2014 Vasa News #2
VASA NEWSLETTER #2
Letter from the President
The 2013-14 cross country ski season is off to a blazing start! The Fourth annual Traverse City Ski Fest was held on October 26th at Brick Wheels in Traverse City. The Vasa Ski Club built a small 100 meter course using snow accumulated from a Zamboni at a local ice rink. The course was much more technical than previous courses with a lot of twists and turns which made for a few slips and falls. The day's events included a Ski Swap and sale, the first ski race in North America and a great party. Congratulations to the Vasa Ski Club, Brick Wheels, Race Director Eli Brown and all the many volunteers who made this festive event into an annual TC “happening”. 33 men and women competed for Michigan Cup points and were once again led by Eli with a sizzling lap time of 31.52 seconds!
The event also included annual Vasa grooming badges, discounted entry fees for the North American VASA, Vasa Ski Club memberships and a lot of camaradie from skiers around Michigan who attended.
Riley's Loop Work Bee November 9th!
We will have a workbee on Saturday November 9th to complete annual maintenance on the Riley's Loop trail system. We will meet at the Vasa Single Track Parking Lot at 8:30 am on saturday then break up into separate work groups. We need to complete our work before the rifledeer hunting season begins on Nov. 15th. Our goal is to make the trail as safe as possible so that our groomers can pack and groom the trails which will be shared by both cross country skiers and SnowBikes. Volunters should bring any combination of shovels, axes, steel rakes, loppers, a Collings Ax or a McLouth tool. Questions should be directed to Jim Woodburne at (231)632-6282.
New Vasa Race Director-Doug Dowdy
We are very pleased to announce that Doug Dowdy will be the North American VASA Race Director for 2013-14, effective immediately. Dowdy has 26 years of experience in college athletics most recently at Eastern Michigan University. He lives in Glen Arbor and is the Director of Operations for BATA in Traverse City. He is also involved in the M-22 Challenge in a leadership position and brings a tremendous amount of athletic event experience to the VASA. Doug replaces Lisa Taylor who served as Race Director from 2010-1013.
Doug Scofield Honored
Local resident, Doug Scofield was recently named as the 2013 recipient of the Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. Doug is one of the founders of the Vasa Pathway in Acme and was recognized for his many years of work on the Vasa, especially with the cross country ski grooming program. “The Vasa Pathway is in the excellent condition it is in today due in large part to the work that Doug has done for the last 20 years.” says fellow groomer Glenn Rauth. Scofield is also an avid skier and has completed more than a dozen Vasa ski races including a few after he groomed all night to make sure the race courses were in the best possible condition. Congratulations to Doug on this well-deserved award.
2014 We-Ski Program Announced
Be fit and have fun! Join us on three Thursday evenings in January where families and individuals of all ages have fun, enjoy a healthy evening together and received age-appropriate instruction in cross country skiing. The dates are Jan. 9thm, 16th and 23rd from 6-8:00 pm at Timber Ridge Resort.
We-Ski is organized by the North American Vasa, the Vasa Ski Club and Timber Ridge. The program includes a snack before lessons, a hot meal after the lessons + marshmellows by the fire. Registration fees are $45/family or $30/individual. The fees include trail user fees at Timber Ridge. Limited “skierships” are available to assist those who are unable to afford the program fee. Contact Linda Deneen at Timber Ridge at (231)947-2770.
Register by Dec. 24, 2013. Registration is limited to the first 90 participants; first-timers are given priority. Returnees and more advanced skiers will be placed on a Wait List and contacted if space becomes available.
Call (231)938-4400 for more details and check the website at www.vasa.org or www.vasaskiclub.com.
She Ski Program is Underway
Hey Ladies! Let's get ready for ski season. “Dirt to Snow” fun-filled activities will begin with dry land training and move into XC skiing-both classic and freestyle. They meet on wednesday evenings at the Timber Ridge main lodge at 6:00 pm. While the program has already begun, you can join in the festivities at any time. There are women of all ages and ability levels. YOU will fit right in—Come and join us. There is no charge for the program.
Find us at www.vasa.org and/or on Facebook
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