The Catskills: A Winter Sports Guide - Purple Mountain Press


by George V. Quinn

From Chapter 2--"Mink Hollow":

"If you want a sunny outing up a deep mountain hollow not too far from civilization, the Mink Hollow Trail may be it. It follows an old wagon road dating back to the 1790s. The route was for carrying hides from as far away as South America to the leather-tanning factories of Tannersville and Edwardsville (now Hunter). The bark of the hemlock tree was needed for this process; the result was decimation of the hemlock, which once accounted for over 25 percent of the forest north of the Mink Hollow notch. Today there is much restoration of the tree in the Catskills, although ancient stands are hard to find.

This trail is perhaps best approached from the south, or Lake Hill area, as there is room for several cars at the turnaround at the end of Mink Hollow Road. The first mile or so of the trail is easy and bringing along a novice skier to this point is appropriate. This north-south trail offers abundant sunshine on frigid but clear days. Approaching the trail from the north at Elka Park can be a bit daunting--there is no parking at the trailhead, so one must park farther away, along the side of the road. The distance between trailheads is 4.3 miles."

This winter enjoy the splendor and serenity of the Catskills and Shawangunks! Included are 35 great places for cross-country and downhill skiing, telemarking, togoganning and snowshoeing with skill levels, directions, maps, and scenic views. There are tips for acquiring the right equipment and clothing; weather advice and a history of skiing in the Catskills.

George Quinn comes from a family of cross-country and downhill skiers. He has managed ski shops in the Catskills for more than 25 years.

Praise for George Quinn's first guide (1998):
"With George V. Quinn's The Catskills: A Cross-Country Skiing Guide in hand,the wintertime secrets of this region are at your fingertips. The succinctly written and clearly presented guide offers a treasure of courses throughout the Catskills with knowledgeable analysis pf potential trouble spots, as well as the occcasional tip on what to do once the sun goes down." -Woodstock Times

112 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, index, 2001
$12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original

Of related interest:
Catskill Summer Things by Pete Senterman.

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