Places to Ski New!
Ski Tips (FAQs)
|Welcome to this new, experimental section of the Kick 'n Glider's website.
It is an attempt to allow club
members and others who happen onto this site to share information on
good places to cross-country ski. Our emphasis will be on locations in
Pennsylvania but any location is fair game.
To begin, navigation to a ski
trail site page will be the simple, alphabetic list that follows. When
the list gets too long we can get more sophisticated:
On each ski trail site page you'll find:
Moshannon State Park, Centre County, PA
Park, Lancaster County, PA
- Crystal Lake
Ski Center, Sullivan County, PA
- Forbes State Forest,
Westmoreland County, PA
State Park, Somerset County, PA
- Laurel Ridge
State Park, Somerset
Valley Rail Trail, Lebanon County, PA
- Loyalsock State
Forest, Lycoming County, PA
- Nolde Forest
Environmental Education Center, Berks County, PA
- Promised Land State Park, Pike County, PA
- SAMBA Trails at Swatara SP, Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties, PA
State Forest (Black Forest), Lycoming &
Clinton Counties, PA
We very much welcome your input on the design of this site and the submission of your favorite places to ski. When suggesting your favorite places:
- General description of the trail area and trails to the extent known.
- Hours of operation.
- Link to the sponsoring organization's website.
- Contact information to the sponsoring organization with e-mail address if known.
- Links to maps files of the trail areas including:
- Official maps on sponsor websites that illustrate trails and the surrounding areas. (* See Note 1 below)
- Other maps created by us or scanned from paper maps that are not otherwise available on-line.
- A link to a custom
Google Map that provides detailed trailhead parking areas. Click
on one of the parking area links and you'll see, for that
- WGS84 coordinates for your GPS because most of the trailhead parking areas don't have street addresses.
- You can get detailed directions to each parking area.
- In addition to a road map view, most of the maps also provide detailed satellite photo views and terrain views.
- An e-mail link to the webmaster on that page as the e-mail subject will automatically reference that page.
- A note indicating when the page was last updated and whether or not the we have a specific report of the area as a field check.
Please let us know what you think and send us your suggestions!
- Please look at the kind
of information we've included in other locations that are already
listed and try to provide that kind of information in your submission.
- Appropriate URLs are most
welcome. When possible we wish to provide links to existing
resources on the web (preferably "official" resources) rather than
copying the information to our own web site.
- Your own, personal
observations are very much desired. That kind of information is an
excellent "value add" for folks who are deciding where to ski. Your
additional information will be used to enhance the existing write-up or
as a "Trip Report" added to the end of the trail site page.
- We will prepare the Google Maps link for your location.
Please send your input via e-mail to
the webmaster. If you have materials to be scanned contact the
webmaster to make delivery arrangements.
* Note 1:
Dealing with Large ".pdf" Maps
Often, the maps that are linked as official maps on sponsor's
web sites are very large .pdf (Portable Document Format) files.
While they may be excellent, detailed maps, using them can be confusing
or difficult. Often they appear to be too small to read or, when
printed, are too small to read or print incompletely, depending on the
printing options you select. Following are a few tips on using these
large files to your advantage. (These
tips relate, specifically to Windows Vista users. Procedures may be
slightly different for earlier versions of Windows or on Macs but the
principles should apply.)
Reading the Map On-Screen:
Your first step should be to make the map image fill your whole computer screen. Do that by:
Maximizing your browser's window, causing it to use the entire computer screen and
Closing "favorites" or other unneeded boxes that consume valuable territory within your browser's window.
Now, look carefully at the browser window that is displaying your map.
Opening a .pdf file should have invoked the "Adobe Reader"
application within your browser and added a new "toolbar" above the
Look for a little box that indicates the display size of the image. It might say something like "66.7%".
Try changing that percentage to something like 100% or even larger, whatever you need to be able to read the map clearly.
Ohhh ... that's better.", you say, "But now I can't see the part of the map I'm interested in!"
Ok, look again at the Adobe toolbar at the top of the image and find the little image of a hand.
Click it and your mouse pointer becomes
a little hand! With it you can click anywhere on the map and drag
the image around to see any portion of the map that your little heart
"Better still!" you say. "But, I want to take a printed
copy of this map of the trail with me. I tried printing it already but
I either got just the top-right corner of the map or the whole thing
printed but it's so tiny that it's useless."
Well, read on ...
Printing All or Part of the Map:
Unfortunately, most browsers aren't too smart about printing
these things so you'll just have to compensate. Computer geeks
call this a "work-around" but I call it a pain in the butt. There are
several "work-arounds" for printing all or part of your map.
Your printer may have a "poster printing" mode. If it does, you can simply put your printer into that mode by changing your printer's "Properties". To do so, instead of using your browser's print button, use the "File / Print..." command and click on the "Properties" button in the dialog box to change to the poster mode. Then you can click the "Print"
button to print the map over multiple pieces of paper. Finally, you
must carefully tape or glue them together for a full-sized map.
Or, you can be unlucky, like me, and find that
the printer driver supplied for Windows Vista by Hewlett-Packard
for my ancient hpdeskjet 960c no longer supports advanced printing functions like poster mode ... "Oh, CRAP!" sez me.
Now you need to find a software package to take your image and print it out over multiple pages OR
you can copy page-sized portions of the .pdf map to a graphics program
and print it from there. Fortunately, there are the means to do either
of those things without purchasing or downloading any new software.
First we need to copy the whole map onto your computer's
clipboard. To do so, look on the Adobe toolbar for a little picture
that looks like camera. That's the Adobe "Snapshot" tool. It will let
you copy all or part of the map. With the Snapshot tool selected,
right-click anywhere on the image and choose "Select All". Then right-click on the image, again, and choose "Copy Selected Graphic". This will cause the entire image of the map to be copied to your clipboard.
Now, we need a program into which we can paste the
image. In Windows Vista that program is Microsoft's "Paint" (MSPaint).
So ... open it, already! (It's usually under "Accessories" in the "All
In MSPaint, simply choose the "Edit / Paste"
command and the .pdf image will be displayed in Paint. Of course,
you're free deface or otherwise alter the image within MSPaint but I'll
leave that up to you. My object is to get the beast printed.
In MSPaint, choose the "File / Page Setup..." command to open a dialog box. In the scaling portion of the dialog box choose the "Fit to:" option. This option will inform you about how many pages it will take to print the map at the size percentage shown in the "Adjust to: XXX% normal size" selection above the "Fit to:" option. (If that's too many pages you can change the "Adjust to: XXX% normal size" by selecting that button. Change the percentage to another value and reselect the "Fit to:" option and see how many pages it will take now.
You can see what each printed page will look like by choosing "File / Print Preview" command or just take it on faith and go with "File / Print...".
With any luck, your multiple-page map will now print and
you can repair to the kitchen table, pop open beer and proceed to trim
and tape or glue the pieces of your new masterpiece together!
You may regard your pasted-together map as a masterpiece
but, take it from me, it will be a pain to deal with on the trail. To
me, a better solution is to print just the portion of the map that you
really need on a single piece of paper. You will be much less likely to
find it torn or mangled when you need to consult it.
Let's go back to that browser window that is displaying the .pdf image of the map. Select the Snapshot tool again but this
time left-click on a corner of the part of the map you want to print
and drag the cursor to the diagonally opposite corner of the part of
the map you want to print and release your mouse's button. Adobe Reader
will tell you "The selected area has been copied." Didn't get it
right? Not to worry ... just do the selection process again and again
'til you do get it right.
Now, back in MSPaint, do the "Edit / Paste" thing again. In the "File / Page Setup..." dialog box you can choose the "Fit to:" option and force the program to use "1 x 1 page(s)". Remember to use the "File / Print Preview" command to be sure how the thing will print out.
You can even get fancy-schmantzy and make a custom version of your map. Just copy another portion of the .pdf
image, say, for instance, that handy-dandy distance scale, and paste it into MSPaint, moving it wherever you
Now you have a REAL masterpiece!
Finally, if you want to be really cool you can follow Bill
Hoffman's example and put your custom, one-page map in a plastic sheet
protector and hang it around your neck while you ski. Then you'll
always be able to see just where you are!
Wow! If you read this far you deserve a prize! Well, sorry, I don't
have any prizes. But, I would appreciate you letting me know
if tried any of the techniques and how well they did or
didn't work for you. Use this e-mail link.