Brew-Ski event is a go for Saturday

TUPPER LAKE – The first-ever Brew-Ski Trail and Green Sledding event is happening this weekend.

The inaugural event, hosted by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the town of Tupper Lake, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the town Cross Country Ski Center, based at the Tupper Lake Golf Club. It was originally scheduled for March 1, but frigid conditions and logistical issues prevented it from happening then.

Participants of the Brew-Ski Trail can sample beer from three regional breweries while cross-country skiing or snowshoeing the golf course loop.

At 2 p.m. there will also be a green sledding competition at the sledding hill on the 10th fairway.

“We were definitely trying to think of a unique sledding opportunity where we could have the most participation,” said Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Michelle Clement. “Then we started thinking about how to tie that into St. Patrick’s Day.”

The green-themed holiday led to the use of the word “green,” which then led to the idea of having a sledding competition using makeshift, or constructed, sleds.

“The only restriction is you can’t use a traditional sled,” Clement said. “If you have a broken hamper laying around, or an old trash can lid, a cookie sheet, some old skis that you want to fasten to something; anything like that can be used.”

The event will consist of two age classes: 21 and over, and under 21. Each participant will get three runs, and prizes will be awarded to the person in each class who achieves the greatest distance at the end of their run.

A panel of judges will also award a prize for the most creative sled.

Clement said a bigger and better Brew-Ski could be on the horizon if this year’s event goes well.

The $5 admission includes the Brew-Ski Trail and the green sledding competition. Anyone is welcome to enjoy the trails, but participants must be at least 21 to sample the brews.