Hello everyone! With the snow finally disappearing in town, and slowly thinning down at the trails, we’re starting to wrap up the season. 6 months of good skiing! Who’da thunk it?!
I want to start by thanking the executive for the tremendous amount of hard work that they’ve done this year. It’s been long, and it’s been cold, but it’s been terrific skiing and tremendous fun. I’d especially like to thank Sue and Dean Bergstrom who devoted a year of their lives to our raffle. We covered our expenses and made a little bit more. That said: the lucky winners of the raffle prizes are…
1st prize, THE BENCH, went to Lee-Ann Rogers of Terrace
2nd prize, THE OWL, went to Terry Garon of Prince Rupert
3rd prize, THE ANTLER, went to Rod Onstein of Terrace
Others on the thank-you list are all the coaches, the kitchen crew at the Snow Flake Café, the rental shed volunteers, and THE GROOMERS who all made our Club a great place to be this winter.
Also, I want to thank the members who turned out to help at Open House, races and other Club events when I put out the call. It made a real difference in getting so many activities off and ground and successful.
Rental Returns: Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. This is your last chance to return skis. We’re not trying to be nasty but volunteers can only stretch so thin. Please get them back.
Gate closure: Well, first we have to straighten the darn thing, which was damaged this winter with snow ploughing. However, we’re thinking to close the gate May 13 because by then, gardens can be dug, and fishing banks are clear, and enough is probably enough. Also vandals are out and about too. If anyone wants to ski after that you’re welcome to park out front and ski in from there. Jim will continue to set a single track with the snowmobile from time to time.
FYI The gravel was just starting to show through the side of the Jackrabbit Hill in the stadium last Saturday.
Also FYI: fresh and numerous grizzly tracks sighted this week near the Lone Wolf turnoff on the Moose Highway. Ski with a buddy!
The Work Party date will be announced shortly and I’m hopeful people will be as great about helping out in Spring as they were in the fall. The big job is filling the wood shed – it’s good exercise and Cathy and I make soup and bread and somehow we always feel good at the end of the day. There are other odd jobs that will be handed out at the work party.
Terry Brown is looking for some volunteers to help him inventory and replace signs on the trails and at our entrance. Call him at 250 798 2227.
Did you know that our trails are located within the Terrace Community Forest? The trees that are cut, in and around our trails, are sold and proceeds go to community groups who can apply for grants. This year we will receive a chunk to upgrade the troll trail. In past years we have received many thousands of dollars for upgrading our trails. And Community Forests logged the new Dog Trail section for us last year.
Most people have noticed the thinning that was done last year on the south end of the Dog Trail. That work will continue this summer to cover most of our inside trails and the far side of the Moose Highway. We hope to get quite a few trees removed that are blocking snow from our trails. It’s going to look lovely.
We’re expecting a busy, busy summer! Feel free to drop by and check it out.
Hope to see you at the work party!
Liz Thorne (da prez. SVNSC)