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Allegany State Park’s Nordic Ski Patrol Turns 10!

Nordic Ski Patrol founders photo from 2002: Back row (l to r) Butch MacQueen, Bill Westner, Jerry Spindler, and Gary Maslanka. Front, Mary MacQueen and Willow (one of our Goldens that passed in 2011) Missing from the photo is Bob Cross who is still on the patrol.

Allegany State Park’s Nordic Ski Patrol Turns 10!

By Jann Wiswall

Since 2002, the Art Roscoe cross-country ski trails at Allegany State Park have been patrolled by a dedicated group of volunteers who regularly donate their time and expertise to ensure the safety of all skiers along the trail.

These highly trained patrollers know every inch of the 20 miles of trails – the largest cross-country ski area in Western New York. They carry with them backpacks full of emergency medical supplies and have access to emergency shelters and sleds. If anyone needs assistance, these patrollers have all the tools and training necessary to help under any circumstance.

Patrolling the Art Roscoe Trail was the brainchild of National Ski Patrol member Mary MacQueen. She and husband Butch (who is now the regional director of the Western New York Region) started asking other patrollers to participate. That first year, there were 6-8 patrollers. Today there are 26 members, and most are also alpine patrollers.

Patroller Gary Maslanka, who was one of the original members, comments that “Allegany State Park and the patrol are both unique. I don’t know of another place that has so many miles of groomed trails where everybody can ski for free, and I don’t know of another patrol that has the experience we do.”

The Art Roscoe Trail is the only cross-country ski area in Western New York that is regularly patrolled every weekend and some weekdays. For more information about the trails, ski rentals, amenities, etc., visit www.alleganynordic.org.

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