Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PAXC wins $15,000 MEC Grant!

Hi Everyone,
 Hope you're all having a great summer. Did you hear the great news? PAXC was successful in getting a grant from Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) for $15,000 towards building a secure garage to store and protect our two grooming snowmobiles and ancillary grooming equipment. Thanks goes to the PAXC Board of Directors who worked as a team to get this grant, and especially to Kathleen Mottershead for leading the way.

Planning is underway to start construction sometime this Fall, so stay tuned for volunteer recruitment once we know what's needed and when. 

Lastly, while this grant goes a long way in helping us to complete the garage project, the reality is it falls about $7,000 short of covering the anticipated costs we've been quoted for this project. We're adjusting plans accordingly and will continue to pursue other grant possibilities for the medium to long term, but in the short term, we will happily accept donations. If you are willing and able, please feel free to donate in whatever way is most convenient.

Donations can be emailed to: skipaxc[at]gmail[dot]com, or regular mail can be sent to:

PAXC c/o Alicia Berthiaume
129 Lubitz rd.
Pembroke, ON
K8A 6W6

Also, please feel free to donate in person to any of the PAXC Directors (Christian, Rene, Russ, Scott, Kathleen, Damien, Steve or Alicia). If there are any questions or comments, please don't hesitate. Updates will be posted here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PAXC Annual General Meeting Thursday April 27th, 2017

Every member is encouraged to join the executive of PAXC to its Annual Meeting: 7:00 pm, April 27th, 2017, CSC Jeanne-Lajoie. Address: 1257 Pembroke St West; room 119

It is a great opportunity to bring suggestions and ideas, and consider giving of your time as a volunteer for various tasks.


1. Welcome – Christian
            - Motion: accept agenda

2. Registrations: Alicia

3. Trail report, equipment : Steve

4. Ski School report: Russ

5. Race Team report: René

6. Survey results: discussion; priorities arising from the survey and from comments

7. Financial report: Scott
            - motion: accept financial report

 8. Financial forecast: Scott; discussion, questions; voting on membership cost

 9. Election of Directors: Christian
- motion: accept director list for 2017-2018

10. Other items to discuss:
- Paraphernalia (Damien)
- Fat Bike (Damien)

11. Adjournment

We hope to see you there, to prepare for the next ski season!

Christian Renault

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sunday April 9th

Green trail was groomed for skate this morning.  The classic track was set yesterday.  Snow coverage is still very good on the green, no rocks or bare spots yet.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Survey and AGM

See post below for link to our member survey and date for Annual General Meeting.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Equipment Program for Ski School Parents

Gearheads of Petawawa ½ Back Program Details for Junior products

In addition to our new seasonal rental program for junior products. We have started a new program with the hope that it will make it easier for parents to purchase proper fitting equipment, it will allow you to return any junior ski, boot, pole or board that was purchased at our store within 12-24months to be used towards purchasing new proper fitting equipment as yours kids grow.
Purchase any Junior Alpine, Nordic or Snowboard equipment at regular price or sale price.
Return the product within 12 months receive 50% of the Price PAID before tax back in store credit.
Return the product within 24 months receive 25% of the Price PAID before tax in store credit.
The returned product must be in reasonable condition and not requiring major repairs, if so this will be deducted from credit value at current shop rates, regular tuning and waxing excluded.
This program is only applicable to Junior equipment (not clothing, helmets or goggles), but store credit may be used to purchase adult equipment or any products in the store

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Alpine Snow Machine Stolen

Hey club members, our old white and black Skidoo Alpine snow machine was stolen in the past day or two.  Looks like they cut the chain, drove over the snowbank and loaded it in a trailer in the parking lot.  Be on the lookout and spread the word.  Call me or the police if you have ideas 613-735-7839.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ski season has begun!

Rene has packed and trackset the green and light green trails.  Unfortunately someone drove a truck on one section of the trail, but skiing is still quite good for November.

The parking lot and part of entrance to ski trails is roughly plowed out as we await delivery of a new storage container for grooming equipment.  There are also some logs piled in the main parking lot and on part of the blue trail.  Please don't park near the log piles or their fuel tank as they will be removed soon.  The loggers were very helpful in cutting some specific trees that we wanted removed to improve our trails.  They also scheduled their operations so as to minimise conflict with the busier summer mountain bike and winter ski seasons, and made efforts to keep debris off the trails.

Remember to register online for your club membership soon while the early-bird rate is still in effect.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Letter to the Members of PAXC

The new ski season is about to start, and we need your help for a great one!  Hello, I’m Christian Renault, your club president.  The trails are being prepared for the season, but we needs hands to complete the work before snow comes, and also need new instructors for ski schools.

Registration will be done on-line again, through Zone 4, as Cross Country Canada (CCC)requires it be done that way. Their annual fee has gone up $1. There are transaction fees that we cannot avoid, for the use of Zone 4, as well as insurance fees for the club, imposed by CCC. The PAXC membership fees for the 2017 season will remain the same as last year, at $75 per adult; Ski School is $50 per student; youth are $30. BUT! There is a 10% reduction if you register before December 1st! Registration will be open very soon. Many thanks to Alicia for coordinating the registration. Of course, you may choose to pay per visit, if you plan to come occasionally. A donation of $5 is suggested per day, per person, to cover trail maintenance costs.

The Ski School program, coordinated by Russell Schroeder, could start before Christmas, if there is enough snow. This year, the classes will still be on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, and last a minimum of 60 minutes. The earlier you register, the faster Russell can establish the classes with the instructors. Even when the season has started, new students are welcome. Parents, you are more than welcome to assist the instructors during the lessons, even if your child is not in the same group.

René Sauvé heads the race program. He has already started the season, many months ago! Though he already brought the racers to ski on the weekend of 28-30th October of 2016, there is still a possibility to join the racing team. Please contact René for any question or involvement. The racing team hopes to qualify for the nationals this season. There are 2 of our our racers in the Ontario Talent Squad (OTS).

The executive needs a ‘member at large’. The member at large is any member of the club willing to attend the executive meeting (usually less than 90 minutes) 5-6 times a season. The member at large is to give feedback and interpretations from the membership. The next meeting will be on December 1st, at 7:00 pm. Please contact Christian Renault if you are interested, at crenault5 at gmail dot com. In more than one person is willing to help, the executive will vote. It would be nice to have a lady, since the executive has only 2 ladies, and 5 men.

Also, the club is looking for den mothers, to help with cabin maintenance and preparing hot drinks during Ski School on Saturday afternoons.

A small crew of several volunteers, mostly Damien McCarthy, Steve Bursey, and René Sauvé, have cleared fallen trees, cut invading brush and blackberry canes; trimmed weeds and saplings on the sides of the trails; removed many low branches and protruding stones. René has done an excellent job on clearing some trails. Steve is spending a lot of time on the trails with his tractor, mowing with a brush hog. But with hardly a handful of volunteers, the trails may not be ready on time for the season. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon, don’t hesitate to contact Christian Renault.

In closing, thanks to all the members of the executive who coordinate the club, and do a lot of volunteering hours. You might consider volunteering for the Ski School this year, as ski  instructor, or in the trail maintenance. To prepare as Ski School instructor, or assistant, you can join an ICC/CCC coaching workshop in Deep River the last Saturday 27th of November (see previous post).

When you pay your fees, either for season registration or for an occasional use, consider making a money gift, to offset the cost of maintenance, or support the Ski School, or the race program. The club is spending a few thousand dollars every year on trail maintenance, including new equipment and its maintenance.

Enjoy the trails! Let it snow!

Christian Renault