~ January 2023 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .

Greetings CVOA members,

Happy New Year to all our CVOA members. I hope the start of 2023 bodes well for your participation in many of our member activities. Mother Nature has given us a mixed bag of weather but our Valley seems to find the silver lining in these events. Our great group of planners has been hard at work. We have something for everyone who enjoys being in the out of doors as well as many social events. They are all described in this newsletter. Remember, if there is something you particularly enjoy and would like to lead a group, you need only get in touch with one of our Board members to get the ball rolling. Feel free to contact me with any thoughts or ideas. 


You Have Renewed Your Membership

Thank you for being a 2023 member of CVOA. You're one of over 315 members who have already renewed, so please join in our events and activities. There are never enough CVOA members. Encourage family, friends, acquaintances to consider joining CVOA, get involved and enjoy all the wonderful activities we support. If you know someone who is not a member but would enjoy getting to know other outdoor loving folks, encourage them to join. See you in the Valley!

Membership Secretary Patti Johnston

Activities and Trip Leaders Needed

Calling All Members!

Some of the best things about CVOA are the fun outdoor events that are offered to members. These events could not happen without a dedicated group of Trip Leaders. But as with life, changes come over time and our trip leader team has diminished over the years. We are reaching out to find individuals who would make great trip leaders - whether you know it or not! If you love outdoor adventures and would like to share with others this is a great opportunity. Leaders are needed for trips from a few hours to several days. It could be a hike in the CV area, a ski trip out west or to Saddleback or a bike trip around Cape Breton - or anything else you can imagine. 

An information session on the expectations and perks of being a trip leader will be held on January 21st at 3:00pm in the Snowbrook Community Room over the pool or via Zoom to learn more and hear experiences from some of our current trip leaders. Please email cvoa.secretary@gmail.com if you think you may attend or feel free to just show up! To join by Zoom click this link:

Trip Leader Info Session Zoom Link

Calendar of Events


January 1 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

January 3 - Meet Ski Go 9am Whifftree lift

January 8 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

January 10 - Meet Ski Go 9am Whifftree lift

January 14 - Yonder Knoll Hike 1pm

January 14 - Winter Social at the AOEC Yurt 4-7pm

January 15 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

January 17 - Meet Ski Go 9am Whifftree lift

January 19 - 3rd Thursday Social at the Shipyard Brew Haus 4:30-6:00pm

January 21 - Trip Leader Information Session 3:00pm at the Snowbrook

Community Room

January 22 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

January 24 - Meet Ski Go 9am Whifftree lift

January 28 - February 4 - Sun Valley Ski Trip

January 29 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

January 31 - Meet Ski Go 9am Whifftree lift


CVOA Events Calendar

Future Events

CVOA Bowling

Sundays at the SugarBowl

2:00 to 4:00pm

The SugarBowl reserves 2 lanes for CVOA members: 2:00-4:00pm

$10 includes shoes.

Come join the fun Sunday afternoons…..beginners welcome!

January 1,8,15, 22, 29

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00.

Meet Ski Go Tuesday Mornings

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Promptly at 9:00am

Meet At Whiffletree Lift Area

Calling all CVOA skiers! 

Please join us for a’Ski Around The Mountain’. 

Join in and ski your favorite trails for a few runs or a few hours with other CVOA members.

No sign up…just Show and Go!!

Watch WSKI or go to the Sugarloaf website: https://www.sugarloaf.com/mountain-report to review the weather, trail and lift reports. If the mountain is having issues, we will not ski together as a group.

A weekly reminder will not be sent for this event.

Yonder Knoll Hike

Saturday January 14, 2023

Show ‘N' Go Hike 

Trip Leader: Jan Mildram

Meet at the Stratton Brook Hut Parking lot, just north of the Loaf Access Road. Head out at 1:05pm. Cleats and/or snowshoes are recommended, depending on the amount of snow. Poles are important for navigating any uneven ground. We travel 15 minutes on the Narrow Gauge Pathway, then about 30 minutes up, some of which is moderately steep, but not tricky related to footing. We see the incredible view for 15 minutes or so. It’s an outstanding panorama of the Crockers, the Loaf, Burnt Mountain, and the peaks of Bigelow. The trip down is about 30 minutes. Total time is no more than 2 hours, so we will be back around 3:00 or so. This is a Show ‘N Go event, so there is no signup required.  We do this no matter the weather.

Friendly dogs are welcome.

Jan will be doing Yonder Knoll Hikes the 2nd Saturdays February 11th and March 11th...mark your calendars now!!


Trip leader Jan Mildram...207-491-6798 

Hope you can make it!

Winter Social - Mark your Calendar

January 14, 2023

At the AOEC Yurt


No admission fee - Donations accepted for AOEC (jar on site)

BYOB and please bring an appetizer to share

1970’s UNH DJ AND Sugarloafer Steve Kolenda ….it will be an evening that will bring back memories of when we skied all day and danced all night!

RSVP to Jeannette Parker jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com

Space is limited - 50 members/guests


The parking lot at the Yurt is expected to be full to accommodate overnight guests participating in AOEC programs. Due to the limited parking, a shuttle is available for transport to and from your vehicle upon arrival and departure.


3rd Thursday Social Food & Trivia

January 19th at the Shipyard Brew Haus


Join us at the CVOA mid-week Socials on the 3rd Thursday of each month December through March 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Food ~ Trivia ~ Door Prize

Note: Cash Bar. Be considerate of your servers … tips greatly appreciated!

Appetizers provided by CVOA. 

Hope to see you there!

Ski Trips 2023
Sun Valley Idaho
January 28-February 4

The Sun Valley trip is full. Sun Valley has 5 people on the waiting list-1 single and 2 couples. Members that are interested can still request to be added to the list. 

Mike Parker, Trip leader


The traveler list for Telluride continues to be full and stable at 32 with a short wait list. Our trip departs in less than 6 weeks and we have all begun making plans for group get-togethers and dinner reservations, just as a big winter weekend storm is forecast for Telluride - fingers crossed!

Bonnie Farrar, Trip leader


The Whitefish trip is full but there is currently no one on the waiting list. There’s always the possibility that there will be cancellations. So, if you’re interested please contact me. 


Trip Leader, Dan Hitchcock


Quebec 2023 Trip

Usually, great skiing is the headline for a ski trip. I’m getting excited about skiing in March at Stoneham, Mount Sainte Anne and Le Massif. But, I’m also getting excited to see Quebec City again – it’s been a while.  As they say “Je me souviens”.

There are a few spots open. If you’re interested, read through the brochure (click on it) and send in a reservation form. If you have any questions, please contact trip leader Thom Johnston as soon as possible..207-852-3595

Trip Leader: Thom Johnston


Range News

Neal Trask, CVOA and Range founder

Hello Range and CVOA Members, 

The Range Committee would like to thank the friends and family of our founder, Neal Trask, for their generous donations to the Range. We will meet in the Spring to discuss the best use of the funds to support Neal's vision for the Range.

A friendly reminder to renew your membership for the 2023 season. Even if you've put your guns and bows to bed for the Winter, CVOA has lots of activities to play in the outdoors or socialize indoors. Come see all the things CVOA has to offer!

Winter season is here. Trap, 5 Stand, and Archery have been put to bed for the winter, but you can still shoot on the Pistol and Rifle Ranges. Also, the heated bathroom is available. Thank you all for a wonderful shooting season. And special thanks to our Range Committee, Seth Gilbert, David Hatch, Kathi & John Bennett, Alexi Godin, Tom Poulin, Bill O'Brien, and Thom Johnston.

Reminder that the gate code will remain the same throughout the Winter for those intrepid shooters!

Diane Stone

Range Secretary



Past Events

Cookie Swap December 10th

at the Andrle's

Thank you Tom and Candy Andrle for hosting 20 CVOA members. Thank you to all the bakers for your creative and tasty cookies. A good time was had by all. Tom and Candy had such a good time they have offered to host the Cookie Swap again next year unless someone else would like to have it!!

First 3rd Thursday Social

December 15th at the SugarBowl

Great turnout December 15th for the First 3rd Thursday Social at the SugarBowl!!……35 members came for conversation, camaraderie, food, trivia and FUN. Thank you all for coming. Best attended 3rd Thursday Social to date!

CONGRATS to trivia team winners and Lee Souweine, doorprize winner.

***Your generous tips to the kitchen and waitstaff were greatly appreciated.

How to Contact Us
  • President Thom Johnston: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Craig Lehigh:‭ cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • MembershipSecretary:PattiJohnston:cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Ray Stone: ‭raymondhstone3@gmail.com
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Emeritus Neal Trask
  • Social Activities: Nancy Makin: nancymakin48@gmail.com & Jeannette Parker: jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com
  • Newsletter Editors: Elaine & Steve Smith: golfski@maine.rr.com
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
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Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947