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 if you have would like to participate.

Win a birch bark canoe

The Friends of Murphys Point are raffling a beautiful handmade birch bark canoe on Oct. 14, 2019. Funds raised will support future Indigenous programming at the park. The poster below outlines how you can get your ticket. Please consider supporting our friends, the Friends of Murphys Point!

Website grooming underway

We have fired up the Website groomers! They are hard at work getting the site ready for the new season. And like trail grooming, it can take some time.

It may look different every time you visit, some links may not work, some pages may not have any content…but don’t be dismayed, the pages and posts will be in good shape come ski season.

Thanks for your understanding and patience!

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Ski Club History!

 The Tay Valley Ski Club is launching the revised 2nd Edition of the ski club history.

tay valley xcountry ski book 2018

Here’s a link to the actual book:  tay valley xcountry ski book 2018

A special Thank You to Don Boyle who wrote the updates and led the project.

It’s very interesting to see the history of the club and how far it has come!@If interested in getting a printed copy of the book, please email


Club Celebrates 35 Year Partnership with Murphys Point Provincial Park

The 35th anniversary of our Ski Club’s partnership with Murphys  Point Provincial Park was highlighted at the AGM on November 6, 2017 held in the Meeting Room at the Perth Pool. Curtis Thompson, park superintendent, presented club president, Drew Lampman, with a commemorative plaque.

Those attending the AGM enjoyed a specially decorated cake after the business meeting.

We were pleased that so many of those who have participated in the operation of the ski club over the years were in attendance.


Shown in the photo are Denise Guerin (Treasurer), Don Boyle and Doug Hollingsworth (Past Presidents), Drew Lampman (President), Gloria Opzoomer (Past President), Frank Roy (Past Secretary-Treasurer), Curtis Thompson (Park Superintendent), Rick Forsyth (Past Executive), Jim Reain (Past Loppet Coordinator) and Beth Graham (Past Treasurer).