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Dec. 19, 2005

Cross-Country Skiers Hit the Trails on the Tug Hill

BOYLSTON - New York's Tug Hill Plateau receives the most snowfall east of the Rockies. The extreme weather conditions provide snow cover for several months on end, and cross-country skiing enthusiasts will find many different trails and locations to ensure a weekend full of winter adventure. Locations that offer cross-country ski trails include the Winona Forest Recreation Area, Salmon Hills Resort, and the Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center.

"Cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities can explore miles of groomed trails in natural wilderness areas," said Christine Gray, director of the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism.

The Winona Forest Recreation Area consists of 31 miles of groomed trails in the towns of Boylston in Oswego County and Lorraine in Jefferson County. The Winona Forest Trail system is the site of the 50k Tug Hill Tourathon, which will be held on Feb. 4, 2006, and the Tug Hill Cross-Country "Try-It" Ski Race on Jan. 14. The recreation area can be accessed at the intersection of Center and Wart Roads in Boylston. For more information on the Winona Forest Recreation Area go to www.tughillskiclub.com or call 376-3521.

Salmon Hills Resort is a full-service cross-country ski resort with 32 km of professionally groomed trails, 2 km of which are lighted trails. Salmon Hills also offers rentals, lessons, and a complete ski and outdoor gear shop. Salmon Hills Resort is located at 100 Noble Shores Drive in Redfield, about 13 miles east of Pulaski. For reservations and information go to www.salmonhills.com or call (315) 599-7008.

The Osceola-Tug Hill Cross-Country Ski Center consists of 20 miles of groomed novice, intermediate and expert trails. The Osceola-Tug Hill Cross-Country Ski Center is located at 1486 Osceola Road near Camden. Conditions are updated regularly and viewable at www.uxcski.com. For more information you may also call (315) 599-7377.

For more information on cross-county skiing, accommodations, and other winter events, contact the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism at (315) 349-8322 or visit www.oswegocounty.com.

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