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November President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

The Open House approaches — there’s already been a light dusting of snow up north — we’ve got details of our Weekend Trips below — and a special weekend trip offer from our friends at the Toronto Bruce Trail Club!

Web Site is Back Up!

The Trakkers web site was down for a few days last week — our apologies for any inconvenience. All functionality has now been restored and you can use the web site to renew your membership. Thanks for your patience.

Two Weeks to the Trakkers Annual Open House — Nov 17

Come out and reconnect with members in anticipation of the upcoming season, meet some of our ski instructors, or just find out more about the club. New and prospective members welcome. Light refreshments will be served and we’ll have some wonderful door prizes!

Friday, November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue

Registration for the club’s weekend trips will also begin at the Open House (bring your chequebook). See details below.

Trakkers Weekend Trips

Looking for an accessible and affordable way to get out of the city for a few days of skiing? Why not try out a Trakkers weekend trip? Dates for this year’s trips are:

Cost for Woolner House is $75 per person for bedrooms and $60 for the loft (up to 3 people). Cost for Blue Spruce is $140 per person for the weekend.

Registration for our weekend trips will begin at our Open House on Friday, November 17th. Please contact Henry Furlott, Trakkers’ Weekend Trips Coordinator, for information and availability.

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.

CANSI Ski Instructor Prep and Level 1 Course Dates Announced

Trakkers continues to offer opportunities for our members who may be interested in becoming a ski instructor with the club. If you’re interested in taking your skiing technique to the next level and giving something back to the club, this can be a great way to do both — plus, there’s perks!

All Trakkers instructors are trained and certified by the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI). You don’t need to know how to do both skate and classic ski techniques as CANSI offers certification for classic instruction only as well. For anyone who completes the Level 1 training and commits to teach with Trakkers for a period of time, the club reimburses the costs of the CANSI training and certification, and covers trail/bus fees while teaching as an incentive. Our instructors teach for approx. 90 mins on the morning of each of our Sunday trips, and then are free to get their own ski in through the afternoon.

Dates for the Level 1 preparatory and Level 1 certification courses have just been announced by CANSI:

Level 1 Preparation Course — December 16, 2017 — Highlands Nordic

  • This 1-day preparation course is designed to assess your cross-country ski technique and to provide you with feedback and fine tuning to ensure that you can ski at the required level before you attend the CANSI Level I certification course.

Level 1 Instructor Certification — February 3 and 4, 2018 — Highlands Nordic

  • This 2-day (16 hours) course will introduce you to the fundamentals of cross-country (classic and/or skate) and the teaching technique. You will improve your demonstration skills and learn how to introduce new people to the sport.
  • Curious is you’ve got the skills? Check out CANSI’s video of the required level of skiing for Level I certification.

If you’re interested, please email Anita Elash, our Ski School Coordinator.

Don’t Forget Your Consent!

A friendly reminder that your membership registration is a two-step process: 1) renewal and providing payment details; and, 2) providing your consent for our insurance purposes — both can be done from your Member Account page on the web site. Many members seem to be forgetting to complete the consent part of the process, so please ensure that you do both steps when you register / renew — thanks!

Keep on trakkin!

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


October President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

The club is officially out of summer hibernation mode and we are getting ready for a wonderful ski season! Some updates on our annual Open House and upcoming ski swaps.

Hold the Date: Trakkers Annual Open House — Nov 17

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. New and prospective members welcome. Light refreshments will be served and we’ll have some wonderful door prizes!

Friday, November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue

Registration for the club’s three weekend trips will also begin at the Open House (bring your chequebook or credit card for payment). Destinations this year will be The Woolner House at Highlands Nordic and the Blue Spruce Resort, near to both Algonquin and Arrowhead. Keep an eye on the Trakkers web site for updates re: dates.

Reminder to Provide Your Consent When Renewing Your Membership

Many members are taking advantage of our online membership renewal and our numbers are looking strong. Remember that when you renew your membership online it is a two-step process: 1) renewal and providing payment details; and, 2) providing your consent for our insurance purposes — both can be done from your Member Account page on the web site.

Upcoming Ski 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:

Hardwood Hills Ski Swap (north of Barrie)
Saturday – Sunday, October 21-22, 2017

Highlands Trailblazers Dust ‘Em Off Nordic Ski Swap (south of Collingwood)
Saturday, October 28, 2016

MEC Snowfest  (Toronto)
Saturday, November 4, 2016

Come Visit Trakkers at MEC’s Snowfest

Trakkers will be on site again this year for MEC Snowfest on November 4. We’re also looking for a few other volunteers to help staff our table. It’ll be a fun day where you can hang out with other Trakkers skiers, share your experience of the club with the public and get exclusive discount for MEC’s products. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact me at

Calling All Bus Captains! — Training Session is December 9 

Want to meet more people in the club and get a free Sunday bus fare? Why not consider becoming a Trakkers bus captain?

Our bus captains are responsible for registering all skiers as they board the bus, purchasing and distributing the club’s trail passes when we arrive at the resort, and acting as all-around ambassadors on each Sunday trip. It’s a lot of fun, the club provides full training, and as an extra incentive, if you volunteer as a captain you get half off your Sunday bus fare. We require two bus captains per bus for each of our Sunday trips.

The club is holding our annual Bus Captain training boot camp for all returning and potential new captains on Saturday, December 9. If you are interested in volunteering as a bus captain please contact Sam Tosaria, the club’s Lead Bus Captain, for more details.

Keep on trakkin’!

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

Best wishes to Han & Sam!

Active members on Trakkers’ executive committee, Han & Sam got engaged a year ago on Trakkers’ Sunday trip to Arrowhead and will soon celebrate their union with family and friends in China and India. We wish them all the best for their upcoming wedding and a lifetime of happiness together.

Blue Spruce Weekend Trip

As always, our weekend trip to Blue Spruce was a big success. Four cottages with fireplaces made for a cozy atmosphere in a winter wonderland. We kicked off the weekend late Friday afternoon with a welcome wine & cheese party. On Saturday night, intoxicated only by nature and the fresh air that surrounded us, we made space for our own dance floor!

Sitting beside the fire while looking out at Oxtongue Lake and the beautiful pine trees, we felt relaxed and totally lazy. With mountains of snow everywhere, the skiing in Algonquin Park was awesome as always. Those in the mood to shop could visit Algonquin Outfitters for deals on the best jackets, sweaters, gloves, boots, skis, canoes, and other outdoor gear. A fantastic weekend was had by all!

Henry Furlott, Weekend Trips

Photos:  Henry Furlott & Hanna Balakier

February President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

Don’t despair with the warmer temps of late and the melted snow in Toronto — the extended forecast is showing colder temperatures again and more snow through March, so we will definitely have several more Sunday trips yet! In this month’s broadcast, we’ve got details of our year-end party, another call out for volunteers willing to join the club’s board to support operations next year, and lots of great photos from the recent wine and cheese!

Tickets Now Available for Trakkers Year-End Party & Annual General Meeting — Hold the Date!

All Trakker’s members are cordially invited to the club’s Annual General Meeting and Year-End Party:

Saturday, April 1, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Crooked Cue
3056 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The AGM will be held at 6:00 p.m. in order for the club to conduct necessary business to conclude the season and nominate the board to support next season’s operations. Agenda and materials to support the AGM will be posted to the Club Operations section of the member-only area of the web site within the next few days. We’ll also send a separate email out to all members with instructions for access.

The year-end party begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $38 per person and include buffet dinner, taxes, gratuities and access to pool tables for the evening. Tickets for the year-end party must be purchased in advance on the Trakkers’ web site. (Simply log in to your member account and tickets can purchased from the Events section at the bottom of the page.) Cash bar will offer a regular selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

See flyer for full details and menu.

The Club Needs a Few Good Volunteers!

As our Annual General Meeting gets closer, the club is still seeking a number of volunteers willing to join the board of directors to support operations for next year’s ski season. Being on the board is a great way to meet more members in the club and share your love of skiing with others by giving something back.

The board meets once per month (2 hours) from September through April. Depending on the portfolio, volunteer hours beyond the monthly board meetings may vary. We are seeking individuals for the following board positions:

Treasurer — responsible for Trakkers’ weekly banking and financial reconciliations during the ski season, making sure our bills are paid and tax filings done in a timely manner, monitoring the club’s investments, and in conjunction with the board at large coordinates development of the club’s annual budget. Weekly time commitment during the ski season is approximately 2-3 hours, which must be done on Monday or Tuesday (i.e., before registration for the next week’s trip opens up).

Weekend Trips Coordinator — responsible for booking locations and liaising with the resorts for Trakkers’ weekend trips (usually 3 per ski season), processing members applications for the trips and providing general coordination support. Note: the Weekend Trips Coordinator does not need to attend any of the actual trips. Time commitment is approximately 3-4 hours per month.

Sunday Trips Coordinator — responsible for picking our Sunday Trips destination each week during ski season and liaising with the various resorts, ongoing monitoring of trail conditions and weather forecasts, coordinating and liaising with Trakkers’ charter bus company. Time commitment is approximately 5-6 hours per month, predominantly during the active ski months, January through March.

If you might be interested in volunteering with the club — for one of the above board positions, or otherwise — please don’t hesitate to contact any members of our recruitment committee: Hanna Balakier (, Katja Lutte (, or Jen Liptrot (

Full House for the Wine and Cheese!

Trakkers’ annual wine and cheese was a huge success this year at Scenic Caves. On February 5 had two full buses and had the cozy log cabin all to ourselves for the festivities. A big shout out to Carolyn Sitler, Trakkers’ social coordinator, and our numerous volunteers for making the event such a great success.


Sam and Mark

Sam and Mark


Carolyn and Hanna, our Social Coordinator and Vice-President

Lost and Found Items

The Trakkers lost and found is starting to accumulate a few items. Recognize any of these? If so, please contact and we’ll get you reunited!

Thermos left behind on our January 29 Kawartha Nordic trip:


Mitts left behind on our February 19 Georgian Nordic trip:


Keep on trakkin’!

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

Beautiful Day at Kawartha Nordic

“It’s perfect — sun and snow!”  This comment surprisingly came not from a skier, but from the bus driver as we disembarked under a brilliant sky for the club’s January 29th trip to Kawartha Nordic.

After so many overcast days in a row, we were all glad for a sunny day.  On the trails, the brightness of the day was reflected in the broad smiles of passing skiers, glad for the great ski conditions and low wind. Trakkers also hasn’t been out to Kawartha for some time, and it’s long been a favourite for many in the club.


Although it is a bit longer to get to Kawartha Nordic, I always love going there for the gently undulating trails that take us through the mainly mixed coniferous forest.  Maybe it’s that little extra distance from Toronto that lets people be more friendly, as almost everyone we passed on the trail said hi and some we never met before stopped to talk to us.  To add to the positive experience, Kawartha Nordic this year has added a trailer with women’s and men’s washrooms, accessible from the chalet.

All around, a great day.

Jannette Porter
Trakkers Member