PACCSA Summer Picnic and Election of Officers

Each year, PACCSA celebrates the end of summer with its annual Summer Picnic.  The summer picnic usually takes place in late August and includes the Annual Membership Meeting to elect officers to the PACCSA Board of Directors.  Last year, approximately 40 skiers joined us for this fun event.

Unfortunately, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 2020 PACCSA Summer Picnic.

Regarding the election of officers, PACCSA will be holding an online "Annual Meeting" on Thursday, August 13th beginning at 6:30 PM.  All PACCSA memebrs are encouraged to join in and participate.  In addition to electing officers for the 2020/2021 ski season, we will be discussing current DCNR guidelines for outdoor activities during the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as the overall outlook for the upcoming ski season.

More information on the August 13th Annual Meeting -- including the meeting's online platform and instructions on how to join -- will be posted on next week.  We look forward to seeing everyone's slightly pixilated faces!    

2020 PA Nordic Championship Race Recap!!

Pamela McCormick racing to her 3rd consecutive PA Nordic Champion title!

Despite one of the worst snow seasons in Pennsylvania history, 73 enthusiastic skiers from the Keystone State, Ohio, New York, Maryland and Minnesota gathered at Wilderness Lodge on Sunday for the 2020 edition of PACCSA’s Pennsylvania Nordic Championship races.  Click on this article for a full recap of the exciting races! 

Race Results

A big thanks to everyone who raced with PACCSA today!

For complete lists of today's race results, click the link below! We'll be posting a full race recap soon!

PA Nordic Championship Races Set for 2 Feb 2020

The 2020 PA Nordic Championships are scheduled for SUNDAY 2nd February 2020 at Wilderness Lodge.  

The race page is here and more information will be added as the day approaches.  Save the date!

PACCSA ski lessons

PACCSA ski lessons take place at Laurel Ridge State Park throughout the winter, usually on Sundays at 1pm, conditions and volunteer schedules permitting.  Keep an eye on the lesson page for more information, and the up to date list.  The lessons are also shown in the events calendar.  

Other lessons

There are a few DCNR ski lessons in other PA state parks, and some of the managed ski areas offer private lessons - call ahead to be sure.

PACCSA rollerskiers

We have email and garmin connect groups for PACCSA rollerskiers, and a few of us meet in or near Pittsburgh most weeks. Let us know if you'd like to join us.

You might enjoy this beginner's guide from's Mark Vosburgh, the longer rollerskiing guide from AXCS, or this amazing agility training video from CXC.  And advice on braking