At the risk of repeating myself, what a season we are having! We’ve got better than a meter and a half base, and 99 new members! It just keeps getting better! OK, that’s 3 exclamation marks in a row, calm down. Thorne!
First the thankyou’s – to Dean Bergstrom and Deo Araujo for putting in 200 hours of grooming in the past month – Thank you so much! And to Anthony VanderMeulen for his countless hours and grooming expertise this whole season. There is no ski season without expert grooming.
Thank you to Terry Brown for his work in installing directional signs up on the dog trail and the doggie bag dispenser and garbage can in place! And to Dr. Thwaites of the Kitimat Veterinary Clinic who donated the bags and has been telling us for several years to get this done!
Thanks to Ian Gordon for fixing the front door on the Lodge and the out house doors as well.
BIG thanks to Cathy Vandenberg for coordinating all the volunteers in the rental shed and coaches for adult lessons and school groups coming out to the trails during the day. And filling in the gaps herself when another volunteer couldn’t be found. We’d really like to find someone to help her with all she does.
And finally a HUGE thank you to all the Jack Rabbits coaches, some of whom have been coaching for years watching their own kids growing up in the program. Jack Rabbits would not be the huge success it is without you folks.
There are many others to mention next month.
This Sunday, March 4 we will be holding an Up and Down Hills Clinic for beginners struggling with hill techniques. Start at 2 pm. Cost is $10. Email Cathy to register.
On Saturday, March 10, at 3 pm, we will welcome Olympic Gold Medalist Beckie Scott to our trails. A bit of a BIO: Scott is a three-time Olympian, participating at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Scott won a gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Salt Lake City games. She became the first Canadian and first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. A youtube video of some of Beckie’s skiing highlights is here. Beckie is now the Executive Director of Spirit North, the sponsoring organization for the KitsumKalum Community School students who have been skiing at our trails this winter. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun on March 10th: ski activities in the stadium, potluck supper, and more. Mark your calendars, and wait for further details!
RAFFLE: We have passed the break even point in our sales so the rest is pure gravy! Be sure you get your ticket and support the Club. The tickets are $20 and the prizes are worth it. And the benefit to the Club is enormous. I’ll be at the lodge for most of Saturday and Sunday afternoon! If you’d like to take some ticket booklets to sell, contact Sue Bergstrom. ALSO, the ski club will have the display and raffle sales available at the Terrace Community Resources Fair at the Skeena Mall on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If anyone can help sell tickets at this event, please contact Sue.
WELCOME! To the 99 new members! It’s so great to see new faces on the trails and feel the energy in the lodge. If you have questions about how things work in the Club, please feel free to ask anyone. Join us on Facebook (Onion Lake Ski Trails). We just started our page this year and it is working out really well. We also have a website, https://snowvalleynordics.com where you can find the answers to 99% of your questions.
If you’d like to get involved, the executive meets every second Tuesday of the month and anyone is welcome to attend. We won’t force you to become a director, we promise. (Due to spring break, the March meeting is on the 6th, at 7:30 pm in the Lodge.)
We really like to hear from newcomers because we’ve been doing things certain ways for so long, and it’s clear to us why and how, but not always to newcomers so let us know what isn’t clear.
If you’d like to help out there are several jobs that always seem to need doing and take no special skill:
1) Shovel snow off the deck and outhouse steps.
2) Fill the wood box – the shed is just outside the back door – you may have to shovel your way out
3) Sweep the floor.
4) Wipe down the tables and kitchen counters (supplies under the sink)
I hope everyone in the Club has noticed the big fluorescent green sign on the bulletin board in the lodge – Priorities for the coming years. If anyone sees anything missing, please feel free to add it and register your opinion. It will be used to guide the executive’s decision making.
We held the annual Moose Marathon on Sat. Feb. 24 and a great time was had by all. Times for all competitors are posted on the outside wall of the lodge. Race Results are here.
Best times (male and female) for each distance are:
Freya Eastman 13:45
Luca Columbo 16:10
Wade Stewart/Jessie Hanna – crossed the line arm in arm 34:34
Chloe Eastman 39:22
Will Sluyter 44:16
Gwen Sewell 1:02:56
Abel Vandenberg 52:42
Kim Barriere 57:35
Yohannes Vandenberg 1:35:13
Kate Woods 1:46:07
Congratulations to everyone who raced! Check out the drone video Deo made – here
A safety issue has arisen. After a snow fall, please stand clear of the roof line of the lodge. It’s an avalanche zone and when it comes down, the chunks are hard enough to do real damage to an adult, never mind a child. Be aware, no playing on the snow piles until it’s all off the roof.
And feel free to grab a shovel to clear the deck (again!)
Just a few more things:
--Remember all those free passes that are floating around? We’ve given out a few this year, from the AGM, from Early Bird registrations, and from the Women’s Fest. And maybe you have some yet from years past. If you can use those passes (get someone out skiing) between now and March 10th, the free passes (with your name on the back) will be put into a bucket, and we will draw for prizes at the potluck on the 10th.
--Half season ski club memberships: a very good deal, spring skiing is around the corner and we’ve got many weeks of great conditions coming up!
I hope you’re enjoying this ski season as much as I am. If not, get out on the trails – you won’t be able to avoid it!
Not sure if I should say “think snow” or not.
Liz Thorne (da prez. SVNSC)