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Osceola Tug Hill Ski Center in NYS Tug Hill Region is open!

Postby tvcrider » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:23 am

http://www.uxcski.com/

Once you reach their homepage click on the ski report

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Postby Biffbradford » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:28 am

$10 to $15 per day to ski?

Ouch! :-(
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Postby tvcrider » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:32 pm

Biffbradford wrote:$10 to $15 per day to ski?

Ouch! :-(


Well, what do you want for an all-day pass at a great xc ski venue? Free? Good luck! :-P
The guy at Osceola needs to cover his expenses and he is a true one-man show. He is certainly not in it for the money! The only other private xc venue in the Tug Hill folded over a year ago (Salmon Hills), after nearly 10 years of operation. Their income from trail passes and the ski shop simply did not cover expenses, even though the Tug Hill averages 200-300 inches of snow/year. Both places are destination xc areas. The closest city is Syracuse, which is over an hour away.

FWIW, $10-15/day is a relative bargain here in Upstate New York.
Lapland Lake XC Center in the southern Adirondacks and Mt Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, NY both get $20/day for a XC trail pass.

If you have a publicly funded xc venue in your area, great. They are few and far between here in the Northeast.

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Unfortunately, the northeast isn't cheap (except Craftsbury)

Postby LewLasher » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:02 pm

tvcrider wrote:
Biffbradford wrote:$10 to $15 per day to ski?

Ouch! :-(


Well, what do you want for an all-day pass at a great xc ski venue? Free? Good luck! :-P

Ditto.

See also the topic on "Economics of Cross-Country Ski Areas."

In the Northeast (New York + New England), it is extremely rare to find a daily trail pass for less than $15, and all the most popular places (Lake Placid, NY; Stowe, VT; Jackson, NH; and Sugarloaf, ME) charge $20 or more.

I just looked up all the XC ski areas in New England that I'd consider worth going to, and the only ones charging as little as $15 were:

Sleepy Hollow (Huntington, VT): $15
Hazen's Notch (Montgomery, VT): $12
Craftsbury (Craftsbury, VT): $10

Craftsbury is a great bargain because, a couple of years ago, it was bought out by a generous benefactor who converted it to a non-profit. (Hazen's Notch is non-profit, too. So is Jackson NH, but they still charge $21.)

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Worth every penny

Postby LewLasher » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:31 pm

Not only is Osceola Tug Hill a bargain, relative to its region, but it also has much more reliable snow then anywhere else in the region.

Using today as an example, Osceola Tug Hill has about 30 km of trails open. In the eastern U.S., no other cross-country ski area is open today. In the northeastern quadrant of North America, your only other choices today (Mt-Ste-Anne and Camp Mercier) are both to the northeast of Québec City (and if you think Osceola is in the middle of nowhere, Québec City, lovely as it is, is not even on the way to anywhere), and each of them has only about 10 km open.


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