~ April 2022 ~
Message from the President . . . . .

Thank you to the CVOA Officers, Thom Johnston, Sam Hudspath and Tracy Goller, Diane & Ray Stone representing the Range and all the Directors and volunteers for their support during this remarkable year where we led CVOA back from inactivity during Covid to an active outdoor Association.

The annual vote to elect Officers and Directors was postponed to clarify a few Bylaw questions. There will be a vote of members held on April 8 in conjunction with the Post Ski Trip Party at the Yurt.

Neal Trask who has been a major force behind building and improving The Range over more than 20 years has been named Range Chair Emeritus. Ray Stone will become the new Range Chair.
Watch Diane and Ray Stone's interview about the Neal Trask Shooting Range on WSKI this Saturday morning at 8:40 April 2. The live shows are streamed at wskitv.com so anyone can watch it live from anywhere!!
Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring.

Membership Report
Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership or joined CVOA for 2022. As the new membership secretary, I am most grateful for your patience with my misspellings, typos, and my steep learning curve following Cindy Foster’s move. As of March 28, there are 441 new and renewed memberships. This number represents 852 individuals who are CVOA members; 424 of these are Range members. There are 56 new memberships representing 105 CVOA members; 56 of whom are Range members. New Range badges will be mailed out in mid to late April. If you do not receive your badge, please email me and I will check on it for you. Enjoy the spring and the coming of a new season.

Patti Johnston, Membership Secretary
Calendar of Events
April 2022
April 3 -NO Sunday CVOA Bowling at Sugarbowl
April 8- Special Meeting of Members 5pm AOEC Yurt
April 8 - Post Ski Trip Party 5-7pm at Adaptive Outdoor Education Center Yurt
April 10 - Last CVOA Bowling of the season at Sugarbowl 2-4pm
Future Events
Post-Ski Trip Party
The post-ski trip party will be Friday, April 8th 5-7pm at the AOEC Yurt. BYOB and an appetizer to share. Slide show of 2022 trips and information about 2023 trips. Open to all past ski trip participants and those interested in learning about future ones.
Election of Officers and Directors
There will be a brief Special Meeting of Members on Friday April 8 at 5pm at the AOEC Yurt just prior to the Post-Ski Trip Party. A vote to elect Officers and Directors for open positions will be held.
Fire 🔥 Pits
CVOA with the help of Nancy Makin purchased two beautiful fire pits…March 5th Nancy, Elaine & Steve Smith assembled them in the club house. They will be stored there for future CVOA outdoor events.
CVOA Bowling
Sundays at SugarBowl
2 to 4 pm

The SugarBowl reserves 2 lanes for CVOA members.
April 3 NO Sunday CVOA Bowling at Sugarbowl
April 10..Last CVOA bowling of the season.
$10 includes shoes
Range News
Hello All,

It's Official! Our Range has a new name. Last Saturday at the in person CVOA Annual Meeting (our first in three years), we held the dedication ceremony for Neal and 129 of his closest friends and family! Thank you to all who attended and made the evening a real success.

2022 Range Badges will be going out soon! We will be submitting the names and addresses of our 2022 members shortly and new badges will be sent out by mid-April. The new gate code will become effective May 1st.

Save the Date. Range Cleanup Day and Barbecue is now scheduled for May 14th from 9am to noon for cleanup, with BBQ to follow. I'll follow up with a list of needed help as the date gets closer. Thank you all for your continued assistance making our Range the most beautiful in Maine!

5 Stand and Trap season to start May 21st and 22nd respectively. 5 Stand and Trap are both shotgun sports, and these shoots are open to novices as well as seasoned shooters. If you've never tried either sport, a certified Range Safety Officer will lead you through a shoot and give you tips along the way. These events are weekly and go from 9am to noon, usually through mid November. (note: Trap is a weather permitting venue). Also, members, their guests, and the general public are invited.

Enjoy the rest of the ski season. See you on the CVOA Neal Trask Shooting Range soon!

Diane Stone
Range Secretary
Past Events
Snowbird/Alta February 26-March 5
Twenty CVOA travelers arrived at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. Our first day we had a guide who respected our Sugarloaf skiing abilities such that he spent much more time than planned showing us trails he knew we would like. The next morning we took the tunnel to Mineral Basin which has bowl-type topography accessible by two lifts. On other days we skied from Mineral Bowl to Alta. At Alta the Sugarloaf chair took us to trails with good terrain but the Collins chair had the steepest groomed runs, which was great given that there was no fresh snow.The weather was nice and got warmer and warmer with temperatures getting into the mid-60s. Dining was by reservation. We had great dinners at several area restaurants. The Lodge had lots of areas for gathering and seating for all. The group enjoyed our 4:30 cocktail hour where we discussed the day, planned for the next and got to know our fellow travelers. We had a great trip thanks to the fantastic leadership of Bonnie Farrar!!

Steve and Shirrin Blaisdell
Aspen/Snowmass March 5-12
The CVOA Aspen/Snowmass ski trip participants were fortunate to enjoy a wonderful week of skiing at Snowmass including several ski days of fresh powder and several days of sunshine! The group felt they were at a terrific ski resort!

The Top of the Village ski in/ski out accommodations were comfortable and really appreciated. The group was able to gather at the TOV Gatehouse in a comfortable room with fireplace and used this location for a welcome party and a mid-week pizza party. Chris Perkins and condo-mates kindly hosted an apres-ski pizza party with left overs in their upgraded condo. On departure day a stop for coffee and doughnuts was arranged for the early morning long bus ride to Denver Airport.

With the long travel days trip leaders Lee and Jon especially appreciated the wonderful and supportive group of CVOA members on their first time leading a CVOA ski trip! They thank everyone for their encouragement, advice and support.

Lee & Jon Goss
March 3rd Thursday Social-A Huge Success!!
☘️The Luck of the Irish was with us and the Leprechauns made us do it!!☘️……And a good time was had by all! St. Patrick’s Day was bright and sunny 😎. The yurt at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC) was a great location for the Third Thursday Social, the last for the season. This BYO catered event was attended by 80 +/- CVOA members. Irish music played in the background as friends, old and new, greeted each other, for many their first post-Covid outing. As the end of the ski season approaches, continue to watch for your CVOA newsletter on the first of every month for upcoming events.
At The Sugarloaf Inn
Over 120 members and guests attended the meeting which was held at the Sugarloaf Inn and catered by The Shipyard Brewhaus. It was great to have an in-person meeting for the first time in three years. Everyone enjoyed socializing while enjoying a drink and feasting on an abundance of sumptuous appetizers.

After partaking of the delicious food CVOA recognized one of its most active members, Neal Trask, the major force behind building and improving The CVOA Range over more than 20 years. John McCatherin and Ray Stone provided an interesting and entertaining historical perspective on Neal’s life in Carrabassett Valley and his dedication to making the Range one of the best in the State. The Range has now been named “The Neal Trask Shooting Range”.

After the Range Dedication guest host, Greg Powers, of WSKI and DJ fame provided some fun with Sugarloaf Trivia and candy bar prizes for everyone. One of the most interesting Trivia questions was: What CVOA Member was hit by a deer skiing Haulback many years ago? Please click here for the answer and the entire story.

The door prize drawing was won by Rick Plante who will enjoy a gift certificate courtesy of Shipyard Brewing.

Thanks to Jeannette Parker and Nancy Makin for working with the Shipyard on the menu, drinks and room setup, Elaine Smith who managed reservations and Val Hudspath for centerpieces
To view more event photos click here: CVOA Annual Meeting Neal Trask Shooting Range Photos and scroll UP the page to the Annual Meeting Photos
How to Contact Us
  • President Steve Smith: 207-237-7002 cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Thom Johnston: ‭207- 852-3595‬ cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: 207-458-9138: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: 207-703-4370: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • Membership Secretary Patti Johnston: 207-745-5815: cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Ray Stone: ‭207-240-3591‬
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: 207-240-4752: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Emeritus Neal Trask
  • Social Activities: Nancy Makin & Jeannette Parker
  • Newsletter Editors: Elaine & Steve Smith: 207-799-8254
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947