September 21, 2003
This fall we enter our fifth season as Skinnyski.com (we're
even older when you track Adelsman's
XC Ski Page). The web site has continued to grow, both in
content and traffic, over the years. While we have been able
to sign up network members in the Lodging and Gear sections,
the labor and overhead costs have continued to grow.
When you add up the expenses and time involved in covering
races and workouts, developing articles, and logging trail
reports, and then add in the daily updates, the web site is
a full-time occupation for us. Plus there are expenses in
terms of equipment and Internet services.
We're introducing Skinnyski.com memberships as a way for
the skiing community to help us continue the mission of providing
the latest information on cross-country skiing in the upper
Midwest. Similar to public radio, a skinnyski.com membership
is not required to visit the web site. Memberships
are simply a way for you to help us keep Skinnyski alive and
full of information that is important to you.
Membership will also come with a few perks. For instance,
members will be able to set their own web site preferences.
As an example, members will be able to personalize the trail
report section to suit their own individual needs. Members
will also be able to post, edit and delete their own classified
ads free of charge. We hope to offer even more benefits down
We are offering a wide range of membership levels. Almost
all of the levels amount to less than the cost of a single
- Student/coach - Designed for the high school or
college skier or coach who is running under very limited
funds: $10 annually.
- Supporter - The standard level individual membership:
- Sustainer/Family - For families and those wanting
to contribute in a larger way: $35 annually.
- Organization - For clubs and organizations: $60
- Patron - Major support for the web site: $250
In addition to those yearly memberships, we also offer the
flexibility of monthly memberships. With the monthly membership
level, you can fine-tune your contribution level by only signing
up for a few months or maximizing your contribution by running
an entire year at a monthly rate.
You can purchase a membership online by credit card or via
postal with check/money order. If you purchase your membership
via our Paypal subscription system (credit card), the membership
level will be activated online and can be set to automatically
Please join today and help us continue to provide and expand
Bruce and Margaret Adelsman
- Why should I create a basic user account?
Even at the basic (non-member) level, a user account
will help speed up things like filing trail reports.
We may eventually require a user account to receive
the weekly newsletter.
- Do I have to become a member?
No. We do not restrict your access to the web site.
- What membership benefits are there?
The current membership benefits include free user-editable
classified ads, plus a number of web site preference
settings (like the depth and selection of the trail
reports). We hope to add more benefits down the road.
- What happens at the end of my membership period?
- If you signed up with Paypal and checked the 'auto
renew' checkbox, the service will attempt to automatically
renew your membership for another period. If you don't
want the service to automatically renew, simply cancel
the membership before the end of the period.
- If you did not select the 'auto renew' option when
signing up via Paypal, then your membership will automatically
terminate at the end of the period.
- If you signed up via postal, we will attempt notify
you when the membership is nearly expired. You can
monitor the time remaining for your membership on
the Account Status screen.
- What happens when I cancel my membership?
Your membership will expire at the end of the period.
For example, if you signed up for a yearly membership
on Aug 1, 2001, then cancelled on Oct 15, 2001, the
membership would expire on Aug 1, 2002. If you signed
up for the wrong membership or need to cancel the
membership within the first 10 days, let us know and
we may provide a refund.
- What does 'auto renew' mean?
When signing up for membership via Paypal, you can
choose to have the membership automatically renewed
at the end of each period. You will need to turn on
this checkbox on the Membership
page when you sign up for the membership if you desire
- How can I tell when my membership will expire?
On the Account Status
page you'll find your membership level and days remaining
in your membership.