Skiers are excited to see fresh snow for a new ski season. It is time to make plans for the snow. Powder Mills Park is a great place for beginners of any age to learn how to ski or snowboard. It has a gradual ski slope equipped with a single rope tow operated by Swain Resort providing experienced instructors, and rental equipment at low cost.
The popular “Learn To” program is designed so that the first three lessons take place at Powder Mills Park with the final lesson at Swain. Options are available to this program. Powder Horn Lodge is available whenever the ski slope is open with a fireplace and hot cocoa for warming. Northampton Park in Monroe County has the same skiing program assisted by Swain Resort.
Powder Mills Park is a scenic 380-acre park with steep hillsides, creek side meadows and wetlands with Irondequoit Creek flowing through the center of the park. Birds, coyote, deer, fox rabbits can often be seen in the parks backcountry.
The park has miles of hiking trails, a sand volleyball court, fish hatchery and trout fishing. Colored trail blazes guide along various routes can be used for hiking or cross-country skiing. Trails were originally created for cross-country skiing in winter with great snowshoeing and sledding. Bicycles are prohibited on park’s trails.
Powder Mills Park is suited for recreational activities all year with typical park activities. Its four open-air shelters have picnic tables, grills, and a restroom. Six enclosed lodges for rental have picnic tables, cooking stovetop, wood burning stove, bathroom and an outside grill. Powderhorn Lodge also has an oven and refrigerator.
Powder Mills Park in Pittsford NY belongs to the Monroe Park system. It is on the southern border of Monroe County, three miles north west of Victor’s East View Mall. Park entrance is west of US 490, off route 96 south of Bushnell's Basin. Then drive west on Park Road to 154 Park Road. The park received its name as the site of D.C. Rand Powder Company, a gunpowder manufacturer from the late 1800’s until 1910.
Pittsford is a prosperous suburb of Rochester NY with a population of 29,405. It is in the southeast part of Monroe County eight miles from Rochester. The town was incorporated in 1827 with strong economic ties to the Erie Canal in the 19th and 29th centuries due to its proximity.
Pittsford was originally composed of numerous family farms, which are now suburban housing developments. One hold out is the Knickerbocker family farm on Knickerbocker Road, which has been growing corn, wheat and other crops for 150 years.
Pittsford is home of St. John Fisher College the summer training camp for NFL Buffalo Bills. Since 1977 a LPGA golf tournament has been played at Locus Hill Country Club of Pittsford. Another LPGA event is scheduled for 2013.
One park visitor made the following comment. “Nice trails for cross country skiing. Pretty scenery in winter or summer. Tranquil place.”