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  • Writer's pictureCath V.

news plus St. Paddy's Day Cookie and Poker Ski

Hi everyone, We’ve certainly had some great skiing in the last few weeks! Sorry this didn’t happen in January, but it’s sure happening now, so please get out there and enjoy the trails, if you haven’t been out there lately. We have over a meter of packed snow almost everywhere; this is good news for spring skiing. The life of a skier in the spring could be this: garden in the morning, ski in the afternoon, and go hiking or kayaking in the evening as the days are getting longer! Who can’t love this? We are still selling half-season memberships at a very good price, if you aren’t a member but still want to get on board to get lots of skiing in over the next month or so. The Jack Rabbits program finished on Saturday, with end-of-lessons activities for all the age groups. The coaches did an amazing job this season, working with the sometimes challenging weather (and sometimes the challenging puddles) to keep the kids on skis, learning, and having fun. The rental shed hours are coming to an end. This weekend the shed will be open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. After Sunday, March 19, the rental shed will be closed. We are short of volunteers in this important club outreach, so think about volunteering for next season when you sign up to ski. We’ve had an assortment of school groups (including the Spirit North kids), kids’ groups, and adult groups enjoying the trails this season. Thank you to the groomers and rental shed volunteers and the instructors and coaches who have helped to get these groups on skis! This is a crucial piece of introducing people to the sport and our trails, and a volunteer opportunity if you have time (next season) on weekdays.

St. Paddy’s Day Cookie and Poker Ski on Sunday, March 19

Looking for a social event and a ski event and a cookie event all in the same day? Put on your greenest ski clothes, and join us for a St. Patrick’s Day tour of the Beaver and Clearwater trails, eat some cookies at various stations, and accumulate playing cards to compete for the best poker hand. One of the cookie stations will be at the new shelter that overlooks Onion Lake—come check it out! Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. $5 per person (proceeds going to Moose Hut maintenance project and troll-making for the Troll Trail) (people without season’s passes will have to pay regular day use fees as well) Prizes: —best/most green costume (booklet of 10 ski pass tickets) and child prizes for best dressed too! —best poker hand (free membership next season), prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well —other random draws for all in attendance

Can you help us run this event? We need volunteers (10 people at the 5 cookie stations, 2-3 people in the kitchen at the lodge, 2 people at the registration table, and 2 poker hand adjudicators). Contact Cathy if you can volunteer on Sunday. We also need lots of cookies, about 1000 of them! Contact Pat if you can bake some cookies, OR drop off at Kim’s (4116 Benner St., Terrace) or Pat’s (37 Duncan St., Kitimat)

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