Photo by Carrie Buetow
We were fortunate to have snow for this year’s Clifton Park Winterfest on February 10. Even with light rain at times we were able to enjoy the snow excellently groomed with the Shenendehowa Nordic Clubs new gooming equipment in Garnsey Park, Rexford. We had 4 youth finish the Nordic Ski Races: The two in front are enthusiastic new skiers in what we call the “lollipop” class 6 years and under. The two on the snow bank are in the U10 (under age 10) class. Three others joined in a citizen’s race. Results are summarized:
Lollipoppers (0.5 k)
- James Clark 0:06:21 1st Place
- Logan Turnock 0:06:40 2nd
U10 (~2 k)
- Nolan Gilloolie 0:15:08 1st place
- James Buetow 0:16:34 2nd
Citizens Race (~2 k)
- Aline Flaherty 0:17:26 1st place female
- Charlie Huff 0:11:46 1st place male
- Jim Flaherty 0:17:56 2nd place male
Later that evening nearly 80 community and club members enjoyed a candlelight ski and snowshoe event with bonfire, marshmallows, hot drinks and good company and great fun on snow.
It’s official. The Shenendehowa Classic is postponed to Sunday, February 18. Hopefully the weather will be better. In case you are wondering the snow at Saratoga Biathlon firmed up quite nicely and Curt Schreiner did some magic. Today’s skiing was superb.
Those pre-registrated are still good for the February 18 date unless they tell me they cannot make it.
Now I hope we can all cram in a rewarding and fun season before the snow really heads north.
Race officials just conferred.
The race tomorrow, January 13, 2018, at Saratoga Biathlon Club in Day, NY is off.
We are concerned about
- early morning travel
- temperatures are not expected to drop early enough this evening so snow can drain, freeze, and new snow to accumulate
- by the end of the day tomorrow, our chief of course should be able to have conditions perfect, but who wants to ski in the dark?
We are working on a postponement to February 17 or 18 whichever can be worked out.
Even though we have sufficient snow the Family Moonlight Ski scheduled for December 28 in the Vischer Ferry Preserve in cancelled due to the polar conditions. Please go skiing during the day when it is warmer, but make sure if you go alone that you let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
Remember the old Norse saying, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”
Scrimmages on man-made snow, local trails trimmed and tweaked, enthusiastic Bill Koch Youth Program, club membership and support is staged, successful preseason dinner …we are certainly ready for some natural snow and the feel of winter.
We also have the 24 days of Christmas raffle results. This year’s winners are:
- Dec 1 – Meal for 2 at Chipotle, Jason Schoen (ticket sold by Eve Schoen).
- Dec 2 – Carrabba’s $25 gift card, Patti Nichols (ticket sold by Keegan Vannier).
- Dec 3 – Flight Trampoline Park $30, Leah Beeble (sold by Jacob an Zac Cramer).
- Dec 4 – Macaroni Grill $25 gift card – Amaya Vlacich (Meghan Maloney sold ticket).
- Dec 5 – Bath & Body Works $25 gift card – Dave Weaver (sold by Julia Weaver).
- Dec 6 – Ninety Nine Restaurant $25 gift card – Tori Herrick (Sidney Herrick).
- Dec 7 – Starbucks $25 gift card – Chris Gravelle (ticket sold by the Kinkaids).
- Dec 8 – Red Robin $25 gift card – Charley Turnock (sold by Erin Turnock).
- Dec 9 – Dave & Buster’s $25 gift card – Melissa Bartoletti (seller Kate Bartoletti).
- Dec 10 – Lowe’s $25 gift card – Bob Mundinger won (Lauren Mundinger sold ticket).
- Dec 11 – Olive Garden $25 gift card – Jen Roig won (Caitlyn Roig sold the ticket).
- Dec 12 – Stewart’s $25 gift card – won by Ebony Witters (sold by Grace Anderson).
- Dec 13 – Buffalo Wild Wings – won by Joseph Gumpper (Soroush Saririan)
- Dec 14 – P F Chang’s $25 gift card – Emma Anderson (sold by Grace Anderson).
- Dec 15 – Panera Bread $25 gift card – Chris Gravelle (ticket sold by the Kinkaids).
- Dec 16 – Two tickets to Regal Cinema – won by Pete Savage (sold by Kinkaids).
- Dec 17 – Uncommon Grounds $25 gift – Max Liu (sold by Lindsey Shirwood).
- Dec 18 – Cheesecake Factory $25 – Yeon Woo Kim (sold by Sohyun Park).
- Dec 19 – L. L. Bean $25 gift card – Christa Deno won (sold by Jared Deno).
- Dec 20 – Ausable Chasm pass for 6 – Charlie Turnock (sold by Erin Turnock).
- Dec 21 – Paste Pane $50 gift certificate – Angela Street won (sold by Jenny Street).
- Dec 22 – Ski Zone family package – Liz Snow won (sold by Keegan Vannier).
- Dec 23 – Tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra – Alex Tudor (Emily Pingelski) and
- Dec 24 – 2 Olympic Sites Passports and $50 gift card to Smoke Signals – won by Kara Matthews (ticket sold by Philip Matthews).
And to everyone else: I hope you have better luck next year! All proceeds benefit the Shenendehowa Nordic Club so in that sense we ALL won!
The pre-season spaghetti dinner is set for Saturday December 2, 2017, at the Town of Clifton Park Senior Center on the Commons at 6 PM. It is free to all those who have renewed and paid their membership for the season. There will be fun and games and the first drawings of the 24 days of Christmas raffle. Be there, snow, or no snow!
Please RSVP to mona (at) adksports (dot) com by Wednesday, November 29.