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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘snowshoes’
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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From left, Lisa Salvia, Pam Parker and Grace Perhacs snowshoe at Asbury Woods in February.

In February, my pals Grace Perhacs and Lisa Salvia introduced me to snowshoeing, and now that snow has hit the ground, I can’t wait to get back out there and enjoy some snowy jaunts through Asbury Woods. This is a not-so-subtle hint to include me in their mass text and e-mail messaging next time they hit the trails. Check out Mike Copper’s story on how Lisa shares her artistic talents with autistic kids here.

I’m not a fan of being cold so you know this has to be fun if I am raring to go.
I went in 25-degree weather with a light snow falling last year, and I was very comfortable. All this sport requires is snowshoes that you can buy almost anywhere these days.

If you have your own, you can snowshoe anywhere — even your backyard. I wrote an article about it for Her Times in February. You can read it here.

Remember — some folks don’t offer snow shoe rentals just yet. So call first, or buy a pair (or borrow from friends to test this out).

You can also check out some of the ski resorts for info on snowshoeing. And Cleveland MetroParks has loads of family entertainment including snowshoeing. There are often free snowshoe walks at Erie Bluffs and Pymatuning

Marnie Mead compiled a complete listing of fun winter things to do including sleigh rides, snowshoe fun, tubing and cross country skiing events for the December issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle. Read her complete article here. Here’s the list:

May Family Sleigh Rides  814-397-3265. Call to arrange your sleigh ride.

Asbury Woods 4105 Asbury Road, Millcreek www.asburywoods.org
Enjoy the 205-acre property all year round, whether hiking the 2.2-mile Greenway Trail or just exploring the woods. In January, you can rent snowshoes or skis to make your way throughout the scenic landscape or take lessons. Asbury Woods also offers guided nature walks and events, so check the calendar to see what’s coming up. Enjoy the outdoor LED light display at Winter Wonderland on Dec. 13, 14 and 15, and after a Christmas break, Dec. 27 through 30.
Cross-country ski, boot and pole rentals are adults: $6 per hour, members; $8, nonmembers; children: $5, members; $7, nonmembers.
Snowshoe rentals for adults: $4 per hour, member; $6, nonmember; children: $3, member; $5, nonmember.
Rental hours are, January through March: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Last rental must go out by 3 p.m.

Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Drivewww.trecpi.org
There’s always plenty going on inside TREC, but outdoors is where the action is (if it snows). Among the upcoming events:
Winter Night Hike, Dec. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting at the Presque Isle Lighthouse parking area.
New Year’s Resolution Walks, Wednesdays, starting Jan. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Ranger Station and walk 21/2 to 3 miles.
Winter Trails Day, Saturday, Jan. 11, hikes starting at 9 a.m.; last hike at 8 p.m.
Cross-country ski program, Sunday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m., Waterworks. Bring your own or rent.

Snow shoeing, Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Erie Bluffs. Bring your own or some will be available to borrow.
Cross-country skiing, Saturday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m. Bring your own skis.
Winter Night Hike, Friday, Feb. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Lighthouse parking area.
Ice Fishing Day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rotary Pavilion. They will have all the equipment you need. Check out the TREC’s Facebook page for any changes or additions due to weather. There are no fees, except for cross-country ski rentals. Snow shoes available for events; snow shoes are also available for rental for longer hikes. Remember to dress for the weather.

Chautauqua County, N.Y.
www.tourchautauqua.com
Chautauqua Institution really sparkles in the off-season when Jack Frost has decorated the resort with snow crystals.
Bundle up for a sleigh ride through the grounds of Chautauqua starting Dec. 28 through the end of February. Rides last for approximately 45 minutes and depart from Bestor Plaza every half-hour from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets and information, stop at the Chautauqua Bookstore.
Step back in time to the Currier and Ives Sleigh Rally on Jan. 19 at Chautauqua Institution from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Horsemen bring their sleighs for a competition of skills and attire while spectators come for the splendid sights of horses and sleighs moving along the historic streets. The Currier and Ives Drive takes place around noon.
Jamestown, Findley Lake, Fredonia all offer winter events; check the Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureau website for more offerings.

Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa Findley Lake, N.Y.www.pknpk.com
Get away for the weekend with a ski or tubing package at Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa, where you can enjoy both the outdoors and in. Ski or tube for the day, then retreat to the heated pool or the spa for some inside fun. Don’t forget the Sunday brunch — one of the best in the region.
Stay’n Ski (beginning Jan. 1)
Overnight stay at Inn at the Peak
Up to 4 two-day lift tickets (2 adult and 2 junior)
$30 Dining credit
S’mores kit for use at the outdoor fire pits
Swimming passes to the indoor pool
Starting at $239, plus tax
Weekday Stay & Ski (beginning Jan. 6)
Overnight stay at Inn at the Peak
Two all-day adult lift tickets
Swimming passes to the indoor pool
Starting at $149, plus tax (nonholiday weekdays only)

Tube’n Stay
Overnight stay at Inn at the Peak
One 3-hour tubing ticket per each registered adult and child. Riders must be 42 inches or taller and 5 years or older to ride.
$30 dining credit
S’mores kit for use at the outdoor fire pits
Swimming passes to the indoor pool
Starting at $199, plus tax (available Friday through Mondays).

Mount Pleasant of Edinboro
14510 Mt. Pleasant Road, Cambridge Springswww.skimountpleasant.com
Mount Pleasant, a family-friendly snow sports area 22 miles south of Erie, has a It sits on the edge of Erie and Crawford counties and offers skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing
Our cozy lodge offers ski and snowboard rentals as well as a tuning shop to repair and tune equipment. Our slope side grille offers your grilled favorites as well as a homemade special every day.
Lessons are available for every ski level.
snowtubing park open Thursdays and Fridays, 3:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy an exciting 600-foot drop and four tubing lanes. Price by the hour: $9, one hour; $13, two hours; $16, three hours. Thursday special: $10 a person.Birthday party’s are a popular tubing event. Find out more about Mt. Pleasant at www.skimountpleasant.com

Holiday Valley 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Route 219
Ellicottville, N.Y.
www.holidayvalley.com
Take nearly 5,000-foot long ride down the mountain on a coaster through the woods. You ride alone or with a friend in a “car” attached to rails that pulls you up the hill, then it follows a zig zagging spiraling path down the mountain.
The track consists of 15 curves of varying length, 12 waves, 1 jump and a large circle. Total vertical rise is 283 feet.
You can control their speed of your car during the 6-minute ride with levers on the sides of the car. Children must be at least 3 years old and 36 inches tall to ride with an adult; 8 years and 42 inches tall to ride alone. Riders must be able to perform certain physical tasks to participate.
Mountain Coaster with lift ticket: $6, one ride; $20, all day
Mountain Coaster without lift ticket: $8, one ride; $42, all day

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: January 21st, 2013

snowshoesSnowshoeing is something you can do with the family — well snowboarding is too, but it’s not for everyone.

Snowshoeing, on the other hand, is on the rise. Ryan Alford of Snowshoe Magazine says it might helps folks avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder -read that here. He quoted research from the Outdoor Industry Association and SnowSports Industries America that the sport is on the rise, and it is in our family. My sister, two BILs and an SIL are all avid snowshoe fans.

Around my house, snowboarding was never all that popular. We still have a few boards in the attic, and many winters have come and gone with no one asking to rescue them. My daughter’s boyfriend, however, is a master at Blue Knob near Altoona, Pa.

My son’s girlfriend in Virginia Beach. She wants to see these snowshoes becasue she never really sees much snow. I’m going to give snowshoes a try this week with my buddy Grace Perhacs. I won’t have any great tips for you until after our adventure.

In the meantime, if you need some tips for where to enjoy snowshoe fun, Asbury Woods has it. Please call (814) 835-5356 for details. You can rents snowshoes there.

At Presque Isle, Shelter 1 near the Waterworks Ponds offers cross country skis and snowshoes for rent from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Call 814-833-7424 for more info.

You can also check out some of the ski resorts for info on snowshoeing. And Cleveland MetroParks has loads of family entertainment including snowshoeing.

Here’s info from Dana Massing’s blog Cheap in Erie on free snowshoe walks at Erie Bluffs and Pymatuning.

 

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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