News about skiing, May 2005:
As you may know,
we have a new snow mobile that is used for the maintenance of our
ski trails. It is a wide-and-long belt work machine, which is
designed for work and not a recreational type machine. This
machine enables us to get up and around the new, hillier part of our
trail system. With the wider and longer track and more
powerful engine, it is a safer sled all over - we don't risk getting
stuck in deep snow, or overloading and overheating it on the steeper
slopes pulling the trail rollers and groomers.
What is new for
the next season, is that we have ordered a groomer to pull behind
the new snow mobile. It is a "SM-72 Snow Groomer, with a SM-72
Snow Razor". This groomer will allow us to more efficiently
break hard, crusty snow, and rake it out to a smooth surface.
We can also pull the track setter behind the groomer in a "tandem
set-up", thereby further reducing the amount of time needed for
trail maintenance. Click on the images below, to
get to the manufacturers web site and learn more about the
Trail work is
planned to start already on June 4th. We have brush and
already felled trees on the new trail that needs to be taken care
of: cut up and moved. Some portions of the trail still needs
some widening. Stones (boulders) need to removed. There
is branches that still hang low and needs to be removed, so they
don't get in your face when you ski by. Some drainage issues
in a couple of spots need to be addressed, and we also plan to
extend the lighted portion of the trails.
We will have a
backhoe on site on June 4th (Thank you Veikko!!!) so
the heavy work will be dealt with that way. If you have access
to "mechanized infantry", please call Karl to coordinate - but we
can use most anything that will alleviate the work load.
Check our 2006 Ski Race Schedule
NEW SKI TRAILS ARE DONE! - See images from the latest work party
Mass Senior Games, Jan
25, 2003 - fantastic event with lots of talented and very athletic
people. Would you do all five events yourself in one day??? 5 km
classic, 10 km classic, SNOW SHOE RACES, then 5 km skating and 10 km
skating.... Check this page (link above) for some images from the event.
Also, please visit
http://www.maseniorgames.org/ for more information and results.
images from Saturday Ski Trail Maintenance and Work Parties - we
were spreading wood chips on the existing trail, making them ready for the new
the new trail, you can see the
progress of our new trail, as it is being cleared and prepared through the
woods. You have access to this new part of the trail from the Athletic Field.
The "Finnish Ski Club
History" is a new page,
written by Raimo Ahti for the 50-year anniversary of FSC in 1996. We are
publishing the text as it was first presented at the anniversary.
Click here to read about
The History of Skiing in Finland.
The "Finnish Ski Club" at Saima Park has had a
spectacular season. More and better snow than in many years.
We have held several Citizen's Races, a High
School Race and a Senior Race - all great successes in a relaxed
There will be pages to follow here, showing
past and future events with pictures, results, snow conditions, etc.
Our well maintained tracks are approximately
5 km - stretching over varied terrain which fits most skiers, regardless if
you are a "pro" or a beginner.
The tracks are wide enough to accommodate
skiers using "classic" as well as the "skating" style of
As soon as there is any fresh snow, our "track
team" is out, grooming the trails with skidoos™, using weighted
sleds, track groomers and rollers - all in order for us to offer the best in
cross country skiing.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have the track
lit from sunset until 09:00 p.m. (track closes at 08:45 p.m.).
The annual ski fee is $20.00 + $20.00
membership fee to the Finnish Center at Saima Park. Enjoy all this by becoming
a member in F.C.S.P.
To request more info about races, etc. via
e-mail - click on the envelope