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The Stewards of Cole's Woods Since 1978

Our Mission

The Friends of Cole’s Woods not only fosters and promotes cross country skiing but also supports the wide range of recreational activities that occur seasonally and annually within Cole’s Woods. By providing much of the maintenance and improvements within Cole’s Woods, the Friends demonstrates its commitment to encourage the continued free and public recreational use of the Park.

Who We Are

Founded in 1978, the Friends of Cole’s Woods, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All members serve the organization voluntarily, and they recognize the value of having a trail system and woodland accessible to so many in the local communities.  To that end, individuals who become members tend to be outdoor enthusiasts committed to ensuring the trails remain safe for the public, groomed in the winter for Nordic skiing and maintained for other seasonal activities.

Group of Friends of Cole's Woods Members
Polaris grooming equipment grooming ski trail

What We Do

  • Groom ski trails throughout the winter months;

  • Partner with the City of Glens Falls to host an annual Ski & Snowshoe Race Series;

  • Offer an Adult Learn-to-Ski Program in January;

  • Support and assist with the  Bill Koch Youth Ski Program;

  • Maintain trails, including the Friends-built snowshoe trail, throughout the year;

  • Advocate on behalf of the protection and conservation of the woodlands in Cole’s Woods;

  • Eradicate various invasive plants;

  • Organize trail work days (Check our Events Page for dates and times of seasonal work days).

FOCW Officers and Board Members

Bill Blood, President

Dave Morrissey, Vice-President

Mike Mulshine, Secretary

Jody Katz, Treasurer

Alex Benway, Board Member

Chris Frielinghaus, Board Member

Brian Hayward, Board Member

Craig Jenkin, Board Member

Dave Paddock, Board Member

Bill Parks, Board Member

Bob Underwood, Board Member

Board Member hanging signage in trails