~ Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area ~
Fall 2014 Update

Pineridge Prepares for its 31st Season

We are preparing for another season of Cross Country Skiing and snowshoeing at Pineridge. We look forward to another colorful fall with changing climates and challenges ahead.

Every trail has received attention this summer. American Beech, a classic invasive, and a tree of disease, presents the largest trail maintenance problems. One root system can send up hundreds of shoots and contain several large trees and lots of saplings. Cut one and it regrows stronger and more vigorous. To control it, we have been forced to use chemical treatment. Then the 2013 - 2014 season held a large mast crop of beech nuts unable to be cleaned up by the animals and have germinated into a whole new crop of 1 year old saplings! Those will need to be addressed in future years.

Several large storms have forced us to begin replacing culverts, with larger culverts and more permanent bridges. Two culverts were replaced: one on the North Trail and the other at the bottom of Heather's Hill.

Our forests are maturing and provide constantly changing views and beauty. The management of these woods provide many challenges and we hope you are able to enjoy them as much as we do. The outdoors is a world of its own and skiing and snowshoeing is a great way to be part of our forests.

As winter arrives, check our conditions page for all updates - snow depths and events.

In preparation for 2014 - 2015 Ski Season, we are looking for volunteers to work with a Pineridge staff member to form a team of 3 on October 11, 12, 24, 25, 26 from 9 am til noon or 1 - 4 pm. Your reward for helping will arrive with the snow - with an evening of skiing with refreshments. Please send an email with your interest and contact information. We will confirm your time slot ASAP.

Thank you in advance to our helpers, skiers, snowshoers and staff who help make Pineridge such a great area now and over the past 30 years.

Walter and the Pineridge Staff

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