About

About the Club

image The Club was founded in 1972. Since that time it has become a well-established institution serving the regional districts of Perth and Smiths Falls. In1982 it entered into a partnership with Murphys Point Provincial Park and established its main trail network there. Four years later it was incorporated as “The Tay Valley Ski and Fitness Club.” It continues to operate as a volunteer not-for-profit community organization. We continue to enjoy a close cooperative relationship with Murphys Point Provincial Park.

Since 1995 our Club has been a full participating affiliate of Cross Country Ontario and, through it, Cross Country Canada. The regional organization is the National Capital Division. Membership in this structure provides opportunities for mutual support for the growth and development of our sport.

The Club, in cooperation with the authorities at the Park, designs and maintains the ski trail network. We have invested in state of the art grooming equipment which is housed at the park. Volunteers clear and prepare the trails prior to the snow season.

Sebastian Rauwerda, kilt skier.

Sebastian Rauwerda, kilt skier.

Regular annual Loppets have frequently attracted strong and enthusiastic local participation. In recent years we have expanded the Loppet to include shorter races, and a “Cookie Race” for youth participants. Many skiers are drawn from the broader Ottawa-Kingston area.

Eric Peterson shows his winning form on course.

Eric Peterson shows his winning form on course.

Youth activities have included the popular Jack Rabbit and Ski Fast programs. We have also introduced a skills clinic for adult skiers and to introduce new skiers to the sport. Moonlight Skis offer an opportunity to experience the dark stillness of winter.

Annual General Meetings occur generally on the first Monday in November. Executive Meetings take place at least three times per year, with routine business accomplished through email.

AGM’s generally include a guest speaker or some sport related informational and event of related interest.

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