Hello everyone. Hope your all had a great summer. Fall is just around the corner and our first meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at 5:00 p.m. at Canoe King. We have a major re-route that is in the works, and we will be needing a lot of help to get the trail open this winter. We’re still working out the details with the land-owners, and will have more information at the meeting.
Work has started at the Grass Drags, and if anyone is interested, we still need help. It’s a great fund raiser for the Club, and if you’re interested you can call George at 986-9666 for more information.
Our annual swap meet will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th at Canoe King. More information will be coming out as the date gets closer.
See you at the October meeting.
Two new bridges have just gone in in the Wonalancet Section of our Trail System. These bridges replace single wides. We now can access these trails with our large groomers. Thanks George and Dave for getting this job done. There is always room for more help so please let us know if you are available. On to the next summer project…stay tuned!
NHSA’s on-line membership system is up and running. This means you can now join our club by going to www.nhsamembership.com and creating your own account. The link to NHSA‘s website can be found in our “Links” page. The web site will walk you through the process. Once you have an account, you can access it at any time to print your registration voucher as proof of membership. You will also be able to use your smart phone or other device to show your voucher to the agent when registering your sled. In the future, renewal will be even easier. Don’t forget – you can still join our club by using our web site and Pay Pal, by printing and mailing your application, or by stopping in at Canoe King and joining in person, which will save you a few dollars. And remember – OVSC is in Carroll County when looking through the list of clubs.
We look forward to seeing you all again this year, with lots of the white stuff and some great riding. Please try to join early, as it will help us get through last year’s “no snow” year!
October will be here before you know it, and the NHSA Grass Drags will be taking place on Columbus Day week-end. As in the past, NHSA is already asking clubs for volunteer help. Every year we ask for volunteers to work at the Grass Drags, which is a great way to earn money for the Club. Well, this year is no different. We are asking members to sign up and volunteer at the Drags. You don’t have to work the entire weekend – any hours you can give will be a great help. Also, if you don’t want to work the event itself, there is pre-work and post-work that needs to be done. So if you are interested, you can contact Nelly Roache, club volunteer coordinator for NHSA, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 603-365-9666, or you can get in touch with me and I will get you an application and answer any questions you might have. I look forward to seeing you there!
George Kaye, President
The NHSA online membership program has been delayed until July 15th while updates are being made. In the meantime, if you wish to join the club, you may join directly with the club using the membership form on our website. You can join on-line, using Pay Pal, or in person at Canoe King. Vouchers will be sent out after July 15 when the NHSA program goes live. Please note that the date of birth is no longer required. Memberships are important to the operation of the club and joining early helps us meet expenses that occur during the months leading up to the riding season. Last year, memberships got us through a tough year, with no snow, and we appreciate your support. Hopefully this year will be different, and we will have plenty of snow to ride on.
The winter that never was – well, we will have a head start this coming winter. The groomers are in the barn and ready to go.
It’s that time of year when we start on our trail projects. This year we have two new bridges to build in Wonalancet that will allow the Tucker to groom the loop, with the new bridges at 12′ and 10′ wide. We also will be putting down new travel planks on three other bridges. Some work has been started, and we always can use some help. If you’re in the area and would like to help, give us a call and we will let you know where and when we will be out on the trails working.
We also will be doing a reroute on Trail 220 (Bowles Trail) near Gardiner Hill Rd., as the landowner has closed the trail to snowmobiling. This will take some time, but we should have it in place for winter.
Enjoy your summer and keep an eye on our web site for updates and pictures of the trail work.
Well, winter is over – or did it ever start? This has been one for the record books. For OVSC, it starts with our members and their donations, which are down by 50%. Add to that, both groomers did not turn a track, never getting enough snow to start building a base of 8″ or more to work with. It just didn’t happen. Without grooming money coming in, and memberships down by 50%, the shortfall in revenue is not only hurting our club, but has affected all clubs in the state. I can tell you that hanging around the clubhouse all winter waiting for the snow to come did not make for happy groomer operators – just ask my wife! The club has operating expenses every year that keep the club running. That money comes from memberships, donations, and our winter grooming contract with the Bureau of Trails. We have some members who donate money to the club every year, and once again one has made a sizable donation to help out. We are ever so grateful and thank them for their support.
So how do we move forward with or without snow? We start the next season, 2016-2017, on July 1st with our biggest expense of the year – our insurance premium for equipment and buildings to the tune of $4,600. You can help by joining early (after July 1st) instead of waiting until the fall/winter season. ( By the way, the on-line membership system is up and running, so it’s easier than ever to join. Go to our membership page for details. It couldn’t be any easier.)
So, to sum it all up, members are the life line of any club. Dedicated people who volunteer their time working on trail projects, building bridges, or trimming back trees and brush, or sitting in a groomer 6-8 hours a night making the trails the best they can be, with the conditions we have to work with. This is what you, our members, want and this is what we do. I am proud to say that our trails are some of the best in the area, and presuming we have enough snow, we work hard to keep them in the condition that you all expect. We will continue to give you the best we can. With your help we can and will do this, with or without snow.
Thank you and enjoy your summer. We look forward to seeing everyone next winter.
George Kaye, President, OVSC
The warm temps and rain have again forced the OVSC and the Trails Bureau to close gates and trails in the local trail system. We are not happy to report this but we want our visitors to be aware of the conditions before they make the trip here.
Overnight we received 2 inches of snow. It is supposed to warm up today and then get to 50dgs tomorrow. Wish we had better news. We do see that some folks have been riding. If you do, please be cautious. Spring conditions with thin cover are what is to be expected.
Last night the OVSC Trail System received 3 to 4 inches of heavy wet snow. We have opened the gates in the upper elevation sections of the trail system ie Tamworth, Wonalancet and Sandwich.
The gates from White Lake SP to Rte 113 remain CLOSED. The Rail Bed (Corr 19)remains closed.
The State has opened the gates accessing the Castle Trail.
Please understand that these are SPRING RIDING CONDITIONS. Ride With Caution!
We here at the OVSC are doing our best to appease the snow gods. Alas, they are not listening to our calls for snow.
There has been riding to the northern club areas up till this past weekend and reports were not bad. We are happy for them.
At this time we though must report that the OVSC and the Trails Bureau are closing all gates that access our trails and state trails. What little snow cover we had has now melted leaving lots of bare ground.
We will continue to keep you updated. As soon as conditions permit we will do our best to get the trails open and in great riding condition. Keep your eyes to the sky and do the snow dances!