~ March 2022 ~
Message from our President . . . . .


Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership to CVOA. CVOA has had a fairly active winter season of activities so far and is planning more of them for the rest of 2022. The member survey was completed by 180 members and provided valuable input for CVOA planning. A brief summary of results is in this Newsletter.

For the first time in three years an in-person Annual Meeting will take place. This will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome back members to a fun social event. I hope to see many of you at the Annual Meeting and other upcoming activities.

There may be a few openings on the CVOA Board. If any of you are interested or would like additional information, please contact one of the Officers or Board Members.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring.

Membership Survey
Brief Summary of Survey Results
Overall there were no big surprises. Members were generally pleased with CVOA and the activities it sponsors and its commitment to support the local community.

CVOA signed up many new members. Of current members 45% joined in the last five years. Members over age 65 make up two-thirds of membership-not surprising.

People joined CVOA for the following reasons as might have been expected
  • Meet others
  • TheRange
  • Ski Trips
  • Outdoor activities-hiking/canoe/kayak/camping

Favorite Activities
  • Ski Trips and Range-consistent with why people join
  • Other things attractive to smaller groups of members
  • Social events are popular, both on their own and connected to another activity or event

Fifteen members said they would be willing to lead an activity. CVOA is reaching out to them as it begins developing and planning activities beyond Ski Trips and the Range

Thanks to everyone who submitted a survey. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Calendar of Events
MARCH 2022
March 1 - Meet-Ski-Go 9:00am meet at Whifftree lift
March 6 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2-4pm
March 7 - Fire Pit Gathering at the CVOA Neil Trask Range 3:00-5:00
March12 - Saturday Yonder Knoll Hike
March 13 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2-4pm
March 17 - 3rd Thursday Social, at the CVOA Neil Trask Range
March 20 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2-4pm
March 26 - Annual Meeting at Sugarloaf Inn 5:00-8:00
March 27 - Bowling at Sugarbowl 2-4pm
Future Events
CVOA Annual Meeting
Saturday March 26, 5:00-8:00

After a two year absence, an in person CVOA Annual Meeting is back!!!
Shipyard Brew Haus Ballroom at the Sugarloaf Inn

 Heavy Appetizers, Desserts & Drink Ticket for Beer, Wine or Soft Drink
The evening will include trivia, prizes and door prizes
$10.00 Per Person Admission
Reservations and Payments are being accepted now until March 19th
RSVP to Elaine Smith at golfski@maine.rr.com or 207-237-7002
Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your payment.
Mail your check made out to CVOA to:
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
Join us for an evening of food, friends, fun prizes
and a surprise guest!
Today Tuesday March 1, 9am

Calling all CVOA skiers! Please join us for a ‘Ski Around the Mountain’ on Tuesday, 3/1 at 9am near the Wiffletree lift. If needed, we will plan to break up in small groups. Join in and ski for a few runs or for a few hours. It will be FUN to meet up with CVOA members and ski our favorite trails together. No sign up needed……just ‘Show & Go’
Fire 🔥 Pit Social 
Location: The Range
Monday March 7, 3:00-5:00pm

This is an outdoor BYO event: ABC: appetizer-beverage-chair. Plan to keep the food simple since everything is carry in/carry out. Cups, plates and napkins provided. There is a small heated clubhouse available for food set-up. A heated restroom is on site. There will be fire pits to keep the chill away. Anyone who has a portable fire pit is welcome to bring it to this event…..and a piece of wood or two to add to the fire!
The Range is located 1.7 miles North of the Sugarloaf Access Road. The sign is on the right . Although there is parking, car pooling is recommended.
Looking forward to a GREAT turnout next Monday!
Yonder Knoll Hike
Saturday March 12, 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.

Friendly dogs are welcome
Trip leader is Jan Mildram .. 207-491-6798 
Hope you can make it!
3rd Thursday Social at the CVOA Neil Trask Range
Thursday March 17

Mark Your Calendar…..the next and last 3rd Thursday Social will be held on 3/17…..St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the CVOA Range. This event will be catered and include assorted finger sandwiches, chips, vegetable platter, deviled eggs and desserts. BYO beverages and chair. Wear your GREEN!! The sun will set at 6:50 on 3/17 🌞
Although there is parking, car pooling is recommended.
CVOA Bowling
Sundays at SugarBowl
2 to 4 pm

The SugarBowl reserves 2 lanes for CVOA members.
Come join the fun Sunday afternoons!
March 6, 13, 20, 27
$10 includes shoes

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00.
Range News
Hello All,

A Taste of Spring is getting me excited about shooting. We've had some of our Range Committee folks move permanently to warmer climes. As a result, we are in need of new recruits to help steer the Range. If you have some time to volunteer, we'd love to include you. Please contact me by text or email listed below.

Membership Renewal Reminder! If you have not yet renewed your range membership, do so soon. Your new Range Badge will be going out in early May. If you have not renewed by April, you may not receive your new badge when the gate combination changes. I admit to just renewing my membership the other day so you are not alone if you have been remiss. We want to see you on the range!

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 Shooting Range.

Diane Stone
Range Secretary
Past Events
Yonder Knoll Hike
Saturday February 19, 2022

It was cold, and blowing snow, so the 'show and go' became 'No show, No go'! No problem, No pressure! However, Steve and Elaine Smith jumped on board for a guided tour the next day, as they wanted to see this place! 

Jan Mildran..trip leader
3rd Thursday Social

Thirteen CVOA members attended the 3rd Thursday Social February 17th at the Sugar Bowl. A good time was had by all!!
Snowbird/Alta February 26-March 5

The group arrived Saturday Feb 26th. Everything went smoothly. According to Trip Leader Bonnie..."Epic first day 🌞❄️⛷...best mountain tour ever! Thanks, Snowbird!"

King's Kids
CVOA received a request from Warren Cook to bring to your attention his personal message regarding the Ski Club King’s Kids Program. Following is an excerpt from his message.

I expect through The Ski Club or The Irregular you have heard about King’s Kids and seen that our now four year effort has raised over $1 million to make skiing/riding affordable for kids in Franklin and Somerset County and down to Jay as well. With the continuing corporatization of skiing and higher and higher prices, it makes this program even more important especially if you care about local kids being able to ski or ride. 

Now in its fourth year King’s Kids has invested about a $100,000 in the program, highlights include:
  • 120 kids participating in the Boomauger Program which gives kids skiing on 8 Sundays for $40.00
  • Support for the longtime Ski Skate Program which brings five local elementary schools to Sugarloaf throughout the winter
  • Support for Titcomb, Spruce and Baker Mountains’ youth programs
I am so excited and impressed with the program and the need for it that my family intends to add very significantly to our initial contribution which included a $500,000 matching grant from the Cummings Trust which was matched by many of your members. Please join me with a contribution to King’s Kids so we can sustain and grow this important program.

You can support this program by going to the Ski Club Website (https://www.sugarloafskiclub.org) and clicking on “Donate Now” 
Thanks for your consideration. Respectfully, Warren Cook Sugarloafer since ’65
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
  • 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