Monthly Archives: October 2014

October President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

There’s a definite nip in the air these days, and ski swap season is upon us!

Upcoming Gear Swaps

Retire and recycle your old equipment – or upcycle with new gear! Most swap events require donations or consignments to be brought in up to a week in advance, so be sure to check each location’s requirements well in advance of the swap date:

MEC Fall Gear Swap
Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Hardwood Hills Ski Swap
Saturday – Sunday, October 25-26, 2014

Highlands Trailblazers Dust ‘Em Off Nordic Ski Swap
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Come Visit Trakkers at MEC’s Snowfest (& Ski Swap)

Trakkers will be on site again this year for MEC Snowfest on November 1. Come out and join us!

Social Time! – Two More Events Before We Ski:

Ontario Spring Water Sake Company Brewery and Tasting Tour
Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 2 PM
51 Gristmill Lane, The Distillery District
Cost: $15 + HST per person
Please contact Astrid with names and number of interested parties and email address for a primary contact.

“Winter’s Not Far Off” Pub Night – We had a great turnout for the last Pub Night, so we’re doing it again! 

Thursday, November 6, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Whelan’s Gate, 1663 Bloor St W
(right across from the Sunday Trips bus pick-up location)
No need to reserve with us in advance, just show up to join us!

Trakkers’ Annual Open House

Hold the date to come out and reconnect with members in anticipation of the upcoming season, sign up for weekend trips, or just find out more about the club!

Location: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue
Date and Time: Friday, November 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Reminder to all members that we’ll be accepting registrations for our Weekend Trips at the Open House again this year on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring payment to reserve your spot! Roster of weekend trips (check the Weekend Trips page on our web site for full details):

January 16-18 — Farmhouse at Highlands Nordic in the Collingwood area
February 6-8 — Blue Spruce Resort in the Dwight / Huntsville area
February 20-22 — resort in the Kawartha, Parry Sound or Haliburton area

At the Open House you can meet all our ski instructors and learn about the resorts we visit on each Sunday Trip. We’ve also got some fab door prizes lined up!

Next Deadline for Discounted Membership

Annual membership fee is $75 until November 30, at which point it increases to $80 – renew soon! Need a reminder of your username or password to log in to renew? – email Trish, our Membership Coordinator.

Keep on trakkin!

Jen Liptrot
President of Trakkers

Winter Running Training … With Snowshoes!

Did you know that there are snowshoe races?  With special running snowshoes, you can RUN in WINTER.

  1. “Incredibly Difficult”; but Addictive, Snowshoe Racing is Taking Off (The Globe and Mail)
  2. Snowshoe Running Making Mark as Winter Sport (CBC News)
  3. How to Run in Snowshoes (Runner’s World)

Interested in becoming a Trakkers member or wish to renew for the 2014-15 season?

The Numbers: 400 to 1000

THAT’S the range of calories per hour that one can burn cross country skiing or snowshoeing!

The Globe and Mail:  The Jaw-Dropping Benefits of Cross-Country Skiing  Fitness Benefits of Snowshoeing

Interested in becoming a Trakkers member or wish to renew for the 2014-15 season?