~ March 2021 ~
Your membership is valid through Dec. 31, 2021
Thanks for being among the 525 memberships (839 members, 466 of whom are range members) new or renewed since Homecoming.
Message from our president . . .
Hang On, Folks! Vaccinations in Maine are happening, the schedule is looking hopeful. Get outside when you can, and think ahead to summer days of more freedom to socialize. And by next winter, our ski trips will be a great way to get out west with your friends.
We are still looking for someone to fill our vice president position – is this the year when you can do more for CVOA?
And don’t forget our Annual Meeting via Zoom on March 21. If you might like to participate, reply to this email with your intention, and we'll send a Zoom link to you a few days prior to the meeting. The meeting will include a few reports and election of officers and directors, followed by an interesting presentation by member Laurie Chandler.
It has been my pleasure to serve as your president for the past year, and I look forward to continued involvement with CVOA.
~ Mark
Annual Board/Member Meeting
with guest speaker Laurie Chandler
Annual Meeting - March 21

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 21, via Zoom. The agenda will include elections of officers and directors for 2021. We have an opening for Vice President - is this the year you can step up to the board? If you would like to find out more, get in touch with Mark Curtis or Cindy Foster.

Reports and election of officers and directors will be followed by a presentation by member and author Laurie Chandler, who will tell us about her solo-canoe journey to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Check out laurieachandler.com.

If you think you might like to attend the Annual Meeting (via Zoom), please reply to this email with your request, or email Cindy at cvoa.secretary@gmail.com

Mark Curtis
Cindy Foster
Saddleback is Open - time for a day trip
Saddleback is open, and would welcome us to visit. Patti and Thom Johnston are heading over this week for a scouting trip, anticipating arranging a CVOA day another day. If you think you might join a CVOA group trip, Patti would love to hear from you. 207-745-5815; cvoa.adventures@gmail.com
Ski Trips in 2022
Here are the basics about each of our three ski trips. Pricing is subject to change until the flights are booked, which can’t happen until 11 months prior to the last day of the trip. The package price includes a best-guess cost of relevant flights and lift tickets. Call the trip leaders if you have questions or interest in their trip.
The April newsletter will include more details as they become available. We anticipate reservations will begin in early May, with a $50 non-refundable reservation fee to CVOA at that time.
Big Sky – January 22 to 29 – $2,390 pp/do
Trip Leader: Mike Parker – phone: 207-649-7308
Package includes:
·       Round trip air Boston to Bozeman, MT
·       Airport/Lodging transfers
·       7 nights’ accommodations at the Huntley Lodge in First Class rooms
·       Full breakfast daily
·       5 out of 6 day ski pass
Single Supplement: add $860
$1,000 per person deposit due June 10, 2021; balance due Nov. 1, 2021
No air/transfers: deduct $575
Lift Ticket: 6-day add $120; 5-day SR -$40; 6-day SR +$70
No lift ticket: deduct $570
Snowbird/Alta – February 26 to March 5 – $2,420 pp/do
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar – phone: 207.735.3984
Package includes:
·       Round trip air Boston to Salt Lake City
·       Airport/Lodging transfers
·       7 nights’ accommodations at Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge (Canyon View BR with 2 Q’s)
·       5 day plus sixth day free ski pass
Single Supplement: $940
$500 per person deposit due September 10, 2021; balance due Nov. 25, 2021
No air/transfers: deduct $550
No lift ticket: deduction to be determined
Aspen/Snowmass – March 5 to 12, 2022 – $2,120 pp – 4 per 2BR/2bath condo
Trip Leaders: Lee & Jon Goss – phone: 207-542-9361
Package includes:
·       Round trip air Boston to Denver
·       Airport/Lodging transfers (bus to Snowmass)
·       7 nights’ accommodations at Top of the Village Condo’s in Snowmass Village
·       5 out of 10 day 4-mountain pass valid at Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk
3 people per 2BR/2bath condo $2,410 per person
$500 per person deposit due September 10, 2021; balance due Nov. 25, 2021
No air/transfers: deduct $400
Lift Tickets: 6-day Adult add $100; 5-day Sr. deduct $70; 6-day Sr. no +/-;
No lift ticket: deduct $380
Click on logos for resort information.
Ski Trip Survey Results
Thank you to the 33 of you who responded to our ski trip survey. It was helpful, and here are the results, for those of you who are curious.
Snow N Go Events - Easy Peasy!
Aaahh, winter. Some beautiful days in spite of the cold. The sun is higher in the sky. Get outside. Visit with friends. Make new friends. This can still happen with appropriate social distancing and cautions, particularly outdoors. How simple it is to think ahead a couple of days, when the weather looks promising, and plan such an activity.
With short notice, Cindy will send your details to the entire membership via an email message. Fun, easy, and even if it the turnout is small, worthwhile.
Keep this in mind!
Range News
Hello Range Members,

I hope you are all enjoying your winter. Some of you have had the opportunity to use the Pistol and Rifle Ranges this winter. If you haven’t yet gotten out, I encourage you to take advantage of a warm, sunny, winter day (especially on Saturdays when the Loaf is packed to the gills). I don’t put much stock in the groundhogs predictions, but the winter snowpack does tend to last throughout April. As such, we don’t expect to have the 5 Stand, Trap, or Archery up and running until early May.

The Range was very busy last summer and the Range Committee will plan on any equally busy summer this year. We would be very interested in any volunteer help and ideas for improving the Range.

The 50 yard Range work stalled last fall when we ran out of available fill. We hope to have it completed by late this spring. Archery also is in need of new targets and some fill to lengthen its Range.

We would like to offer more Introduction Courses to the various shooting sports as well as recruit more folks interested in becoming Range Safety Officers.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Diane Stone, Range Secretary
Neal Trask, Range President
Delivery of Clays to the Range
Thank you to those who replied with suggestions for trucking our 8 pallets of clays from the White Flyer factory in Coal Township, PA, in May. We are still working on the most economical method of freight, and hoping to find a “friend of CVOA” who can arrange a discounted back-haul, for example.

Cindy Foster - 829-6110
During the winter, the range is plowed to the storage shed and to the rifle ranges.

And, the bathroom will be heated through the winter for member use; it will also keep up the AED batteries.
Once in a while, the rifle and pistol ranges are plowed out, and you are welcome to use them most days. The exceptions are the days the Customs and Border Protection officers have reserved the range for qualifications. Currently, those are scheduled on March 2,3,8 and 11; the ranges will be plowed out on those dates, and will stay as such until the next big storms.
Past Adventure
Yonder Knoll

We left at 1:00. Today was a great time to be together, though the covid masks covered our smiles! Our hikers were Mark and Molly Balles, Chris Newell, Jackie Newell, Roni and Dave Emery, Pinky Slagle, Jill Snyder-Wallace, Peter Van Alstine, Sue Fraser, and trip leaders Jan Mildram and Al Loeschner.

The sun was intermittent and the temps were in the 20’s, so comfy! Statistician Dave said we went 1.6 miles round trip and our elevation climbed was 350 feet. Then down of course. Trailbreaker and energetic Sue packed 12 inches of beautiful new snow over a previously packed trail. Our poles went in three feet off the sides of the beaten path. Only Jan fell in, I think, but Dave and Roni assisted in fishing (me) out, LOL! Returned close to 3:00. A memorable and fun day!

This hike to a special spot is quite well marked and easy to follow. The trailhead is marked with surveyor’s tape on the north end of the Narrow Gauge Trail. The last 1/3 mile is of moderate steepness, but otherwise it’s mild.

I hope you enjoy the pictures that our hikers shared.

~ Jan
Next Year in March . . .
How to Contact Us
President Mark Curtis: 207.441.9532: cvoa.president@gmail.com
Vice President Steve Smith: 207.799.8254: cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
Treasurer Sam Hudspath: 207.458.9138: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
Secretary Cindy Foster: 207.829.6110: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
Adventure Coordinator Patti Johnston: 207.745.5815: cvoa.adventures@gmail.com
Range Secretary Diane Stone: 207.240.4752: cvoa.range@gmail.com
Range Chairman Neal Trask: 207.235.2732
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Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947