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February 21, 2013

Weather sporadic for winter activities

Winter has been fickle this season, but the snow has been more plentiful than last year.

“I am so happy for the snow,” said Tracey Ryersee of Cooperstown, who was recently cross country skiing at Glimmerglass State. “It is a beautiful place to ski — not too hilly.”

The Cooperstown area offers many sports and leisure activities when the winter weather sets in. Activities people look forward to snow shoe hikes, cross country skiing jaunts, ice skating, ice fishing and snow tubing.

But last winter, and part of this winter, some of the activities have been put on hold or modified.

The use of the outdoor ice skating rink at Badger Park has been on-again, off-again this year.

“We have had people using and enjoying the (Badger Park) skating rink, but we had to close it in January when we had that thaw,” said Ellen Tillapaugh, village trustee and chairwoman of the Parks Board.

The Badger Park ice skating rink opened for the Christmas holiday, but then had to close. It reopened in January and closed again when the temperature rose too high to maintain the integrity of the ice. The rink opened again in February when the temperature dropped and sustained a freezing level.

“Last year was a terrible year, we were only open a couple of days,” said Tillapaugh. “This year has been better.”

It has been the same with many local outdoor ice skating rinks.

“We had ice skating in the pavilion,” said Ryann Young, a New York State Park employee who works at Glimmerglass State Park. “But when the warm weather set in, the water began to melt and the liner rose to the surface and it ripped. We used to have ice skating on the pond, but it was smoother in the pavilion. And you have to have a certain amount of days where the temperature does not go above 32 degrees to skate on a pond.”

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