ULSTER COUNTY, NY (Jan. 7, 2020) - The Open Space Institute today announced a new partnership with the Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association (SNSA), to maintain cross country skiing paths at its River-to-Ridge Trail. The grooming will provide consistent trail conditions and improve the public’s access to the land during winter months, conditions permitting.
Under the partnership, OSI is providing the necessary equipment, including the grooming engine and snow tracks, while SNSA is providing the grooming drag, mechanical expertise, and will groom the trails as needed. SNSA also obtained a grant from Fischer Sports toward the purchase of trail-grooming accessories.
“This is a terrific opportunity for area residents and visitors to grab their cross-country skis and explore the beautiful winter landscape of the Shawangunk Ridge,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s President and CEO. “We thank our partners, especially the Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association, which strategized with us on the logistics of this plan and followed through with grooming the winter trails at River-to-Ridge.”
Winter trails on the River-to-Ridge Trail will run from the Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz to Butterville Road and will be maintained as weather permits. The River-to-Ridge Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk and admission is free to all trail users.
“As an organization focused on promoting cross-country skiing throughout the region, we're excited to team up with OSI to increase access to skiing along the Ridge." said Mark Ruoff of Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association. "The River-to-Ridge Trail is a scenic and impressive addition to our network of ski trails, and the access is unparalleled for much of our local population."