SCHROON LAKE - Want some good winter family fun? For free?
Schroon Lake's ski hill at the municipal golf course just might be the answer.
"With the cost of skiing being so high at all ski centers, free skiing at the Schroon Lake hill is definitely a relief to the pocketbook," said Roger Friedman of the Schroon town board.
The ski tow, which has operated for several years, was acquired through grants from state Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.
"The resolution for 2009 is to make this facility much more user friendly," Friedman said. "Local government, town employees and a group of motivated volunteers are off to a great start. So far this winter, more skiers and boarders have used the ski hill than in all of the previous winters."
This year more sophisticated grooming techniques have been used making skiing much easier for beginners, Friedman said. New signage will appear on the corner of Hoffman Road and Route 9 indicating when the ski tow is open. The possibility of night skiing may also become a reality this season. There is also a warming hut that is used by the golf course in the other seasons.
The town youth commission is planning several events at the ski hill, including lessons for beginners and several fun days. A schedule will be available at the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce at 532-7675.
"Even if you don't ski or snowboard, watching kids and adults with smiles is a great spectator sport," Friedman said.
"The long term plan is to make this area a winter complex in which skiing, tubing and skating are all available," he added.
People interested in volunteering at the ski tow can call the town office at 532-7737.