THE SAWTOOTH SKI CLUB • 2020 - 2021 SEASON
THE MISSION OF OUR CLUB IS TO PROMOTE AND PRESERVE QUALITY SKIING IN THE SAWTOOTH VALLEY AND STANLEY BASIN.
OVER 30 KILOMETERS OF GREAT CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
It’s that time of year again! Don’t miss out on the 2021 Ski Trail Clean-up Workdays and all the fun to be had sawing fallen trees, snipping brush and clearing the way to a hopefully great 2021-2022 ski season. The cleanup days are scheduled for the last two days of October – Saturday, October 30th at Park Creek beginning at 10 a.m. and then on Sunday, October 31st at Alturas Lake, also at 10 a.m. Meet at the parking areas and don’t forget to wear red and bring gloves, chain saws, hand saws, or brush loppers. The clean up usually takes 2 or 3 hours at each area. This year we don’t expect too many downed trees at Alturas but we know that there are a lot of downed trees on the trails at Park Creek. On that first trail from the parking area to the valley floor there are about 50 charred snags across the trail and the north end of Sego has a similar number of trees down. Clearly some chainsaw work will be needed there so you if feel comfortable using a chainsaw, bring one along. You might also want to bring a snack or sack lunch. At Alturas, some folks usually linger for a post cleanup gathering at the inlet beach area so keep that in mind. We are also excited to hear that this year students from the Sage School are planning to prune sagebrush on Skyrocket trail where it grows to great heights and in great abundance and has often prevented grooming there in low snow conditions. Be there or be square!
Remembering Tom Naylor
The Sawtooth Club lost a dear friend on November 30, 2020.
Tom Naylor, the first official manager for the Busterback Ranch Ski program was hired in 1977 by Katie Brekenridge and Jay Sevy, the founding members of the ski business that was years ahead of its time. Tom was instrumental in identifying and creating the extensive cross country ski trail system which ranged from Alturas Lake to Petit Lake, incorporating both private and federal lands. Countless individuals have benefited from his dedication and enthusiasm to a recreational endeavor he prized. Many of the original ski trails are still groomed to this day and provide skiers of all ages and abilities a wonderfully scenic and peaceful opportunity to enjoy the place Tom loved so deeply. We are eternally grateful for his efforts and inspired by his legacy.
WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD… WELCOME TO THE UPDATED 2020 – 2021 SKI CLUB WEB SITE… NEW AND IMPROVING? OR JUST CONFUSING? WE SHALL SEE. ELDERLY AND SLIGHTLY IMPAIRED WEBMASTER DIVINIUS IS STRUGGLING AS HE TRIES TO FIGURE OUT A NEW WEBSITE EDITING FORMAT. HE HAS BEEN PUSHING BUTTONS RANDOMLY IN HOPES OF EXPRESSING EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SKIING AND THE MEANING OF LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL ARTFUL MANNER. HOWEVER, THINGS MAY GET A BIT WIERD FOR A WHILE. WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING UNTIL HE FIGURES OUT WHAT HE IS DOING.
THE SKI TRAIL CLEAN UP DAYS THAT TOOK PLACE OVER HALLOWEEN WEEKEND WERE THE BEST EVER. 25 OR MAYBE 35 PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT EACH SKI AREA. BECAUSE IDENTITIES WERE MASKED, WE COULD NOT GET A GOOD COUNT, TELL FRIEND FROM FOE OR EVEN GUY FROM GAL. WE GOT ALONG FAMOUSLY, ALBEIT ANONYMOUSLY, AS WE CUT TREES AND SAGEBRUSH. WE SURE GOT A LOT DONE! AT THE APRÈS CLEAN-UP EVENT AT ALTURAS LAKE, HOT DOGS WERE SERVED. THANK YOU ALL, WHOEVER YOU WERE…
PACKING SKI TRAILS HAS BEGUN AT ALTURAS. CHECK THE GROOMING REPORT FOR MORE DETAILS…