Monthly Archives: December 2014

December President’s Broadcast (Part 2)

Hello Trakkers!

While this week’s snowfall was a promising start, the extended forecast is for mostly above 0 temperatures and not much precipitation – so Trakkers’ first Sunday Trip will be on Sunday, December 28. We’re tentatively scheduled to go to Wasaga Nordic, but we’ll be closely monitoring conditions all week so we can go where the snow is best.

As Christmas day falls on Thursday (our pre-registration deadline), we’ve opened up registration early for the December 28 trip. Members can now log in their account to sign up themselves and their guests.

Click here if you need a reminder on how to sign up. Contact Trish, our membership coordinator, if you need a reminder of your username to access your account.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or keep an eye on our web site, for further updates on destination resort.

Please Read: Updated Sunday Trips Policy

The club has made some changes to its Sunday Trips policy. A few important reminders as we start the season:

  • Bus fare is $22 if you have pre-registered (member or guest) by 9:00 p.m. on the Thursday night prior to the trip; $27 if you are standby
  • Bus fare for children (18 and under) remains $10
  • Payment for trail fees must be in cash and exact change is strongly preferred
  • Lessons: if you want a lesson make sure to indicate this when you pre-register; we are unable to provide lessons to anyone who has not signed up in advance
  • Guests (whether pre-registered or standby) are welcome to join us 2 times per season; after that, we invite the guest to become a member of the club
  • All guests must provide a signed waiver to the bus captain upon boarding the bus
  • Children are the exception to our guest policy and are welcome to come multiple times throughout the season
  • Waivers for children must be signed by a parent/legal guardian; e.g., if a member is bringing their grandchild, the waiver must be signed by the parent, not the grandparent

See the full Sunday Trips Policyfor more information.

Wanted: Volunteer Ski Guides

Are there any Trakkers members interested in volunteering to guide blind and vision impaired cross-country skiers on our Sunday Trips, or for skiing outside the club?

The club has been contacted by a few individuals seeking volunteer guides. Training would be provided. The ability to quickly and precisely paint a “verbal picture” is a required asset. Shared trail fees and transportation costs could be arranged.

Please contact for further information.

Weekend Trips Spots Still Available!

Applications are still being accepted for our Weekend Trips. While our Highlands Nordic and Blue Spruce trips are almost full, we still have quite a few rooms available for Pine Vista. For all trips, please try reserving, even if they are getting close to full. Sometimes a member may have to cancel, or if we have sufficient interest and it’s early enough, our Weekend Trips Coordinator may be able to book another cottage.

Highlands Nordic Farmhouse: For Jan 16-18, 2015, Almost Full | Application form

The Farmhouse (always a Trakkers favourite) is up in the Collingwood area. It’s directly connected to the Highlands Nordic ski centre, so you can walk out the door to go skiing or snow-shoeing. We also get a reduced rate for trail fees, so don’t forget to mention this at the desk where passes are sold. The farmhouse has a total of 18 places, 7 single beds in the large common loft area. It also features a large kitchen, with a cool pantry to store some things. The extra large kitchen table serves as the common meeting area. Bedding is provided, but bring your own towel, etc. There is also a sauna inside.

The nearby restaurant, Mylar & Loretas, can be booked for those who care to go there. Often we have a wine and cheese reception (impromptu, whoever wants to join in and contribute). Otherwise, you’re responsible for your own food.  Work out with your ride the times for going on Friday.

If there is sufficient demand, we can ask for some rooms/beds in their Woolner House, which is 1km down the road from the main farmhouse.  There are two bedrooms with 3-4 beds per room.  Quoted prices there are $30/person per night, or the whole bedroom for $100 per night.

Blue Spruce Resort (near Algonquin):  For Feb 6-8, 2015, cost:  $130 each | Application form

For Blue Spruce cottages, we have 3 cottages booked with a total of 15 places. Two ski areas, a short drive away, are Algonquin park (west gate) and Arrowhead. Neither is pre-booked, so you can take your pick, or just hang around the cottages, which also have an excellent ski trail system on the other side of Highway 60. There is also a cleared and flooded skating rink out on the lake, across the road.

Often, due to the long drive, members like to take the entire Friday off, so check with your ride regarding this point. Check website for pics and cottage information.

Pine Vista Resort, Kawartha N-E Peterborough:  For Feb 20-22, 2015, cost: $110 each | Application form

We’ve reserved 4 cottages for 18 spaces, held for the club till Dec 15th.  Location is on Stoney Lake, on the south side. North side is Kawartha Prov. Park and a little further is Kawartha Nordic Cross-Country ski trails (about 20 minutes from resort).  Pine Vista has some trails, snow-shoeing and skating on the lake.  Each cottage has a wood fireplace and whirlpool bathtub.  The resot also has both an outdoor and indoor hot-tub and games room. Also check your ride for taking the Friday off. Check website for pics and cottage information.

Keep on trakkin!

Jen Liptrot
President of Trakkers