Monthly Archives: December 2017

December President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

Our first trip of the season is tomorrow, we’ve got a few spots left on our weekend trips, mark your calendars for the Wine and Cheese, and we’re already planning for next year!

Tomorrow’s Trip to Highlands Nordic is a Go!

This is the first year in many where conditions have cooperated and we’ve been able to go on a Sunday trip in December — something to celebrate! Highlands Nordic is located on the top of the escarpment, close to Georgian Bay, and is reporting a very healthy 16 cm base, 11 kms of trails open, and only 2 spots on the network where there is a bare patch (easy to ski around). The Highlands Lodge has an excellent cafeteria, lunch room, rentals, pro shop, area for repairs and waxing facilities.

It should be fantastic first day on the trails and we have 21 standby seats available, so we have lots of space if you want to bring some friends or family members as impromptu guests.

A few reminders before we embark on our first trip of the season: if you are a member, your first trip (pre-registered) is free. (If you are coming standby you will need to pay the $5 difference at the bus for the standby bus fare.) Please remember to bring cash for your trail fee. (Trail fees and equipment rental fees are listed on the web site.)

Please also remember that our bus leaves from the pick-up location at 9:00 a.m. sharp! The subway starts running at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays — and tomorrow, in celebration of the opening of several new subway stations, the entire TTC system is free for the day. If you are driving to our pick-up point, there is parking available at the Keele subway station parking lot.

New Club Code of Conduct

The Trakkers Board of Directors has recently endorsed a Code of Conduct to apply for all members and guests participating any club activities. The Code of Conduct establishes the standards that govern the way Trakkers members deal with each other, the media and the public at large. The Code of Conduct differs from the Club’s bylaws and articles of incorporation in that it addresses acceptable/unacceptable behavior.

By taking out a membership or participating in any Trakkers activity, members and our guests agree to be bound by the rules of the Code of Conduct.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Code. Any questions can be directed to

A Few Spots Still Available for Trakkers Weekend Trips

We still have a few spots available for our weekend trips. Dates and spaces available:

January 26-28, 2018 – The Woolner House at Highlands Nordic, Duntroon: we have two beds available to share in a room with two other members.  Price $75 for the weekend.

February 9-11, 2018 – Blue Spruce Resort, near to both Algonquin and Arrowhead: we have two rooms with two singles, each, in two different cottages. Also, there’s one Queen/King size bed for a couple.  Price $140 each, for the weekend.

Please contact Henry Furlott, Trakkers’ Weekend Trips Coordinator, for further details and to register.

Mark Your Calendars — Wine and Cheese — February 25, 2018

This year’s annual wine and cheese will be held on Sunday, February 25th at Scenic Caves. This is a great mid-season opportunity to socialize with other members in the club and we will have the very cozy log cabin at Scenic Caves booked for our exclusive use again this year. Look for upcoming Broadcasts and to our Facebook page for further updates closer to the date.

It’s Not Too Early to Think About Next Year!

Behind the scenes the Trakkers board of directors is already starting planning for next year’s ski season — including the identification of potential volunteers for next year’s board! As part of our formal process, a nominations committee will be struck in January to help liaise within the membership and identify potential volunteers to join next year’s board of directors.

At this time, the board would like to extend an invitation out to the membership for any volunteers (we need 1-2 people only) who would be willing to join the nominations committee to help identify prospective board members for next year. It would be ideal if you have been a member in the club for a few years in terms of having overall familiarity with how the club works, as well as being willing to actively network with other members in the club to support the board’s efforts to identify prospective board members.

The nominations committee will formally launch in mid-January and anticipated volunteer time required to support the overall process would be 5 hours.

If you may be interested please contact us at

Reminder: Weekend Trip Offer from the Toronto Bruce Trail Club — Val David, Quebec, Mar 9-12

The Toronto Bruce Trail Club has graciously extended an offer for Trakkers members to join on their cross-country ski and snowshoe weekend in Val David, Quebec from March 9 to 12 2018.

Travel will be by luxury highway coach, with 7:00 a.m. departure time on Mar 9 from York Mills station. Cost is $340 + tax per person (based on double occupancy) and includes three nights accommodation, three breakfasts, three dinners, and trail passes for all four days. Coach fare is $170 for non-members.

Guided snowshoe hikes with spectacular views of the Laurentians will be available. Skiers can explore over 50 kms of groomed trails in the Park Regional Val-David Val-Morin, or discover the P’tit Train du Nord linear park, groomed for classic and skate skiing from Val David to St. Jerome (40 km).

See their flyer for full details and registration instructions. Any questions can be directed to Martina Furrer.

Keep on trakkin!

Jen Liptrot
Volunteer President
Trakkers Cross-Country Ski Club — LOVE Winter!