Hello Station L!
I’m sending out a few updates as we approach the new year.
1. New Years Day First Row–temperatures might be a bit dicey tomorrow–if it’s too slick to row, Saturday temperatures look more promising.
2. 2015 Dues–you can pay now! While the deadline for dues is March 1, we always appreciate some January payments so that we have good cash flow early in the year. Note that this year the dues reflect a 7% increase. There’s also a new weekend option. Pay online at http://stationlrowing.wpengine.com/fees/items/membership/
3. Annual Member Meeting. Sunday January 25, 3pm at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village.
4. Boat repair. The first projects for winter boat repairs include a Blind Faith tune up and cleaning up the Boston Whaler launch. The Blind Faith will get a once over during the next 2-3 Saturday mornings right after rowing. The Boston Whaler needs the wood seats and trim sanded and re-varnished. More projects will be identified in the next week or so, with work dates spread between now and March 1. Talk to Peter for details.
4. Nordic Ski Day, Sunday January 11. We will ski at Teacup Lake on Mt. Hood, near Mt Hood Meadows on Highway 35. Meet at the boathouse at 7:15am for carpooling. Most of the members planning to attend are new to the sport. We will have a few veterans on hand to show you the ropes.
Logistics–bring multiple layers of clothing, as you heat up when skiing and can cool down quickly when you stop. Bring a sack lunch. A trail pass is $10. There is a warming cabin at the ski area–http://www.teacupnordic.org
Drivers–a Snow park parking permit is required. A daily permit is about $5 and you can get them in Portland or on the way up the mountain. Or an annual permit is about $25.
Equipment–“The Mountain Shop” at NE 37th and Sandy has XC gear packages for $15. You should rent “classic” gear if you are new to XC skiing. While the rental period is three days, it’s best to pick it up on Friday as they don’t take reservations. There are other places to rent in town–It’s better to rent in Portland–stopping on the way up can be time consuming.
There’s a google doc for ski planning at: