The February meeting was a little more sparsely attended than others, as is usual at this time of year. However, as Jon Levy pointed out in his introduction, there were more chances for the attendees to win a prize!
Robin Diamond proposed some summer activities, such as visiting the Ogunquit Playhouse in June to see Grease.
Jon announced several openings on the club’s board: a marketing chair, a racing chair to be trained by outgoing chair Gerry Welch, and a vice president. If you are interest a position please contact us.
The featured speaker of the evening was Peter Nelson, Executive Director, from Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. Friends of Tuckerman Ravine is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington, NH.
Peter described some of the activities sponsored by the organization: for example, volunteers help to maintain the John Sherburne trail, which descends from the foot of the headwall down to Pinkham Notch. They clean up and repair hiking trails after major storms such as Sandy. Last year they built two new avalanche kiosks, which post avalanche forecasts and warn skiers of dangerous
Tuckerman Ravine is a great spot for spring skiing, long after all the region’s ski resorts have closed, sometimes as late as June! It is a historic place, known as a cradle of extreme skiing in the U.S.A.
On April 12, the organization will feature a grueling race, the Inferno Pentathlon, which can be entered by individuals, duos, or teams of 5. This extremely difficult event consists of an 8 mile run followed by 6 miles of kayaking, then biking 18 miles to Pinkham Notch, running up Mount Washington and skiing down Tuckerman Ravine!!! 200 racers have entered so far. A “toned down” version of the race replaces the Mount Washington leg with running up Wildcat Mountain and skiing down the Wildfire trail. For more info please visit Inferno Pentathlon
If you join Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, you will get a free ski ticket for the special (tax-deductible) price of $35. This deal is an exclusive deal for ACE Club members, regularly $50. Friends of Tuckerman Ravine also organize joint parties with ski clubs, for fundraising and to rally support for the ravine among skiers. Every profit is put back into the mountain. Members also provide advice and guidance for people interested in going into the ravine, such as how to prepare, etc.
An exciting project is under way by film students from Emerson College in Boston to make a documentary of Tuckerman Ravine in ways not yet captured. Any donations to support the RAVINE FILM PROJECT are welcome!
Reduced Ticket Prices
We will be dropping the cost of tickets to Bolton Valley to $10. Please bring a check with you to the meeting if you plan to purchase. Limited Availability.
Mount Snow Trip Update
Unfortunately we currently do not have enough interest from club members to keep the trip open at this time. We are hoping to revisit this again next year.
February 2014 Door Prize Winners
|Marcia Ruklic||hand warmers|
|Greg Ruklic||hand warmers|
|Rob Titus||hand warmers|
|Jack||socks, hand warmers|
|Leta||socks, hand warmers|
|Ilene Titus||socks, hand warmers|
|Mary Mattock||2 Q Burke tickets, base layer|
|Rick||base layer, full foot warmers|
|Ryan Conway||boot bag|
|Jeff Tobin||boot bag|