nights we had temperatures like -8 °C (18F). Today the weather was just great, very sunny, no wind, etc. The perfect day to load my cross country skis into my car and hit the road to the Catskill Mountains.

The last time I had applied the skis to my feet was in February last year, when we had quite a lot of snow in the city and Central Park was my playground (see here). Today I had decided to go the Frost Valley, a beautiful valley in the Catskill Mountains in which the Neversink River runs. The Frost Valley YMCA advertised on their website and promised about 25 km of trails.

Strange contrast in snowy landscape
They also displayed a map that looked great with trails for beginners and more experienced skiers.

This was also the first winter drive with my new Mazda. It served me well. Especially on the country roads in the Catskills, the roads that were not shoveled but prepared with a mixture of snow and sand. The car drove very nicely.

Arrived at the YMCA I had to go the stables in which the ski "office" was located. A friendly lady provided me with information, took my 10-dollar trail fee and gave me a map. But there was more. I needed to fill out a whole statement of liability, I had to leave my driver's license, and I was informed that if I had not checked back by 4:30 hrs they would send out recue teams to search for me. Overall not a really bad idea for a solo skier, but it felt a little bit overdone.

I started in the valley, the tracks had been groomed but the typical dual tracks for the skis had not been prepared.

The Valley Trail
The sun was shining and everything looked just beautiful. After an hour on the horizontal tracks in the valley I decided to move on to the more adventurous tracks on the hills. At least, that is what I intended to do, but, those tracks were not groomed. The snow was too deep to make a track myself. So, after several failed efforts to get some more thrill rides a reverted back to the valley tracks. Which was still nice, but not challenging. I shifted from X-country skiing to photography. And that was also a pleasant activity.

On my way back home the temperature touched -18 °C (0 F). I was so happy with the heated seats in my Mazda.... ;)

More pictures below!

 

 

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The Neversink River runs in Frost …
The Neversink River runs in Frost…
Strange contrast in snowy landscape
Strange contrast in snowy landscape
The Valley Trail
The Valley Trail
On the parking
On the parking
The Welcome Committee
The Welcome Committee
My Mazda in the snow
My Mazda in the snow
The stables that serve as the ski …
The stables that serve as the ski…
The trail map looks most promising…
The trail map looks most promisin…
The trails cross several bridges
The trails cross several bridges
The valley trail
The valley trail
My loyal Fischer skis
My loyal Fischer skis
No, not the NYC MTA 2 train, but t…
No, not the NYC MTA 2 train, but …
The Neversink River runs in Frost …
The Neversink River runs in Frost…
The Neversink River runs in Frost …
The Neversink River runs in Frost…
This was supposed one of the steep…
This was supposed one of the stee…
Lake cole
Lake cole
The ungroomed trail around Lake Co…
The ungroomed trail around Lake C…
Nice frozen falls next to the YMCA…
Nice frozen falls next to the YMC…
More frozen streams
More frozen streams
Nice frozen falls next to the YMCA…
Nice frozen falls next to the YMC…
The Valley Trail
The Valley Trail
The Castle is also part of the hug…
The Castle is also part of the hu…
The Valley Trail even crosses a su…
The Valley Trail even crosses a s…
The Valley Trail
The Valley Trail
The Neversink River runs in Frost …
The Neversink River runs in Frost…
The Neversink River runs in Frost …
The Neversink River runs in Frost…
The Valley Trail
The Valley Trail
The Neversink River runs in Frost …
The Neversink River runs in Frost…
My shadow
My shadow
The Valley Trail
The Valley Trail
Frost Valley - NY
photo by: mdalamers