October 2016

In this issue:

 Registration for 2016-2017 SeasonJN Registration is open
 2016 MSSC Social & Annual Meeting
 Ski Race VolunteersSki Rentals

Phase 2 Trail Expansion

Mat-Su Ski Club Board Updates

Adult Ski Lessons

Mat-Su Ski Club Ski Swap

Skiers' Calendar


Registration for the 2016-2017 Season is open

The Mat-Su Ski Club (MSSC) membership year is from September 1- August 31. Please contribute today, we rely on generous support from trail users like you. Your membership will ensure that the MSSC can continue grooming and maintaining the ski trails. To sign up, please go here.

2016 Mat-Su Ski Club Social & Annual Meeting

We will hold our social and annual meeting on Saturday, October 15 at the chalet at the Government Peak Recreation Area at 6:30pm. Lauren Fritz will be the guest speaker. We will have drinks, pizza, salad and door prizes. Continuing this year is a silent auction with proceeds to go towards scholarships for local high school skiers. You can also renew your membership at the social. Come on out for a great evening with your fellow skiers.

Ski Race Volunteers

The Mat-Su Ski Club will be hosting 1 community and 2 high school weekend ski races this winter.

The Icicle Double is a community ski race consisting of multiple distances and ages on December 31st and January 1st. The Government Peak Invite is a Region III high school meet on December 2 & 3. The Region III High School Championships will be on February 17 & 18.

Please support our racing community by helping out. It will take a lot of volunteers to put these races on. A volunteer sign up sheet will be available at the October 15 Mat-Su Ski Club Social and Annual Meeting.



JN Registration is open

We will once again have 3 sessions: a homeschool session on Mondays & Wednesdays from 1-2:15pm and 2 evening sessions; either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 5-6:15pm. To register, please go here.

Junior Nordics 2016/2017

Please save the following dates for the JN 2017 Season:

September 1, 2016: Registration opens
October 15, 2016: Ski Rentals
December 5, 2016: Deadline for T-Shirt Orders
December 10, 2016: Ski Rentals #2
January 9 & 10, 2017: 1st day of Junior Nordics
January 21, 2017: JN Potluck & family ski
March 2, 2017: Last day of JN
March 4, 2017: JN Potluck & family ski, ski returns
April 22, 2017: Final ski return

Ski Rentals

We will hand out skis on Saturday, October 15 from 5-5:45pm at the Government Peak Recreation Area Chalet. We have a limited number of skis & poles available, so it is first come, first serve. Rentals are $50 for a set of skis & poles. YOU MUST BRING A CHECK made out to the Mat-Su Ski Club, postdated 4/22/17, for the deposit on the skis, $150/set. Skiers are responsible for obtaining their own boots.

Volunteers are needed between 3:30-6:30pm to help with ski rentals. Please contact Rebecca at rbuchanan@mtaonline.net for more information.

Phase 2 Trail Expansion

The Mat-Su Ski Club's next project is the Phase 2 Trail Expansion. This will add an additional 8.4km of trails on more challenging terrain. These new trails will be located north of the stadium and north of the Pioneer Loop. This expansion will allow us to have a 2.5km loop, 3.3km loop, 5km loop(s), 6.6km loop, 7.5km loop and a 10km loop (incorporating the Matanuska Loop). We have received a pledge from an anonymous donor of $50,000 to go towards the Phase 2 Trail Expansion as long as the Mat-Su Ski Club can raise $50,000 to match this pledge. If you would like to donate to this project, please go here.

Mat-Su Ski Club Board Updates

At the Annual Meeting, there will be a vote to change the bylaws, restricting the number of board seats to thirteen. The change is as follows: Section 2 Authorized Number. The authorized number of directors of this corporation shall be an odd number with a minimum of seven (7) and a maximum of thirteen (13).

Our current board members are Hans Hill (President), Dave Musgrave (Vice-President & Junior Nordic Coordinator), Maritt Youngblood (Treasurer), Mike Norton (Secretary), Ed Strabel, Mark Strabel, Dave Freer, Natalie King, Chris Tomsen, Lucas Parker, Gene Backus, Daryl Farrens, and Ashley Wise. Up for re-election this year is Gene Backus.

We are also taking nominations for 1 new Board Member. If you are interested in becoming a board member or nominating someone else, please send an email to info@matsuski.org by October 8th.
Adult Ski Lessons

With our trails lit, the Mat-Su Ski Club will start offering Adult Ski Lessons and training for all level skiers in the evenings now. The program will be offered Monday and Thursday evenings in addition to the Saturday morning sessions, starting in early December. More details will be in the November newsletter.           
Mat-Su Ski Club Ski Swap
The Mat-Su Ski Club will host a ski swap at this year's annual meeting. It will be held from 4:30-5:30pm in the chalet at Government Peak Recreation Area. If you have any outdoor equipment that you would like to sell, you are welcome to bring it and try to sell it. You are responsible for taking everything with you when the swap is over.                     

Oct 15, Saturday, Mat-Su Ski Club Ski Swap, GPRA, 4:30-5:30pm
Oct 15, Saturday, Junior Nordics Ski Rentals, 5-5:45pm            
Oct 15, Saturday, Mat-Su Ski Club Social & Annual Meeting, GPRA, 6:30pm
Nov 5, Saturday, Race to the Outhouse #1, Ind Mine or Archangel Road, 10:30am
Nov 12, Saturday, Moonlight Ski, Independence Mine, 7pm
Dec 2-3, Fri-Sat, Government Peak Invite HS race, GPRA
Dec 10, Saturday, Moonlight Ski, GPRA, 7pm
Dec 31-Jan 1, Saturday,-Sunday, Icicle Double Races, GPRA
Jan 9-10, Mon-Tues, Junior Nordics begins, GPRA
Feb 5, Sun, Mat-Su Ski for Women, GPRA
Feb 17-18, Fri-Sat, Region III HS Ski Championships, GPRA
Mar 11-12, Sat-Sun, Serenity Falls Cabin Overnight, Eklutna
Apr 1, Sat, Race to the Outhouse #2, Archanel Road, 9:30am

Mat-Su Ski Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

1150 S. Colony Way Suite 3, Palmer, AK 99645

907-745-7547     info@matsuski.org