Winter Volunteers Needed at Laurel Mountain – Forbes State Forest!

The all-volunteer Laurel Summit Nordic Ski Patrol needs your help this winter at the Warming Hut and on the trails of Forbes State Forest (on Laurel Summit Road just off Route 30 between Laughlintown and Jennerstown). Your assistance is very important, as it will give the Patrol more time to maintain the trails and provide aid to those who use the trails.

The Warming Hut is staffed most weekends, weather permitting, from 9am until 5pm in January, February and March. We are looking for people willing to help others, and the area, and can commit to a minimum of 2 – 5 hours each month. The time you donate can be spent in and around the Warming Hut during the busiest times of the day, or on the trails. You do not need to be a skier, snowshoer or winter outdoor enthusiast to help.

We would like to invite all those interested (and those who helped us last winter!) to attend an Orientation Session on Saturday, December 1st. Come at 9:30am for coffee, tea, juice and pastry – the meeting will start at 10am and conclude around noon. Meet the Patrollers and other Volunteers, see what assistance is needed with Opening and Closing the Warming Hut, learn where all the supplies are stored, become familiar with the Patrol Room (where you can store your equipment while volunteering) and what help is needed on the ski and snowshoe trails.

To RSVP for December 1st, for additional information, or to volunteer, please contact Ann Rahn, Laurel Summit Nordic Ski Patroller, at