President’s Message for Feb 2016
Save Our Snow. That is the February mantra. Is it possible to import snow from the east coast? They seem to have more than enough. 4th of July Pass continues to have a good snow pack and many thanks to the groomers who continue to pack and groom the trails to help decrease snow melt from the recent rains.
Upcoming events are:
Sat, Jan 30—Rock Soup at 4th of July, 2:30
Join the fun and come snow-shoe on Jeanette’s Jaunt or ski the loop. Bring a small portion of grilled veggies or a small can of something to add to the soup. Bring to the Panhandle Hut where the master chefs, Kay and Pat will blend the secret spices and ingredients while the rest of us are frolicking in the snow. Vegetarian soup will be offered too. Bring a side dish to compliment the meal. A little wine or favorite beverage is nice. There will be hot water for tea and coffee. A head lamp or flashlight is recommended.
Ski lessons–1:30 prior to Rock Soup. Now it is time to navigate some hills and learn how to gracefully fall and get up without looking like a turtle stuck on its back. Let Jim know if you want to take a lesson. See Loppet for Jim’s contact info.
Tues, Feb 2—Club Meeting at Avondale Golf Course at 7:00
There will be a short business meeting and Aida and Rob will present their fabulous trip to Mongolia last summer. Also a “special presentation” will be featured on the upcoming 4th of July Loppet. Forget making dinner that evening and enjoy the fine food from the restaurant at Avondale at 6:00. Winthrop and Rossland, BC trips will be finalized.
Fourth-of-July Loppet, Feb 14
The stars have aligned for the “2nd” Inaugural Fourth-of-July Loppet. Now the weather needs to cooperate. It didn’t last year. This is a longer, noncompetitive cross-country ski with food and snack stops along the course. This will be organized like a fun run or bicycle ride. Two courses of 7 and 14 miles will begin at the Panhandle Hut and will proceed through the Inner Loop and the longer course will continue out along Road 614 (Skywalker and Moonrunner) to Rose Lake Saddle. Both courses will end at the Panhandle Hut.