Membership time!

The membership portal is live for the 2020-2021 season.

If I look out my window, that’s not a moment too soon! A light dusting of snow is covering the ground, the trails were cleared on Saturday, and the Annual General Meeting is this coming Monday. Time to get a membership!

Go to the Membership page and follow the instructions to join for this season. Don’t forget that only paid members can vote during the AGM.

If you haven’t RSVP’d to our ZOOM AGM, yet, please scroll down a few posts and follow the link to the (very short) form to reserve your spot on our remote AGM.

Hope to see on the trails, soon!

Trail Clearing Day

Club members will be walking the trails at Murphy’s Point on Saturday, October 24 to clear away any branches or obstructions and identify any larger trees or hazards that need to be removed to prepare for the ski season.

We will also be installing a snow fence and possibly spreading some mulch on one area of the Loon Lake trail.

This is key preparation for our winter ski season which, we think, may be our busiest yet. It is a fun morning of light exercise in a beautiful autumn setting. Please consider joining us and feel free to invite family and friends.

We meet at the main gate at 8 am and get into small groups to walk, inspect, and clear the trails. We usually wrap up by noon. Mark your calendars, bring a water bottle, a snack, work gloves, and dress for the weather.

Please email Phill to let him know that you are able to join us. Also, if you have any questions or know of someone else who may be interested in pitching in, contact him at pcbrackenbury at gmail dot com.

Annual General Meeting

The ski season approacheth!

That means it’s AGM time. This year’s annual general meeting will be a virtual affair held on ZOOM.

  • DATE: Monday, November 2nd, 2020
  • TIME: 7 pm

All members are invited to attend. There are a few positions up for election which you might be interested in taking on. The positions are Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Coordinator.

Hope to see you on the ZOOM call!

Murphy’s Point Closed for the Season

Unfortunately, warming temperatures and rain have made the parking lots, roads and trails very icy and hazardous.  The Park staff decided earlier this week to wrap up the 2019-2020 winter season at the park. 

On behalf of the park staff, thank you for all your work, time and contributions that make our winter program a success. 

Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

Jackrabbits eat Taffy

It’s a little know fact that jackrabbits love eating maple taffy on snow. If you don’t believe us, check out the photo below. Last Sunday, a photographer in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park caught a whole nest of jackrabbits nibbling contently on the sweet stuff.

Jackrabbits from the Tay Valley Ski Club enjoy the sweet treat on a beautiful winter Sunday!

If you didn’t know, Jackrabbits is the name of our club’s kids’ ski program. Named after the famous Norwegian skier, Herman “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, who is credited with introducing the sport of nordic skiing to North America. Among many other developed trails in Ontario, Quebec, and New York. When he died at the age of 111, he had been the oldest person alive. He is buried in Saint Sauveur, Quebec.

While our Jackrabbit program won’t guarantee that kind of longevity, it will improve your children’s quality of life! If you or your children are interested, email our Jackrabbit leader and Club President through our Contact page.


It looks like we may have a few weather challenges in the next couple of days. Warm temperatures and wet snow are not ideal for grooming. On Thursday, the cold will return  (temporarily) and the grooming team will groom all of the trails internal to the park. They will not be going to Lally.

More snow is great but 40cm is a lot for our grooming equipment. Stay tuned to our Facebook site for the latest.

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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.