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The Jackrabbit instructional program at the Birch Brook Ski Club concluded a successful season on March 6, 2010. In spite of unusual weather conditions, 10 volunteer coaches helped 45 children and youth improve their skills and have fun over the course of eight lessons. Jackrabbits also made use of the new ski chalet at the ski club. During the final session, Jackrabbits enjoyed an outdoor fire and received their year-end reports and achievements. Program co-ordinator Carlos Marques extended appreciation to parents and the club for supporting this seasonís program.
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Fred Eidt and Muna ar-Rushdi led a group of snowshoers on two separate excursions on Feb. 5, 2011 on the Birch Brook Nordic snowshoe trails.
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Fred Eidt led a group of 25 snowshoers on a hike on the snowshoe trails on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. The moon ducked behind some cloud cover, but it was nevertheless a beautiful night and an enjoyable outing. Thanks to the Katimavik group for cooking up chili and soup for the hungry group. Thanks to Steve Gregory for the photos.
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Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club was the scene of a celebration on Saturday, Feb. 26 as the first-ever Learn to Ski program came to a successful conclusion. Instructors John Bookalam and Graham Moorhouse were impressed with the advances made by the skiers as the six-week program progressed. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done.
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The trail network at Birch Brook doesn't end with the Games Trail and the Rabbit Run. A short run through the birches brings skiers to the McLean Lake and Colin's Hut trails. These photos were kindly provided by John Bookalam.
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John Bookalam was accompanied by Jim Shouse and John Houlahan on a ski to Colin's Hut this week. They report excellent snow conditions. "There was good snow beneath our skis - especially needed on the rather quick downhill segments of the elevated trail," says John Bookalam. "There`s nothing better than skiing to our crown jewel."
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John Bookalam snowshoed into the McLean Lake Cabin on March 14, He was pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of new snow, in spite of the rain deluge just two days earlier. He says the result is the capability to proceed with grooming on the back country trails as long as conditions allow.
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Instructor Keith Nicol delivered a Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) course to eight members of the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club on March 19 and 20, 2011. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam.
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The closing Jackrabbit session for 2011 took place on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Co-ordinator Carlos Marques presented badges and assessments to Jackrabbits. He thanked parents, instructors and the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club for their help and support during the season. The session ended with a bonfire and refreshments.
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John Bookalam provided these photos from a ski and trail grooming excursion he did on Friday, April 1, 2011. Trail conditions are excellent. Click on this blog posting to get an update on trail conditions.
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Photos taken on April 7, 2011 show spring skiing conditions at their best. With repairs to the Pisten Bully completed, Sam Fequet was busy getting the trail network in great shape for the weekend. Photos courtesy of Anne Marie Fequet.
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The annual Birch Brook Trail Run, organized by the Trappers' Running Club, was held on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Thirty runners took on the 5.25 km Games Trail under cloudy skies and a temperature of 12 degrees Celsius. Thanks to the volunteers for their help and to Steve Gregory for providing these photographs.
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Photos courtesy of John Bookalam show the results of grubbing on Robin's Route and the Jackrabbit Loop, Oct. 10, 2011.
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On Oct. 14, 2011, excavator operator Nicki Hickey fully grubbed and partialy grubbed the Gosling View, McLean Trail and McLean Re-route backcountry trails,. With his final highest elevation achieved atop the McLean Re-route Trail, he established a new distance record of 2 km and an approximate elevation of 250 feet. The McLean Re-route Trail terminates adjacent to the intersection of McLean Lake Trail and Birches Run. Thesed photos illustrate how dramatically rugged backcountry trails can be totally transformed by an experienced operator. Thanks to the Hickey brothers et al, for demonstrating their loyalty, generosity and patience to fit us in to their already taxing work schedule. As a result of their efforts, grooming, skiing and snowshoeing will be a lot easier and for sure more fun. Now let`s pray for a meterological miracle - a winter with lots of snow. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam, Oct. 14, 2011.
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Club members and the general public are advise that the backcountry trails are now very easily accessible to all who possess a modicum of adventure in their spirtual souls. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam, Oct. 15, 2011.
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Photos show access to the Robin`s Route trails that have been entirely grubbed and chipped from just below chalet to Oh My God Hill. Members should gain an appreciation of the labour intensive work required to maintain and improve the club's facility. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam, Oct. 23, 2011.
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A dump of 20+ cm of snow today was a welcome sight for skiers. Members are advised that grooming will commence in the very near future. See the photo gallery for photos, courtesy of John Bookalam.
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Monday's snowfall was enough to enable groomer operator Sam Fequet to begin grooming the trails on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Close behind were a couple of skiers anxious to hit the trails. Go to the gallery and see other photos from today's excited skiers. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam.
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Wood cache at McLean Cabin, Dec, 14, 2011. Photos submitted by John Bookalam.
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I hope Christmas is going well, with family, friends & food - the three Fs. Sam has packed 75 per cent of the Connector Trail from the summit of the Games Trail to Chaulk`s Run, a distance of approximately two km. I have packed with snowshoes and groomed the remaining 25 per cent with the small groomer. Attached are pictures to view the interim results. Now skiers can go to the backcountry as far as McLean Lake and Colin`s Heritage Trail and do a loop ski on the Chaulk`s Connector/Chaulk`s trails. Get out and enjoy the great ski and snow conditions before the snow and wind that is expected to arrive mid-week! Submitted by John Bookalam
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A mid-January ski to Colin's Hut. Clear, cold and brilliant sunshine. Photos courtesy of Lorna Acreman
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Two members of the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club, Natasha Andrews and Lorna Acreman, participated in the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) on Feb. 11 and 12, 2012. Thanks to Natasha and Lorna for submitting these photos.
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Skiers and snowshoers combined efforts to complete the Irish Loop Challenge on March 17 and 18, 2012. To read the details of this event, click here .
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What a day! The weather was perfect for our Day at the Lakes on March 31, 2012. A great ski, then soup, sandwiches, cookies, hotdogs, sitting in the sun out on the frozen lake, with the Labrador flag all around us. Itís great that so many people enjoyed a fantastic day. Thanks to Minipi Fly Shop for providing prizes for the event.
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What a great snowshoe trail! Thanks Betty Anne for all the work involved in finding it, cutting and marking it. Well done to all who made it to the lookout on April 14, 2012 and enjoyed the picnic; what a nice crowd we had. And best wishes to Fred and Muna who are moving to Nova Scotia soon and may not get on the Birch Brook trails again soon.
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About 10 club members made it to the top of the summit at the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club dring a snowshoe hike on April 21, 2012. The ski trails were too hard for skiing today, and I donít think theyíll have improved by tomorrow. Apart from the snowshoers today, and the Katimavik group from North West River who manned the rental room, hardly anyone else was there. Photos courtesy of Steve Gregory.
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Please be advised that spring run-off has damaged sections of the parking lot at the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club. The club is in the process of undertaking repairs. Please exercise caution if you use the parking lot and/or related facilities. John Bookalam photos
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Skiing in the merry, merry month of May -- sunny, great glide, lots of hills to climb -- beauty all around me. South Branch Road to the Dome Mountain turn-off and return. What a life this retirement is! Photos courtesy of John Bookalam
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Volunteers gathered at Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club over the weekend to spread woodchips on the Games Trail. Thanks to Steve Gregory for providing these photos.
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Work was completed on the Gosling View Trail and the instruction/quarry area of the Games Trail on Oct. 13, 2012 with the application of woodchips. This activity creates a smooth hiking experience, an early, smooth ski and importantly, prevents trail erosion from spring rains and snow melts. And, for the groomer-operator, it makes grooming an all-round better experience! Photos courtesy of John Bookalam
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The Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club benefits from the accomplishments of others. Sam and Betty Anne cleared the fallen trees from Colin`s Heritage Trail with brush-cutting and identified missing siding on the Hut from bear(s) visitations. Johnny 'O' Osmond and Jim Shouse, with some some assistance from Graham Moorhouse, repaired a bridge over a two-day period. Sam stripped the bridge of compromised wood in preparation for repair work, and Jim and myself woodchipped the Games Trail from the bridge to the road, adjacent the groomer building, and the trail that accesses the chalet. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam
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Skiers looking forward to an early start to the season were all smiles this week with the arrival of the first official snowfall. More than 20 cm blanketed Central Labrador. As a result, groomer operator Sam Fequet started up the Pisten Bully and started the process of grooming trails. Look to the website for further updates on trail conditions. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam.
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Trails at the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club are now open. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam.
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Jim Shouse and John Bookalam cleared the fallen trees and alders on the loppet trail to allow the snowmobile club groomer to make a trail for skiers to soon start practising for the Big Land Loppet`s 10th anniversary on March 16, 2013. The work on Jan. 8 was comprised of clearing the trail on the 10 km section of 22/44 km events and also 7 km of wooded section for the 11 km event. Once the Grand River Snowmobile Club groomer completes the loppet trail groom, there remains some brush-cutting for the next party of volunteers to complete. After and not before the bulk of the work was completed, Jim, being a former trapper, got the fire blazing, the water boiling, and prepared lunch hot over the fire -- homemade bread, delicious salmon and hot tea. It sounded like a boil-up(mug-up) and as a true trapper practising his craft, Jim bagged a Labrador spruce partridge -- a dinner for another outing. Attached are photos to verify some of these wise tales in the aforementioned. The loppet is just a small step towards a reality. Photos courtesy of John Bookalam
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This album of photos is dedicated to the groomers, volunteers and dedicated skiers! Now that one of our outstanding trails has been superbly groomed, all we need now is some weather that you can withstand the heavy breathing on the ascent and the fierce wind-chills on the descent. As the wise old saying goes, why wait for spring...let`s ski it now! Photos courtesy of John Bookalam
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The 2013 Jackrabbit season came to a close at the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club on March 23, 2013. The young skiers took part in a series of relay games, followed by a barbecue and the presentation of awards, prizes and progress reports from the coaches. Thanks to the parents and the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club for their support during the season. See you next season.
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