Moonlight skis are hard to schedule because of changeable weather and even more changeable snow conditions. The trick is to have them several days before the full moon so that the moon is overhead during the evening.
February 9 we had perfect conditions. Not only did we have an excellent moonlit trails and five inches of new snow, we had eight skiers turn out to kick off the Clifton Park Winterfest. We skied along the original 1825 Erie Canal, across the towpath for the 1842 enlarged Erie Canal and back along the now abandoned first town road and the historic reconstructed cast iron Truss Bridge designed by Union College graduate Squire Whipple. The structural members of the bridge were cast in 1862.
To share all that history along with a perfect and memorable moonlit evening reminds us how fortunate we are to have these recreational opportunities right here in our back yard, on the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway.