~ October 2022 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .

Greetings CVOA members,


It is the time of year to renew your membership in CVOA and the Range to again obtain the benefits of membership. Registration is open October 1 online through our website. Click cvoutdoors.com and then on the “Join Now!“ button. Online registration is easy and there is no need to print out a form and mail a check. However, that is always an option! Joining anytime from October 1-December 31, 2022 activates your membership through December 31, 2023! If you have relatives or friends who would be interested in joining CVOA, please share the CVOA website address with them.



CVOA will have membership and waiver forms available at our CVOA table at Sugarloaf Homecoming October 8 & 9. CVOA is staffing a table at Homecoming from 9-5 both Saturday and Sunday. It will be across from the Information Desk on the lower level of the Base Lodge. Come check out the raffle courtesy of Craig Lehigh, renew your membership, see what is already planned for 2023, get an update on remaining ski trip availability or just say "hello" ask questions and offer suggestions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

There will be a Board & Member meeting on Sunday October 9 at 2pm at The Range.


The autumnal equinox is one of the three seasonal transitions to which CVOA members look forward. As the daily temps drop and daylight shortens, some morning Sugarloaf will report a covering of snow at the top and send along a picture. Then we’ll get excited about the coming of winter. We’ve already seen this enthusiasm for our ski trips.  Both Sun Valley and Whitefish are full.  Telluride and Quebec only have a few slots left.

The Range will continue to be active through the fall with 5-stand and trap shoots on the weekends.  We’ll also see hunters sighting in and sharpening their skills before they go out in the field.  And then, we’ll need volunteers to button-up the range for winter.

Leaf Peeping in the Western Mountains should be near its peak during Sugarloaf Homecoming on the holiday weekend of October 8-10.   The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry dedicates a website to the topic called Maine Fall Foliage Report at https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects/fall_foliage/report/index.shtml .  

If you’re interested in learning more about Sugarloaf’s new pumphouse and its projected impact on snowmaking, WSKI has produced a video on the subject.  https://wskitv.com/2022/09/23/summit-snowmaking-like-never-before/  


Calendar of Events


October 1 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00-12:00

October 2 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 8 & 9 Homecoming

October 8 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 8 - Meet 'n' Greet at Parker's 4:00

October 9 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 9 - Board of Directors Meeting at the Range - 2:00

October 15 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00 -12:00

October 16 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 22 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00 -12:00

October 23 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

October 29 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00 -12:00

October 30 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00


CVOA List of Events

Future Events

Homecoming Weekend

Meet 'n Greet

Saturday October 8th at 4:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 8th at 4:00


A - Appetizer 

B - Beverage

C - Chair

Address: 1022 Poplar Stream Road

Carpooling is encouraged.

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

Pre-Turkey Trot

Save the Date-Saturday, November 19

Walk at 1pm, eat afterwards

Here’s a GREAT way to prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner! Come and join your CVOA friends for a 45 minute to one hour walk around the Sugarloaf Golf Course, and a pot luck meal afterward.

Details will appear in the November Newsletter.

Ski Trips 2023

The Sun Valley trip is full but there is no waiting list. There’s always the possibility, especially with 42 trip members, that there will be cancellations. So, if you’re interested in going to America’s iconic ski destination please let me know. 

Mike Parker, Trip leader


Sun Valley Idaho
January 28-February 4

My trip is now FULL😁😁. People can contact me if they would like to be put on a wait list!!

Bonnie Farrar, Trip leader


The Whitefish trip is full but there is no waiting list. There’s always the possibility that there will be cancellations. So, if you’re interested please contact me. 


Trip Leader, Dan Hitchcock


Quebec 2023 Trip is on the way (with just a few slots left)!

In the first three days after we opened reservations, the trip to Quebec City had met its minimum number of participants!  We’ll be driving up to Canada on March 20, skiing the next three days at Mont Ste Anne, Le Massif and Stoneham and then returning to the States on March 24.  We have just a few slots left, so if you’re interested, read through the brochure (click on it) and send in a reservation. Or, see us at Sugarloaf Homecoming  (Oct 8-9) at the CVOA table. 

Trip Leader: Thom Johnston


Range News

Hello Range Members, 

September has been a quiet month after the Labor Day visitors went back to the "real world". For those of you who live in the Carrabassett Valley region, congratulations for not living in the real world!

Homecoming is around the corner and the Range will be open to the public from 9am to noon for viewing and tours. We will be having a 5 Stand shoot on Saturday and a Trap Shoot on Sunday each from 9am to noon. 

New Membership Applications for 2023 should be available starting October 1st. Any new member that signs up will get the rest of 2022 as well as all of 2023 included with their membership.

Another new feature, Lou Alfieri is hosting a regular Wednesday morning 5 Stand Shoot. If you are interested in joining the fun, you can contact Lou at 207-491-8684. Lou starts at 9am and goes until everyone is done. Have fun shooters!

Our 5 Stand and Trap Shooting season will continue into November. Our close date is dependent on when the snow flies. But remember, Pistol and Rifle Ranges will remain open throughout the winter. Come try our new steel targets. The "plink" from hitting the target is very satisfying! Remember to follow all posted safety rules and maintain at least 25 yards distance while shooting at metal targets. For paper targets, you may move as close as you like.

Enjoy your Fall and see you at the Range.

Diane Stone

Range Secretary



How to Contact Us
  • President Thom Johnston: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Craig Lehigh:‭ cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • MembershipSecretary:PattiJohnston:cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Ray Stone: ‭raymondhstone3@gmail.com
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Emeritus Neal Trask
  • Social Activities: Nancy Makin: nancymakin48@gmail.com & Jeannette Parker: jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com
  • Newsletter Editors: Elaine & Steve Smith: golfski@maine.rr.com
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947