Thursday, July 17, 2008

Val Bialas

Ok - I have to admit, until today I couldn't spell that name. It's only a mile from my house and I drive by it at least twice a day. Please read the following, it's from the City of Utica, Recreation website.

Val Bialas Recreation Center, located on the Memorial Parkway in Utica, is one of only 2 municipally owned ski centers inside city limits in the lower 48 states. Named after local 3 time Olympian ice skater Valentine Bialas this hill is a true asset to the Utica community. The ski center is located in Roscoe Conkling Park on Memorial Parkway. We offer a chairlift, tow rope, night skiing, new ski chalet complete with snack bar and double sided fireplace. We have 5 trails at different degrees of difficulty and separate sledding hill. In addition to downhill skiing, the winter sports complex offers over 7 miles of groomed cross country trails. There are varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate all levels of skiing ability.

I have walked up to the top of the hill by going up the Master Garden Road. It's beautiful up at the top and you can see for miles. It's great to bring the camera and take pictures. In the winter time there are all kinds of sledders and skiers. I think that I will have to go sledding there this winter - I'll be 41 - so I think it's about time I went for my first ride! :)
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