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Ski Tracks the Vasa Ski Club newsletter!

It’s October tomorrow and snow is just around the corner. While some may dread the white stuff, many of our club members are itching to see the first flake of the year. Fall is an incredible time in Northern Michigan. The Vasa Ski Club has been busy preparing so that we can continue our mission to promote and encourage cross country skiing in the Grand Traverse region through recreation and competition.

Preserve Hickory

A big part of what the Vasa Ski Club does is to raise money to further our cause. On that note, we would like to extend many thanks to everyone that came out to the National Cherry Festival, Festival of Races to volunteer for the club and to the Preserve Hickory fund raising event. Vasa ski club is very excited to announce that we have donated $5,000 to Preserve Hickory. These initial funds have helped Preserve Hickory to bring in world class Nordic trail designers to evaluate the site and begin planning the trail system. Preserve Hickory needs to raise a total of $1.5 million to match the funds pledged by Traverse City officials and Vasa Ski club intends to support them the whole way.

Vasa Ski Swap

A date has been set for the annual Vasa Ski Swap. The swap will be November 14th at Brick Wheels. This is an incredible opportunity to get equipment at bargain prices and to support the fundraising efforts of the club. Bring your equipment to sell and get something new while you are there. Stay tuned for more details.

501c3 Nonprofit

Vasa Ski Club is very excited to announce that we have been granted 501c3 tax exempt status from the IRS! This status will allow the club to take our already successful fundraising efforts to the next level. The club would like to send a big round of applause to Anders Gillis for helping us achieve this goal. We could not have done it without you…thanks.

Youth Programs

The Vasa Ski Club continues to support our local junior skiers though training opportunities. Youth ski club members recently attended the Nordic camp at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Our young skiers had four days of Nordic instruction and opportunities to train with top level coaches. Attach Images

In addition to helping to fund our local Nordic camp, the Vasa Ski Club also recently helped local skier Mary Lyon attend the United States Ski Association U16 Nordic Ski Camp. The letter below shows the value of the work that the club is doing to ensure the future of the sport. We are all very proud of Mary and hope that this is just the beginning of opportunities like this for her. Attach Images

“Learning Local, Growing Nationally”

By: Mary Lyon

Having been introduced to cross country skiing at a young age, it was in the Vasa Ski Club Junior Program where I began to hone my skill and catch the fever for competitive skiing. With the help and support of coaches like John Pflughoeft, Amy Powell, Sara Cockwell and many others, I discovered a new passion and love for the sport. Over the last several years, and thanks to the ongoing efforts of the local ski club and coaches, I grew to be a stronger skier and my love for the sport, and the people of the Nordic community, grew.

In July of 2015 I had an experience of a lifetime at the United States Ski Association U16 Nordic Ski Camp. Because of the great generosity of the Vasa Ski Club I was able to fly to Burlington, Vermont and train with the very best U16 skiers and coaches in the nation. This experience would not have been possible had it not been for the Vasa Ski Club Junior Program and coaches and my high school Nordic coaches; John Kostrzewa, Jo Peregrine and Eric Okerstrom.


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