1. Delaware Park (bfloparks.org): 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 (www.erie.gov/parks): Ungroomed, hilly trails; you can bring snowshoes, a sled or toboggan, too.
5. Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora (nysparks.com/parks): 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 (byrncliff.com): “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 (www.erie.gov/parks): 1.6 miles of trails; ski lodge with cozy fireplaces.
8. Sprague Brook Park,** Glenwood (www.erie.gov/parks): Another fine wildlife spot, and you can rent cabins year round by calling 858-8355.
9. Erie County Forest,** East Concord (www.erie.gov/parks): A working maple sugar shack, sawmill and two warming huts make a visit to 15 miles of trails here worthwhile.
10. Allegany State Park,* (alleganynordic.org/blog): 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.