SKMANA CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB - JANUARY 2012 NEWSLETTER

SKMANA
CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB
P.O. Box 325, CHASE, B.C.  V0E 1M0
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JANUARY NEWSLETTER
2012

MEMBERSHIP  

Currently we have 30 first time Members who have joined our Club and a great big THANK YOU to the 50 Members of the 88 Members from last year who have renewed their Membership so far.  It is very important that we have past members renew as it increases our chances for securing grants in aid from the CSRD and the TNRD as well as revenue to operate the new equipment.  We are currently at 80 Members and hope to break 100 or more this season with support from all of our Members, past and present!

SNOW/ski REPORT
We’ve had lots of pleasantly surprised skiers at Skmana with the groomed trails tracked with our new equipment.  The new tracking system is a great asset to our Club. Our new trail signs and signage at the Information Kiosk are also a big hit and the great snow conditions have made for some wonderful ski days at Skmana.

OLD BOMBI
With our new equipment now in place, the Directors have agreed to put our old machine on the sale block. We hope to find a buyer and secure a fair price as soon as possible.

TRAIL ETIQUETTE
The Skmana Ski Club is not only promoting and tracking trails for X-Country Skiing, but for Snowshoeing as well. We have noticed a huge increase in Snowshoers at the Recreation Site also enjoying the trails. A friendly reminder is to follow trail etiquette and please snowshoe on the far sides of the groomed trails. Please do not snowshoe directly on the grooved tracks that X-Country Skiers utilize. Non-Member Snowshoers are reminded of the $5.00/day donation for Adults. Please sign in at the Information Kiosk. Memberships are also available at G-Force Board Shop in Chase for $30.00/year. Enjoy the Skmana trails, EVERYONE!

Bottle drive  
The Bottle Depot in Chase is still collecting bottles for the Skmana Ski Club.  Please drop off all bottle donations and ask to donate the REFUND to SKMANA.  THANK YOU!

COMPLIMENTARY SKI SIGN-OUT PROGRAM
Marie at G-Force has complimentary cross country ski gear to sign-out for Members and non-members This Program has been very popular and there is a 2 day maximum sign-out. G-Force is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. When using the equipment at Skmana a $5.00/day donation for non-members is required at the Donation Box on the trail.

Upcoming events
 LADIES SKI PROGRAM
Every Friday @ 10:00 a.m. meet at the Skmana Parking Lot.  All ladies are welcome to participate in this fun and social event.

 FAB @ 55 PROGRAM
Cross country ski packages are available for use for those ladies over 55 who would like to try cross country skiing.  Complimentary skill development is available for this Program.  Please contact Patricia Simpson @ 250-679-3951 to register.

 MUSHY VALENTINES
This annual event is on Sunday, February 12th at 3:00 p.m. Please bring a homemade card and offering for the Chili Pot as well as beverages, dishes and cutlery and a headlamp for the moonlight ski.

 SKILL DEVELOPMENT  
Families, individuals and couples of all ages can arrange complimentary cross country ski skill development sessions at our Skmana Ski Site.  Club Members and non-members will be introduced to this healthy winter recreation.  If you don’t have your own ski equipment, a limited supply of pre-owned gear is available at G-Force Board Shop in Chase.  Rentals are also available at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm and Consignor Sports in Kamloops.  Contact Brian David @ 250-679-8377 to book your sessions.

 MAD TRADITION CONCERT
Come out and listen to the amazing fiddle and guitar work of duo “Mad Tradition” featuring Roxanna Sabir and Craig McGregor from Vancouver on Saturday, February 18th @ 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Community Hall.  Special Guests Picks n Keys -- Denise Ford on piano and Chris Stevens on banjo.  Tickets are $15.00 at the door or in advance.
FMI call Denise @ 250-577-3857.  Partial proceeds go to the Skmana Ski Club!

 SILENT AUCTION
Things are falling into place for our Saturday, March 10th event to be held at the Chase Curling Rink.  Music will be provided … so there will be DANCING!  Please contact Janice Winfield @ 250-679-4471 with auction items for donation.  Spread the word and invite your friends.


LET IT SNOW … LET IT SNOW … LET IT SNOW