Hello skiers! Happy New Year! And hasn’t it been a glorious autumn? Hope everyone has been getting out and enjoying the fall sunshine.
The Club season got off to a terrific start with our work party on Saturday, Oct. 6. Twenty-five working adults and teens plus numerous small children (picture the 2 year old, clutching his “log” staggering through the trees – too cute!) accomplished a prodigious amount of work!
The wood shed was completely filled; the outhouse by the garages got new steps, the hole in the floor of the old warming hut was patched and the rail on the lodge step got fixed. Clean laundry was returned to the Moose hut and some log splitting was done out there too. A huge thank you to everyone who turned out! What a great feeling it was!
If you come out to the trails this fall, be aware that logging is ongoing until the end of November. Sundays are quiet. Terrace Community Forest is doing a commercial thin around the Beaver and Snow Bound, the lit trails. There are numerous branch piles which won’t be burnt this year as they are too wet; so they will remain over the winter. They are not stable enough for climbing on so keep the kids off, please. You will also see some large empty spaces – these are lay down areas for the logs prior to loading up and hauling out. Some of our signs are down, they will be put back up before the snow flies.
The parking lot was expanded this spring and the brush pile should get burnt this week. We are hoping to get the work of grading and sloping done this fall so we can use the new space.
AGM Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 pm our Annual General Meeting will be held at the lodge at Onion Lake. Please make time to come out. We will be voting on our Constitution and Bylaws (about to be filed electronically) and our new policy manual (under one cover for the first time in Club history!) Many thanks to Gwen Sewell for taking a 4 inch stack of paper and turning it into something coherent and usable; and to Cathy Vandenberg for doing the almost-final edit. The drafts of the bylaws and policy manual are temporarily on the front page of the website (snowvalleynordics.com) if you want to have a read and help us in the final editing. (Email me or Cathy if you can help us tweak these documents.) Bylaws draft copy Policy Manual draft copy They will all be officially posted on the club website once they are finalized and brought forward at the AGM.
We will also be discussing plans for a new rental shop and how we’re going to adjust to the influx of workers for the LNG Canada project. If anyone would like anything else added to the agenda, now is the time to email me.
We are always looking for folks who want to get involved with the Club. Whether it’s joining the board as a director-at-large, or helping with rentals, or coaching Jack Rabbits, or just seeing a job that needs doing and doing it (filling wood box, sweeping, snow shoveling etc). The AGM is a great place to start to find out where the Club is heading and how you can get behind it and help push.
Anyone who comes to the meeting will receive a free day pass (for yourself or to give away). We usually have some desserts on hand as well!
The Troll Trail is undergoing a renovation! Limbing and thinning has happened, solar lights have been installed, and a Troll creation session for the kids is being planned. The idea is that Jack Rabbits kids will attend a session at The Creative Zone and make trolls that will then be hung up in the trees around the trail. Date and time to be announced. Stand by!
Jack Rabbits registrations for kids (ages 4-12) are now available, either through regular online full membership registration, or by printable forms. Seasonal rentals for ski gear for JackRabbits kids will be announced –- usually it’s the first week end in December or when the snow flies, whichever comes first.
We are looking for coaching assistants for the Jack Rabbit program. Training is provided and Travis will be notifiying everyone as to dates and times. We are also looking for instructors for adults and school groups who come to ski during the week. Anybody interested in helping out? Contact Travis.
Cathy is starting her list of rental shed volunteers so you can contact her if you’d like to help out there. Who can give the Club a 3-hour shift once a month during ski season? Contact Cathy.
And last but not least, membership registration is available online and via printable forms! Early bird draws will be held on November 15 and December 1st. Prizes so far are:
--4 Hands Massage gift certificate
--Skeena Valley Therapeutice Massage gift certificate
--a hand woven wool blanket (this year it’s red!)
--2 free memberships for next season!
Get your name in the draw (by purchasing your early bird ski pass by Dec. 1st!) and get your friends and family signed up too!
That about wraps it up until after the AGM. Hope to see lots of people out.
(da Prez, SVNSC)