Denny was on the Pisten Bulley before 5 and will have everything groomed by 9:am. He wasn’t able to set a diagonal track, not because the snow wasn’t deep enough, but because the track setter would not stay steady enough in the granular snow to set a straight track.
We didn’t lose a lot of snow and conditions should be excellent even without the diagonal track. We hope the snow will set up well enough overnight for Terry to set a track in the morning.
Funding for More Lighting Complete
The funding to light the Black Extension is in place. In November the Gander Coop 50/50 Draw committee approved $10,000. In December, Jack heard from MP Scott Simms that ACOA would chip in roughly1/3 of the project costs. This week the province confirmed that their 1/3 funding was in place too.
The total federal and provincial funding is $40,000. The club had to come up with $21,242 so the generous contribution of $10,000 from the Coop 50/50 was a huge help. The remainder of the club’s share comes from memberships, day fees, donations, fundraising. and the support of the Town of Gander.
Congratulations to Jack who has done the leg work on this project. And to Jeremy, our in-house electrical engineer, who is looking after the technical side, the purchasing, and the arranging of contracts for installation.
Jack and Jeremy were a team on our previous two lighting projects: 3 km in 2008, 1 km more in 2010. Now it’s another 1 km on the Black Extension. We are very lucky to have such expertise in our club. Next season we’ll have another trail lighted. Great news for the big numbers of skiers who have been skiing at night.
A big thank you from Jack and the club to the local personnel at ACOA and the province’s Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development who have been most supportive through this project and through our previous ones.