In spite of this having been one of the most unusual winters in memory, plans are going ahead on weather sensitive events at the Park. Fortunately, through the efforts of Park staff and volunteers, the Park can provide quality skiing and snowshoeing with minimal snow cover.
Saturday Jan. 25 will be the annual Rod Thomas Memorial Higley Hustle 5 and 10 K classic technique cross country ski races. There are multiple age categories for both men and women with awards to the first three in each category. The race is at 10 a.m.. with registration starting at 9 a.m. Entry fee for the race is $10. Awards are at the conclusion of the race. Following the awards there will be a children’s lollipop race with distances not to exceed 2.5 k depending on age and ability. The race is for children under fourteen. Entry fee is $5.
In addition to the race on Saturday there will be free adult ski lessons provided at 10 a.m. for never-ever skiers, 11 a.m. for beginning skiers who have been out a few times and 2 p.m. for children 7-12 years of age. Lessons will be provided by Sam (Cynthia) Harrison, a former South Colton resident, who has served as an instructor at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. For those interested in further instruction there will be an opportunity to sign up for the Friends cross country ski lesson program hosted by Danielle Jerry and Bob Platte.
Sunday Jan. 26 will be Family Day at the Park, There will be a winter gear sale and swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an introduction to ski-joring at 11 a.m. taught by Danielle Jerry and Bob Platte, a potluck lunch-bring your favorite dish to share at noon, modified orienteering sessions ( one for small fry and one for adults and older families) at 1 p.m. using a map to locate items to collect and bring back to the lodge for a prize and bragging rights.
Ski lessons will again be offered at 10 a.m. for young skiers under 7 years of age and noon for 12 through adults wanting to work on navigating hills.
Young skiers under 14 who would like to continue with lessons can sign up for the Bill Koch Ski League Program currently being organized.
Skiers needing to rent equipment for their lessons should arrive one-half hour early, stopping by the maintenance building to pick up their equipment. Lessons are free, rentals for youth under 7 are free, $7 per day for ages 7 and up.
All weekend activities are sponsored by the Friends of Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest weekend. Events are weather dependent. Updates and cancellations will be posted on the Friends website: higleyfriends.org and the Friends of Higley flow State Park Facebook page.