North Park workday on Oct 11

Please help our friends at Trail Pittsburgh (formerly PTAG) fix up some drainage issues on the xc ski trail in N Park. This trail is a treat to ski, it goes through the woods close to the edge of the golf course and needs about 5" of snow to be skiable. We will be installing drains and removing some rock ski-traps. Lunch will be provided. Afterwards, head on over to the Trail Fest event, bring classic poles if you'd like to do some nordic walking, or rollerskis for a nice hill workout. We are meeting at 8am at the Scout Cabin on Kummer Rd. More details here

Fall trail work days

On Saturday 26 September there are trail work days at Laurel Mountain and Oil Creek State Park.  The Laurel Mt event is the last of this year's LM Volunteer Group work days, and the Oil Creek event is the first of several fall work days; the others are Oct 25, Nov 8 and Nov 22.  See the events posts for more details.

National Bike Challenge 2015

Do you ride a bike? Log your cycling miles for the National Bike Challenge and join Team PACCSA. Our 2014 bike challenge champion Mike Blessington is at the top of our leaderboard once again, and after the first week, Team PACCSA is in 18th place locally. Miles can be logged using Strava, Endomondo, Mapmyride, or directly on the bike challenge website. The bike challenge awards 20 points for each day with over 1 mile pedalled, plus one point per mile, so regular short rides can build up points more easily than less frequent longer rides. There is also a friendly competition between the bike advocacy nonprofits Bike Pittsburgh and Bike Cleveland for the Rust Belt Cup  - and a free beer in June for each mileage target reached.

PA Nordic 2016 - save the date

The 2016 PA Nordic Championships will be held at Wilderness Lodge on Sunday, February 7th, 2016.  The races will include:

5km classic and 10km or 20km skate for adults

5km classic and 5km skate for youth

and choice of 1.2km, 2.4km or 3.6km races for kids.

More details will be released nearer the time.  Mark your calendar now!

PACCSA Rollerskiers

Who's interested in forming a rollerski group?  When and where do you like to rollerski?  Let us know!

You might enjoy this beginner's guide from's Mark Vosburgh, the longer rollerskiing guide from AXCS, or this amazing agility training video from CXC.