BREIA/Tug Hill Weekend Trips for January/February 2024 

Back by popular demand, CNSC is excited to offer weekend trips to BREIA and the Tug Hill region in January and February 2024.   Depending on the snow conditions, we will plan a January weekend centered around skiing at BREIA and the February weekend as a back-up for the BREIA skiing and/or the Tug Hill region.   There is a good chance that club members can go on both weekends depending on interest and snow conditions.  

Since BREIA is just 121 miles from Ithaca (35 miles north of Utica),  you can join us for the day or for the weekend.    A day trip would be a long day so make plans now to spend a night or the weekend! 

We plan to ski different trail systems on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, depending on trail conditions and interest.   On Saturday night,  Lois Chaplin, long time club member,  has graciously offered to host us again at her camp near Boonville for her world-famous pot luck feast.   You do not want to miss this weekend!  

As we get closer to the weekend dates, we will closely monitor the trail conditions.   The Tug Hill region is famously known for lots of snow so let's hope we can celebrate the return of the CNSC BREIA weekend.  

Important: To keep up-to-date on trip planning,  including a tentative weekend schedule of scheduled group ski tours, trail conditions and social activities with other participants,  we will post updates here and on the Club Google Group Email List.    Please make sure you are subscribed to the Google Group to stay up to date. 

Transportation to BREIA:  You are responsible for arranging your own transportation for the trip.  If you would like to ride with someone or share transportation, we suggest posting to the Club Google Group Email List.

Weekend Dates 

Host Hotel - The Lodge at Headwaters, Boonville, New York (see lodging information below) 

Information on the BREIA Trails and Other Nearby Ski Trails 

Located near  Boonville, New York , the Black River Environmental Improvement Association (BREIA) manages and maintains more than 50 kilometers of trails near Boonville, New York.   Access to the trails and facilities is free and the trails remain open throughout the year, offering hiking and biking in the warmer months.  Visit the BREIA website for more information about their various trailhead locations (see listing below), trail maps and trail conditions.   

Boonville is also close to the Tug Hill Region where you can ski on groomed and ungroomed trails at other locations such as Osceola Ski & Sport and Osceola Tug Hill (both about 30 minutes from Boonville).    See details below for information on where to ski. 

Information on Places to Ski (with distance from the Lodge at Headwaters, Boonville):

Black River Environmental Improvement Association (BREIA) Trails,  Boonville - access to these trails are free.  

McCauley Mountain, Old Forge - 40 minutes/29 miles (groomed and ungroomed cross country ski trails) 

Osceola Ski & Sport , Osceola - 28 minutes/22 miles (groomed and ungroomed) 

Osceola Tug Hill, Osceola - 28 minutes/22 miles (groomed and ungroomed) 

Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin - 17 minutes/13 miles (backcountry and downhill skiing) 

Lodging Options Near the BREIA Trails (Boonville NY area) 

Our Host Hotel - The Lodge at Headwaters, Boonville, NY 

Cayuga Nordic Ski Club has secured a small block of rooms for the club for both weekends.   Those interested in staying here need to reserve their room by December 25 for the first weekend and by  January 8 for the second weekend.    After those dates, the block of rooms are released to the public.    We highly recommend  reserving a room as soon as possible if you think you may come.   The Lodge at Headwaters has a generous cancellation penalty - 48 hours.    For example, if you reserve a room for the first weekend, you have up until 48 hours before your arrival date to cancel without penalty.  

Room Rate for the Club - $159.00 per night (two queen beds, private bath, full breakfast).    This rate is negotiated by the club for our block of rooms. 

How to Reserve a Room at the Lodge at Headwaters - Use the online reservation form or call the Lodge directly at 315-942-2027.   Make sure you note in the online form under "Additional Comments" - Cayuga Nordic Ski Club  (you do not use a group code).   If you call the Lodge directly, make sure you tell them that you are reserving one of the rooms in the Cayuga Nordic Ski Club block.  

Suggestions for Other Nearby Lodging (distance to Boonville)  

The Edge Hotel in Lyons Falls, NY - 13 minutes/11 miles 

Hampton Inn, Rome, NY - 32 minutes/24 miles 

Suggestions for Nearby Restaurants

Woodland Farm Brewery (located inside the Hulbert House)  - Boonville, NY