Yellowjackets 2016 registration is open

Kids, snow, fun and action...  registration for Yellowjackets, PACCSA's youth team, is now open for the 2015-2016 season.  Don't miss your chance!  More info here

Thank you PACCSA Volunteers!

PACCSA recently sponsored two very successful trail clearing events.  On November 6th, twenty-five PACCSA volunteers attended a trail clear at Laurel Mountain.  The following weekend, seventeen PACCSA volunteers helped get things ready at the Laurel Ridge XC Ski Center.  Click this article to read more about these successful volunteer events!    

Volunteer to Help the Ski Patrol!

The all-volunteer Laurel Summit Nordic Ski Patrol needs your help this winter at the Warming Hut and on the trails (on Summit Road just off Route 30 between Jennerstown and Laughlintown). Your assistance is very important, as it will give the Ski Patrol more time to maintain the trails and provide aid to those who use the trails.  

The Webcams are Ready for Snow!

Hopefully we'll have snow like this in the coming weeks!

You may have noticed that PACCSA's webcams are ready for the 2015/2016 ski season.  The webcam at Laurel Mountain was installed a few weeks ago, and the Laurel Ridge XC Ski Center webcam went active last weekend (just in time for the Laurel Highland's first dusting of snow).  Let's hope that we'll be seeing pictures like this in the VERY near future!  

Your membership fees and donations make PACCSA's webcam program possible.  Thank you for your ongoing support!     

Public Comment Period on DCNR’s Forest Plan Ends November 30th!

DCNR held a public meeting on October 28th in Monroeville for public comment on the 2015 State Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP).  The Bureau of Forestry develops this document as the primary reference governing how Pennsylvania’s numerous state forests may be used.  Numerous PACCSA members attended the meeting to comment on issues related to cross-country skiing and trail grooming in the State Forests.  

Citizens may still submit written comments related to the SFRMP until November 30th.  If you would like to submit a comment to DCNR, there is an online survey available that makes the process easy.  You can also submit comments via e-mail to  If you still haven't taken a look at the SFRMP, click here and pay particular attention to the “recreation” sections, pages 166 through 183.  

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that DCNR’s state forests remain a great place for cross-country skiing! 

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 a choice of 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! We have email and garmin connect groups for PACCSA rollerskiers.

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.