Welcome to the Boutwell Hill Ski Club website!
BHSC is building-out the only groomed cross-country ski trail system in Chautauqua County. Now entering our second season, our trails are groomed for skate and classic skiing. There are also back-country trials all around our groomed trails. Join us!
BHSC has been awarded an $1,800 grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to fabricate a new roller, hire a bulldozer to flatten create 1.1 miles of new trails and tidy up our existing 3.4 miles of trails and acquire some snow fence. The future is looking bright for X-C on Boutwell Hill!
Lake Erie temperature is near an all-time high and colder, more seasonable winter temps are predicted… this means lots of lake-effect snow and great skiing at BH! And the Farmers’ Almanac is calling for lots of snow! And if that’s not enough, there’s acorns everywhere! Start your deep knee-bends now.
Ski Swap in October
Get your old equipment ready to sell and get ready to upgrade the old equipment. We’re shooting for mid-October. Stay tuned.
Spread the Word!
We need volunteers, donors and skiers! Please forward this email to friends, family and countrymen/women. How hard can that be?!
Oh Yes… Send Money!
More snow means more grooming and more expenses. Please make your contribution to BHSC now before all the other year-end appeals or tuition bills hit your in-box. Make checks payable to “Boutwell Hill Ski Club” and mail them to c/o 3043 Girts Rd, Jamestown NY 14701.
Dozer Duty 10/1 & 10/2
Thanks to the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and a little help by Chautauqua Rails To Trails in sponsoring the grant, the Boutwell Hill Ski Club will have a trail-maker just like this one for two days of work. The confidence of these two organizations in our work speaks volumes. Be sure to thank any board members you know on these two great not-for-profits.
We have a couple qualified volunteer dozer operators identified. Thanks to those of you who have helped us make these connections.
Hold the dates: Sat 10/1 & Sun 10/2. We’ll need all available volunteers to assist on 10/1 & 10/2. If we have 2-3 people for each morning and afternoon shift, trails will be ship-shape for the upcoming season.
Work will be relatively light, mostly staying out of the way of the machine. We will scout stumps, rocks, etc. that the machine will need to remove. When chains are needed to pull an object, we’ll attach them and get out of the way.
We’ll need to keep the dozer working for two full days to get all the leveling and problem-fixing done. Please try to be available for one or more of the four shifts.
More to follow early next week!
This video of spring crust skiing was shot 3/29/15, mostly on BHSF forest roads and skiing trails.