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 Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:05 p.m. at the warming house
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Lori Mikunda, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Howard Chatterton, Dick Gralewicz, Jim Kurz, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, John Ziemer.
Old Business: a) website report; b) 501C3 status
Blue Hills Trail website report: Tom Paulsen reported on the Website. Very positive comments have been received.
501C3 status: Cyn Reinert has been working on 501C3 status. Technically the filing for exempt status should have occurred within eighteen months of incorporation, however Jan explained that the worse case scenario would be that the club would be responsible for paying 'back taxes'. Reinert recommended no equipment purchases be made until the exempt status has been received. The estimated timetable is 3 months for the IRS to respond.
New trail development south of Ladysmith: John Ziemer reported that the City of Ladysmith is attempting to develop a trail near the industrial park following the Flambeau River to the hospital bridge. The trail would be developed for walking, biking, and snowshoeing.
Long-term Funding of Equipment Purchases: Tom Paulsen motioned to set aside $5000 annually (to be reviewed each year) and that the money be invested safely at the discretion of the officers. Second by Howard Chatterton. Motion carried.
Cindy Erickson, Carolyn and Howard Chatterton, and Jan and Tom Paulsen are on the fall banquet committee at this time. The banquet is scheduled for November 11, location undetermined at this point. Randy Sabien and his band will provide the entertainment.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
Blue Hills Trail Committee
Grooming Equipment Status: Jim Kurz reported that the bombi was operating well at the close of the season. A suggestion was made to have Ypma check over the bombi this fall. Replacement of the alpine snowmobile was discussed. Cost proposals were presented for various workhorse snowmobiles. Pete Olson volunteered to pursue options for alpine repair or replacement. Motion by Jim Kurz to investigate the repair costs of the alpine, if under $500 go ahead and repair the alpine and use for the coming season; if not feasible to fix, sell the alpine and purchase a new or used alpine equivalent. Tom Paulsen seconded the motion. Discussion held. Motion carried.
Trail improvements to the Blue Hills: Recommendations were bridge repair and one new bridge, culverts, and reroute by #30. WCC has seeded the raw areas. Jan Paulsen and Carolyn & Howard Chatterton have been lobbying to restrict ATV use on the west side as damage is being done to the trail. FEMA funds are designated for work being completed this summer.
Skijoring on the trails: People have contacted the Club requesting the trails be opened for skijoring. Discussion held regarding safety concerns. Guidelines will be developed to restrict the skijoring and loose dogs on the eastside on weekends; however the Westside will be open to skijoring and dogs. The consensus was to encourage people with dogs to limit their skiing to the Westside trails. Motion by Carolyn Chatterton, second by Tom Paulsen. Motion carried.
Purchasing an additional roller: would eliminate transporting the roller. A new roller would cost $1200-$1300. Discussion held. The consensus was to table any purchase at this time.
Delegating Duties: Jan is looking for volunteers to clean the outhouses on an ongoing basis.
High School Trails Committee
Pete Olson stated students would be doing some maintenance on the LHS lighted loop June 2. Trail access for the bombi was discussed.
Log Jam Race Committee
The Log Jam Bike Race will be held June 11. Dave Borman needs course volunteers June 10 and June 11. Saturdays prior to Memorial Day will be workdays. Jaycees will be doing food, registration, and awards. Lodging will be available.
Sisters' Farm Trails Committee
Election of Officers
Howard Chatterton nominated the existing officers being, Jan Paulsen, President; Carolyn Chatterton, Vice President; and Lori Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer. Second by Tom Paulsen. Motion by Howard Chatterton to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.
A Listing of Active Committees