By Jeff Senterman, Regional Programs Manager and Catskills Program Coordinator
Everyone knows that in winter, skiing and snowboarding reign supreme in the Catskills. But what about those people who like a slower pace and want to enjoy the outdoors in the colder months? Jess and Tim Luby of Catskill Mountain Storehouse, a new outdoors store in Phoenicia, have an answer. Jess explains: “The woods are incredibly beautiful in winter and we want people to get out there and see just how amazing they are. And the best way to do that is on a pair of snowshoes.”
To this end, Storehouse will be offering snowshoe rentals. “All around Phoenicia, there are so many opportunities for snowshoeing, and we want to spearhead a revival of the sport in the area,” says Tim. “From the new section of Long Path in Phoenicia, to the Kenneth Wilson Campground, there are tons of suitable trails for all ability levels close to our shop. We’re very excited to help people discover this sport and how breathtaking these trails are in winter.”
But, as the Lubys are quick to point out, there’s more to Phoenicia in the winter than just snowshoe rentals. People think of the town as more of a warmer weather destination, but it’s also great here in wintertime, says Jess. “Brios is still churning out their wood-fired pizza, Mama’s Boy has amazing hot chocolate, and places like Tenderland Home have beautiful winter-themed homegoods that make Phoenicia worth the visit.”
The Lubys invite you to stop by to talk trails so you can start planning your winter adventure. “We won’t just send you off with your snowshoes,” says Tim. “We’ll talk to you about your ability level and what it is you want to get out of your trip before we recommend a good trail for you. It sounds cliché, but it’s safety first, especially in winter.”
The Trail Conference looks forward to continuing our work with Storehouse and the Lubys, helping the many visitors and hikers to the Catskills have a great time. In 2015 we will be working with Storehouse to hold a number of meet-and-greets and help recruit for the ongoing trail building at the Catskill Interpretive Center just down the road in Mount Tremper.