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Official Grooming Report
Report Date: 23-03-2019
Packed Trail Base (cm): 20
New Snow (72 hrs): 0
Grooming: Atna, Beaver, Clearwater, Jackrabbit Kitlope, Moose, Rainbow, Snowbound Dog_Run
Recommended Wax:
Comments: Its getting pretty thin on all runs listed except the Dog which is still holding up pretty good...there is puddles and some dirt in places but not bad overall...it was starting to freeze when I left.

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Hah! See?! You’ve been laughing at me all these years but when I say “think snow”, it really does work! Three weeks ago we were almost ready to call it a season. Hills were getting thin and patches were appearing. And then 16 inches of new snow dropped on our heads and we were back in business for another month at least! A cruise around the Moose Highway on Wednesday found excellent spring skiing and the Dog is reported as excellent as well. OK, the Beaver is melting but skiing is still amazing!

And we’re finishing the year with 421 members! Which is a record. Well done us!

What a busy month this has been! No sooner had we finished the Moose Marathon than we held our 1st Tour de Soup. What a terrific idea and great fun! Many thanks to Darryl at Sherwood Brewery for spearheading the whole project and all the Club volunteers who pitched in, but especially Cathy Vandenberg who coordinated everything and Sandra Kirby who put in a 7 hour day in the kitchen washing up and serving coffee! And let’s not forget Dean and Doug and the Vandenberg young men who started moving tables and stoves at 9 am and finished at 5 pm! Thank you everyone: restaurants who donated soup, businesses who donated playing cards and draw prizes (especially the grand prize of a ski package from Geier Waste Services and Source for Sports!), and all the volunteers who made it happen! What was especially great was that many of the participants had never skied before. They had a great time and I expect we’ll see them again.

The Rabbits had their last session on March 9 and many hotdogs and marshmallows were roasted and consumed. A reminder that rental gear is to be returned on April 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Onion Lake. There will be no second day. If you have to bring them back early, label them and leave them in the kitchen in the lodge. We’ll find them and put them away. Late returns will result in an extra charge next year. If you’d like to stay and help wax we’d love to have you and can show you how quite easily.

Many thanks to all the coaches who contributed so many hours and such great skills teaching our kids to ski and love our trails!

Our fundraising efforts for the new rental shed have been a success! The CCBC collection made us $2400 – thank you everyone who chipped in. And the Tour de Soup made us $1200. We’re still a bit short of our actual needs so I’m working on a couple of grants. Meanwhile it’s looking very good for a new rental shop in the fall.

We’re putting the Snow Kitty to bed for the year. Last week was the last official grooming of the season. Many thanks to Dean Bergstrom, Anthony Vandermuelen, BJ Houghton, Len Eyre and Ryan Osborne for keeping us all happy this winter!

And a big thank you to Roydon MacDonald of Roydon’s Mechanical for giving the Snow Kitty her first oil change for free! And while we’re at it, thanks are sent out West Point Rentals for the use of their drill and cement bits used for some garage work.

The executive would like one or two members to take care of stocking, maintaining, and overseeing emergency rescue equipment at the Lodge and around the trails. You would not need to attend any meetings. If you are interested in this, please let me know by email.

Dean Bergstrom has taken up fat biking! And he and another person are beginning to lay out a loop between the highway and Clearwater, all the way to Onion Lake and back. This trail would also be open to snow shoers. If this project interests you, or you know someone who would be interested, contact Dean (email here).

Does anyone have a small woodstove, in good shape that they want to get rid of? The Moose hut needs a new stove. If you have one we’d be happy to pay a reasonable price. Let me know.

That’s it for now everyone. Enjoy the gorgeous weather and....

Think snow!

At least for a couple more weeks.

Liz Thorne  (da Prez, SVNSC