Springing into Fall – While the weather is far from winter like, the board and volunteers have been busy getting ready to bring the club back to full energy after a year when we struggled to keep things going in a safe manner. There is a lot of optimism that we will be able to have all our usual programs this year and may add a couple new ones.
Trail Work Completed – A big thank you to John Prosser, Al Limberg, and Gary Zimbric for bringing their tractors to Nine Mile. We have had five work days smoothing ruts, pulling rocks and seeding the trails. Dan Leider, Rick Barnes, Craig French, George Tanner, Fergus McKiernan, Tate Prosser and John Beatty comprised the rake and shovel crew. This work will create better skiing in low snow conditions. Trail Work to Do – Saturday October 9th at 8:45will be our annual trail trimming day. We need help to trim the edges of the ski trails to cut back the brush that overhangs the trail. If you don’t enjoy being poked by branches, or getting your poles caught in the brambles, please show up and clear the sides of the trail. The county mows the ski trails, but the mowers will not get the branches that grow over the trails. So please meet behind the chalet. Bring gloves and loppers or pruning shears if you have them. We will have some tools available. The plan will be to divide into groups to cover all the trails. There is plenty of work for all ages, and we will provide a little lunch. Hoping to see you on October 9th.
SkiToberFest – Sunday October 17 will continue our new tradition of holding an outdoor event to officially kick off the ski season. New this year will be a timed Run/Hike at 2 PM using ski poles over either a 1 mile or 5 km course. You can ski walk, run, bound or whatever method you prefer as long a you use ski poles. After all, we are a ski club, not a running or hiking group. We will have amazing prizes for the winners, and raffle prizes that all participants are eligible for. That will be followed by snacks, brats and beverages. Feel free to bring something to share, but it is not required. There will be a short business meeting, and a chance for our leaders to hear your comments and suggestions
Swap November 5-6 – The board has decided to again hold our annual swap with the Rib Mountain Ski Club in Marathon Park. We feel there is a need to provide equipment for individuals and families who want to economically equip themselves to enjoy our sport. We will comply with all current safety precautions and will limit occupancy in the building. Final details will be worked out as we get closer to the date.
Dry Land Group – About a dozen club members are meeting every Wednesday at 5:30 at Doepke Park to get into condition for the upcoming season and to learn a bit about the latest ski techniques. Mike Cavanaugh and Gary Zimbric are leading the sessions and the feedback has generally been positive. There is room for more folks to join, and all ability levels will benefit form the activity.
Board Matters – The board is working to replace Rick Barnes who decided to step away from the board, and we have at least two capable candidates to present for your approval. And we are also considering adding term limits to our bylaws to encourage the regular infusion of new energy and ideas at the board level. More to follow. Get out and enjoy these lovely Indian Summer days and stay active as the days get shorter. It gets tougher as the sun sets earlier and we need that extra layer of clothing, but it is good for us at so many levels, especially if we can be active with family and friends. See you at the October 9 trail workday, and October 17 SkiToberFest,