President’s Update – May 2016

Hello FKOC Members and Friends!

Our ski season is almost over (except for a few diehards!) and it’s time to get ready for our summer season.  We’d like to keep you up-to-date on what we’re doing and where we’re going.

First, we have some great news… we are getting a new groomer!!  As you know, our current groomer has been unreliable for several years now.  Over the past 10 years or so, we have put over $100,000 into repairs to keep it operational.  Our awesome groomer operator, Russell Boucher, has worked valiantly to repair it, but finally we decided it didn’t make financial sense to continue to put more money in a 15 year old machine to keep it operating.  Carl Theriault spent lots of time searching for good used groomers and trying to find a good deal for us, but after looking for a year concluded that our best option was to purchase a new machine.  He signed the purchase agreement with Piston Bully for a PB 100 Nordic on April 25.  We are trading in our current machine and our new one will be manufactured and ready this fall.  The Libra Foundation has graciously agreed to help us with almost half of the cost.  Thanks to our members, sponsors and other donors, we have the needed funds in our savings account, but the purchase will take all of it.  We will work hard to build our account back up in the coming years for other capital requirements that will come up.

Summer Season Trail Passes
            At our April 14 board meeting we decided to offer Summer Season Trail Passes for those individuals or families that would like to use the trails just in the summer/fall months.  This seasonal pass runs from May 1 through October 31.  The fees are:  Adult–$30, Family–$75 and Youth–$12.50.  These passes can be purchased online at: and downloading the pass form from our website and mailing it in or picking up a form in the lodge.

FKOC Walking/Hiking Trails
            Our new ski trail mapping and numbering system is designed to help users navigate our trails in the summer and fall as well.  The You are Here maps at many intersections should help users locate themselves and stay on their planned trails.  We know the Green Bean trails are very popular in the summertime and we are currently working on improving the signage and trail maps in that area.  We’ll have more info on this effort shortly.

FKOC Mountain Bike Trails
Last summer we designed and mapped a Mountain Biking Loop utilizing our single track trails and various ski trails throughout the venue.   The trail is currently marked with yellow/black striped ribbon.  We will be upgrading the signage with red bike decals within the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for some photos and the bike trail map.

            We are also working on creating more single-track bike trails.  We have a technical service grant with Burnham Martin of the National Park Service who will be helping us apply for grants to fund additional trail construction.  If you are interested in serving on our Bike Trail Planning Committee, please contact Laura Audibert at or 834-6773.  If you are a mountain bike enthusiast, this is your chance to help shape our future trails!

Trail Modifications
           We will be doing some trail modifications later in the summer to comply with Certification requirements of FIS (International Ski Federation) that is being funded by a Maine State Recreation Trails Program grant that we received last year. This will allow us to bid on other XC national level events in the future, which will help us bring in revenue as we strive to become self-sustaining.

2016 Rally in the Valley
            Together with Northern Maine Medical Center, we will again be hosting the annual Rally in the Valley bike event for children on Saturday morning, June 18 at the FKOC.  If you are available to help out with this terrific event, please contact Norman Martin at or 834-3449.

            We will continue to keep you posted on our activities and we hope to see you all out on the trails in the coming weeks!