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David Reesor and Jack Roe have finished the main trails.

They report that “Conditions are Superb!!”

Much thanks to our dedicated groomers.

Happy skiing and Merry Christmas.



It seems we will soon have enough snow for successful grooming.

Some of us have been making our own trails already, but it will be nice to have we’ll goomed trails.

David Reesor, our chief groomer, has informed us that he will likely be able to groom tomorrow. We should have good skiing through the Christmas Holidays.

Happy Skiing!

Club Celebrates 35 Year Partnership with Murphys Point Provincial Park

The 35th anniversary of our Ski Club’s partnership with Murphys  Point Provincial Park was highlighted at the AGM on November 6, 2017 held in the Meeting Room at the Perth Pool. Curtis Thompson, park superintendent, presented club president, Drew Lampman, with a commemorative plaque.

Those attending the AGM enjoyed a specially decorated cake after the business meeting.

We were pleased that so many of those who have participated in the operation of the ski club over the years were in attendance.


Shown in the photo are Denise Guerin (Treasurer), Don Boyle and Doug Hollingsworth (Past Presidents), Drew Lampman (President), Gloria Opzoomer (Past President), Frank Roy (Past Secretary-Treasurer), Curtis Thompson (Park Superintendent), Rick Forsyth (Past Executive), Jim Reain (Past Loppet Coordinator) and Beth Graham (Past Treasurer).

2017-2018 Tay Valley Ski Club Season

It is still warm balmy summer weather, but the club executive has been planning for the next ski season.

The 2017-2018 season marks a historic 35 year anniversary of our partnership with Murphys Point Provincial Park. We will be celebrating that partnership at our AGM on November 6, 2017.

We are also extending our thanks to the private landowners who have allowed the Club use of their land for the Round Lake trail for all these years.

On line registration for membership and the 2018 Loppett will be available on November 3. Early paper registration without extra on line fee will be available only at the AGM on the 6th.

A few dates and events to remember:

– AGM. November 6, 2017 at The Perth and District Indoor Pool, 7:00 pm.  This year we will host a “Ski Equipment Swap” for anyone interested. Arrive one half hour early and conduct your swaps before and after the meeting only.

– Trail Clean Up: October 21&28, 8:30 am. Volunteers meet at Lally Parking Lot. Usually no more than half day. Contact Don Frizell. don.frizell@albint.com 

– 2018 Loppett: February 11 with a back up date of February 18.

Tentative Dates depending on snow conditions:

– Ski Clinics January 13 and February 17. For more information contact Nancy at ndgaud@gmail.com

– “Moonlight Skis” ( meaning close to a full moon, but moon not a substitute for a head light while skiing). January 5, February 2, March 2.

Looking  forward to a great Ski Season!

Don’t miss the AGM No ember 6.

Park Closed, Ski Season Ends

Park Superintendant, Josie Grenier sent the following message today:

“This warmer weather has deteriorated the trails again to the point that we have decided to conclude the 2016/17 winter season at the park and close down. Please keep in mind you are still more than welcome to park outside the entrance gate on the left hand side and use the park, bearing in mind the trails are not maintained now. Thanks to everyone for all your work in support of the winter program at Murphys Point!! Come visit us this summer.”

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this ski season happen.

Thanks also to our membership for continuing to support the club.




While it seemed that the ski season was over, the latest snow fall has offered us some unexpected Spring skiing.

Trails have been groomed and are ready to go again except for Lally and Loon Lake.

Please be aware that there are some icy areas and bare spots have developed in the classic track in some areas. Skiers may wish to stay out of the tracks on downhills. Definitely Spring skiing by this afternoon.

Thanks to our volunteer groomers for being right on the job.

Enjoy a great Spring ski!

RESULTS OF THE 2017 Tay Valley Loppet

A very successful and snowy Tay Valley Loppet was held on Sunday Feb 12.

For full results go to http://runninggoattiming.com/results/rgtresults/

You can also check us out on Facebook.

The skier roster was full with 75 skiers registered by Friday morning, 2 days before the race.
At 10 am– 2.5 and 5 km freestyle cookie races (5 km for all ages, 2.5 km for 10 and under).
11 AM—the 10 km short Loppet and 20 km classic Loppet.
The 20 km Loppet is part of the Ontario Masters Loppet Points Series.

Top 3 women overall 20 km
1—Lisa Meyer of Ottawa and XC Chelsea Masters club
2—Heather Tkalec of Ottawa and XC Chelsea Masters club (in a kilt!)
3—Susan Atherley of Kanata and Nakkertik Nordic


Top 3 men overall classic 20 km
1—Nathan Underwood of Chelsea and xc zone
2—Ed deLaplante of Ottawa and XC Chelsea Masters
3—Trevor Plestid of Ottawa and XC Chelsea Masters

Top 3 overall 10 km short loppet, classic. Note the age variation here!!!
1—Anna Vigeron of Kanata and Kanata Nordic (age 17)
2—Doug Hollingsworth of Tay Valley Ski Club (age 76)
3—Kandace Brown of Perth and Tay Valley Ski club (age 42)

The top boy and girl age 19 or under in the 10 km race won ski poles. This year the poles went to Anna Vigeron, age 17, and Ryan Lambley of Kanata, age 13.

These skiers ski two races, both the 5 km freestyle and 10 km classic races.
Times are added together. Amazingly, Ramsey edged Robert out by only 7 seconds!!
1—Ramsey Hart of Perth and Tay Valley Ski Club, time 76:95
2—Robert Mears of Perth and Tay Valley Ski Club, time 77:02

5 km freestyle cookie race, age 20 +
1—Ricardo Marius of Ottawa
2—Karen Jardine of Ottawa

5 km freestyle cookie race, under age 19
1—Max Benda ,12
2—Rosalie Vigeron, 12
3—Helen McCulligh, 12

2.5 km freestyle cookie race, age 10 and under
1—Ben Zabel, 10
2—Robson Scott, 6
3—Chephren Scott, 8

Robson Scot. Winning smile and winning form.

Robson Scot. Winning smile and winning form.

Jillian Kieswalter and Heidi Vander Wal enjoy their medals! Cookie races are all about the cookies!!

Jillian Kieswalter and Heidi Vander Wal enjoy their medals! Cookie races are all about the cookies!!

Also check us out on Facebook.

Thanks to all of our volunteers, especially the dedicated groomers David Reesor, Jack Roe, Brad Mills, and David Salte, and our Loppet Coordinator, Nancy Gaudreau, for the hours of work necessary to produce a successful event.

(Thanks to Simon Lunn for all of the photography).