Season Kick Off Party December 4th
The VSC annual season kick off party is next Sunday December 4th at The Filling Station (4PM). You can expect the best pizza on the planet plus free stuff and lots of Nordic fanatics. Did you join us last year? Check out the VSC website for more details.
VSC Membership Time
VSC Membership - Join Today! That chill in the air that you are sensing is your reminder that it's time to sign up for VSC membership again! To join, simply go to www.vasaskiclub.org. You can download a mailable form, or sign up online. Cost is $15 for students, $25 for individuals, and $50 for families. You can renew at the season kickoff party December 4th at The Filling Station. With you on board we can have another great year! Contact Gussie Peterson for more information. VSC membership is one of the best bargains around, here's what you get:
- Social events including pre and post-season get-togethers, and a trailside "Flash Party"
- Fall Nordic Ski Swap
- Michigan Cup entry fee
- Free entry into the VSC-hosted "Lakes of the North" MI Cup ski race and awards lunch
- Clinics for skills development at reduced prices
- Camaraderie of fellow skiers at all levels
- Investment in development of local x-c ski community and trails
- Support of youth ski programs, including two youth scholarship programs
- Access to group ski outings and workouts
- Notification of cross country ski events, including local and state wide opportunities
- And MORE!
DIG DEEP. HELP HICKORY
Nordic skiers here is your chance to Stand up and be counted. Please consider a contribution to Preserve Hickory today. In the face of inconsistent and variable snow Hickory Hills Park in Traverse City is planning on snow making and lights for there new and improved Nordic ski trails. The new trail design is fantastic and we need your help to fully fund the project. The Vasa Ski Club believes in this project, has pledged to support this project and believes if you can make a donation you should to! Please see below.
Established in 1952 as a public park where children skied for free, Hickory Hills was the first lighted ski resort in Michigan and since, has been the home hill of some 30,000 children. For over 60 years, the hill and the original lodge have remained untouched. Literally.
To remain viable, the park needs your support. A two-year public planning process culminated in the Hickory Hills Master Plan. Phase One includes a new lodge; parking; expanded downhill and free style terrain, learner’s area, a universally accessible trail, sledding hill, fire pits, and an extension to the disc golf course. 5000 linear meters of recreational and Nordic trails have been designed and flagged to link to existing trails within Hickory Meadows, the neighboring park. Located between the Hills and Hickory Meadows, the new lodge will create obvious connections. The old lodge? Repurposed as a warming hut. The plan anticipates an increase in amenities and access, thus closing the gap between park revenue and operating costs.
The timer is running.
The City recently pledged $1.5 million to Hickory, contingent on a match raised from outside funds by May 2017. With grants from the Oleson Foundation, Rotary Charities and the Frey Foundation, and with donations from the local community, Preserve Hickory has raised more than 80% of Phase One goal of $1.6 million.
To secure the pledge by May 2017, Preserve Hickory needs your help! Any gift you make now will leverage the City’s pledge and be matched by one donor’s last-in pledge of $300,000.
Please dig deep.
Momentum is great. Please join Preserve Hickory in making a sound investment in Hickory, one that will secure its future. Your donation is a gift to the park, a legacy for your family and a promise to children who will grow up here.
Any gift, no matter the size, helps. To make giving easier, Preserve Hickory is accepting 2-year pledges. The donor wall in the new lodge will recognize gifts over $3000 with several recognition levels up to $100,000. Naming opportunities are available for gifts above $25,000.
Visit the website at www.preservehickory.com. Click Here to Donate to Hickory Now