Given the current circumstances the board has agreed that the last meeting of the season should be canceled. This was the meeting that was to be held at the “Pizza Factory”.
The agenda for this meeting was to create the list of “Summer Activities”. The Board members will still develop a list and we will send it out to the membership later this Spring. So if you had ideas in mind, that you were planning to bring to the April Club meeting you can still send them to Karen Williams or me and we will see if they can be worked into the list.
The area received an inch to two inches on snow during the weekend storm. Some of the area was groomed today. The Inner Core runs with the exception of Loose Moose were groomed as were Skateaway and Skywalker. Moonrunner on out to Rose Creek Saddle still retained a good track with an inch or more of new snow on the hard surface below. Elderberry at this advanced point in the season contains too many bare areas, while The Eagle Run did not require treatment. The gate at the main entrance was closed to prohibit some misguided motorized users from damaging the snow cover left.
Snow cover is getting threadbare on parts of the inner core, but snow cover out Skywalker-Moonrunner and much of the Twisted Klister snowshoe trail system still retains in excess of two feet of packed snow. There are a few bare or thinning areas but these are small. Unless we receive a quite large snowfall, grooming has likely ended for the season. However, there is plenty of good snowshoeing and skiing on the higher trails. Since we are all confined to quarters and socially distanced, the outdoors is the one place that none of the medical authorities have declared unhealthy. You may want to extend your ski or snowshoe season either on the higher runs at Fourth of July or up off Fernan Saddle where sizable snow packs will persist well into Spring.
As march approaches it looks like the chances for spring skiing and snowshoeing may be coming sooner then later. As far as the trails are concern, things couldn’t be looking better for the moment. With the arrival of some greatly needed snow acouple of weeks ago, the grooming crew finally had the chance to catch up with getting the trails in great shape. So my thanks to everyone who had the time to help out. Lets all hope we get a few more snow shower events to help keep everything going through March. P.S. - I encourage everyone to spend as much time as you can at 4th of July to take advantage of the conditions while they last.
As a reminder, Roberta Truscott would really appreciate it if everyone would bring your YA I DU SKI tally sheets to the meeting next week (March 3rd) and turn them in to her.. And if you have a certificate already, bring it along also. At Aprils meeting we will make time for the awards ceremony, so she needs to have them in order to prepare for the April meeting.
Speaking of the April meeting (April 7th) , If you hadn’t heard we will again hold our last meeting of the season at the Pizza Factory. Randy may have already made the reservations, and if so, it will start at 0630 to give everyone a chance to order and munch down on their pizza before we get the meeting agenda started. As always, we will be trying to develop a list of summer hikes, river floats, picnics or other activities for everyone to enjoy if they have the time. So, be thinking of ideas you might want to offer.
The next event of the winter schedule happens to be the snowshoe trek I volunteered to lead. Due to a conflict In my schedule I have had to change the date (weekend) to Saturday March 14th. The route I want to take will include shoeing up to the snowshoe warming hut, then after taking a break and building a fire, continue on out the “Makin Tracks” trail and returning to the hut on either the “New Shoe” or “Ski and Shoe” trails, or “Skywalker/Twisted Klister” option. I will get a sign-up sheet out on the table Tuesday evening for anyone who might want to participate. Incase you haven’t travel those routes in the past I will include a map of the route/s and other info about event with the sign-up sheet. The good news is the snow up in that area should still be in pretty good shape for several weeks to come, so snowshoeing and/or skiing should still be possible that weekend.
Amy Anderson from KEA will be coming to the club meeting Tuesday evening to present their groups "Water Keeper Program". So if your interested in issues associated with Coeur d'Alene Lake and possibly how they should be addressed, I encourage you to be there.
See ya there!