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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 (vicepresident@trakkers.ca), Katja Lutte (sundaytrips@trakkers.ca), or Jen Liptrot (president@trakkers.ca).

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.

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Sam and Mark

Sam and Mark

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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 info@trakkers.ca and we’ll get you reunited!

Thermos left behind on our January 29 Kawartha Nordic trip:

thermos

Mitts left behind on our February 19 Georgian Nordic trip:

mitts

Keep on trakkin’!

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

January President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

Our season is off to a fantastic start with significant amounts of early snow — most of which has continued to remain up north, despite a few really warm days through December. Read on for details about the club’s upcoming wine and cheese, our annual photo contest, weekend trips details, and important updates about the club’s Sunday trips policy.

Say Cheese!

What could be more fun than skiing all day and then enjoying some wine and nibbles while socializing with other members in the club? This year’s Wine and Cheese event will be held on Sunday, February 5 at Scenic Caves, and we have the cozy log cabin booked for the event. This is a great opportunity to meet other members in the club, or to invite any guests who may be interested in trying skiing or checking out the club.

Festivities will start around 3:00 and we’ll have a 4:30 departure time. We’ll also be taking the club’s annual photo before we all get back on the bus.

Calling All Shutterbugs!

The Trakkers photo contest has officially started! This year members have a chance to win one of four $50 MEC gift cards. Four themes have been chosen to inspire your photography:

  • Fit and Fun
  • Satisfying Ski Snacks
  • Fabulous Friendships
  • Trakkers’ Favorrite Trails

To enter members may post one photo with the theme title each week to the Visitor Posts on our Facebook page. Trakkers members and their Facebook friends will choose the winning photo for each theme by voting with a “like” on our Visitors Page. The winning photo will be chosen based on the most number of “likes” accumulated between the opening and closing dates for each theme.

For weekly entry deadlines and full rules, please see details on our web site.

Important Update & Reminder to Review our Sunday Trips Policy!

If you haven’t done so already, all returning and new members should familiarize themselves with the club’s Sunday Trips Policy. The policy outlines everything you need to know as a member about registration deadlines for our Sunday trips and lessons, guests, how to come as a standby member, bus fares, our cancellation policy and more.

An important change to note this year is that the club is limiting our Sunday trips to 2 buses (capacity for 112 members). As our membership has continued to maintain steady at approximately 200 members over the last few years, we have not seen sufficient sign-ups to fill a third bus without the club taking a considerable financial loss.  At the same time, 2 buses seems to be the optimal balance for the club to manage in terms of our precious volunteer resources. (Fun factoid: while the club’s Sunday Trip policy is to run a bus with 32 paying adult passengers it actually takes 48 paying adult passengers — on a 56-person capacity bus — for a Sunday trip to “break even” from a financial perspective.)

If additional volunteers from the membership step forward to assist with club operations, we may be in a position to consider expansion to 3 buses, but only in the situation that registration numbers demonstrate sufficient consistent demand and financial sustainability with respect to numbers.

As a result of our new 2 bus limit we strong encourage members to pre-register by the 9:00 p.m. Thursday deadline.

Weekend Trips — Spots Available & Guest Sign-Up for Woolner Trip

Looking for a fun ski getaway? Why not join a Trakkers weekend trip — we’ve still got a few spots left:

The January 27-29, 2017 trip to Woolner House at Highlands Nordic has 1 spot available. The February 10-12, 2017 trip to Blue Spruce Resort, near Algonquin and Arrowhead, has 5 spots available. Please contact Henry Furlott, our Weekend Trips Coordinator, for more details and to obtain application forms for the trips.

In addition, registration for the Woolner House trip has now opened up so that members can also register guests to join on the trip. Contact Henry for details.

Keep on trakkin’!

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

December President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

Snow is starting to accumulate up north — and we couldn’t be happier! A December 18th trip is looking promising — keep watch on our web site and Facebook early next week page for updates. In the meantime, news this month re: Trakkers new masters training team, and new weekend trip option with the Halton Outdoor Club!

New Trakkers Masters Training Team!

This year we’re delighted to announce that the club will have a Trakkers training team for the Ontario Masters Cross-Country Championships which takes place in February in Parry Sound. A Master skier is anyone 30 years of age and over … and as cross-country skiing is a lifetime sport, this is a great opportunity to take part in a fun, competitive event. The championship offers 10- and 20km distances in both classic and skate skiing.

Jennifer Leavitt, one of our CANSI-certified ski instructors, has offered to lead a group of any Trakkers members interested in training together to prepare for the event. If you’re interested please don’t hesitate to contact her at masters@trakkers.ca.

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Jennifer and her daughter

Only a Few Spaces Left for Weekend Trips

Looking for an affordable winter getaway? Why not join one of Trakkers’ weekend trips? We had lots of interest in the trips at the recent Open House and there are only 3 spots left for Woolner House in Duntroon and 5 spots remaining for Blue Spruce in Huntsville. More details are available on our web site and if you’re interested please contact Henry Furlott, our Weekend Trips Coordinator.

New Weekend Trip Option — Ottawa Skiing Weekend with the Halton Outdoor Club, February 23-26, 2017

Our friends at the Halton Outdoor Club have graciously extended an invitation for Trakkers members to join in on their Ottawa trip in February! The bus will stop in Brockville on the way at the Triangle Ski Club. While in Ottawa, the bus will take skiers and snowshoers over to Gatineau on the Quebec side with its 50 groomed and track-set trails amounting to an impressive 190km. The club will also ski at Nakkertok Cross Country Ski Club with its 80km of groomed and wilderness trails.

Note: registration for this trip is required by January 2, 2017.

Cost: $560 per person double occupancy and $750 per person single occupancy, and includes return transportation by coach, transportation to ski areas, accommodation for three nights, three breakfasts, one dinner and one lunch, two full days of skiing, two half-days of skiing, all taxes, all gratuities, and all trail fees.

Please see Halton’s info sheet for registration details and more info.

Reminder: CANSI Ski Instructor Prep and Level 1 Course Dates Announced

Trakkers is looking to recruit and certify 2-3 new ski instructors this season in order to keep pace with demand for lessons. All Trakkers instructors are trained and certified by the Canadian Alliance of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI).

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! 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:

Level 1 Preparation Course — December 17 — 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 25 & 26), 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.

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

Keep on trakkin!

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

November President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

It’s Open House month, CANSI dates for prospective ski instructors have just been announced — and we’re still looking for a few good volunteers!

Great Turn-Out for MEC Snowfest!

The Trakkers table at MEC Snowfest on November 5 was a big success! We had lots of shoppers swing by to learn more about the club and we hope to see some new faces out with us at the start of the season. Thanks to all the Trakkers members — Sam, Han, Michelle, Heather, Marianne, and Judy — who came out to help staff the table!

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CANSI Ski Instructor Prep and Level 1 Course Dates Announced

Trakkers is looking to recruit and certify at least 2 new ski instructors this season in order to keep pace with demand for lessons. All Trakkers instructors are trained and certified by the Canadian Alliance of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI).

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! 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 I 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:

Level 1 Preparation Course — December 17 — 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 25 & 26), 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.

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

Calling All Bus Captains! — Training Session is December 10 

Trakkers is holding our annual Bus Captain training boot camp for all returning and potential new captains on Saturday, December 10 — and we’re still hoping for 3-4 more members to join us, in order to round out our roster of volunteers this season.

Being a bus captain is a great way to meet more people in the club and to give something back at the same time. 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 ton of fun, the club provides full training, and as an extra incentive, if you volunteer as a captain the cost of your Sunday bus fare is covered by the club. We require two bus captains per bus for each of our Sunday trips.

If you are interested in volunteering as a bus captain please contact Sam Tosaria, the club’s Lead Bus Captain, for more details.

See You at the Open House on Friday!

Finally, a reminder that our annual Open House will be this coming Friday, November 18.

Location: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue
Date and Time: Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

Reminder to all members that registration for our Weekend Trips will start at the Open House on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring payment to reserve your spot! See the Weekend Trips page on our web site for full details.

Keep on trakkin!

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

October President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

With the cooler weather comes ski swap season! We’ve got details of all the swap events and our upcoming Open House and pub night — and we’re still looking for a few volunteers to help out with our table at MEC Snowfest, and throughout the season as bus captains, and to support our Facebook page and blog!

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:

Hardwood Hills Ski Swap (north of Barrie)
Saturday – Sunday, October 22-23, 2016

Highlands Trailblazers Dust ‘Em Off Nordic Ski Swap (south of Collingwood)
Saturday, October 29, 2016

MEC Fall Gear Swap (Toronto)
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Georgian Nordic Ski Swap and Waxing Fundraiser (Parry Sound)
Saturday, December 3, 2016

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

Trakkers will be on site again this year for MEC Snowfest on November 5. This year our table will be upstairs so swing by to check us out!

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 with the public and get exclusive discount for MEC‘s products. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Han Zhang, Trakkers Publicity Coordinator, at publicity@trakkers.ca.

Reminder — Pub Night and Open House

“Winter’s Not Far Off” Pub Night – can’t come to our Open House and have questions about the club? Want to reconnect with members and share a toast to the start of the season? Our upcoming pub night will be held on:

Thursday, October 20, 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 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

At the Open House you can meet all our ski instructors, members of the board, and other ski club members, as well as learn about the resorts we visit on each Sunday Trip. We’ve also got some fab door prizes lined up! Reminder to all members that registration for our Weekend Trips will start at the Open House on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring payment to reserve your spot! See the Weekend Trips page on our web site for full details.

Call Out for Volunteers — We Need a few Bus Captains, Ski Instructors, and a Social Media Assistant!

Trakkers is 100% run by a volunteer Board of Directors and a dedicated group of members who love to ski — and who want to give the gift of skiing to others! We rely on some of our members giving back a bit to the club to make the club vibrant and ensure each ski season is a success! As we ramp up to the coming ski season, we are looking for a number of volunteers for some key positions in supporting the club’s operations:

Calling All Bus Captains! — Training Session is December 10 

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 the cost of your Sunday bus fare is covered by the club. 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 10. If you are interested in volunteering as a bus captain please contact Sam Tosaria, the club’s Lead Bus Captain, for more details.

Think You Could Be An Instructor?

Trakkers members consistently tell us that free lessons by instructors certified by the Canadian Alliance of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) are a big drawing card for new and returning members and we continue to do active promotion to expand the number of our instructors. This year the club is looking to recruit and certify 2 new instructors in order to keep pace with the demand for lessons.

If you’re interested in improving your skiing and giving something back to the club, this can be a great way to do both! Dates for CANSI’s prep and certification courses have yet to be announced (they will likely take place in December or January). 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 I 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.

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

Social Media Content Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

Do you enjoy reading skiing, snowshoeing and outdoorsy articles online through Facebook, Twitter and the larger blogosphere? Have any experience with writing articles or social media content? Why not consider volunteering as our Social Media Content Coordinator?

Most of the job simply entails identifying relevant online content that would be of interest to Trakkers members and supporting the club’s Communications Director to cross-promote relevant online content through Trakkers’ social media presence (Facebook, Twitter). If there’s interest, this person could also act as the club’s “roving reporter” to develop brief original content for the Trakkers blog — this could include anything from writing articles about the club’s social events, developing profiles of Trakkers members, recipe ideas, book reviews — we’re open to ideas and this is a great way to meet other members in the club!

Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week. Optimally we’re looking for someone who is online/social media savvy, and training will be provided on the specific social media tools used by the club (WordPress, Tweetdeck, etc.). Email info@trakkers.ca if interested or you want to know more.

Keep on trakkin!

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

September President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

The club is officially out of summer hibernation and we are gearing up for a wonderful ski season! Preliminary seasonal forecasts are looking like we could have a colder winter and more precipitation than last season, so fingers crossed we are going to blessed with lots of snow!

Some updates for membership below re: membership renewals, fall social events, and a call out for a few volunteers:

Early Bird Membership Rate is $70 Until Sept 30

Take advantage of some savings and renew your membership before the end of the month! Returning members can simply log on to their member account and renew online with debit or credit card payment. Membership rate goes up to $75 after Sept 30.

Reminder that renewing your membership 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.

Fall Social Events — Oct 1 Bruce Trail Hike and Oct 20 Pub Night

Thinking of getting your legs ready for the ski season or just in the mood for a good hike and the company of fellow Trakkers? On Saturday, October 1 we will be going on a hike in the beautiful Dufferin section of the Bruce Trail. It’s a 22-km hike from Kilgorie to Primrose.

Hike leaders are Florence de Lannoy and Katja Lutte. To register please contact Katja at: katja.lutte@rogers.com. Full details are on our web site.

We are also holding a “Winter’s Not Far Off” pub night on Thursday, October 20, at Whelan’s Gate, 1663 Bloor Street West — all returning and prospective members welcome to join! We’ll be upstairs in the pub, any time after 6:00 p.m. No need to RSVP — just come out and join us!

Hold the Date: Trakkers Annual Open House — Nov 18

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 18, 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 are as follows:

Social Media Content Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

Do you enjoy reading skiing, snowshoeing and outdoorsy articles online through Facebook, Twitter and the larger blogosphere? Have any experience with writing articles or social media content? Why not consider volunteering as our Social Media Content Coordinator?

Key duties for this non-board volunteer position include:

  • identifying relevant online content that would be of interest to Trakkers members;
  • acting as the club’s “roving reporter” to develop brief original content for the Trakkers blog— this could include anything from writing articles about the club’s social events, developing profiles of Trakkers members, recipe ideas, book reviews — we’re open to ideas and this is a great way to meet other members in the club!; and,
  • supporting the club’s Communications Director to cross-promote relevant online content through Trakkers’ social media presence (Facebook, Twitter)

Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week. Optimally we’re looking for someone who is online/social media savvy, and training will be provided on the specific social media tools used by the club (WordPress, Tweetdeck, etc.).

Email info@trakkers.ca if interested or you want to know more.

Early Call Out for Bus Captains!

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 the cost of your Sunday bus fare is covered by the club. We require two bus captains per bus for each of our Sunday trips.

We’re putting an early call-out for any returning or prospective bus captains. 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!