2018 Vasa Newsletter Vol.II, No. 2

Vasa Newsletter Vol. II No. 2     October, 2017                     Haley’s Comments


Greetings, Vasa Nation! The dedicated crew depicted in the photo is not a militia group.  Vasa Board Members and some spouses were working on a nasty section of Riley’s Trail last week because some of you told us after the last race that we needed to “do something” about that hill where some skiers were having difficulty navigating it safely.


So we asked AIS to let us use a John Deere 550 dozer with a 9’ blade.  Vasa Board Member Gussie Peterson (the one with the rake) wanted to drive this thing, but we thought it prudent to allow long-time volunteers Les and J.D. Hanna to re-grade and re-align this section of said nasty hill on Riley’s.  Board Members Jim Heffner and Pete LaPlaca organized this “assault” on Riley’s and the end result shows a drastic improvement to the trail that we hope the skiers appreciate.


You gotta admit we Nordic skiers are a rather unique breed.  And we are always looking for a more challenging trail, a faster wax, a hoppier IPA.  But have you ever thought about helping a disabled Nordic skier enjoy the sport at a whole new level?  Ski For Light, www.sfl.org, matches blind, visually impaired and mobility impaired skiers with sighted, able-bodied guides who donate their time by skiing along with the impaired skier as they train and compete.  The SFL International Event this year will be held at Tahoe Donner Ski Area in Truckee, CA, January 21-28, 2018.  For more info, contact Melinda Hollands at 231-590-0986 or mlhollandstc@gmail.com.


Well, Vasa Nation, enjoy the “lake effect” rain for now (for real) and look for Vasa Board members participating in the Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike experience on November 4.  Some of us will be riding and others helping out. 


Another date to remember (wow, some of us had a few of those in high school…):

2nd ANNUAL MIDWEST NORDIC RENDEZVOUS - January 6/7, Timber Ridge, Traverse City, MI

This weekend of XC ski training clinics is for skiers at all levels.  Information will soon be posted on vasaskiclub.org.


That is all for now, my dry land training friends. You can see I am still looking for signs of snow.

Mike Haley

President, North American Vasa