It’s snowing at the trails everybody! Ski season has arrived! Yes indeed, the executive arrived at the lodge for our monthly meeting on Tuesday and found several inches on the ground and more falling periodically. We need 2 ft. on the ground before we can groom but meanwhile we can ski with rock skis and no grooming if we like. The gate will remain closed until we do start grooming so use the front parking lot. At that time we will also begin checking for passes, (season and day use) so make sure you’re wearing it. The paid seasons passes will be in the mail next week.
And speaking of passes: We have 220 early bird members signed up already, and we’ve jumped ahead of Cariboo (Quesnel), closing in on 3rd place in the provincial competition for all kinds of goodies that the Club can win from CCBC (Cross Country BC) and various sponsors if we sign up the most early bird memberships. The deadline for early bird memberships for both CCBC and our club is Dec. 1st and you could win (from us) a free membership for next year or an Olympic backpack! So get signed up if you haven’t already and then get your friends and family signed up! (Forms and online registration: snowvalleynordics.com) If you are registering by mail, please get the forms sent in asap – Cathy has to type all your info into Zone4 before you are counted for the BC-wide contest. That takes time. And CCBC is counting at midnight next Thursday.
As the winner of the wool blanket in the last club draw, I’d like to thank Cathy Vandenberg for weaving and donating it. It is a thing of beauty! And I never win anything!
(Actually that’s not quite true. 27 years ago I participated in the Club’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot hike during which a draw of hikers' names took place. I won the turkey which turned out to weigh 36 pounds! I stuffed it (don’t ask), cooked it (9 hours!) and took it to the Club’s Fall General Meeting which in those days was a potluck. Most of it got eaten.)
The trails, buildings, and machines are ready to go for the season (and I must say how nice it was to sit in the November meeting and NOT listen to a long list of what was wrong with the machines this year!) and we’d especially like to thank Bill Vandenberg and his boys, Yohannes, Gabriel, Abel and Blaise for doing a tremendous amount of trail brushing this fall. The Moose, Grizzly Way, Icy Pass and a couple of others on the inside trails are going to be much more ski-able this winter because of them. Thank you Vandenbergs!
Jackrabbits Families: Ski rental day is on Sunday, Dec. 4 starting at 1:30. Please don’t come early, we need time to set up and have lunch. There are lots of good skis and boots to go around now, so no rush. Please also remember that we can accept cash or cheques only. JackRabbit registration forms will be available in the lodge.
Grooming: This is probably the most important job in the Club. Our current groomers are few, and have unpredictable demands on their time. They feel that they need to train more groomers. Dean would love to hear from people who have time and some skills with hydraulic machinery if possible. If you are interested please call him at 250 631 7044.
I have several classroom teachers who would love to bring their classes out skiing. Travis is willing to run himself into the ground coaching on his days off but that’s not entirely fair. So if there are some retirees who are willing to help fit boots and skis (takes about an hour) or accompany groups around the trails, (2 to 3 hours) or even train to coach, please call me (Liz) at 250 632 6055. We always have a barrel of fun!
Oh right! Almost forgot. Jim and Dean put their heads together and set us up a Facebook page! So look up Snow Valley Nordics and then “like” and share us around! The idea is that people will post about ski conditions and hopefully some fun photos. This is a family site so keep it clean. Jim plans to monitor daily and groomers hope to be able to pick up on any problem areas that need quick attention. Grooming reports will be posted on the website and fb from now on.
And lastly, we would like to wish our wonderful treasurer, Sue Bergstrom a speedy recovery after her hip surgery last week. We hope to have her on skis before the end of the season.
That’s it for now.
Get out and enjoy the trails!
Think more snow!
Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club