Just a reminder that the TVCCSC Loppet will be held on February 11th 2023 and we are looking for volunteers. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well, Renfrew County is hosting the Ontario Winter Games in communities throughout the Valley over the course of two weekends in February (Feb 2-5 and Feb 9-12).
Here is a note from the Ontario Winter Games organizers: We are so pleased to be working in partnership with Cross Country Ski Ontario and Biathlon Ontario to host these games for youth athletes from all over Ontario. These games are 100% volunteer run and we are proud to showcase our communities, venues, and talent to deliver what we hope will be #thebestgamesever.
Cross-Country/Para Cross-Country Skiing will be held on Feb 10th and Feb 11th at Ma-te-way Park in Renfrew, Ontario.
Biathlon will be held on Feb. 10th and 11th at the Calabogie Highlands Golf Course in Calabogie, ON.
As neither of the host communities for either Cross Country/Para Cross Country Skiing or Biathlon have a local club, we are reaching out to clubs from around the area to assist us to fill the considerable volunteer roles both Provincial Sport Organizations have requested in order to run the events. Specifically, we are looking for both on-course and start/finish line volunteers in a number of areas.
To register as a volunteer, please go to: www.renfrewcounty2023.ca/volunteer. Once registered, search “Opportunities” to search available shifts. There are lots available!
Lower your carbon footprint, enjoy a stress-free commute to the park, and meet other skiers by doing the “Ski Bus Shuffle Shuttle”.
The free shuttle bus ferrying skiers from Perth to Murphys Point Provincial Park will run again this Saturday, January 21st. There are several pick up locations in town. Check out our Shuttle page for all the details.
Thanks to the recent snowfall, this Saturday marked a return to skiing at Murphys Point! It also marked the first free shuttle bus from Perth to the Provincial Park. The Lanark Transportation shuttle bus picked up at 3 locations in Perth and delivered enthusiastic skiers to Murphys Point for an afternoon of skiing in brilliant sunshine and very good trail conditions.
The ride was smooth, relaxing, and right on time. Skiers engaged in a lively conversation along the route, discussing gear and sharing stories. Club member Brent Maguire said, “I am sold on this shuttle. I plan to take it again!”.
Consider taking the Shuttle in the coming weeks. It’s easy, accessible, and reduces our carbon footprint in getting to the park. You may also get to know some of the other skiers you see on the trails.
The club is taking steps to improve access to the cross-country ski trails and to reduce our club’s carbon footprint by organizing a weekly shuttle bus service from Perth to Murphys Point Provincial Park. This FREE service is a trial partnership between our ski club and Lanark Transportation. Check out our Shuttle page for all the details.
This year, at the AGM, members stated a desire to freeze membership fees again for this year. So, the cost to join remains the same: $75 for a family, $50 for an adult individual, $25 for students and Jackrabbits (who aren’t part of a family membership).
Please note that our club pays the national governing body $20 for each membership. This provides the club with liability insurance as well as funding the provincial and national sporting bodies.
The first in-person AGM since the fall of 2019 saw a good turnout of new and returning club members.
Members of the executive presented past minutes, the financial report, the trails report, the programs report, and the membership report. There was also a report from Murphys Point Provincial Park. Of note, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the club’s partnership with the Park. After the reports, elections were held for three executive positions. More on that in a later post.
Following the presentations, reports, and elections, there were was good discussion about how the club can reduce its carbon footprint by improving the grooming and trail maintenance equipment, planting trees, and encouraging/facilitating ride-sharing. Many of these ideas will be discussed at the upcoming executive meeting.
One item of note for all members is that the membership fee will NOT change this year. The fee structure will remain the same as we do our little bit to help keep life affordable.
The final act of the evening was a fantastic presentation by Park Naturalist Samantha Allison who explained how all the creatures who overwinter in the park survive using adaptation, hibernation, brumation, or diapause. Thank you, Samantha!
The club’s annual general meeting will take place on Monday, November 14th, at 7pm. This in-person event will be held at the Perth & District Indoor Pool. Masks are welcome and hand sanitizer will be available.
We are excited to announce that we will have a guest speaker once again. This year’s talk is “Frozen but not forsaken”. Join Senior Park Naturalist, Samantha Allison, to hear the stories of survival and community which are told through Murphys Point Provincial Park’s winter landscape.
The AGM is also a chance to look back at last season, to look ahead to the upcoming season, to meet other club members, to buy a club toque, and to pick up a free copy of the TVCCSC history book. Of course, there will be opportunities to help shape the future of the club by voting on proposals or volunteering to help.
On Saturday, November 5th, two dozen members headed out onto the trails on a beautiful fall day to help get them in shape for the ski season. Here is the write up from “Trail Boss” Phill:
Thanks to all for the very important work you put in for the ski club this morning!
The beautiful weather made it a pretty nice day to be out in the woods, and the large, pleasant crew was very effective in tackling the tasks. As I mentioned, there may be another call out to volunteers for a simple walk of all the trails to remove debris/ identify larger fallen trees that need chainsawing. November winds often put a fresh deposit of obstacles on our ski trails. When you’re skiing the trails this winter, you can pause and be proud of the work you have done to make everyone’s experience better.
We’d love to see as many members as possible at the AGM on November 14 at the Perth Pool. Come on out and meet other skiers and snowshoers.
Again, there will be a deal on stylish club tuques and the highly cherished club history book will be available to all participants.