Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 28, 2017      Vol. X, #16


Rumor has it that there was a pretty fabulous turnout for the first ever Friday Night App to Pass up in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  Yeah, like nearly 50 members showed up, many bringing a little sumpin sumpin to share in the way of appetizers.  A few libations … little nibble… Who needs dinner?!  Maybe, just maybe it’ll happen again sometime.



FRIDAY – Remember, the Clubhouse Grill is not open on Fridays in March.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with full service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with full service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

The Stag’s Head Lounge will open at noon.

The barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the dining room and Stag’s Head Lounge.



Inside this Issue:




4.  HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP the weekend of March 11th





1    THE ANNUAL MEETING briefly interrupted the Annual Meeting Rave hosted by the ever-popular Caberfae Ski Chicks (Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, Jackie Erway, Julie Finch, Connie Houk, Kim Ellens, and Andrea Sake … ssshhhh, they don’t want their kids to know about their alter ego).  The ladies were accompanied by the Prince of the Platters, Club DJ Glenn Stout.  As usual, the CSChicks pack the house.  But then just as the house got a rockin they closed the bar and turned over the festivities to President Doug Frye.  Fortunately the ladies had spiked their libations with No-Doz so everyone sat in spellbound rapture listening to the financial mumbo jumbo during the Annual Meeting. 

    The mood change when Pete and Tim Meyer delivered their annual State of the Peaks address.  They delighted the crowd with highlights of some significant improvements skiers can look forward to next season.  They include adding a new groomer, bringing the fleet to four machines with veracious appetites for ice and crud.  Without a burp they chew it up and lay down a beautiful blanket of corduroy.  South Peak will get some needed snow making equipment in the form of new pipe and electrical upgrades.  Smiling Irishman will also benefit from some additional snowmaking machinery.  Finally, the Back Country will continue to see terrain improvements.  While they received several ovations for all their hard work, one comment that seemed to receive the most appreciation was the pleasant temperament of the lift operators.  They even receive an unsolicited high-five from a very happy mother-of-the-bride, commending the resort on the wonderful experience hosting her daughter’s wedding.  Pete and Tim receive so many accolades that Tim decided to spare the crowd his 90 minute PowerPoint presentation on the finer points of making snow.

    In other big news, the election results revealed Tac Lee was elected and Paul Waug was re-elected to three year terms to the Board of Directors.  President Frye reported that earlier in the afternoon the board appointed Ron Kimball to complete the remaining three years of a term vacated when Doug Chesney resigned from the board.  President Frye thanked Doug Chesney for his contributions to the board, especially in the area of fiscal management.  A big Caberfae Ski Club Thank You was extended to the candidates Pat Bourassa, Scott Conradson, and Craig Weidner, who offered to serve the club. 

    Earlier in the afternoon at the Board of Directors meeting Shane Demek was elected president; Ron Kimball, first vice president; Paul Waug, second vice president.  While Doug Frye had completed his three year term on the board, he will continue his service as Immediate Past President.

   After additional revelry following the Annual Meeting the Senior Grill Team, comprised of Dave Reiser, Paul Waug and Charlie Woodberry, once again amazed the crowd by delivering perfectly grilled steaks as the center piece of the meal prepared by Sue and Spencer.  Robin Potthoff, Lou Kimball added their magic touches turning the Clubhouse Grill into the Aspen of the Midwest. A Special CSC Thank You all.

   Following dinner club DJ Glenn, and the lovely CSChicks lured the crowd back upstairs “To the beat of the rhythm of the night.”  Thank you Glenn and the harem of Chicks for again helping us burn the candle at both ends.  Their antics certainly keep the lift lines thinned for those aiming to ski the milk run early Sunday morning.



2. KID’S CLUB – Can you hear your kids? … “Thank God for the Stag’s Head Lounge!  I’m so glad there’s an adult-friendly, supervised play-space for me to warehouse my ‘rents’ while I get wasted in the Kid’s Club.”  I know!  Right?  So kids, check out the Kid’s Club Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by the super-cool Putkela family.  They’re gunna bring us an afternoon of Minions crafts and games.  It’ll be super-cool!



3. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday Feb. 28th, 2017


Our weather cycle continues- as I type, it’s raining and 43 degrees out.  Absolutely miserable.  A perfect day for doing my income tax prep, or write this.  I'm writing.  Just now a loud rumble of thunder, and almost simultaneously NPR announced that Trump speaks tonight.  With that kind of intro, I may listen to him, unless there's pro wrestling on.  But I digress, back to here and now.  I want you all to know, to understand, that as lousy as today's weather is, yesterday was a beautiful day of skiing.  Sunny and great snow.  Everywhere!  It was a demonstration, once again, of Caberfae's commitment to providing really good skiing for at least the next couple weeks (third week of March??).  Today's rain is supposed to transition tomorrow, and we're predicted to get 3-5" of snow.  After a very warm last week, Caberfae's snowmaking team got some help from nature, and by Sunday our skiing was miraculously restored.  I bet it'll be the same within a few days, certainly by the weekend.


And now to ski racing.  I assume today was a great day at school for Alex Netzley, and his parents, James and Julie.  Yesterday Alex won the GS State Championship at the State meet at Boyne Highlands!  Bob Cole, one of our coaches for the youth/development program that honed Alex, reminded me of the long tradition of high level racers to come out of the Cadillac HS/Caberfae program. In my 40 years of racing familiarity here, I can conjure a fairly long list of family names that many of you would recognize.  Makes one smile.  I'm sure our coaches are smiling as well, Alex is only a sophomore, and leads a fairly young team into the future.  And... today is Alex's 16th birthday!  Congratulations to Alex, and to his family and coaches.  So cool!


More ski racing-  some of you have watched me for years, attempting to negotiate our skiable terrain with my endless series of linked recoveries.  Always trying to catch Robin, or any of our other hot lady racers.  It’s almost been like a job, punch-in, boot-up, click-in, ride-up, slide-down, always working it, always looking for the magic of the right body position and muscle organization.  But a most remarkable thing has happened.  Again.  As in motorcycle road racing,  pool tournaments, and now sliding on snow, I/we've discovered there are other elements to this sport that are actually fun!  Free skiing!!  Robin and I were at Copper Mt a few weeks ago, and in an attempt to meet novice skiers/family members, we ventured into most slovenly of areas, the beginners terrain.  Our haughty attitudes were soon replaced with the strangest of sensations- fun on skis!  We found ourselves on a long, gentle cruiser with trees, great snow, and not much traffic.  We tried it again, marveling at what had just happened, fun!  We did it again, and again. Yes, we did find the family, and shared this new found experience with them.  It gave us pause, something to think about.  Is this 'the life change'?  Once back to the safety of Caberfae and the ski club, I immediately sought confession.  I found Sperry Claypool and Ed Bosworth to beg absolution.  Is it ok to hang-out in our little community and not race?  I listened to their experiences, I drank the wine (Miller High Life), and ate the wafer (bar popcorn), and soon felt the warmth of moving on, in the right direction.  Watch for me on Irishman, and don't hesitate to offer helpful hints to help me get down the hill.  But don't be offended if I flip you off...


True to form, my motorcycle is now freshly shod with new tires, and my bicycle is awaiting its turn for fresh 'shoes'.  Each time I've worked on my summer vices, it has snowed!  So I'm doing my part.  The rest of you should come up and remind yourselves why we love this little spot in the Manistee forest. Time is short, and so is Carol Lee (Congratulations Tac Lee, new Board member!).  

See you out there.



PS- 'Outside of a dog, books are a man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.'- 

     Groucho Marx



4.  HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP - Saturday, March 11th

Saturday – The Earl Huckle Race


5.  A SECOND RUN THROUGH THE GATES – If you missed an edition of the eNewsletter or just need a reminder, here are some repeats of a few stories that will keep you in the know.  Remember, an archive of eNewsletters is always available on the club webpage.



There still bartending opportunities to dish out the drinks in the Stag’s Head lounge.  If you’re interested, please e-mail board member Shane Demek shanedemek@yahoo.com, or Connie Houk croppinconnie@yahoo.com  and let either of them know what days you would like to volunteer.  Please leave a phone number in the e-mail, so that they can give you a polite reminder before your night (just in case something comes up and they need to find a replacement).


Currently Available Dates:

March: 4th, 11th, 18th


If possible, please give Shane or Connie a couple of different nights you would be available, in case multiple people want to bartend on the same evening.


Things to Note:

Friday nights are available as long as there is enough interest and a board member will be around to help close.  

There will be a small refresher required prior to bartending from a board member the day of, just to re-hash things like prices, how to use the cash register, and closing procedures.

Also, we are asking everyone to make the commitment on the night you are bartending to stay until at the very least 9 p.m., so all those closing down the slopes can still enjoy a nice après ski beverage.

A sign-up sheet will be posted upstairs near the bar after we have filled some of the slots.



   b.  HEY VERIZON CELLULAR CUSTOMERS - How you likin’ your cell coverage while at the Fae?  Is it wacked?  Wanna have some fun with Verizon?  Try calling their Verizon Network Trouble Line at (800) 922-0204 and tell em' what you think.  Maybe you should call every day?  After all, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  It works like a teeter totter … The heavier the pile of Trouble Tickets mounding up on one side - the higher Caberfae becomes on their priority list of Things to Fix.  Let’s see if the pile of Trouble Tickets can surpass the number of inches of base.  Hey, if they dump all their Trouble Tickets off at Caberfae, maybe Pete and Tim can build another peak?!?  I’ll bet they’d name it after them.



This is your club and we’d like to hear your ideas to continually improve the Caberfae Ski Club for the enjoyment of you and your family.  Let us hear your suggestions. Email us at: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org   If you have a story or an article you’ve written that you’d like to share with club members in the eNewsletter, please email or call the eNewsletter editor.



Caberfae Ski Club web page: www.caberfaeskiclub.org  

Send your favorite photo-moments from the club or the slopes to neffzone@yahoo.com 

Club Wi-Fi Password:  Check the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs

Caberfae Ticket Agent available Fri, Sat., & Sun. until 11:15 a.m. 

Calendar of Events: www.caberfaeskiclub.org/calendar/ 

Dinner Reservation Hotline: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org  

I Forgot to Make Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769(Sue’s personal cell phone).

General Caberfae Ski Club email address: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org

Caberfae Peaks Resort: www.caberfaepeaks.com 


Board Members

Shane Demek, President, shanedemek@yahoo.com

Doug Frye, Immediate Past President, frye2526@yahoo.com 

Ron Kimball, First Vice President, rfkimball4@gmail.com

Paul Waug, Second Vice President, Social Chairman,waugelect@aol.com

Jeff Conradson, board member, jeff7714@gmail.com

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member, mjdc1@yahoo.com  

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com 

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com 

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net


Club Manager/Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema, roelfsen@gmail.com

Assistant Club Treasurer: David Reiser, dhr49601@yahoo.com

Food and Beverage Manager: Sue Egelus, seagle@charter.net 

Club Webmaster: Jim Neff, neff@neffzone.com

Historical Committee: Bernie Bovee, boveeski2@gmail.com  and

Paul Williams, paulskiing@grar.com 

eNewsletter: Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org   (231) 920-8592