The register at the start of the trails is the official count of how many skiers and hikers use the trails and helps determine how funds are allotted by NYS.  Please remember: Everyone should Register every time.  Let's keep our future funding intact.

Trails Maintained Through Donations to and Volunteers of the Friends
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Snow Report - 12/6/16

Temps around 30 degrees. Forecast suggests diminishing snow levels through the day. Unfortunately not enough for night skiing. In the interest of avoiding confusion assume no night skiing until you see a ski report to the contrary. If in doubt and not near an e-mail feel to call me at 315-323-1862.

Happy Skiing!

Night Skiing May Begin (Weather Permitting) November 29th.

The Friends of Higley Flow State Park is pleased to announce that we are continuing our Evenings at the Park program for 2016 -m 2017.  Conditions permitting, we are preparing to begin night skiing on Tuesday, November 29  


As you may recall, the program allows the Park and Lodge to be open from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Tuesdays & Thursdays.


In order for the program to be successful, we need individuals or families to volunteer as hosts for two hours from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Volunteers are free to ski or snowshoe, but need to be at the Lodge for closing at 8:00 to ensure that the lot is empty, the door is locked, and that everyone has exited the Park.  Hosts are also free to hang out in the Lodge and greet people.  It's a great opportunity to meet acquaintances and other users of the Park, field questions, and highlight the efforts of the Friends group. I am taking over for Tom French who has been arranging for this coverage so well since the program started. Feel free to make any suggestions that will help me to keep night skiing maximally enjoyable.

If you are able to volunteer, please respond to this e-mail with the date(s) you would like to host.  I will do my best to see that volunteers get the nights they most prefer, although it gets a little tight on some specific nights. We will see how it goes.  Currently, I am booking for Nov 29 and all Tuesdays and Thursdays in December.  The December dates (conditions allowing) will be: 1, 6, 8, 13,15, 20, 22, 27, & 29.

Again, the program will begin once conditions allow,meaning skiable snow.  This will be determined by Park Administration and our expert grooming team and announced through local media outlets, e-blast ski reports, and our website.  Please do not assume there is skiing at the Park in the evenings until you have heard from a reliable source.


If you volunteer for an evening, but conditions are not yet acceptable, we will let you know and of course, your services will not be required that night.


Who knows what the season will bring? Today's snow and the prediction of many inches to come portends a great season. Let's hope it makes up for last year, and then some!

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the Park.

Barry Walch

Trail conditions are updated courtesy of Ed & Judy Fuhr:

While not our best year, El Nino has moved on and next year should be more normal.  Let's enjoy the year and think ahead to next ski season.

April 2014, can you believe it?

Ed, showing his form!

Perfect conditions!

Link to NYS Winter Trail Map for Higley Flow State Park

A trail and topographical map of Higley Flow State Park.
(click on picture or link for larger image)

Trail ratings:
Overlook-Beginner-green rating
Camp Loops-main roads B,C and E loops Beginner-green, A,D and F loops
Warmbrook-Intermediate-blue rating
Pine-Intermediate-blue rating
Cedar Brook-all three levels depending on loop chosen, back
hills-Advanced-black; trail to back hills -Intermediate-Blue;  First two
rights and next left to return-Beginner-green

Special "Thanks" to Ed Fuhr who spends many hours keeping our trails so perfectly groomed.

We'll also try to keep you informed of changing trail conditions as they occur.  If you find changes that we've missed reporting, please email us at "higleyfriends(at)"