Family Moonlight Ski

Family Moonlight Ski


Sharing marshmallows and hot cider and cocoa after skiing the canal towpaths – photo by Charlie Huff

Moonlight skis are hard to schedule because of changeable weather and even more changeable snow conditions.  The trick is to have them several days before the full moon so that the moon is overhead during the evening.

February 9 we had perfect conditions. Not only did we have an excellent moonlit trails and five inches of new snow, we had eight skiers turn out to kick off the Clifton Park Winterfest.  We skied along the original 1825 Erie Canal,  across the towpath for the 1842 enlarged Erie Canal and back along the now abandoned first town road and the historic reconstructed cast iron Truss Bridge designed by Union College graduate Squire Whipple.  The members of the bridge were cast in 1862.


Backlit by the moon one of the club’s Bill Koch Youth is king on the mountain – photo by Uwe Weidmann

To share all that history along with a perfect and memorable moonlit evening reminds us how fortunate we are to have these recreational opportunities right here in our back yard.



Ready for the start of the youth and citizen’s race.  No wax concerns here! – photo by Tracy Moore

Many of our competitors were having difficulties with wax with the new snow and temperatures right around freezing.  The new snow along with frequent snow squalls within the rolling foothills of the Adirondacks made the day a memorable experience!

Results are posted here.

Thank you to all the club volunteers for making the event special!  Tim Huneck’s open minded approach and quick effective decisions kept the event going with out a hitch.  Curt Schreiner our course setter and his grooming sidekick Darryl Rikert had trail conditions perfect.  Volunteers Mona Caron, Emma Huneck, and Jake Madelone assured that registration went smoothly.  Darryl Caron’s early executive decisions kept the check in and registration process running smoothly.

Charlie Huff had the computer up and running early getting day of race registrations entered.  Tim Huneck and his crew of Uwe Weidmann and John Salls had the start line running smoothly.  There are some humorous stories about two racers who missed their start.  Perhaps these stories would be good fodder for a future article.

Tracy Moore helped guide athletes as they lapped through or finished.  The important job of recording bib order and finish times fell to a team of Mona and Darryl Caron and a duplicate, back up team of Emma Putnam and Bernadette O’Brien.  Joanne Burns made sure someone didn’t inadvertently drive home with our race bib still their torso. Tracy Moore did a great job providing food and drinks for finishers.

Tim Huneck started of the last leg of the event with a mass of Bill Koch Youth and Citizen racers each doing a 3.3 k loop.  Once everyone was finished, the awards ceremony in one way or other recognized each competitor’s successes.  Tim Huneck, Tracy Moore and Eric Hamilton did the honors.  Now all we need is some photos to accompany this article.

Shenendehowa Classic

Shenendehowa Classic

img_0112Skiing Sunday morning was good at Saratoga Biathlon.  They have good coverage on over 3.5 k of groomed trails.  Further back in the trail system there seems to be even more.  All that will freeze into an excellent base.  What they need is several inches of new snow this week to have something to set tracks.

It is snowing now.  Register for Saturday’s race. You don’t have to pay until you arrive on site Saturday morning.  The first racer will go off at 11 AM.  Don’t miss it!


Great Start

The flurries were attacking the headlights as we drove to the season kick off dinner and the high school team was pumped over the successful day of skiing on man-made snow at North Creek Ski Bowl.  With great food, raffles, games, prizes, topped with deserts everyone was a winner.  [ please someone send me a picture or two!]

Next day the Shenendehowa crews were out trimming back brush and making the trails at Garnsey Park ready for snow.

This all made a fun filled active weekend for our Community.  Keep up the impressive teamwork!

As promised here are the winners of our fund raiser 24 Days of Christmas raffle:

  • Dec 1 – $25 Olive Garden gift card – Nolan Gillooley was the winner (ticket sold by Jen Nolan);
  • Dec 2 – $25 Home Depot gift card – Julianna Mather (ticket sold by Meghana);
  • Dec 3 – $20 99 Restaurant gift card – Nancy Butler (ticket sold by Julianne Burns);
  • Dec 4 – $25 Starbucks gift card – Kim Nemeth (ticket sold by Daniel DeSalvatore);
  • Dec 5 – $25 Stewart’s Shops gift card – Julianne Burns (ticket sold by Julianne Burns);
  • Dec 6 – $30 Clifton Park Pizza gift card – Lauren Mundinger won (ticket sold by Lauren Mundinger);
  • Dec 7 – $25 Chili’s gift card – Gillian Austin (ticket sold by MacKenzie Ryan)
  • Dec 8 – $25 Panera gift card – Uwe Wiedmann (ticket sold by Lionel Wiedmann);
  • Dec 9 – Ausable Chasm Explorer Pass for six – Dawn McCurdy (ticket sold by Brendan Pingelski)
  • Dec. 10 – $20 Five Guys Burgers gift card – Anne Benson (ticket sold by David Benson)
  • Dec. 11 – $25 Yankee Trails gift card – Julianne Burns (ticket sold by Julianne Burns);
  • Dec  12 – Two passes for 2 games each at Zero Gravity Laser Tag – Don Herrick (sold by Sidney Herrick);
  • Dec 13 – Two admissions to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – Anne Cargile wins (ticket sold by Xin Wang);
  • Dec 14 – $25 gift certificate to Parkwood Wines and Spirits – Laura Gable won (ticket sold by Brendan Pingelski);
  • Dec 15 – $25 Gift certificate to Cheesecake Factory – winner is Jennifer Hoech (ticket sold by Chloe Hoesch);
  • Dec 16  – Tubby Tubes family of four all day downhill Tubing Pass – Deborah VanTine  (Justin Caron);
  • Dec 17 – Two Regal Cinema tickets  – winner Joe Bonitatibus (Joseph Archambeault);
  • Dec 18 – Four admissions to Boldt Castle – Damien Cetnar (ticket sold at ADK Expo);
  • Dec 19 – $30 Texas Roadhouse Gift Certificate – winner Athorra Ganck (Sohyun Park);
  • Dec 20 – Admission for 4 to a Ballet at SPAC – Dawn McCurdy (Brendan Pingelski);
  • Dec 21 – $25 Wheatfields Gift Card – Dan DeGennaro (Emily DeGennaro sold ticket);
  • Dec 22 – $25 Carrabba’s Gift Card – Chris Lee won (ticket sold by Dorothy Lee);
  • Dec 23 – $50 Mafield Jewelers Gift Card – Jason Schoen wins (ticket seller – Eve Schoen);
  • Dec 24 – $50 Paste Pane Gift Card and Dave Matthews Dreaming Tree Wine Gift Basket – winner is Susanne Tomb (ticket sold at Adk Sports & Fitness Expo).

…and best wishes for peace, happiness, and a wonderful holiday season to all.

Season Start

2016bkysl1stdayThis is the crew that showed up the first day of the Shenendehowa Nordic Bill Koch Youth Ski League.  These guys are full of energy and inspired with visions of our first dusting of snow last week.  Notice the grass cover on the practice hill behind.  When we do get snow this cover should hold the snow better than it did in past years.

There is still plenty of room and opportunities for more youth and a few more females would nicely balance out the club.  Encourage family, friends and neighbors, anyone 4 to 13 to join in the fun on snow this season.  Parents are also welcome and encouraged to join the fun!

Even before we have snow we will have fun and games that will build our confidence, endurance and balance as we move toward colder weather and fun surface conditions.  Next week bring your guess for the date of our first snow fall of six inches or more.  There are six prizes, Stewart’s Single Scoop gift certificates for the BKYSL member male and female, high school male and female, and parent male and female who come closest to the correct date without going beyond.  Get your entries in now before it starts snowing again.

Also important to get your family’s Shenendehowa Nordic Club membership renewed.  Do it now!

2016 – 17 Calendar

The Town of Clifton Park is going to press with some key dates for the coming season.  These include Family Moonlight Skis in the Vischer Ferry Preserve on the following Thursdays: Dec. 8, 2016 and Jan. 5, Feb 9, Mar 9 and let’s be especially optimistic and include Apr 6.

Friends, neighbors, and relatives can sign up for an introductory ski lesson any other Thursday evening starting January 12 through March.

On Tuesday, November 1 right after school our local Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKYSL) club will meet to kick off this coming snowy season.

Other dates like our Shenendehowa Classic fund raiser race and other competitive events will be calendared at the fall NYSSRA-Nordic meeting tentatively set for  September 18.

The Wall of Fame

Finally, the infamous Shenendehowa Nordic Wall of Fame has been updated to include this season’s inductees.  They include Anna Wiedmann, Sohyun Park, Eve Schoen and our super fund raiser and fun raiser Tracy Moore!  David Benson was also announced as a new inductee at the end of season dinner, but it turns out that he was actually inducted back in 2014.  His engraved brass tag on the Wall will reflect the update.

Congratulations to all for your season’s achievements which were quite impressive considering we had no snow to ski on locally!

The actual Wall of Fame will be on display in the Caron home until more snow flies and we induct a new crop of inductees at the end of next season.  You can see the virtual Wall of Fame on line.