December 2, 2021
Ready to Go, Just Need Snow – A huge thank you to all of our program leaders, and volunteers who prepared us for a big year coming out of the worst of Covid. We are monitoring all of the public health advisories and will make adjustments to our programs as necessary. In the meantime I am strongly encouraging everyone to get fully vaccinated and to encourage family and friends to do the same.
Trails Ready – As I mentioned last month, through the combined efforts of the County and club volunteers, the trails are in the best condition we have ever seen going into the season. Tons of rocks have been removed, ruts are filled, and much of the gravel has been covered with topsoil and seeded. The groomers will also have a new tool to use to gently smooth the trails without digging up gravel and debris. Cold weather to freeze the ground and snow are all we need. Do your snow dance!
Trail Passes – Marathon County is selling their annual ski passes and to make it easy for you to get your pass for the season, you can go online to their program registration system and purchase a family or individual season pass. Here’s a link to make it easy for you to find: Season Passes Please note that they are not planning on having season passes available at the chalet. You need to purchase the pass online or at the office on River Drive.
Club Membership – Just a reminder that if you have not had a chance to renew your club membership, please do so soon. Membership allows you to participate in many of our programs and activities, but also allows the club to act as a voice and advocate for skiing in the Wausau area. You can sign-up online at through our website and clicking on the Membership menu option.
Swap – Thanks to everyone who helped at the annual swap. We were happy to be able to hold the event this year after last year’s cancellation, even though we knew in advance that the amount of available merchandise would be down. Financially, we broke even, or made a small profit. But we felt it was important continue to try to provide this service to the community, especially for people who are just getting into skiing.
Snowmaking – Still in the future, but we are making progress with the planning. We recently had a very productive meeting with Parks leadership to create a shared vision on how we could make snowmaking a reality. Ideally this will be a partnership with both parties sharing in the responsibilities required for an operation of this type. The board has had a good discussion regarding the potential for us to commit significant ongoing funds for the operation of the system, along with manpower to operate it. We hope to emulate the work at Lapham Peak, where the club has taken the lead in building and operating the system in the Kettle Morraine Park.
Perry Dau Memorial – The club is supporting the efforts of the Dau family to create a unique addition to the Nine Mile area, which was so dear to Perry. There are plans for an outdoor fire pit and gathering area, which will be nestled in the red pines near the chalet. This will complement future plans to expand and enhance the area around the chalet to make it more usable for both large and small events, which are becoming more common throughout the year at this popular natural area.
Snekkevik and Badger Games – We are currently planning again hold our traditional races in January. The Snekkevik is an important early season event, especially for our youth skiers. And the Badger Games are still part of the citizen racing scene that draws skiers looking to prepare for major events, like the Birkebeiner. If Covid is still prevalent in the state, we may have to make modifications to our formats, but these adjustments will occur based on current conditions.
Social Events – We are continuing to plan for Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon to be designated as Club Days. We have reached out to the Landing at the Y, Wausau Wheelers and Central Wisconsin Off-road Cycling Club (CWOCC) to invite them to be part of one of these events. Much will depend on weather, snow conditions, and Covid. So we will provide updated information as it becomes available.
Virtual Season Long Event – We are also working with the IronBull Adventure Series on a season long event where we would create an opportunity to log all your kilometers and compete with friends to see how many kilometers of skiing you can complete at Nine Mile. There may be prizes for the top finishers, but it will be fun to see how much skiing we can do in a season. Hopefully it will encourage us to get out, even when we are tempted to just hang out at home with a book in front of the fire.
Youth Programs – A huge thank you to Ernie Luedke, Greg and Rachel Kresse, Mike Cavanaugh, Jon Oestreich, Jeannie Alexejun, and Andrea Larson for the tireless efforts to continue ur club tradition of creating opportunities for your skiers to develop their passion for the sport we all hold so dear.
Snow Striders Registration Open – Registration is now open for the Snow Striders program. The program is free for those in grades K4-3rd for families who are club members. To sign-up, go the the Wausau Nordic Ski Club website and click on the Programs-Snow Striders link.
See you on the trails, soon?
Gary Zimbric, Club President