Reports of snowflakes in the air last week has us thinking about skiing again. Our registration is now open with earlybird pricing in effect until Dec 1st. Get this year’s membership at last year’s prices. Visit zone4 to register your family for skiing and programs.
Please note that the OUA Nordic Ski Championships are happening on our trail system this weekend. Trails are closed to the public between Friday Feb 25 4pm and Sunday Feb 27 1pm.
The trails will be closed to users Saturday and Sunday (Mar 6-7) from 8:30am-12:30pm while racers complete the virtual loppet this year. Come by in the afternoon for a ski. Lights are also on until 9pm. The trails are double trackset until Sunday mid-morning so take care if you’re skating. The trails are also quite icy and fast.
Congratulations to all those who took up the challenge week 1. Some very young racers (less than a decade old) and some very experienced participants (more than seven decades on earth), worked their way around a hilly course. Some elite athletes even turned Gore’s grind into a skiathlon by doing both classic and skate races on the same day.
Week 2: Buchanan’s Blast sprint race (Jan 30 – Feb 5th): start and finish is the same. Course also does not complete the full wall loop, instead follows the “wall to wall” short cut, on the left at the top of the wall hill and down the slingshot.
Course: shed loop, wall hill, “wall to wall” short cut (turn left at the top of the wall), down the “sling shot” towards the finish.
Format: warm up, go to the start, start timing, ski the course, stop timing at the finish, slowly ski back to the start (within 10 minutes of finishing lap 1), start timing again, ski the course a second time, stop timing at the finish, cool down, enter your time into the google forms survey.
Week 1 Race “Gore’s Grind” starts Jan 24 9am
See full details under the Events section
Input your self-timed results to this FORM
You can now purchase your day passes online at zone4. As a day use member, please remember that we do not have a chalet option this year and you will need to pay for parking during daytime hours before 5pm at the University using the pay and display system in Lot G. Parking is free after 5pm and on weekends. Thank you for supporting the club this season.
Trails (stadium, shed, wall and soccer field) have been groomed and trackset following the snow that arrived on the weekend. There are some windblown sections and difficult exits to navigate off the shed and wall loops. Ski with caution in these conditions. We need more snow to regroom so keep doing your snow dance.
We have worked out the details for our members to have trail access this winter and now all we need is a bit of snow. While we wait, the lights are on if you want to enjoy a walk on the Robert D’Aloisio Memorial Lighted Trail that was installed last season. Be sure to check out our new memorial bench, named for Anne-Marie Shaw located at a gorgeous lookout off the Gully loop.
Get your membership on zone4 and follow the instructions on the parking page to get a parking hang tag from the University. Parking will be available to members in the stadium lot and Lot G, to keep cars and people spread out. Please do not linger in the parking lots this season and do not congregate at the trailhead.
The chalet will NOT be open this year so plan ahead, and pack your wax, a snack and water.
You’ve been asking and we’ve been working. We ARE planning to have groomed trails for you to use this winter. At this time we do NOT anticipate having a chalet open. We have submitted all our COVID-19 policies to the University for approval and will post the good news here and on our social media sites when we have the go-ahead to ramp-up the skiing season. Thanks for supporting our Club.
Board nominations are due by October 12th, 2020 and reminder that our AGM is on October 18th, 2020 at 7pm. Please email the club at email@example.com and we will send you the Zoom link.