I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We know a lot of you have been struggling with the many different impacts around COVID since March, whether they be health, financial, or just the isolation aspect it has brought on all of us. Our club has tried to plan a few socially responsible events since March as well as several online events, but our number one goal has been to not jeopardize the health of our club members, supporters, or the community at large.
The good news is, 2021 looks a lot brighter. With multiple vaccines now beginning to become available, it looks very likely that all of us will be able to get vaccinated sometime in 2021, and I am hopeful that by summer or fall we will be able to get back to normal (even if that is a slightly new normal). The bad news is, it will most likely not be until this season's ski/ride season is over, so our usual 5-6 winter trips have been severely curtailed to accommodate for that. We are still planning a Cascade/Devil's Head trip in late Feb (you can see the details for that here), and are hoping to do a few day trips to Wisconsin ski areas, where we can have some interaction but not need to worry about shared housing and transportation concerns, so keep an eye out for those.
For those of you that are planning on skiing/riding this year on your own (and we highly recommend it for your health and your sanity), we would like to remind you that our club lodge is less than 5 minutes away from the base of Boyne Mountain and less than 30 minutes from Boyne Highlands, Nubs Knob, and near a few other resorts, and we are still under the single group reservation policy we implemented in April (due to the lodge's shared living and eating areas), so you have the opportunity to utilize the lodge without having to worry about interacting with other groups (something you can't do at hotels/resorts). While the club has been able to operate this year on a smaller budget (since the majority of our expenditures are around member events the club subsidizes), the lodge (which runs as a separate, not-for-profit entity) has many fixed expenses that are still owed regardless of use. We anticipate losing most/all of our normal full lodge rentals this winter that we get from other clubs/organizations due to many group events being canceled or modified. If you can support the lodge by either booking a reservation, or buying a lodge pass, or even making a donation here, it would be appreciated. We are also now able to take credit cards for lodge stays and pass purchases.
I also wanted to mention that while this has been a difficult year, many Four Winders were very generous with their time and/or resources. In July, a number of our club members raised almost $900 for cancer research by participating in the annual American Cancer Society (virtual) walk. In October, a few members participated in our annual volunteer lodge work weekend and got a ton of work done on the lodge, including installing new materials they donated. And lastly, the lodge has a new 55" TV, courtesy of a group donation from many of our lodge pass holders. We thank all of you for your generosity.
We are not going to be having a January general meeting, but we will schedule one for February.
We also want to remind you that our club facebook group is a great place to share your personal ski/ride adventures this year, please join us there.
Wishing you and your family a great 2021, and looking forward to seeing everyone again in person later in the year.
Four Winds Ski, Ride & Socialize Club President