Grooming update

Club groomers were out today. The classic tracks were rock solid and would require multiple circuits in order to redo them, however, once that was done they would set overnight and probably be the same tomorrow. The tracks are deep, well defined and icy. As things warm up they will be softer and less challenging. Our groomers had no choice but to leave them as they are. We need snow!!

The skateski was 100% refreshed and is in excellent shape. By loosening up the skateski trail from the trailhead, all skiers have an area that is not icy for their trip to the gatehouse.

There is no grooming activity planned in the next 5 days but after that we may get some more snow to help with grooming.

Another Great Loppet

Thanks to all the skiers who signed up and showed up in the freezing cold to compete in the 43rd Tay Valley Loppet. With beautiful fresh snow and sunshine, conditions were perfect for this year’s race. It was a great success.

Many thanks to Robert and Nancy for organizing, to the groomers for the excellent conditions, and to the dozens of volunteers who handled registration, marshalling, preparing food, and much more.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping making this year’s Loppet a success.

Find more information, results, and some photos on our Loppet page.

Tay Valley Loppet

The Tay Valley Loppet is open for registration!

Register through ZONE4 by clicking HERE!
Note that if you enter your entire family in one transaction, there is a slight savings due to the $1 per transaction fee.

For a complete description of the race distances, styles, deadlines, and fees, please visit our Loppet page.

A big thank you to these generous sponsors who are providing this year’s awards and draw prizes:

  •                                 Fresh Air Experience
  •                                 LAZL
  •                                 Greg Christie’s Ski and Cycleworks
  •                                 Fortune Farms
  •                                 Temple’s Sugar Bush
  •                                 Omya
  •                                 Bushtukah

Trail Etiquette

Click here to read Ontario Parks article on Trail Sharing. Photos from our very own Mursphy’s Point were used to illustrate the article. We’re famous!

For a full description click on the link but here, in a nutshell, are the five key rules of trail sharing etiquette:

  • Read the signs
  • Don’t hike or snowshoe on groomed ski surfaces
  • On unmaintained trails, don’t hike or snowshoe on ski tracks
  • Share the trail
  • Stay safe

AGM Wrap-Up

The trails have been cleared and debrushed, the snow machines are ready go, the Loppet plans are underway, and the finances are in good shape. These are a few of things members learned at Monday night’s Annual General Meeting at the Perth & District Indoor Pool. In addition to the usual business of reviewing last year’s minutes, members re-elected Drew Lampman as President and Phill Brackenbury as Vice-president. To kick off the meeting, Trevor Choffe, AKA Perth Fire Chief, spoke about his Everest Marathon adventure from last May. His running partner, Dave Peters, was also present to add detail to the talk. The adventure sounded particularly difficult but the scenery along the running route was stunning. A few photos are posted below. Congratulations to these adventurous athletes for their tremendous accomplishment and for raising $59,000 for cancer.

Ski Trail Prep

Cross Country Ski Trail Preparation Work Party Needed!  
When: 8 am to 12 noon on Saturday, October 26

Everyone is invited for a walk along at beautiful Murphys Point Provincial park to prepare trails for the upcoming winter season. We will meet at the front gate at 8 am and split into small groups to walk the trail and clear sticks/ debris, make note of any larger limbs/tress that need to be removed and start discussing and dreaming about the upcoming ski season. This is a great way to get involved in the club and meet other members! Dress for the weather and bring water, gloves and any pruning tools you might have (loppers, small handsaws, etc.).

Contact Phill Brackenbury at pcbrackenbury@gmail.com if you have would like to participate.