March News
~ March 2017 ~
Your membership is current through Dec. 31, 2017
Calendar of Events
March 3 - Telluride Post-Trip Dessert Party
March 17 - Bowling Party
March 18 - Annual Dinner Meeting
March 19 - Reed Falls Hike
May 20 - Rte 27 Valley Cleanup
June 2-4 - Sky Lodge of Maine Weekend
June 3 - Fly Casting Clinic at Sky Lodge
Future Events & Adventures
Telluride Post-trip Dessert and Photo Party
Friday, March 3, 7:00 - 8:30pm
CV Public Library, Begin Room
  • Are you interested in seeing photos from our trip?
  • Would you like to vote on the 2018 trip?
  • Is your CVOA membership current for 2017?
Yes, yes, yes? Please join us!
Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by CVOA.
~ Cindy Foster, Leader; Lee Souweine, Photographer; Pete Weston, Researcher
St. Patrick's Day Bowling Party
Friday, March 17, SugarBowl

There are still spots available for the CVOA St. Patrick's Day Bowling Party on Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) at the Sugarbowl.

We will be bowling from 5:30-6:30 and then enjoying a pizza dinner. Various awards will be given to lucky winners. The cost is $12/ person which includes bowling, shoes and pizza.

For those who wish to join us early, there will be Happy Hour specials from 3-5 for all CVOA members with $5 apps and $3 beer/wine/well drinks (no RSVP needed for this part of the event - just come out to celebrate St Patrick's Day!).

You can RSVP by email to Bonnie at Deadline is March 10 or when the slots fill up - so get your names on the list now!
~ Bonnie Farrar, Bowling Coordinator
Annual Dinner Meeting
Saturday, March 18, Sugarloaf Inn
Limited number of seats available.

Last year's Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Sugarloaf Inn was so popular, we are repeating it. For $23 per person, members will enjoy a dinner buffet, including salads, entrees, dessert, and coffee/tea. The fixed price of $23 includes the meal, taxes, and gratuities. A cash bar will be available for those that would like to have wine, beer, or cocktails. (Per state law, it is not allowed to bring your own beverages to the event.)
Social time will be from 5:00 - 6pm, dinner at 6:00. Following the dinner, we will have a short business meeting, which will include annual reports, elections of officers and board members, and volunteer recognitions. The Range Raffle Ticket winners will be drawn.
Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing
Our guest speakers are CVOA members Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing, authors of "The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake". Their presentation will include a slide show and talk.

Their book will be available for purchase, for $22.00 cash, and of course they will autograph your copy.
We have a limited number of seats remaining. RSVP now (Reply to this email) or email if you would like to attend this event.
~ Cindy Foster, Dinner Manager and Joe Loughran, Meeting Manager
Snowshoe or Hike Reed Brook Falls
Sunday, March 19

We will be gathering Sunday, March 19th for a snowshoe or hike into Reed Brook Falls in Kingfield.  This is a one mile hike to a beautiful waterfall.  It is rated a "one boot hike"(easy) in the CVOA hiking guide. The snow pack is deep and the rivers are running high. The waterfall should be spectacular. 

Gather at Tufulio's on March 19th at 11 a.m. to car pool to the trail head. Parking is limited at the trail head so please car pool as much as you can. Bring a drink and a snack if you like.  

This hike is weather and trail conditions dependent. Please let me know if you are coming so I can notify you if the plans change.  

~ Gail Miller;
April and May Events
Oops! Nothing is scheduled...
  • Would you like to plan an event?  
  • Large or small, anything goes.
  • Day trips are popular. 
  • Drop an email to Betsy Chapman, our adventure coordinator at
Deadline for event planning is March 25th in time to get it in the April newsletter.
Sky Lodge of Moose River, Maine
June 2-4
Only a few spaces left.
Luxury in the Rough & A Place to Remember with CVOA on June 2-4, 2017 at Sky Lodge, 748 Main Street, Moose River, ME 04945. We have exclusive use of Sky Lodge for the weekend.

There are only a few spaces left for our June 2-4 Sky Lodge week-end.
To find out more about the trip, go to our website - CLICK HERE.
Questions? Mary's Mobile: 781-248-0152

~ Mary Berger, Trip Leader
Range News
Range Raffle Tickets
Thank you for your continued support...
.... of the CVOA Range. It is not too late to buy raffle tickets for a chance at one (or more) or our excellent prizes:
  • Sugarloaf 2017-18 Season Pass - No Blackout Dates
  • Five $100 LL Bean Gift Certificates - one for each of five winners
  • 2 Day Passes mid-week Sugarloaf Golf Course
  • Handcrafted Wooden Bench from yours truly, Diane Stone
For tickets, email Diane at . The drawing will be held at the CVOA Annual Dinner and Meeting, and you do not need to be present to win. We will have tickets for sale before the dinner begins.
We at the range thank you all for your continued support.
~ Diane Stone, Range Secretary
Range Tags for 2017

When you renew your Range membership for 2017, you will continue to use your 2016 tags until new tags are issued in May. New members will also receive tags in May.
Help Wanted!
Newsletter Editor/Publisher
After two years as newsletter editor, I would like very much to
pass on the newsletter task to another CVOA member. It is not a big job in itself, but it is one task that would lighten my load as CVOA Secretary and Membership keeper.
The editor should be comfortable using (and have) a computer, PC or Mac, and have access to the internet. We use Constant Contact; the newsletter templates are already created, and the web-based software is easy to use. The editor gathers articles from officers and trip leaders, does minimal editing, and enters the content into the newsletter template on Constant Contact. Keep the same design, or create your own.
If this is a task that interests you, I would be very happy to talk with you more about it and answer your questions. Give me a call at 237-3711 or reply to this email.
Hoping to hear from someone soon so we can make the transition before the ski season ends, when I move back to the coast. Thanks for your consideration.
~ Cindy Foster, CVOA Secretary and Newsletter Editor/Publisher

Past Events and Adventures
CVOA Tackles Telluride

The Plunge, Bush Wacker, Bees Run, Majestic and Silver Cloud.  My knees start to shake just thinking of these amazingly steep trails at Telluride, CO.  And they are just a few of the incredible trails CVOA'ers explored for 6 days in late January and early February this year.   Under bluebird skies, on multiple feet of fresh, deep, western powder, and with beautiful scenery all around, we tore up this huge resort.  The views from the See Forever trail are not to be forgotten soon.  This trail runs along the ridgeline, starting at the top of the Revelation Bowl, 12,500-foot elevation, and ending up at the Mountain Village base area. 

On the 15th ski trip organized by CVOA, it took the skiers 2 days to descend upon the sleepy town and ski resort of Telluride, Colorado, due to the large size of the group (68) and the smaller jets that fly into Montrose, the nearest commercial airport.   The first group stayed in condos at the Bear Creek Lodge in Mountain Village.  The second group booked into the Victorian Inn or the Riverside Condos in the town of Telluride.  A gondola that runs until midnight connects the town and the Mountain Village.   So, people staying in at Bear Creek were able to easily explore, shop and dine in the old mining town of Telluride.  There were also some fine restaurants in the base area of Mountain Village. 

Back to the skiing.  On a typical day, we would take the Funicular lift from the Bear Creek Lodge down to the ski trail below, then ski down to the Sunshine lift.  After a couple of lifts, we would ski to the base of the Prospect Lift and then make several runs on the freshly groomed blues and green trails.  We might venture into the glades, or ski the bumps, or just enjoy the groomed trails that wind down through the trees.  Next we'd take the Gold Hill lift up the top of the ridge and ski over into Revelation Bowl where the morning sun made the runs down those steep trails a pleasure.  The bumps on Bees Run were a challenge, but with the great snow conditions, made for a fun yet tiring trek. 

Time for coffee, so off to one of the amazing restaurants up on the mountain.  (There are no chain restaurants in Telluride!)  After coffee and most likely catching up with at least a few of the others from CVOA, we'd head to the Plunge lift to ski 2,225 vertical feet of amazingly steep and long trails.  The glades in this area are sweet as well.  Rick and I skied the Powerline trail, thinking it might be like Pole Line back at the Loaf.  Wrong.  It was Misery Whip on steroids, i.e. longer, steeper and larger bumps!   We should know better than to take recommendations from Chrystal! 

The rest of the day would be spent exploring the rest of the ski resort, with lunch again up on the mountain.  We would drag ourselves back to the condos, tempted to make one more run, but knowing our legs just didn't have the strength. 

It was one of the best CVOA trips ever, thanks in no small part to the excellent leadership of Cindy Foster.  Cindy and I are already working on next year's trip and we will be deciding the destination at the post trip party on March 3rd.

~ Pete Weston
Photo of the Month

Moose looking in kitchen door, taken by Craig Lehigh,
"What's for Breakfast?"

Do you have a photo suitable for "Photo of the Month"? Are you a CVOA member? If so, send your photo to: Cindy Foster, Newsletter Editor -
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
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