Free Cross-Country skiing on Long Island; and used skis found for sale!

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 UPDATE: Reluctantly, we will not be skiing this weekend :( We have a medical procedure this week and we are preoccupied with preparing for it. Wish us the best.
 

SKI CONDITIONS FOR TODAY:
If you have your own skis, go out and enjoy it! There's about 6-10" of soft, wet snow; lower amounts north; deeper snow south; you can ski on it best if you rub a little candle wax on the bottom of the ski. Forecasters are saying there will be rain or snow showers on and off over the weekend, but not adding to the accumulation. (But who needs 'more'? We have more than enough to ski on, and even though it's melting fast, there should still be enough to ski on right through the weekend, especially on the south shore. Patchogue got 20"; Huntington only got 6" and now it's down to 4".)
 

  Some used skis  found for sale at the moment: they would be posted below in green.

WHAT WE DO: I will teach anyone who wants to learn. If you can walk, you can do this. We will start on smooth level snow - no hills, and 'graduate' to easy rolling landscapes with beautiful views. No rush - this is not racing, but it is great exercise, so you might want to increase your physical activity over the next 2 days so you're ready to really enjoy the fun. I also will teach anyone who wants to learn how to go faster!
Feel free to invite other friends - I have about 15 pairs of skis you can use for FREE!
Call 631-664-0515 or 631-486-4818. We generally need about 4" of snow to ski.  I'll update this page around noon on days (weekdays included) where there is enough snow, with 'WE WILL' or 'WE WILL NOT be skiing today'.
 
 If you WANT to be emailed when we ski, please email me at woodge1@hotmail.com and I'll put you on our list!  However if you are looking for used ski equipment, check in here daily as I will post recent 'finds' at the bottom of this page!

WHAT TO WEAR FOR SKIING: DRESS LIGHT TODAY, it's warm out! Go through your closet to pick out comfy clothes - dress in light, removable layers of acrylic, poly fleece and/or wool (DON'T wear jeans or anything with cotton in it, as cotton wicks up water and keeps it close to your skin, causing a chill that will ruin your day.)
Wear a zippered nylon shell light jacket as your last outer layer to shed snow and wind. (zippered because you'll want to open it partially while skiing - it's amazing how warm you get when cross country skiing.)
I have special cross-country ski shoes that fit on the skis, but you might also want to bring a pair of hiking boots if you have them, in case I don't have your exact shoe size.

We would ski for just an hour or so the first time, as a starter.
Future ski events can be longer.
Please call 631-486-4818 with your height & shoe size if you need skis. Tell your  friends to read this, and RSVP with their height & shoe sizes also. I have a variety of skis and shoe sizes. The amount of snow and conditions each area gets will determine which trails we would ski on, and is an indicator of how much the current climate crisis is affecting us.

It is often difficult to find cross country ski equipment in retail stores here on LI. Occasionally I come across quality used cross country skis for sale in thrift shops or garage sales at very reasonable prices. I will include that here. You may also find them on listings such as Craigslist, Freecycle, or many of the bidding sites.

USED SKIS SPOTTED AT THE MOMENT.
ON CRAIGSLIST:    
https://longisland.craigslist.org/spo/d/womens-size-7-rossignol-ll/6484591492.html

llbean ski's, poles and boots . Rossi bindings $95 (Nassau County)

We don't know exactly yet when we will be skiing again, but I'll be staying in touch with you here on the possibilities of skiing.

SCIENCE: The weather has been strangely unpredictable; very warm, then very cold, because of the ongoing climate crisis. This was the WARMEST FEBRUARY EVER ON RECORD. (Every year we are told 'this was the warmest year ever' ... so doesn't that say something about the ongoing effects of climate change?) Many people who do not understand the science behind the crisis "enjoy" the occasional 'springlike warm weather', and are very frustrated by the bitter cold Arctic-like weather. But we must realize this is not normal. It is because huge storms are being overloaded with extra atmospheric energy from the greenhouse effect. They are powerfully pulling up abnormal amounts of heat, from down South, and abnormally cold temperatures from the Arctic, to our Northeast where it DOESN'T BELONG! Because of this, there will be more heavy snow and extreme cold; then extreme warmth and heavy rain; then cold.... This is the warning signal of the climate crisis. I'm saying this because I'm speaking out about the environmental CRISIS we are in. Elsewhere it is producing  droughts causing wildfires, snow in Florida and very heavy flooding rains for days on end, and a new word in the forecasters' vocabulary this year - "bombcyclone" - when a small storm system from the west drifts offshore and picks up tremendous amounts of warmth and moisture over the ocean, and literally 'explodes' into a major blizzard.