Friday (evening update)
Great skiing on the East Side trails today. The classic track on the East Side Core Loop is fairly deep, firm, and fast. There are some oak leaves in the classic track on the Core Loop, but they're not too bothersome. Skating conditions are very good to excellent. Conditions on the north half of the West Side are probably very good - its skate deck was groomed Wednesday evening. Excelsior Road (West Side) is in good to very good condition - the snow cover on the east half mile is a bit thin, but you can use your good skis the full length of Excelsior Road.
All the East Side trails are open and groomed for skating; the most frequently used East Side trails are groomed for classic skiing. The north half of the West Side has been groomed for skating & classic skiing. Wednesday evening we opened more of the West Side trails, including Excelsior Road.
West Side logging was completed January 18th. Be sure to READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section regarding the status of the West Side trails.
Due to recent logging on the West Side, the trails where trucks hauled logs has thin snow cover and skiers probably should use rock skis on this list of trails: the loop between intersections D-E-D, and from A-B-C-D. Click here for details including a helpful map. The involved trails - including the east 1/2 mile of Excelsior Road - need more snow before they can be aggressively groomed.
January 23/24: 2 inches dry powder
January 22 (evening): dusting
January 21/22: 1.5" fluffy powder
Thursday evening (January 27): set classic track on many of the trails that branch off the East Side Core Loop.
Wednesday evening (January 26): groomed the skate deck of the West Side trails. This included the full length of Excelsior Road which required aggressive grooming of Excelsior Road between intersections A and X.
Tuesday midday (January 25): set classic track on the East Side Core Loop.
Monday evening (January 24): packed (rolled) the powder snow on most of the East Side trails. Great results!
Meeting called to order
by Dave Johnson, president
Officers: Craig Henson, Dave Johnson, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Tom Baker, Dave Borman, Carolyn Chatterton, Howard Chatterton, Doug DeLong, Jim Kurz, Lynn Marsh, Annie Olson, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Doug Spielman, Deb Wall, Holly Wiesman, John Ziemer.
Non-members: Dave Lee (Flambeau Mining Company), Jana Murphy (Flambeau Mining Company).
Sisters Farm Trails
Blue Hills Warming House Committee
Carolyn Chatterton reported that everything is underway. The WCC is supposed to begin cutting trees and peeling logs on the 6th of August. The plans for the building are a 16’ x 24’ log construction with a cement floor. For heat the club plans to have a wall-mounted, gas furnace. It should be built and completed for use this ski season!
Blue Hills Trail Committee
There is a need for some new bridges, according to Carolyn Chatterton and Jan Paulsen. Jump River Electric has donated several stringers towards this project. The Rusk County Forestry department has donated 20 hours of dozing, mowed the trails, and cleared the trails. Completing these bridges before snow season should not be a problem.
High School Trails Committee
Snowshoe Race Committee
This will be the first year the RCTA will hold a snowshoe race. Last year the race was held by Rusk County; primarily organized by Holly Wiesman. The tentative date will be Saturday, January 30th. Holly Wiesman reported that it would be part of the Midwest Snowshoe Series consisting of 10 races. There was some discussion about the venue for the race this year. Many members would like to have the race at the Blue Hills Trail, especially considering the presence of a new warming house. Also, it would give the BHT exposure.
Log Jam Race Committee
Dave Dave Borman said that there were over 700 riders this year. Overall, the race was a great success without any major problems. Many said they heard good remarks from riders about the race organization and course. Area businesses were also very receptive to the event.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
John Ziemer says he sent in the info to the USSA for registration. The race is planned to be held the first Sunday of January, which would be the 3rd. There are no plans to coordinate this race with the Cumberland race as has been done in the past. The Cumberland race will most like be on a different weekend.
Dave Johnson began the discussion with, "Do we want to have a banquet?" In the end, most seemed to agree that the banquet is a good idea. However, no one was willing to serve as committee chairperson. Instead, a date was set for a committee meeting and those interested would show up. The committee was to meet 8/20/98 to begin planning. There was some discussion about toning down the banquet into a smaller event. This would possibly include fewer instant winner prizes, etc. The committee is to make these decisions.
Election of of New President & Vice President
Due to Dave Johnson's upcoming move to Milwaukee, a new president was elected. Dave spoke about his enthusiasm for the club, and what a great experience it has been for him. During his term much has been accomplished: PowerBar D.I.R.T. grant, Sisters Farm Trails Grant, start of warming house project at the Blue Hills Trail, and funding and initiation of High School Trails lighting project. Jan Paulsen was unanimously elected to the presidential position, opening up her previous VP position. Carolyn Chatterton was then unanimously elected vice president.
A Reminder of Committee Members...