Just in time for Hiker’s Week, Krysti Sabins is back with another great film about the Catskills. This time, she takes us on a tour of the Shawangunk Mountains. It may be a little warmer today, but don’t worry, the snow will be back soon.
XC-Skiing Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Gunks, NY
Trails Available: 32 km
Fee: $10 Parking Fee
Rentals: Not onsite (Visit Rock and Snow in New Paltz)
Hours of Operation: 9:00am-sunset
With miles and miles and MILES (maybe I should say KM’s in this case 😉 ) of groomed carriage roads, on top of additional tracks of ungroomed trails, Minnewaska State Park in the Shawangunks is perhaps my favorite spot for xc-skiing in the NY/NJ area. With its added elevation, this area holds on to snow better than its surrounding valley, making it a great locale for skatin’ through that powpow. Plus, its unique ecology and geography make it a mesmerizing place to explore! Take a look in the video for a virtual tour.