2015 Membership Prize Draw

Join PACCSA or renew your membership by December 19, 2014 to be entered into a drawing for snowtubing for two, compliments of Seven Springs Mountain Resort.  Drawing will be held Dec. 20th.

Yellowjackets registration is open!

Registration for the 2014-2015 season is open, see www.paccsa.org/yellowjackets

Don't miss your chance - registration will close on Dec 16.

This year we have a grant from the Birkie Foundation to help people with ski rentals - contact us for details.  Thank you, Birkie!


National Bike Challenge Update

At the end of the challenge period, the PACCSA team was ranked #319 nationally, out of a total of 1266 teams, and #43 out of the 927 teams with less than 10 riders (we had 9) - outstanding!  Our collective total of miles pedalled is 8320, and the lead rider was Board Member Mike Blessington (pictured, several years ago) who covered 1953 miles, closely followed by Jim Anglin (1608 miles) and Paquita Txirrindulari (1573 miles).  Mike put in his miles on the local trails, mostly from the Point in Pittsburgh to Cedar Creek, and recommends the Westmoreland Heritage Trail for its changing terrain and beautiful scenery.  Tracking days and miles with the NBC provided a real incentive to get out and ride.

Congratulations to all the participants!  We'll be doing this again in 2015, look for the announcement on the website in spring.

19 Volunteers Help Out at Second Laurel Ridge Trail Clear!

November 16th was a chilly day, but a light blanket of snow made for a beautiful backdrop.  A record total of nineteen PACCSA volunteers made the trip to the Laurel Highlands to participate in the second trail clear of 2014.  Tons of wood was moved and stacked at both warming huts, drains and culverts were cleared of debris, and the trails were swept one final time of fallen limbs.  Laurel Ridge is ready to go!  All we need now is a big dump of snow!

Andy Smith, Erica Smith and Bob Ruppel from the Ski Concession provided the volunteers with a hearty lunch including homemade chili, burgers and hot dogs.  Probably the best part of the day was catching up with old friends and swapping ski stories in the warming hut while filling up on lunch.  Each volunteer earned a complimentary trail ticket for Laurel Ridge, and the names of everyone who helped out at the October and November Laurel Ridge trail clears will be entered into a prize raffle for items from Patagonia, Swix, Atomic, and more.  The Ski Concession plans to hold the raffle on opening day (when there's enough snow for skiing) and will notify the winners via e-mail.  

PACCSA thanks the following volunteers for making the November trail clear a successful event:

Jim Anglin, Bill Askin, Kevin Craig, Amy Dana, Neal Dana, Norb Duritsa, James Fenn, Dave Helwig, Naomi Jarvis, Hop Kruper, Kelly Kruper, Chuck Nash, Christina Price, Kelly Rosche, Bill Rosche, Sally Smales, Jim South, Matthew South, and Traci Torrence.

PACCSA Webcams Ready for 2014/2015 Season!

PACCSA's webcams are up and running, just in time for the first predicted snow accumulations of the season.  The Laurel Ridge XC Center webcam will once again feature a button for skiers to take their own photos.  Also, make sure to check out the newly improved webcam at the Laurel Mountain ski trails.  Your membership fees and donations make the webcam program possible.  Thank you for your ongoing support!   

Pittsburgh Meetup Group

Check out this new Pittsburgh cross country skiers meetup group (sponsored by PACCSA). 

"Let's get organized so when we're skiing at the same place at the same time, we can ski TOGETHER!"

Grooming equipment grant from Westmoreland County

PACCSA wishes to thank the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program for a grant of $2000 towards the purchase of additional grooming equipment for Laurel Mountain.  The grant is administered through the Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau.

Webcam grant from Somerset County

PACCSA wishes to thank the Somerset County Tourism Grant Program for a grant of $1839 towards the replacement of the webcam equipment at Laurel Mountain.  The grant is administered through the Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau.


PACCSA Rollerskiers

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

You might enjoy reading this beginner's guide from FasterSkier.com's Mark Vosburgh, or this longer rollerskiing guide from AXCS.