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Rogers Rock opens for 2011 season

HAGUE - The Rogers Rock Cross Country Center is open for the season.

The 6 kilometers of groomed trails are open daily at the state campsite.

"After normal delays of weather, and not so normal delays of a tree removal operation at the campsite, things should be in pretty good shape for some enjoyable skiing and snow shoeing at Rogers Rock campsite," said Joe McCranels, volunteer coordinator.

The trails, which include lights on the south loop for evening skiing until 11 p.m., are sponsored by the town of Hague recreation department and the Warren County office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

"The DEC is undertaking some necessary tree removal at the site which will probably go on through most of the winter," McCranels said. "We have been in touch with those in charge of that operation, and they intend to keep as much to one side of whatever area they are working in, so that there will be plenty of room to lay and groom trails. There may be need for caution at some intersections and downhills, but just use common sense. For now the south loop might be the better option."

McCranels said the trails are maintained and groomed by the Hague Snowmobile Club.

"We thank them for that," he said. "As always skiers, snowshoers and hikers are asked to register at each use for safety and statistical reasons. Hikers, please keep to the sides of the trails for the safety of skiers."

A registration box is provided by the DEC at the entrance to the campsite.

"As a matter of record and for safety sake, all users are asked to register at each visit," McCranels said. "A trail map and general information board are posted next to the registry box."

McCranels asked riders of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles to please avoid the cross country ski trails in the interest of skier safety.

Information on the cross country ski trails is available from the Hague town hall at 543-6161 or at 585-9890.

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