~ January 2022 ~
Message from our President . . . . .

Greetings Members,
Happy New Year and welcome to winter!

CVOA had some wonderful events in December and details are noted later in this Newsletter. There was a very well attended send off gathering for Cindy Foster, who dedicated so much time and effort to improving CVOA communications, record keeping and general operations. Several members have stepped forward to assume these responsibilities. Thanks for volunteering.

CVOA has many upcoming events as described in this Newsletter. As these events begin to take place it is most important that the safety of our members be paramount. It is the thoughtful and considerate individual decisions of our members, that will make us all safer. We request that those attending events be mindful of CDC guidance regarding vaccinations, wearing face coverings where appropriate and keeping social distancing in mind. If you are not feeling well please bow out of attending so as not to increase risks for your fellow members.

Thanks to those of you who have already renewed your membership. We appreciate your continued support of CVOA.

Wishing everyone a Happy Healthy New Year. May everyone enjoy life as it hopefully begins to feel somewhat normal again.

You Have Renewed Your membership
Thank you for being a 2022 member of CVOA. You're one of over 350 members who have already renewed, so please join in our events and activities. There are never enough CVOA members. Encourage family, friends, acquaintances to consider joining CVOA, get involved and enjoy all the wonderful activities we support.
Welcome CVOA'S New Secretary
Tracy Goller
It's a pleasure to introduce CVOA's new Secretary Tracy Goller!! She graciously volunteered to fill this position.

Tracy is an avid outdoor enthusiast who grew up in York, spending winter weekends and vacations skiing from the family camp in Wyman in the shade of Cranberry Peak. Over the years she and her husband, Mike Beland, have hiked, snowshoed, camped, kayaked and biked around the valley and throughout the state. They have been members of CVOA for over 10 years and are looking forward to being more involved in the club. Tracy recently retired from a 31 year career with Liberty Mutual Technology and in November moved from South Berwick to Carrabasset Valley with Mike and their black lab Cinderhoe. 

Elaine Smith will be in charge of the CVOA Newsletter and other communications to members. If you have anything that you would like posted in a newsletter, please contact me at: golfski@maine.rr.com
Calendar of Events
January 9 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
January 15 - Winter Social, Potluck, Dancing in Stratton
January 20 -3rd Thursday Social at Shipyard Brew Haus 4:30pm-6:00pm
January 22 - 'Show "N Go' Hike
January 23 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
January 22-29 - Big Sky Trip
January 30 - Bowling at SugarBowl 2-4pm
February 7-11 Jay Peak Trip
February 17 -Thursday Social, location TBD
February 26 thru March 5 - Snowbird/Alta Ski Trip
MARCH 2022
March 5 thru 12 - Snowmass/Aspen Ski Trip
March 17 - Thursday Social, location TBD
Future Events
Yonder Knoll Hike
Saturday January 22, 2022 

Show ‘N Go Hike 
Trip Leader: Jan Mildram

Meet at the Stratton Brook Hut Parking lot, just north of the Loaf Access Road.. Head out at 1:05pm. Cleats and/or snowshoes are recommended, depending on the amount of snow. Poles are important for navigating any uneven ground. We travel 15 minutes on the Narrow Gauge Pathway, then about 30 minutes up, some of which is moderately steep, but not tricky related to footing. We see the incredible view for 15 minutes or so. It’s an outstanding panorama of the Crockers, the Loaf, Burnt Mountain, and the peaks of Bigelow. The trip down is about 30 minutes. Total time is no more than 2 hours, so we will be back around 3:00 or so. This is a Show ‘N Go event, so there is no signup required.  We do this no matter the weather. 
Trip leader is Jan Mildram .. 207-491-6798 
Hope you can make it!
CVOA Bowling
Sundays at SugarBowl
2 to 4 pm

The SugarBowl reserves 2 lanes for CVOA members:
2:00-4:00pm – $10 includes shoes.

Come join the fun Sunday afternoons!
January 9, 23 & 30

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00.
CVOA Winter Social and Potluck
January 15th, 2022
Stratton Community Center

Invite your friends to dance the night away. Following a potluck dinner, Dyer and the Daydreamers, a GREAT local band, will perform for your dancing and listening pleasure.

4:00 - 5:00 - Social Hour with Appetizers
5:00 - 6:00 - Potluck Dinner/Desserts
6:00 to ? – Dancing to Dyer and the Daydreamers

Members and Guests Only
Admission Price $10 Per Person

A few members will be needed at 3:00 to help set up tables and chairs; a few more needed for cleanup.

To sign up for set-up, clean-up or to bring an Appetizer, Main Course or Dessert, contact Jeannette Parker at jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com or 207-462-2647.
Ski Trips in 2022
Quebec City – Not this year.  How about JAY PEAK!

This fall, we thought that the annual CVOA ski trip to Quebec City in February 2022 could resume.  We got close, but recent current requirements for crossing the border put a damper on the trip.  Undaunted, we changed our focus to Jay Peak in Vermont.  Members may choose a 3 or 4 day package. Twelve people from the Quebec trip are interested. We are looking for eight more people (4 rooms).  Here are some of the details:

Accommodations: Stateside Inn-on mountain hotel rooms (ski in-ski out) including Breakfast  https://jaypeakresort.com/trip-planning/lodging/stateside-hotel-and-baselodge
Dates: Four nights (Monday February 7-Thursday February 10)
Three nights (Monday February 7-Wednesday February 9)
Lift Passes: 4 days (Tuesday-Friday) 3 days (Tuesday-Thursday)
Cost:  Four day package $799 per person based on double occupancy
Three day package $625 per person based on double occupancy
Distance: About a 3½ hour drive from Sugarloaf driving across northern New
Why Jay Peak?  Jay’s located in northern Vermont near the Canadian border.  The vertical drop is just over 2100 ft., with 9 lifts including a Tram.  Its annual snowfall is 359”, the greatest in the East. It is reputed to have the best tree skiing in the East.  It is typically rated in the top ten ski areas in the East. Jay also has a unique indoor water park called the “Pump House”. It seems to have more features that appeal to a younger crowd; who says we aren’t young?   https://jaypeakresort.com/waterpark/features-rates
Jay tends to be aspirational.  “Someday, I’d really like to try Jay…” Many of us have skied Stowe, Killington, Stratton and Sugarbush. Jay seems far, and Sugarloaf isn’t? It’s as cold as the Loaf but is rewarded with more snow.  It’s big enough to have interesting skiing for several days.
If you’re interested or just curious, give Thom Johnston, trip leader, a call (207-852-3595) or send an email (tandpjohnston@gmail.com).  Thom will provide the forms necessary to sign up for this trip. The deadline for signing up is January 10.  
Big SkyJanuary 22-29 – $2,290 pp/do 
Trip Leader: Mike Parker – phone: 207-649-7308

The Big Sky trip has been filled with the maximum 36 people. If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, contact Mike.
Snowbird/Alta February 26-March 5 – $2,300 pp/do
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar – phone: 207-735-3984

The trip is filled; to be placed on a waiting list, contact Bonnie.
Aspen/Snowmass March 5-12– $2,250 pp/4 per 2BR/2bath condo
Trip Leaders: Lee & Jon Goss – phone: 207-542-9361

There is still one condo available. Interested? Contact Lee ASAP.
Range News

Hello All, 

At this time, we ask that you discontinue use of the Trap machine. The Trap Field is not plowed for the Winter and the Trap machine does not do well in the extreme cold we experience at the Range. If you have a manual clay thrower, you may use it on the Trap Field.

Our Pistol and Rifle Ranges will continue to be plowed and accessible during the winter, as is the bathroom which is heated. Please remember to follow all posted rules and shoot safe.

Please note that your 2021 gate code will continue to be in effect through the winter. A new gate code and badges will be issued in early Spring.

Thank you all for your continued support and use of the CVOA Neal Trask Range. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Diane Stone
Range Secretary
Past Events
December 5 - Cindy Foster’s Appreciation/Send Off Party
Bruce Miles presenting Cindy with a certificate for a "Lifetime Membership to the Sugarloaf Ski Club".

Nancy Makin & Jeanette Parker (not pictured) planned the send off party.
Brisk and bright blue sky day…..perfect venue and conditions for Cindy Foster’s Appreciation Party. Close to 100 friends from CVOA and the Ski Club attended. Two fire pits were burning; hot cider and cake were available. Not enough can be said about the turnout of members from both clubs. Cindy was both grateful and sincerely appreciative. She has arrived safely to her new home in Colorado. She will be missed. We wish her all the best.
December 11- Cookie Swap

Thank you Tom and Candy Andrle for hosting 18 CVOA members. Thank you, Mike Giles, for your fabulous eggnog and all the bakers for your creative and tasty cookies. A good time was had by all. Tom and Candy had such a good time they have offered to host the Cookie Swap again next year!
Whitefish Ski Trip Drawing
Twenty-six CVOA members entered the drawing for a free ski package at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. It was great to see so much interest in this unique opportunity. The winner was determined at a Zoom event using a Random Number Generator to do the drawing. The drawing winner is not able to take the trip so it has been given to the runner up, Alice and Jack Caunter.
Message from The Sugarloaf Charity Summit
The 22nd Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit is in full swing. Please join us as we work to raise a mountain of money to fight cancer! Support the event by purchasing a raffle ticket for a 2-Year Sugarloaf Season Pass, bidding in our online auction or fundraise as a part of the Charity Challenge where you can earn cool prizes and admissions to exclusive on-hill perks on January 29. Be sure to join our virtual Celebration on January 29 featuring some of your favorite Sugarloafers, a tribute to our community of survivors, an entertaining live auction and the highly anticipated raffle pull! For more information and ways you can get involved, please visit SugarloafCharitySummit.org or reach out to Sadie Spivak at s.spivak@sugarloaf.com
Message From Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum
Seeking Volunteers
The Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum has moved to the former Sugarloaf Check-In Center Building on the Access Road. Exhibits and displays have been constructed. The Museum is now ready for visitors. The Museum is seeking docents to staff Saturdays and Sundays…10:30-1:30 or 1:30-4:30. If we have enough volunteers, we might expand days to Thursdays and Fridays.

If you enjoy ski history, like interacting with folks, or just want to help out a great organization, we have a spot for you! You need not have any direct experience, just a cheerful personality and willingness to donate your time.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact MSSM Executive Director Kate Barnes at: Kate@MaineSkiandSnowboardMuseum.org or by phone at 235-2023.
How to Contact Us
  • President Steve Smith: 207-799-8254: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Thom Johnston: 207-852-3595: cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: 207-458-9138: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: 207-703-4370: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • Membership Secretary Patti Johnston: 207-745-5815: cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Adventure Coordinator: who will fill this spot?
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: 207-240-4752: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chairman Neal Trask: 207-235-2732
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947