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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:05 PM | Anonymous

    Please consider a donation to help build a permanent structure for cross-country skiers at the McMiller Ski Trails new trailhead near Eagle, Wisconsin.

    An anonymous donor will give $10,000 if skiers and businesses donate $10,000 by April 1, 2014; so there's some urgency to this effort!  A permanent building is a wonderful long-term legacy to leave for future skiers.

    The rest of the money for the building will come from the DNR and the shelter will be built by WCTC students; so this will be a great public-private partnership.

    Donations are tax deductible, and you can even make your donation online (giving levels are shown online).  The Wisconsin Biathlon Association and Kettle Moraine Natural History Association have partnered to create a website and spearhead the fundraising effort so a shelter building can be constructed for the 2014-2015 ski season.

    Check out the website and brochure!

    Website http://mcmillerskishelter.com/index.html

    Brochure http://mcmillerskishelter.com/docs/McMillerFundraisingBrochure.pdf

    Please encourage your cross-country skier friends to donate, too.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  • Saturday, March 08, 2014 8:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the National Weather Service:

    Three Months of Consecutive Snow Cover (Updated 3/8)

    Cold and snow go together.  We are quicky moving up the ranking charts on consecutive days with 1" or more of snow cover at both Madison and Milwaukee this winter.  Snow cover observations are taken at 6 am CST on the observation day.
    Here are the rankings for snow cover (this includes today's measurement, 3/8/2014):

    Milwaukee

    • 90 consecutive days with a snow depth of 1 inch or more since December 9th, 2013.
    • This is the 2nd longest streak.
    • The record is 112 days in 1978-1979.
    • The average number of days since the early 1900s with snow cover per season is 62 (not necessarily consecutive days).
    • The 1981-2010 Climatology (30 year mean) is 59 days (not necessarily consecutive) with snow cover per season.
    • The record number of days (non consecutive) with snow cover in a season is 117 in 1978-1979.
    • The record fewest number of days is 17 in 1953-1954.
    • There have been 77 consecutive days with a snow depth of 4 inches or more since December 22nd 2013.  This ranks 2nd.  There were 79 days during the 78-79 winter.
    • There have been 50 consecutive days with a snow depth of 6 inches or more since January 18th, 2014.  This ranks tied for 2nd.  There were 74 days during the 78-79 winter.
    • There have been 71 days (not consecutive) with snow depth of at least 6 inches. This ranks 2nd. The record is 74.

    Madison

    • 90 consecutive days with a snow depth 1 inch or more since December 9th, 2013.
    • This is the 11th longest streak.
    • The record is 118 days in 1978-1979.
    • This is the longest streak since 2009-2010 when there was 93 days.
    • 110 consecutive days occurred during 2007-2008.
    • The average number of days since the early 1900s with snow cover per season is 61 (not necessarily consecutive days).
    • The 1981-2010 Climatology (30 year mean) is 76 days (not necessarily consecutive) with snow cover per season.
    • The record number of days (non consecutive) with snow cover in a season is 125 in 1978-1979.
    • The record fewest number of days is 23 in 1953-1954.
    • There have been 77 consecutive days with snow depth of 4 inches or more since December 22nd 2013. This ranks 6th. There were 104 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
    • There were 31 consecutive days with a snow depth of 6 inches or more, from January 26th to February 25, 2014.  This ranks tied for 23rd.  There were 103 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
    • There have been 62 days (not consecutive) with snow depth of at least 6 inches.  This ranks 15th.  There were 105 days during the 1985-1986 winter.
  • Friday, March 07, 2014 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Despite cold weather, skiers enjoyed Taste & Glide

    by Kimberly Wheeler

    Temperatures were very chilly at the 25th annual Valley Spur Taste 'n Glide, however ski enthusiasts were not deterred. The participants included local residents and people from throughout the Upper Peninsula, as well as group of skiers from Wisconsin. 'We travel up here every year, and we just love it," Kayleen Kauffman of the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee said. Typically Taste 'n Glide takes place entirely outside, and volunteers serve fruits, sandwiches and desserts skiers and snowshoers as they travel along one of Valley Spur's ski trails. This year's extremely cold weather, however, meant that the food was served from inside of the Valley Spur Lodge. The event was catered by Sydney's Restaurant, including chocolate covered strawberries, and featured live music by Chris Valenti. The Friends of Valley Spur organized the event, and estimated that about 100 people attended this year's Taste 'n Glide, which is lower than previous years. "Usually we look at 200 (people), but the cold weather is putting a damper on things. These are hearty people...," said Carberry, a Friend of Valley Spur member. Carberry also explained that Taste 'n Glide draws novice skiers too.  “We get people that are brand new skiers and snowshoers... I think it gives them a chance to come out and have “a taste" of Valley Spur," she said.

    Valley Spur volunteer Carl Hansen explained that the ski area has a unique beauty. “The local people don't... realize how incredible the trails are here," he said, "The beauty of the trails, the groom, the way it's laid out, it's incredible. It winds around a creek that flows all year long. It is a beautiful trail system," he added. The trails have been maintained entirely by volunteers. "If it wasn't for the volunteers, there would be no skiing here at all..."Carberry explained. This year's Taste 'n Glide specifically recognized the contributions of longtime volunteer and Valley Spur founding member Dave Worel.

    Worel was instrumental in the success of maintaining and improving Valley Spur since its inception. "...we've dedicated this Taste `n Glide to Dave, who is a longtime volunteer, basically he is the heart and soul of Valley Spur," Suzette Carberry, Valley Spur enthusiast explained. "Dave was one of the first people who taught me how to ski out here at Valley Spur, so I consider him to be one of my mentors in learning how to cross country ski," Arlene Swanberg, Valley Spur volunteer added. Worel's experience with Valley Spur spans about 37 years and he has observed many changes during Valley Spur's evolution. "We started the trail in 1977 ... the trail slowly built in distance, it started off as two miles and now it's 22 miles...," Worel said. "This is an area that you can come and enjoy in the winter. We have opportunities to ski, for anything from the beginning skier to the most advanced, we also have a nice snowshoe trail... plus there's the opportunity to be with other people that enjoy the outdoors. Either come and meet new friends, or bring friends," he said. Worel stated that he looked forward to the special recognition at this year's event. "I'm excited ... this is really a great group of people to work with out here," he said.

    (See pictures in separate posting)

  • Friday, March 07, 2014 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Kurt Aschim from Marinette, WI, Mary Ellen Kozak from Peshtigo, WI and Martha Aschim from Marinette, gathered for photo before taking part in Valley Spur's Taste & Glide.











  • Friday, January 10, 2014 8:48 PM | Anonymous
    Hello everyone, I took a leap of faith and joined the Nordic Club. I felt it was time to embrace my inner-snow! I have never X-country skied before, experienced down-hiller, when and how may I use your wonderful resources to learn to X-country ski? My schedule is somewhat challenging due to my job. I'm excited to meet new faces and snow bunnies. Kim
  • Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:06 AM | John McCarthy

    Join your fellow club members for a friendly ski on the snowmaking loops at Lapham Peak on Tuesday night.  Check out the reports on Skinnyski.com and the Lapham Peak Friends website --  the 1.5 kilometers of snowmaking trails, near the Evergreen Shelter, are in GREAT condition, for both skating and striding.  Figure on seeing everyone multiple times as you cruise around the loops at your own, comfortable pace - or take advantage of the free ski lessons from Ben and Sean of L2ski.

    Think Snow, and Thank Snowmaking --  John Mccarthy

  • Monday, November 21, 2011 4:23 PM | Deleted user
    ABR's beautiful trails opened yesterday!  There is something at this trail system for everyone: skate/classic trails, narrow classic only trails, and even 10k of snowshoe trails. Check out http://www.abrski.com.  Register for the trip online or if you need more information, call or e-mail Rita. 

    If you haven't skied on these trails before you owe it to yourself to go this ski season!
  • Monday, November 21, 2011 2:54 PM | Anonymous
    Only 2 days left to reserve your place for the party at Klemmer's.  We really want to have a great turn out and a fun time with old and new Nordic friends.  If you can't get your check in the mail by Wed. call Renee or use pay pal!!!  Hope to see you there.
  • Friday, August 19, 2011 4:19 PM | Deleted user
    The new shelter will be complete well in advance of ski season according to the DNR. 
  • Friday, July 29, 2011 12:40 PM | John McCarthy

    Want to try something you've never done before? Come  Prowl the Peak on Wednesday, August 3 at 9:30pm. Participants will run or walk around the lighted loop at Lapham Peak State Park, traditionally only illuminated during the winter months for cross country skiers. All proceeds from the event will go to the Peak Nordic Youth Program Cross Country Ski Program. Two lucky winners will get a $100 gift certificates to InStep! 

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