Thank you to Chris Elden, Chris Hyde, Chris Kovach, Roger Knorr, Victor Stobbe, Bevin Thompson, Derek Woollends and Isaac Woolends for all your efforts and volunteering your time.
We are currently testing out a Grooming Reporting system developed by a company called Nordic Pulse. It is quite new and we are pretty excited about it. It has a lot of features specifically designed for Cross Country ski areas and would make our grooming reports available on the Nordic Pulse website almost as the grooming is done. If we decide to proceed with the system the grooming data could also show directly on the CSTC website. IOS and Android cell phone apps will available in the near future.
There is a list of trails that have been groomed and you will see some names you have never heard before. To make the system work, we had to name all trail segments between junctions with other trails so that the GPS could track them. Some had names already such as Birch Bench, some had nicknames that were unofficial but are descriptive such as Siberia. A way of combining them into loops for reporting purposes is being worked will be available in the future.
The program uses a cell phone GPS to track where the Snowcat or snowmobile has groomed. This data is transmitted to Nordic Pulse website by cellular data if the phone is so equipped or, alternatively, saved and transmitted over Wifi when the Groomer comes near the lodge. The website then updates the map and trail list. In our first trial this morning the grooming data was up on the website as soon as the data was transmitted near the lodge.
Please take a look and let us know what you think of the Nordic Pulse system. If you are heading out for a ski tomorrow or for the next week or so check the site again to see what has been freshly groomed.
The club can now host professional visual presentations with a large screen, high quality sound and comfortable seating, no more hard wooden benches! The upgrade included 85 padded chairs, 135” motorized projection screen, high definition projector, wireless speakers, acoustic panels on the ceiling and a security alarm system.
The CSTC would like to thank the major sponsors for the lodge upgrade including the Quesnel Community Foundation, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and a partnership with ABC Communications. The total cost of the upgrades was $18,619 and of this amount NDIT contributed $7,319, QCF contributed $9,500 and the CSTC contributed $1,800 in volunteer labor with a total of 186 hours. Thanks to ABC for their contribution of internet bandwidth for the 8 months of the year that the lodge is closed which allows the club to monitor the security of the lodge via the internet.
Five Reasons to Ski at Hallis Lake:
The Hallis Lake Lodge & Rental Shop will open Saturday, December 12. The lodge and rental shop will be open Wednesdays 12 – 9 and Thursdays to Sundays 10 – 5. It will be open every day 10 – 5 from December 16 to January 3 except closed December 25. Classic and skate ski rentals are available for all sizes. Learn more.
Family Ski Lessons Ski lessons for families ( or social bubble) are being offered this year for ages 5 and over. The cost is $30 for two plus $10 per additional person. This includes ski rentals and 1.5 hours on the snow with a certified coach to learn the basics of skiing. Available Wednesdays at 3:30 & 6:30, Thursdays at 3:30, and Sundays at 2:00. Participants must pre-book and pre-pay.