March Newsletter with Ballot
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Forest Service Email Request
To the Kelly Canyon Nordic Area (KCNA) outdoor enthusiasts who have so much enjoyed and volunteered countless hours over the years in keeping this recreational asset available to the local community: Below is a Public Appeal from the Idaho Falls Ski Club (IFSC), the Idaho Falls Alpine Club and many others -
BACKGROUND: In the last year a conflict has arisen with the Kelly Canyon Ski Hill regarding continued public parking along the County Road adjacent to the ski hill and just below the Forest Service Gate on Forest Service Road #218 which is a primary access to the KCNA. Attempts among all parties to fully resolve this situation for reasonable public parking and trail grooming equipment access have largely been unsuccessful to date.
The consensus of the IFSC Board is to promote an 'email drive' to the Forest Service in an attempt to encourage the agency to fully resolve the KCNA public parking issue with the Kelly Mountain Ski Hill. This message campaign would be coordinated among various local groups including the IFSC, the Idaho Falls Alpine Club, local outdoor groups and a general public appeal. We could perhaps also copy Congressman Mike Simpson with similar communications to encourage a timely resolution.
With this in mind, below are the key themes the IFSC is distributing to local groups with encouragement to directly contact the FS representatives herein listed:
TO: Ms. Tracy Hollingshead, District Ranger/Palisades Ranger District
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, firstname.lastname@example.org
cc: Mr. Brent Larson, Caribou-Targhee National Forest Supervisor, email@example.com
"I am contacting you to express my concern about recently restricted public parking and trail grooming equipment access for the long-standing Kelly Canyon Nordic Area (KCNA) contiguous to the Kelly Mountain Ski area within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. As you are aware, the KCNA has provided a popular public winter recreational opportunity for the community for over twenty years.
I applaud the effort initiated earlier by the Forest Service to attempt to resolve this KCNA parking conflict with the Kelly Canyon Ski Hill which maintains a Use Permit with the Forest Service. It's my understanding this parking conflict has not yet been resolved to the satisfaction of the Forest Service to allow 24/7 public parking, either along the public road adjacent to the ski hill as traditionally allowed over the many years of KCNA operation, or through use of either of the parking areas contiguous to the Kelly Canyon Ski Hill. Perhaps as proposed by the Forest Service, implementation of a "Park and Ski" Program may be an appropriate solution.
I hereby strongly encourage the Forest Service to continue its support of the Kelly Canyon Nordic Area by concluding a satisfactory resolution of public parking and trail grooming access so that the local community can continue to enjoy winter access and recreation on the nearby National Forest Service public lands.
We thank you for the Forest Service's support to date and look forward to your responding action to this request."
Far West Skier's guide
Follow this link to the Far West Skier's Guide
Congratulations Jessika Jenson
Idaho's Jessika Jenson in the 2014 Olympics.
She made it to the semifinals but just missed out on the finals.
How can you resist not joining the club. Here are the locations to purchase a membership:
Idaho Mountain Trading
Play it Again Sports
Terry Ehresman (INL Employees)
Moose Creek Ranch - IFSC Specials
Located on Moose Creek at the base of the Teton Pass (10 minutes away), just east of Victor Idaho and 22 miles to Jackson, WY. Equal driving distance from Grand Targhee or Jackson Hole with lots of, x-country, and snowshoeing nearby. Offering Wi-Fi, pool table, fireplace lounge.
Twin Cabins (sleeps 2-4 people) - $90.00 per night (the fourth night is free) Kitchenettes
Ranch House (sleeps 8-10 people) - $300 per night
TVC Skier Loyalty Program
We are pleased to extend this thank you to our loyal repeat guests and friends. This winter, every 5th night you stay with us is FREE! In appreciation to those who choose Teton Valley Cabins every time they visit Teton Valley in the winter, simply stay with us anytime from January 1, 2013-April 30, 2013, Book 4 nights and receive the 5th nights free. Your stay does not have to be 4 consecutive nights, these nights may accumulate. This offer cannot be used in combination with any other special offers from Teton Valley Cabins. You must mention this special when calling to reserve or when booking on line. TVC Skier Loyalty Program Stay with Teton Valley Cabins this winter and get rewarded! Teton Valley Cabins 388 E. Ski Hill Road PO Box 468 Driggs, ID 83422 (208) 354-8153 or (866) 687-1522
Yellowstone Park and West Yellowstone- the perfect destination for the cross country skier
Visit and ski the Yellowstone area! Stay at the Brandin' Iron Inn and we will offer IF Ski Club members a 15% discount on accommodations, or a 20% discount on rooms if you take an Old Faithful or Canyon tour on one of our luxury snow coaches. (ski drops and ski charters available) Please visit our web site and mention that you are a member of the ski club to receive your discount or call 1-800-217-4614
7N Ranch Cabins
Offering our "off season rates" of $89.00 per night and give an additional 10% off for 2 or more nights. Our cabins feature full kitchens, queen bed in the bedroom and futon in the front living area. They are ideally located between Kelly Canyon Ski area and Hiese Hot Spring. You can ski soak, eat pizza and just relax in the lap of nature. We will also be grooming cross country ski trails from the cabins. For more information call 538-5097
VRI-Vacation Resorts International
Special Offer to Idaho Falls Ski Club Members Only.: 25% off on listed rental prices, including the Jackson Hole Towncenter, Jackson Pines in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on stays of 2 nights or longer.
To view a list of all the property for this offer, visit: www.multi-resort.comor www.8664myvacation.com
For reservations, call 1-800-748-4666, present the code: ISC and your Idaho Falls Ski ClubMembership Number when you call.
Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Jackson
10% off BAR (best available rate) for the Winter 2013-2014 Ski Season
This great deal includes:
- Guaranteed two room suite with fireplace and full kitchen
- All suites have a full-sized sofa sleeper in living room
- Bedding includes King, Queen or Double/Double
- Complimentary full breakfast
- Complimentary dinner (served Monday through Thursday)
- Complimentary wi-fi throughout hotel
- Complimentary skier shuttle to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- Pet Friendly *fees may apply
- Located in Town of Jackson, only three blocks to Town Square
- Complimentary town shuttle (9am-5pm daily) upon request
- 72 hour cancellation
- No minimum night stays!
Call 307-739-0808 and mention you are a member of the Idaho Falls Ski Club
Or book on line direct at: Homewood Suites
Snowshoe rental discount at Grand Targhee
Idaho Falls Ski Club members get a $5 snowshoe rental (retail $15) with their IF Ski Club Card.
Naturalist snowshoe tours are currently Wednesday through Sundays at 1:00pm (soon to be 7 days a week), and although the tours are FREE, the snowshoe rental has a cost. We also have a new designated snowshoe trail near the Hamster Loop. Interested parties need to sign up with the Activity Center here at Grand Targhee, and the Activity Center also sells the snowshoe rentals.
Banff Film Festival Feb 7, 2014
The Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol is pleased to host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on February 7, 2014 Friday night at
7 pm at the Colonial Theater. All seating is reserved ($15). Tickets are available at Colonial Theater (498 A Street, 522-0471) and on-line ticketing http://www.idahofallsarts.org/
. The previous four shows were sold out.
Proceeds from the benefit are used for first aid equipment, training, supplies, and maintenance of the patrol hut at Harriman State Park. You can see what seats are left by clicking here