Volunteers Needed - Evening Volunteer
Hello Higley Friends,
I am sending this to all you folks who have some
interest in cross country skiing at the park. As you probably know, the
trails close at dark, which from now until some time in March is rather
early in the afternoon. This makes it nearly impossible for skiers who
work during the day to have a chance to ski mid-week. To minimize this
inconvenience, we are fortunate to have an evening ski program which
allows us to ski on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8:00 PM.
Our Park Administration allows the lodge to remain
open on these evenings when it usually closes at 3:00 PM. The important
feature which allows this variation in park rules is the Evening
Volunteer Host Program. The primary requirement of this plan is that
there must be a responsible person at the park between 6:00 and 8:00
PM. The volunteer is able to use the park in the usual ways (skiing,
snowshoeing, etc.) while they are on duty. The idea is that everyone
else who is visiting knows there is someone there who can be a source
of assistance or information. It also means that if you are planning to
ski or hike anyway that it's a good time to be a volunteer host.
We have gotten an exceptionally early start to the
season and people are interested in night skiing already. So, this
email is the announcement that we are now looking for volunteers. To
sign up, just reply to this email and let me know which Tuesday or
Thursday you will be available, and as long as someone else hasn't
already taken that date, it will be yours. At this point the rest of
December and January are the nights we are intending to cover. I will
send messages similar to this one each month so you don't have to plan
TOO far ahead to make a commitment.
This program has been in place for several years now,
and it has grown quite a bit over that time. I have noticed that
volunteers are using the lodge to good advantage, I think at least two
birthdays were celebrated there last winter, and one night there
appeared to be a fondue contest. I don't know who won, but it surely
smelled great that night. The lodge has a refrigerator, sink with
running water, and a microwave to accommodate some food prepping, but
there is no stove or oven. It does seem custom designed for
crockpots and popcorn and lots of socializing.
I hope to hear from you soon so we can keep this
program on track.
See you on the trails,
Walch, Evening Host Coordinator