Cross-country skiers of all experience levels glide over 12.5 miles of machine-groomed trails that meander through Winding Trails’ 350 acres of snow-dusted wilderness. Trailblazers skim past spring-fed ponds on the double-tracked trails, zipping down gentle dips and traversing picturesque bridges, which crisscross over stocking-cap-wearing trolls. Beginners amble their way through the easy trails denoted with green signs, and more advanced skiers can tackle the blue and black trails surrounding Phantom Pond. Skate skiers can speed around the Skater's Loop, which tours the park's perimeter. Outfitted with skis, boots, and poles drawn from more than 200 sets of rental equipment, adult and child skiers caper about the frosty wonderland perfectly garbed for maximum comfort, ready to swiftly escape herds of hungry snowmen. Conditions permitting, skiers can hit the trails from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
During the Big Apple Beatdown, an all-day roller-derby tournament hosted by the New York Shock Exchange, spectators arrive to the rink with chairs under their arms to watch six notable MRDA teams battle for the National Champion title. Bouts begin at 10 a.m. with the Dallas Deception taking on the Magic City Misfits in a storm of skates, helmets, and trampled 10-gallon hats. Other teams battling for supremacy include the St. Louis GateKeepers, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts, and Pioneer Valley Dirty Dozen. A special women’s game will also be held featuring the Long Island Roller Rebels taking on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls. The championship bout commences at 7:30 p.m., and the day ends with a presentation of medals at 9:15 p.m., where one team is deemed the victor. Matches occur on two separate tracks, allowing smooth transitions between bouts and enough time for padded pros to finish a game of Connect the Bruises.
Amid its 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor turf, Long Island Sports Complex treats up to 15 birthday celebrants to one hour of motion-based merriment, followed by a half-hour of pizza, cake, drinks, and party goods. The facility takes care of all the food, decorations and invitations, so parents can spend more time knitting the perfect birthday gift or reanimating it during an electrical storm. Sports-party revelers get to release excess energy with their choice of soccer, baseball, softball, football, or lacrosse without the outdoor inconveniences of grass stains or slingshotted acorns from territorial squirrels. Two to four sport-savvy supervisors will be on hand to make sure that everyone has a safe time.
With more than 100 years of history behind it, the St. John's University athletics department has earned the respect of rival programs in a number of sports. The past century has seen the St. John's men's basketball team rack up the seventh-most victories in the NCAA, sending 60 players to the pros in the process. As a testament to its success, the basketball team now plays most of its home games at Madison Square Garden, world-famous for its bewildering lack of plantlife. The school has also had success in baseball and soccer, making six College World Series appearances and taking home the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship in 1996.
The US Coast Guard–licensed captains with Peconic Water Sports tow customers through the water using all of the 400 horses inside their Malibu Wakeboats' Indmar engines. Before launching from the dock in Greenport Harbor, they wield their coaching experience to train each participant in the techniques necessary to ride their selection of Liquid Force wakeboards, Connelly Marine water skis, tubes, and kneeboards. These captain-coach hybrids emphasize safety as much as technique, and each is annually certified in CPR and First Aid. Captains also conduct seasonal fishing charters through the bay or open sea, as well as sightseeing cruises along Eastern Long Island.