Meetings

Membership Meetings

Thanks to covid, all of our general membership meetings during the 2020-21 season were by Zoom.  We had expected to be back to normal by now, but it looks like we’ll be seeing you by Zoom at least through December 2021.  (Remember though – skiing itself is a great thing to do outside during these complicated times…) Meetings will be on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  The 2021-22 dates are Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8, and Mar 8.  They are also shown on our NNSC club calendar.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021: 7:00 PM – Our first general membership meeting of the year is a Zoom meeting, sitting in front of your very own computer! Meet other members of the club and hear mini-presentations about club activities this winter. Feel free to ask questions. (Predictions call for a good snow year on our local trails!) Visitors interested in Nordic skiing in Whatcom County and the club’s activities are welcome! To join the meeting, click on the this link: [which will be posted here several days before the meeting] It may take a minute to get connected, in that we will be using a ‘waiting room’ as a modest security measure since this is open to the public.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021: 7:00 PM – Two-part meeting:

  1. Our Annual Meeting, with the election of board members. It’s not too late to throw your name in the hat. If covid ever settles down, you can even join us for tea and cookies once a month during the winter to talk skiing!
  2. Cross-country skiing during the Winter of Covid. A participatory slideshow! Cue up on your computer two of your favorite pictures of skiing this winter – either where you did ski – or where you wished you could have gone skiing. Be ready to share your screen as you describe your pictures. Sharing a screen with Zoom is easy – assistance will be available (and if you’d like to read about it beforehand, click NNSC Zoom Sharing for some hints).

Information about connecting to the Zoom meeting is as follows:

NNSC general membership meeting
Time: March 9, 2021 07:00 PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86222202280?pwd=NkRSR3ZrbEZqWURtQXZjTTVPVXQxQT09

Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 7:00 PM – Using the Avenza Mapping App at Salmon Ridge or How to follow the little blue dot on the snopark map as you ski around our snopark. Join us for an informal Zoom meeting with a chance to ‘meet and greet’ and chat with members of the club. And Pete Tryon will discuss installing the free mapping app, Avenza, on your smartphone (both iPhone and Android) along with the map of our snopark. He will show how to use it to keep track of location and distance while skiing.  With Zoom’s screen-share option, it is hoped that you can see sufficient details to make it work for you! Want to get a head start? Read our Avenza page (which is in the process of being updated for the meeting.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021: 7:00 PM – What to think about when shopping for cross-country skis – or Everything that Pete knows about buying skis

3 numbers

in 20 minutes. Join us for an informal Zoom meeting to find out about the different types of cross-country skis, where one can shop for them, and what those three numbers that show up with the manufacturer’s logo actual mean! Our club president, Pete Tryon promises to keep it short, unless he gets lots of questions… Afterwards (or beforehand), there will be a chance to ‘meet and greet’ and chat with members of the club. Did you miss this meeting, but still interested? All the information is posted on the nnsc website.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020: 7:00 PMWhat’s In Your Backpack?

  • What do you take with you in your backpack for an outing on skis or snowshoes? Do you know what the ten essentials are? Have you ever found yourself lost or disoriented while hiking?
  • The NNSC will present a ZOOM session on exactly this subject at the next General membership meeting, December 8th at 7:00 pm.
  • Each individual has a personal list of their ten essentials honed from experience and expectations of the weather, length of the trail and their personal level of physical fitness.
  • We will have the opportunity to look inside the backpacks of three individual nordic skiers and find out exactly what they travel with. Chocolate, anyone?

Afterwards, there will be a chance to ‘meet and greet’ and chat with members of the club.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020: 7:00 PM – Our first general membership meeting of the year is a Zoom meeting, sitting in front of your very own computer! Meet other members of the club and hear mini-presentations about club activities this winter. Feel free to ask questions. (Predictions call for a good snow year on our local trails!) Visitors interested in Nordic skiing in Whatcom County and the club’s activities are welcome! To join the meeting, click on the this link: NNSC Meeting. If asked, the ID is 730 3736 7008 . It may take a minute to get connected, in that we will be using a ‘waiting room’ as a modest security measure since this is open to the public.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020: 7:00 PM – We hope to see you at our last general membership meeting (our ‘business’ meeting)  this Tuesday, at the Garden Street Methodist Church. We will be voting on a few (modest) bylaws changes – You can examine them on our website at http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NNSCBylaws-_2020_Proposed-Amendments.pdf We will also be voting on board members [don’t be scared to attend – we won’t push you onto the board – but this is a chance to find out more about the ‘mechanics’ of how the club is run and to become more involved if you are interested.] Modest refreshments will be served – and it shouldn’t take long. There should be plenty of time to discuss March ski conditions. (They look pretty good!)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020: 7:00 PM – Neil Bransfield, experienced skier, instructor, and coach, will present A Coach’s Tips to Improve Your Skiing.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020: 7:00 PM – Ward Naviaux, an emergency room physician and outdoor athlete, will speak on hypothermia.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019: 7:00 PM – Ron Sawyer, Lynn Oliver, and Kurt Dewey will speak on the topic “What’s in Your Pack?”

Tuesday, November 12, 2019: 7:00 PM – Cat Enright, a certified yoga instructor and therapist will talk with us on the topic “Using yoga to prepare for and recovery after cross country skiing”. There will also be short presentations on the various multi-day ski trips that NNSC has scheduled.

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Monday, March 4, 2019: | 7:30 PM – Annual business meeting (no more than 15 minutes!) | 7:45 PM – Brief (10-15 minutes) presentation by Tom Uniak on Washington Wild. Afterwards, interested individuals can stay and meet with Tom and help with identifying areas important to the ‘groomed’ ski community. (An orientation for new and prospective members will be available before the meeting, at 7:00.) (Waxing is available at another time by contacting Pete Tryon)

Monday, February 4, 2019: 7:30 PM. Avalanche Awareness. Jim Mediatore from American Alpine Institute will do a presentation on Avalanche Awareness at 7:30 pm, Feb 4th at the Garden Street Methodist church.  At 7:00, a new/prospective member orientation to the club and its activities will be presented. The general meeting with the featured presentation will start at 7:30.

Monday, January 7, 2019: 7:00 PM At 7:00, a new/prospective member orientation to the club and its activities will be presented. The general meeting, which usually starts at 7:30, does not have a featured presentation. We should have a report as to the status of snow and grooming at the Salmon Ridge Snopark, as well as an update on the club’s multiday trips – Possibly a brief discussion on the need for someone to volunteer to be the program chair… Volunteers will be present to hot wax your skis with fresh glide wax. (A modest donation to the club will be appreciated for this service.)

Monday, December 3, 2018: 7:30 PM. Road Trip! An Opinionated Guide to Groomed Nordic Skiing Destinations in the Northwest. Even in poor snow years, there are many great Nordic Ski destinations nearby that have reliable snow and great trail systems. John Sarich’s presentation will help you plan your winter recreation by discussing many of our favorite cross-country ski areas and detailing the pros and cons of each. At 7:00, a new/prospective member orientation to the club and its activities will be presented. The general meeting with the featured presentation will start at 7:30. Volunteers will be present to hot wax your skis with fresh glide wax. (A modest donation to the club will be appreciated for this service.)

How many varieties of cross-country skis and boots can you name? How can you try them out? Come to the November 5, 2018 meeting  (7:30 to 8:30 PM) to find out! Join club members and people from Yeager’s to consider skate skis, back-country skis, Hok skis, entry-level waxless skis and many others.  Learn about on-snow trials at our Nordic Ambassador’s events at Salmon Ridge SnoPark as well as rental availability at a local Bellingham commercial outlet. Hope to see you  Monday evening!

At the October 1, 2018 meeting (7:30 to 8:30 PM) we will meet to discuss the upcoming season, as well as upcoming work parties to help prepare our trails.