March meeting notification – Cancellation (and other info)

This is a notification that the March meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th has been cancelled.  The April meeting is to be announced.

If there is any interest in taking a final trip up to Gaylord, Michigan toward the end of this March, contact Lihsia Mann moc.l1412080001iamto1412080001h@nna1412080001msld1412080001

Looking ahead, a major trip has been scheduled for Vista Verde Ranch beginning the weekend of January 17th, 2015.

Another has been tentatively scheduled for the first week of March, 2015 at Lone Mountain Ranch.

Details about the major trips will be coming in future communications.

Lone Mountain Ranch Trip Report

Fifteen members of the Club had an amazing week of skiing, snowshoeing, and fellowship. Jean, John, Bill, Nancy, Dennis, Lisha, Bob, Phyllis, Dick, Dolly, Pat L. and our new members from Columbus Beth and Richard stayed at the Ranch. Talley and Debi stayed in a condo at Big Sky, but joined us for skiing and dinner.

The snow was wonderful, shuttles to the Upper Trails exhilarating, Back Country tour challenging and fun, and the included beer and wine enjoyed by all. The group decided to return Feb. 28 – March 7, 2015.

Our Club has been skiing at LMR for 10 years. The big news was the Ranch had sold and was under new ownership. The staff was excited about the upcoming changes to the cabins, Nordic Center and Dining Lodge. We hope LMR has continued success.

Please consider joining us next year. Lone Mountain Ranch’s proposal for 2015 will be in a separate email.

Keep Skiing,

John and Jean

Report of Local Ski at The Narrows

With the fresh layer of powder on the icy base that the last storm left us, a few of us decided to go over to The Narrows (a set of trails that follows the Little Miami River) located at Indian Ripple and Factory Rd on Sunday afternoon.

The fresh snow allowed us to ski the trails where hikers had previously packed down the icy crust that had formed earlier in the week.  Although there was cloud cover early in the afternoon with a bit of a breeze, the woods provided a calming effect and the sun came out toward the end of the run.   We were out for over an hour and a half and covered all of the flat terrain with a view short hikes up some steeper sections to get some views away from the river.

 

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Photos from Vista Verde are now available

A collection of photographs is now available on the 2014 Vista Verde Club trip at Box

Club Meeting Feb 8th

Our February meeting will be held on February 8th with social time beginning at 9:30 and the meeting commencing at 10:00 am.

Address:  2259 Princess Dr, Beavercreek OH

The agenda will include:

  • Report on recent club trip to Vista Verde Ranch in Clark, CO
  • Upcoming trips to Lone Mountain Ranch and weekend trips to Gaylord, MI
  • Vote on next year’s club officers

First local group ski report

After the breakfast meeting on the fourth, a few of us enjoyed the snow by skiing the wooded bike trails at John Bryan State Park.  The twisting route through the trees was beautiful with fresh snow.  There were some interesting points with bike jumps across logs to negotiate, but everyone made it through safely (although one of the group seemed to slightly offend a tree trunk going down a slight grade).

With a few snows under our belts for the winter of 2014, we are hoping that Dayton gets a few more that are deep enough to ski in.   If the snow conditions look good, one of us will try to broadcast an email notification to meet somewhere and enjoy the powder while it lasts.

Have a great weekend!

Jan 4th breakfast meeting at Clifton Mill in Yellow Springs

We will hold our annual kick-off meeting at Clifton Mill in the dining room at 9 am.   After the breakfast meeting, we  can use the local trails as an opportunity to get outside for some hiking by the gorge.  Of course, if we are blessed with enough snow, bring your skis.   John Bryan State Park has some nice fields along the treeline to get acclimated for the year.

National Geographic article about the history of skiing

From Jim Klosterman . . .

The 2014 January issue both print and online has a great article on the history of skiing and the online has a great video well worth the watching.

Holiday dinner – December 14th, 6:30pm at Palermos Restaurant

The December meeting will be held at our annual holiday dinner.   Please remember to bring your club dues ($10/person or $20/family) for the 2014 season.

6:30 at Palermos restaurant 2667 S. Dixie Dr Kettering 1/4 mile north of Dorothy Lane

 

 

2014 Club Trip to Vista Verde Ranch (Clark, Colorado)

January 18 to January 25, 2014
Fly into Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Hayden HDN)

Club rate: cabin $2030
Lodge $1785
Includes: lodging, meals, transportation, ski equipment (also snowshoes)
Contact: 800-526-7433

For additional information from the trip coordinator, contact Bill Clayton

For more information about the ranch and activities, visit www.vistaverde.com/activities/winter