Happy Winter everyone! Just read over last month’s newsletter and Holy Smoke! Have we had a lot of things happening!!!
The Snow-Kiti arrived, the snow arrived, the skiers arrived and the lodge and the rental shed went wild! Our membership was up to 328 as of Tuesday and sale of Day Pass packages is booming.
For Day Pass users who haven’t got the package yet, this is a very good deal. 10 passes for $100 and they’re good for 2 years. They have the added advantage to the Club of keeping cash out of our money box which makes it less of a target for thieves.
Grooming has been happening almost daily but unfortunately the website glitches are still going on and groomers are having problems posting reports. Unless there’s been a lot of recent snow, assume that the Dog, the lit track (Beaver/Snowbound/JackRabbit) and the Moose Highway are likely to be done. Those are the priorities. This weekend the inside racing trails will be groomed as well. Check them out!
Speaking of the Dog Trail, for the moment we have a squared, figure 8 as a trail. We ask dog owners to ski it in a clockwise direction. This decreases the chance of dogs meeting face to face and having an argument. It doesn’t happen often but when it does it’s very traumatic for everyone. Also please keep your dog leashed in the parking lot and on the logging road until you get onto the southbound trail. Those are the hotspots for confrontations. And lastly, leave the dogs in the car while you are at the ticket booth and in the lodge. No dogs past the red gate. Thanks.
Week day skiers: There will be intermittent power outages during the week for the next month or so. BC Hydro is replacing power poles. Weekends and evenings should be OK barring any glitches.
Athletics: Good news! Aidan Carter and Gabe and Yohannes Vandenberg are all going to the BC Winter Games in Penticton! We wish them the very best of luck. And to help them get ready, they will be competing in this weekend’s Snow Valley Open Race! Hope to see everyone out for the race.
We are getting many more school groups coming out to the trails for lessons and fun. Thanks to Travis Carter and Terry Brown for volunteering to do the lessons, and others helping fit the kids with ski gear. More helpers are always welcome. We were delighted to get a grant of $2000 from the Province of BC and ViaSport to buy more skis to accommodate class sized groups.
Our fund raising for the Snow-Kiti was hugely successful. We ended up having to top up the fund by just over $200 from our operating account. So we are on quite solid ground financially at the moment. That being the case the Executive decided that replacing the Alpine snowmobile and ensuring good grooming under any and all conditions was a priority. So we ordered a Bearcat XT Groomer Special, a snowmobile designed to pull a Ginzu. It will arrive next week and we will then be set to groom for the next 30 years.
In case you’re wondering if the executive just emptied the piggy bank completely, the answer is no. We have applied for a grant that will go towards the Bear Cat (even though we've already bought it), but we're not sure how much it will be. If it's not very much we'll have to do another fundraiser (Ski-a-thon? Something else?). Also we can expect another 2 months of revenue coming in from Day Passes etc. We’re good. If anyone wants to see the complete financial statements just contact an executive member. We can easily email you one.
Dan can now stop fundraising and go skiing!
Last Thursday, the Executive hosted a recognition and thank you event for members of the Kitimat and Terrace City Councils, Regional District representatives, Community Forests reps., and Northern Development Initiative Trust personnel. For many of our local politicians, this was the first time they had been to the trails and it was a perfect, bluebird day and they were mightily impressed. Mayor Leclerc even had a ride in the new Snow-Kiti.
Volunteers wanted: Snowflake Café – This might be Karen’s last year at the helm of our nutritious Saturday lunches while the JackRabbits program is in session. So we need 2 people to take this on for next season. Rabbits parents are really good at pitching in with baking and help washing dishes etc. but we need a couple of organizers. It’s fun! You meet everyone! Call Karen Westby 635 0135 if you can help. No volunteers, no Snow Flake Café – eek!
Rental Shed – things went a bit crazy over the Christmas holidays once the snow came. Cathy and Dan worked through all the holidays with a few other helpers, and one day they rented out every ski in the shed! But 2 people can’t do it alone. So we need 5 or 6 more people. The more the better because you may only have to cover 1 or 2 afternoons a month (open only on Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.). If you bring a friend, you can take turns going for a ski! It’s fun meeting people, showing them how to get their passes, handing out maps, oh yeah, and renting skis! Email Cathy
One way to wear out your executive is to expect them to do everything. Every little bit helps.
We are going to publish a recipe book of the delicious food served at the Snow Flake Café over the years. Please send your favorite and best recipes (in Word format) to Sam Lambright (email) . We’ll likely have categories for:
….as these are the mainstays of the skier diet! Sam wants to collect 100 recipes in 5 weeks—please be a part of this club cookbook!
Jan 31: Women’s Fest
Feb. 20: Marathon
Dean Bergstrom is our chief groomer. Dean was a logger on the Queen Charlotte Islands before he and his wife Sue, (our treasurer, and that’s another story) moved to Terrace and opened Four Hands Body Renewal. They still have extended family there and visit frequently. Dean started coming out to the trails to ski but at heart he just likes big machines. We snaffled him up as a groomer in very short order. Dean is beyond generous with his time, even booking days off work to be at Club work parties and grooming the trails. We discourage this but he does it anyway. We think it’s mostly because Cathy always brings cookies and if there’s one thing that Dean enjoys, it’s cookies! Lots of cookies! The executive appreciates his humour and “get it done” energy. His ability to fix the PB when it broke down was a Godsend many times. Always thank the groomer! And bring this one cookies!
Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club.