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Sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, skating, and ice fishing spots around the area

Jan 12, 2011 6:01 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="379" caption="Lake Taghkanic State Park snowmobiling, from their website."][/caption]As the snow comes down today, you may want to get out in it. Here are some suggestions. Much credit for this compilation of information goes to Ellen Thurston, and others. Today we are asking you to add other public spots in the comments, or send a note to info@wgxc.org.

Hudson Park The former Sunset Meadows location on Route 9 offers ice skating Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., depending on weather conditions. No charge, but bring your own skates. Call 851-2228 to determine ice condition.

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cross-country ski and snowmobile trails, plus ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate. Please call the park office at (518) 851-3631 to check ice thickness.

Kiwanis Ice Arena Located in Saugerties, and operates from middle of August to the beginning of April. The ice rink surface is 197 feet long x 85 feet wide.

Art Omi Trails through the sculpture fields and woodlands for cross-country skiing. They claim 2.5 miles of groomed track and skate lanes (for skate skiing.)  Trails will be groomed all winter long as conditions permit. The café in the visitor center is open on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. 1405 County Route 22, Ghent.

Columbia Land Conservancy is offering spontaneous snowshoe hikes when there is adequate snow and the weather conditions are good. CLC will let you know when that time is. Beginners are welcome. CLC has a limited number of showshoes to lend. To register for the snowshoe e-mail alert system go to www.clctrust.org or call 392-5252.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="Cross-country skiing at Copake Country Club, from their website."] [/caption]

Copake Country Club offers cross-country ski packages (skis, boots, poles, and bindings) for $25, or $10 if you bring your own equipment. Trails are groomed in varying lengths and are well-marked. Information at 325-0019, 44 Golf Course Road (off Lake Shore Drive).

Elliot Park What became of the Catskill ice-skating rink that opened last year?

Beattie-Powers House, owned by the Village of Catskill, overlooks Olana, Frederick Church's home, as well as the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and has a great long sledding run, often filled with local families.

Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary in Catskill, owned and operated by Scenic Hudson, is not only the Hudson River's largest tidal swamp forest, but also hosts a great cross country trail through woods, swamp edge, and wide fields.

Town parks in Cairo, Athens and Coxsackie, the latter two by the banks of the Hudson, usually end up with impromptu cross country ski trails whenever it snows. Check them out!
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