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Top 10 places to ski in Western New York

1. Delaware Park ( The ski club teaches lessons here at 10 a.m. Sundays; Klein says it’s fun to swoosh past park landmarks.

2. Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St., Amherst: For many, this 1.5-mile trail is close to home and relatively flat, so it’s good for beginners.

3. Reinstein Woods Education Center,* 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga (683-5959): The chance to see wildlife is high; the cost to rent skis “an incredible deal,” Klein says. They’re $5 during center hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this month.

4. Chestnut Ridge Park,** Orchard Park ( Ungroomed, hilly trails; you can bring snowshoes, a sled or toboggan, too.

5. Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora ( Save some time during your visit here for a stop at Vidler’s or one of the cozy restaurants in the village.

6. Byrncliff Resort,* Varysburg ( “Olympic-caliber grooming equipment” and hilly terrain, as well as ski lessons, rentals and lodging, make this a draw for cross-country skiers of any level.

7. Emery Park,** South Wales ( 1.6 miles of trails; ski lodge with cozy fireplaces.

8. Sprague Brook Park,** Glenwood ( Another fine wildlife spot, and you can rent cabins year round by calling 858-8355.

9. Erie County Forest,** East Concord ( A working maple sugar shack, sawmill and two warming huts make a visit to 15 miles of trails here worthwhile.

10. Allegany State Park,* ( Klein’s favorite spot in the region has “a beautiful trail system” of more than 20 miles. The Art Roscoe 6-13-22K Loppet races take place Sunday.

* Ski rental available

** Trail access in Erie County parks varies by day; call 858-8513 for information.

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