Freeze/thaw cycles will create a hard frozen trail to start the day. Time your skiing to take advantage of rising temps, solar radiation, and a softening trail surface.
It was 37 degrees F at noon Thursday, there had been a hard overnight freeze, and the skate lane didn't start to soften until 10-10:30. The glaze in the classic track became more skier friendly very late in the morning. So far the ski trails are withstanding this early March warmup.
Bring your good skis, the base is adequate.
IMPORTANT: Click here to view East Side trail precautions.
Our snowshoe trails are an option for hikers - PLEASE DON'T WALK/HIKE ON THE SKI TRAILS!
February 28, 2021: 6+ inches heavy sticky snow
We most likely will groom the skate lane some time Friday night, hoping to set the stage for good skiing on Saturday. Check back.
March 2, Tuesday evening: touched up the skate lane on Excelsior Road (West Side), and the most heavily traveled loop on the East Side.
March 1, Monday evening: groomed and set track on the West Side trails, plus the most important East Side trails.
March 1, Monday morning: packed (rolled) the West Side trails, plus a large portion of the East Side trails.
Meeting called to order
by Dave Olsen, president, at 7 p.m. at the Warming Hut
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Frank Lowry, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Steve Brockman, Howard Chatterton, Wendy Zabst.
Motion by Olsen, second by Chatterton, to dispense with reading of the prior minutes. Unanimously carried.
Presented by Carolyn Chatterton. Discussion held. Steve Brockman questioned if there might be a way to pay a one-time license fee for grooming equipment. Dave Olsen will check into this. Motion by Frank Lowry, seconded by Steve Brockman, to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. Unanimously carried.
501C3 status discussed. Howard Chatterton suggested hiring someone to get this done. Frank Lowry said he would meet with Chris Buslee and get it taken care of.
Blue Hills Ascent race report was supplied by Tom Paulsen in a written form, and this was reviewed. Discussion held about pre-registration and wave seeding. Olsen suggested that teams be required to pre-register. Olsen suggested that there be two registrations – team and individual. Chip timing was suggested.
Other fundraising ideas: Olsen said that food stands at summer events are more work than the RCTA banquet.
Banquet: Howard Chatterton suggested a fish bowl 50/50 raffle for the banquet and silent auctions would work well for the banquet. Steve Brockman will check into the possibility of renting the VFW hall in Weyerhaeuser for the banquet.
Mowing and Trail Maintenance: Steve Brockman suggested that we look into buying or renting equipment to mow. Acre Ease is a $2,000 22-hp mower that hooks on a 4-wheeler and has four blades. Olsen asked Brockman to check into rental of mowing equipment. Lowry will head up bridge repair.
Insurance: Coverage for equipment and liability totals approximately $800.
Warming house: No need to seal at this time. Olsen will take care of soffit repair, and also will look into fixing the furnace.
Work Day: September 27.
Membership Dues: To remain at $40 for family and $20 for individuals.
Grooming equipment: Discussion was held regarding purchase of a Ginzu Groomer. Brockman moved, Lowry seconded, that the club buy a Ginzu Groomer. Motion passed unanimously.
To be carried over with additions as highlighted in bold
Election of Officers
Zabst nominated Dave Olsen for president, Chris Buslee for vice president, Jan Paulsen for secretary, and Carolyn Chatterton for treasurer. Seconded by Steve Brockman. Unanimously carried.
Motion to adjourn by Howard Chatterton, second by Brockman. Unanimously carried. Adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Taken by Jan Paulsen, Secretary
A Listing of Active Committees