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.

Laurel Ridge special offer on trail passes

'Buy a 12 time use pass for $75 ($21 savings).  Pass is good through March 2015.  Offer ends November 30th.

Call Andy at 724-880-4384'

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 in 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!   

First Laurel Ridge Trail Clear a Success!

Last Saturday was a bit of a dreary day at the Laurel Ridge XC Skiing Center, but the heavy rains stopped just before the trail clear got underway.  Eleven hearty PACCSA volunteers braved the wet and chilly conditions to remove fallen trees, large limbs and other debris from the trail system.  In the end, virtually every trail was cleaned up and readied for the 2014/2015 ski season. 

Andy Smith and Bob Ruppel from the Ski Concession provided all of PACCSA's volunteers with a delicious lunch which included homemade chili, grilled burgers, hot dogs, and warm apple cider.  In addition, everyone earned a trail ticket for helping out.  PACCSA extends a special thanks to the following volunteers who braved the weather to help accomplish this back-breaking work:

Kevin Craig, Norb Duritsa, James Fenn, Kate Fissel, Naomi Jarvis, Brian Joly, Gene Parsons, Jim South, Matthew South, Traci Torrence and George Wolf.   

For those who couldn't make it, there will be another trail clear at the Laurel Ridge XC Skiing Center on November 16th from 10 AM until 3 PM.  We'll provide more information on this event in the coming weeks. 

Think snow! 

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!"

National Bike Challenge 2014

This year we have a PACCSA team for the national bike challenge!  If you ride a bike during the summer, please join the team.  Log your miles and watch your place on the PACCSA leaderboard and the team's place on the national team leaderboard.  It's all in fun, and if you pass through Pittsburgh you can stop in at OTB cafe and pick up a free beer, thanks to their pedal for pints program, if you've earned one (the first one is easy).  You'll need to create an account on nationalbikechallenge.org, but if you already log your exercise using endomondo or mapmyrun, the bike challenge site can sync with those automatically.

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.