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 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
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