About PACCSA

PACCSA members enjoy all aspects of cross-country skiing, from back-country exploration to casual skiing, touring and racing.  PACCSA works for the cross-country ski community throughout the year by

  • giving free ski lessons to the general public
  • providing for the next generation of skiers by supporting a youth ski team, the Yellowjackets
  • participating in trail maintenance at ski areas including Laurel Mountain, Laurel Ridge, and Wilderness
  • grooming trails at Laurel Mountain
  • maintaining webcams at Laurel Ridge and Laurel Mountain
  • organizing an annual race, the PA Nordic Championship
  • and providing information about cross-country skiing here and on facebook

Current Board members are:

  • Jim South, President, Webcams, Legal Advisor and Newsletter
  • Charles Nash, Vice President
  • Rick Garstka, Treasurer
  • Sally Smales, Secretary
  • Elizabeth Beech
  • Mike Blessington, Fundraising Coordinator
  • Naomi Jarvis, Yellowjackets and Website
  • Brian Joly, Race Director and Newsletter
  • Bob Mazur, Trail Coordinator and Webcams

Previous Board members: Sheila Confer, Alice Cottone, Bruce Cox, David Jenkins, Kelly Kruper, Joanna Margaret and Denny McDonough.

Originally founded in 1983 as the Laurel Highlands Ski Touring Association, PACCSA changed its name in 2004 when it became incorporated as a PA non-profit corporation. Rick Garstka was President for 20 years from 1991 to 2011, when PACCSA gained a full Board of Directors. In 2012 PACCSA attained 501(c)(3) federal non-profit status.  Donations to PACCSA are now IRS tax-deductible items. 

PACCSA Bylaws