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Art Roscoe Loppet

Cross Country Race Invites All Levels of Skiers
What could possibly be more exciting than a beautiful afternoon exploring twenty miles of the best cross-country ski trails in the Northeast? The Annual Art Roscoe Loppet Cross-Country Ski Race, of course! On Sunday, Feb. 15, skiers of all skill levels are invited to participate in an invigorating day on the trails starting and finishing at the Summit Ski Area in Red House at Allegany State Park, located in Salamanca, NY.
 
Whether you have the attitude of an Olympian or have just begun cross-country skiing for fun, the Art Roscoe Loppet Cross-Country Race welcomes all. According to John Snyder, manager of the Red House area of Allegany State Park, cross-country skiers of all ages are welcome to compete, as this competition is not limited to adults. In fact, skiers can choose from three different course options: the 22K begins promptly at 9:30am, the 13K begins at 9:45am, and the 6K begins at 10am. Registration and check-in begin at 8am at the Summit Ski Cabin, but participants are encouraged to pre-register online by Friday, Feb. 13 at https://www.skireg.com/art-roscoe-loppet, as registration rates will be higher on the day of the event. For those who pre-register online, the fee is $35 for the 22K, $30 for the 13K, and $25 for the 6K.
 
The race concludes with a fun post-race party at the Summit warming hut, complete with toasty beverages, snacks and door prizes. The top male and female finishers in each race will be honored in an awards ceremony, and the top five skiers in each race will receive a commemorative plaque celebrating their achievements. According to Snyder, this annual race has taken place at the Art Roscoe Trails for the past decade, and every year, cross-country skiers look forward to a beautiful day on the trails.
 
Although competition and the tangible rewards that accompany victory are enticing, a day on the Art Roscoe Cross-Country Ski Trails is a reward in and of itself. Not only is this set of trails regarded as the best cross-country ski area in Western New York due to its higher elevation than surrounding towns, but the history of the Art Roscoe Trails is just as noteworthy as the landscape; the trails have been in existence since the 1930s!
 
Syracuse, NY native, Arthur J. Roscoe graduated from Syracuse University in 1925 and came to work at Allegany State Park that same year in the Syracuse University Forestry Camp. After working in the forestry camp for three months, Roscoe left and pursued work with two different lumber companies, as well as a surveying company over the next three years. In 1928, Roscoe returned to Allegany State Park under the temporary position as forester; when this became his permanent position in 1930, Roscoe undertook the mapping and planning of the park’s ski trails.
 
During the 1930s, Roscoe’s ski tows and ski trails were the first in Western New York, and under Roscoe’s direction, Allegany State Park had the first ski jumps in the area, where many competitive jumpers began competing in 1935. Considered the “forefather of Western New York skiing,” Roscoe was honored at the Art Roscoe Ski-Touring Area dedication in 1978 where he cut the ribbon commemorating the newly-named ski trails. Ever since, the Art Roscoe Cross-Country Ski Trails have been open to skiers of all levels, who can also rent skis, boots and poles, as well as snowshoes at the Summit Mountain Shop just 200 feet from the trails.
 
Through the Art Roscoe Loppet Cross-Country Race, competitors can share in this great history on the most scenic cross-country trails in the area. Visit www.heartrateup.com for more details about the race and registration.  For more information about the Art Roscoe trails and to find out the trail conditions on Feb. 15, contact John Snyder at 716-354-9101 ext. 269.