~ October 2023 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .

Greetings CVOA members,

Sugarloaf Homecoming, October 7-9, is just a week away. For me, it signals the transition to ski-think. Will I be able to cram my feet into those boots again this season? Can I remember, in the thicket of poles, which ones are mine? What did I cleverly do with my season pass? Are my skis at the condo or the ski shop? Where are my batteries, and when should I start charging them? These and other First-World problems will confront me, as I sweep and drive the flies out of our winter home. But I get excited about this change each year and look forward to snow needing shoveling and lifts that turn.


CVOA has a booth in the Main Lodge during Saturday and Sunday of Homecoming. It can be found on the lower level across from skier services, just inside the lower entry door. We hope you’ll drop by and say “hello” to your fellow members staffing the table. You can easily renew your CVOA membership with cash or a check. If you know newcomers to Valley life, please send them to the CVOA table where we can introduce them to CVOA outdoor activities and social events.  


Speaking of activities, unfortunately the Whistler Ski trip had to be canceled as there was not enough interest to make this trip successful. The Heavenly Ski trip has been expanded to accommodate its waiting list and some of the skiers who had signed up for Whistler. The Italy trip remains full with a waiting list and Quebec is nearly full.  


At our meeting last spring, members expressed interest in a trip to Chile in the summer of 2024. We are exploring the possibility of a 9 day trip in late August/ September to Valle Nevado and would like to know whether there is sufficient member interest for such a trip and who might be interested in serving as its trip leader. If you’re at Homecoming, here is another reason to drop by our table and offer your thoughts on this unique opportunity.


Thom Johnston

Calendar of Events

October 2023

October 1 - Trap Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 7-8 Sugarloaf Homecoming Weekend

October 7 - Meet 'n' Greet at Parker's 4:00

October 7 - 5 Stand Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 8 - Trap Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 8 - Homecoming Barbecue at the Range 11:00-2:00

October 14 -5 Stand Shoot  9:00 - 12:00

October 15 - Trap Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 21 - 5 Stand Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 22 - Trap Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 28 - 5 Stand Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 29 - Trap Shoot 9:00 - 12:00

Check out the CVOA 2023-24 EVENTS CALENDAR

Click here: CVOA Calendar


Greetings all 968 CVOA members! What a great year of activities we had in 2023! Don’t miss out on a single opportunity for fun in the out of doors and some socializing indoors! Many of the coming seasons’ activities are already planned. Be sure to share information about us with anyone you know of that is new to the Valley and encourage them to join. The 2024 membership drive begins today with online renewal available on our Website: https://www.cvoutdoors.com. Just click on “Join Now” in the upper righthand corner of the Home Page. You can use Paypal or send a check to CVOA, Valley Crossing #6, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947. Alternatively, you can stop by the CVOA table in the Base Lodge at Sugarloaf during Homecoming. Members will be there to greet you, and they will have forms available for new and renewing members. The table will be located in the lower level near the ticket sales desk. All membership registrations received after October 1, 2023 are good through December 31, 2024. Just a reminder, we cannot accept credit card payments.

Patti Johnston

Membership Secretary

Ski Trip Information

Val Gardena Italy

January 24-February 3, 2024

The Val Gardena trip is full, and there are six couples on the wait list. If you want to find out how to add your name to the wait list please contact:

Trip Leader Mike Parker for details.

[email protected]

Heavenly, Lake Tahoe

February 27-March 5, 2024

We have been able to obtain 10-15 additional seats on United Airlines and more rooms for the Heavenly/Tahoe Ski trip to accommodate the people on the wait list. We currently have a few extra spots, including one for a single male traveler looking for roommates. 

If you are interested or have any questions, email Bonnie at [email protected].


March 18-March 22, 2024

An interesting resort town associated with a ski area is a nice amenity. But occasionally there are pairings where both the town and the resort are top notch. One of these unique associations is Quebec City and its surrounding ski areas, Stoneham, Mont Ste Anne and Le Massif. Add the feel of France, a wide scenic river and great restaurants, and you have the makings of a great ski week. 

The price includes four nights at the hotel with full breakfast, and three days of lift tickets for $885 US per person based on double occupancy. The trip brochure contains all the details.

We have received reservations from nearly 40 people who will enjoy this uniquely French city and its ski areas. We may have one room left at Le Hotel Manoir Victoria. If you haven’t sent in a reservation and are interested, please Contact Thom Johnston ASAP, 207-852-3595 or [email protected]  

Click here or on the brochure below for details and the application. Click Here

Past Events

🚴‍♂️ Coastal Bike Ride - Brunswick 🚴‍♀️

On Saturday September 9th eight enthusiastic bikers gathered for the coastal bike ride.The ride started at 10a.m. to avoid hot humid weather.There were 5 e-bikes and 3 pedal bikes.We had 3 stops along the way to hydrate and spend time in the shade.Two hours and fifty minutes later, the group arrived back at the Trueworthy’s house to enjoy a BBQ and lots of socializing. A good time was had by all!!

Respectfully submitted,

Linda and Paul

P.S. Thank you to Linda and Paul for a great bike ride, a great meal and for being such gracious hosts!!

New England Outdoor Center Outing

September 19-21

Great time at NEOC with 16 CVOA members. Great fun and friends. Next year reserved for Sept 10th and 11th and an additional cabin.

Margi Roberts

Future Events


To help with set up or volunteer to cook

Contact Diane Stone [email protected] or 207-240-4752

To contribute a side dish, dessert or to help clean up

Contact Jeannette Parker: [email protected] or 207-462-2647

Homecoming Weekend

Meet 'n' Greet

Saturday October 7th at 4:00 p.m.

Meet ‘n Greet Garage/Driveway Party at Mike and Jeannette Parker’s

Saturday, October 7th at 4:00


A - Appetizer 

B - Beverage

C - Chair

Address: 1022 Poplar Stream Road

Due to the kindness of our neighbors, you can pretty much park anywhere, however, carpooling is encouraged.

NOTE: This is an outdoor party. In the event of rain, the party will be cancelled

Alaskan Cruise 2024

May 31-June 7

There are now have 22 CVOA members signed up for the “top-rated” Alaskan Dream Cruise trip May 31-June 7th, 2024, and most of them have made their flight and hotel reservations as well.There are 14 cabins still available for anyone wishing to go on this adventure. Full cruise details have been in the last few newsletters. If you wish additional information, visit the website at: https://www.alaskandreamcruises.com/cruises/2024-last-frontier-adventure/ or email Bonnie Farrar, trip “coordinator” at [email protected]. Reservations cannot be made online, but by calling “Donna” at (815)345-4113 and mentioning CVOA to get discounts. Because this is not a CVOA-sponsored trip (just CVOA friends traveling together), it is the responsibility of each member to make their own reservations for the cruise/hotel/flight. It is sure to be a great trip!

Range News

Hello Range and CVOA Members, 

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the Home Coming BBQ on Sunday, October 8th, from 11am to 2pm. Would you be able to help with the grill or table set up? Man the grill, or the take the cash? Also, I have youth bows for folks to play with for an activity, but I need folks to help supervise at the archery range. No bow experience necessary. I will provide the education. I just need another pair of eyes to keep everyone safe.

Weekly 5 Stand Shoots every Saturday 9am to noon and Wednesday 4pm to 6pm, rain or shine. Trap Shoots every Sunday 9am to noon, weather permitting. I will post Trap cancelations due to weather on our Facebook page, CVOA Shooting Range, and our website, cvoarange.com. Come early to get a spot! The public and guests are welcome. These are a non-competitive shoots for fun and practice. If you are new to these sports, this is a perfect way to learn!

The new Electric Gate is functioning! The code is the same, just add # to the end of the code. Also, the gate stays open for 12 seconds. Please only enter one car at a time. If the gate comes down, it will not stop for your car and damage will occur. An underground sensor will open the gate when you leave. Please approach the gate slowly.

As always, your help and participation is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Diane Stone

Range Secretary

[email protected]



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Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947