Warm Winds


After a delightful stretch of Winter weather, warm winds have blown into the neighborhood. Forecasts say that the warmth may peak tomorrow with near record temperatures. 

Skiing at Elk remains very good as the snow crew made the most of the cold earlier in the month, deeply burying  the slopes in man made snow.

Though cross-country skiing  is currently on hiatus, forecast cools down a bit next week, and  hope remains for a seasonable stretch of weather to end the Winter strong.


mid-winterThe past week has been a stretch of fine Winter weather. For some, a bit too blustery, cold and snowy.

And for some of us, just about perfect…

Several inches of natural snow are resting in the neighborhood. Seasonably warm, clear weather over the weekend and perfect snow conditions on the slopes of Elk Mountain and in the neighborhood woods is the perfect setup for enjoying the outdoors.

No plans? Wander over to Trail head at Rail-Trail Office in Union Dale, Pa  @ 1pm ,February 18th , Saturday and enjoy a Discovery Walk with Jim Kessler & Winter Bingo Details at http://www.nepa-rail-trails.org

One way or another, get out and enjoy the best combination of  weather and snow in years!

Stillwater Cliffs


Just north of Forest City the Stillwater Cliffs overlook the Stillwater Dam along route 171.

This hill is home to about the only granite left in the neighborhood, the rest having been eroded many many thousands of years ago.

Almost half way through ski season, there’s reason for brightening moods. After what seemed like months of skiing in rain on stale snow, this week’s Clippers have once again whitened the neighborhood, leaving almost enough snow for cross-country skiing. Downhill skiing has been extraordinary at Elk this week. The snow crew and nature conspired to give us velvety surfaces to ski on, some mornings dusted with a few inches of natural. 

Though the days have been lengthening for over a month, the increased sunlight is finally noticeable.  The afternoons shine brightly enough to actually cause one to feel warmth on the cheeks for a little while. Dawn comes earlier and earlier. Now, the first chair lift ride to open the mountain is no longer in darkness.

Soon, mud season will make itself more and more prominent, and we’ll be trying to hold on to the Winter season and all the joy it brings.

But for now, in the heart of Winter, with brightening days and seasonable weather, it’s time to cherish each and every moment.