The GinzuGroomer Has Arrived

Our new groomer has arrived and is in operation after only one day! Although we were particularly interested in the GinzuGroomer as a means of rejuvenating hard packed and icy surfaces, skiers at the park today were impressed with its capacity to work in fresh snow. Special thanks to the park staff, Steve, Josie, Tobi, and Curtis, for their support and assistance,  and to Chief Groomer, David Reesor, and Frank Roy for getting the machine up and running. A special thanks to all of those who made a donation to our fund raising campaign. The GinzuGroomer will extend our ski season.

Chief Groomer Davis Reesor with the new GinzuGroomer.

Chief Groomer Davis Reesor with the new GinzuGroomer.

 

February 8, 2015 Loppet

Start of 10 and 20 km. Winners in the 20 km, 913 Eric Peterson(1st), 971 Francois Dubrous (2nd), amd 1190 Paul Miller (3rd) off to great starts.

Start of 10 and 20 km. Winners in the 20 km, 913 Eric Peterson(1st), 971 Francois Dubrous (2nd), amd 1190 Paul Miller (3rd) off to great starts.

 

Our Loppet was a great success despite the extremely cold conditions. This was the second year of our Cookie Race for young people. The cold did not prevent the children from attending and participating with enthusiasm.

To check results go to http://runninggoattiming.com/results/rgtresults/

To view pictures of the 10 and 20 km participants, click here.

View our Cookie Racers here.

A few of the many  volunteers who made the Loppet happen.

 

Free Adult Classic Ski Offered February 21, 2015

With the prospect of great ski conditions, we are pleased to offer another ski clinic for beginners and intermediates. For more information, click here.

Great Ski Conditions Return

At last! Lots of great snow.

At last! Lots of great snow.

And lots of skiers enjoying the excellent conditions

And lots of skiers enjoying the excellent conditions.

Trails Groomed and Ready to Go!

Weather conditions have led to a very late start, but trails are now groomed and we are ready to go. Our chief groomer reports that skate skiing conditions are excellent. Classic skiing is generally good.

Registration for Our 2015 Loppet is Now Open!

In addition to our usual 10 and 20 km races, last year we added the “Cookie Race”. This is a 2.5 or 5 km Freestyle (skate or classic) race. It is designed for kids, or anyone who wants to participate but finds the longer races too difficult. The Cookie Race precedes our regular Loppet events. Open to all!

To register or to view the race program, click here.

 

Ski Club Fund Raiser – The GinzuGroomer

Dear Cross Country Skiers and community members.

We have a dream of being able to ski more days with better snow conditions at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
The Tay Valley Cross Country Ski club, a non-profit organization which has been in existence since 1973, is embarking on a mission to raise money to purchase some new equipment to complement our current grooming equipment. Our existing Tidd Tech drag groomer has served us well over a number of years but struggles with refreshing the compacted snow (and occasional ice crust) into the smooth carpet our members l
Our dedicated team of researchers has found us an instrument to cut through the crust and compacted snow. The Ginzu Groomer.
Last year our Chief Groomer and some of his assistants had the opportunity to visit the Kanata Nordic Club and watch them turn the compacted snow in a parking lot into usable trails in one pass. This equipment was also used in multiple Olympic winter games including Vancouver. In fact, we have obtained a personal invite from the Head Groomer of the Vancouver Games to come and learn how to best operate this equipment.
The Club has been saving money for a number of years for capital equipment upgrades and replacements. We have saved $4,000 on the way to the $8,000 target budget. This budget includes the equipment, shipping and necessary modifications to the Park Skandic snowmobile. We hope to raise the necessary funds to have this equipment available to use this upcoming season.
We are asking club members and other interested sponsors to consider donating funds to improve the conditions we all enjoy.
Please consider contributing to improve the snow conditions of the ski trails and your health when you come use them with us. Contributions can be made out to Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club and mailed to Club Treasurer – Denise Guerin at 134 Cats Cove, Perth, On. K7H 3C7.

Drew Lampman
President Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club

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