Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

March 7, 2017      Vol. X, #17


WoW!  A big Caberfae Ski Club Thank You to Melissa Nyland for putting a south of the boarder sunset to a beautifully sunny day with delicious food and libations and babysitting the grown-ups while the Putkela family whipped up a fun filled Minion afternoon for the Kids Club in the Round Room.  Great job everyone!


Editor’s note: There very likely will not be an eNewsletter next week as I will be … … incommunicado.  This, however, would not be a good time to rob the homestead as our pet Western Mole Rat has not been seen for a week … neither has the cat nor one of the dogs.  If, by chance, you do receive a missive, I suggest you challenge the facts and demand sources.  One cannot be too careful these days.



FRIDAY – Remember, the Clubhouse Grill is not open on Friday’s in March.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with full service until 4 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

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

Appetizer-to-Pass.  Bring your favorite appetizer to the Stag’s Head Lounge Saturday afternoon beginning at 5:30 p.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:

1.  APPETIZER TO PASS – Saturday 5 p.m. in the Stag’s Head Lounge. 





4.  HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP THE FOLLOWING weekend - March 18th




1.  APPETIZER-TO-PASS – Saturday afternoon beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Stag’s Head Lounge. 

Building on the success of the first App-to-Pass just two weeks ago, there’s a fire burning to try it again.  Since you already brought your favorite appetizer, whip up your second fav’ and bring it along.  And if that’s not enough, Club DJ, Glenn Stout challenges you to, 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot!  Fire Away' and try to stump Wolfman Glenn with your favorite one-hit-wonder.  Give Glenn a run for his ski wax and let’s see if he can play your favorite tune.





Both races are this weekend.  The Huckle race is on Saturday and the Wickham Race on Sunday.


THE EARL HUCKLE MEMORIAL Race Super Nastar is one of the most popular racing events at the Peaks.  There will be trophies and medals for all age categories.  An awards banquet follows the race with a Silent Auction.  Even if you are not racing, come and checkout the silent auction.  There’s always pretty cool stuff.  One year the auction included an old Caberfae T-bar … another year, an old chair from a chair lift.  You never know what you’ll find.

    All race expenses are covered by the Huckle family.  This means 100% of all race fees and the revenue from the Silent Auction can go to the Cadillac Ski Program to support the junior race program.  It’s likely that most of the members of this year’s winning Cadillac High Ski Team learned to carve their first turns with the help of the Cadillac Ski Program.  This year we will also score it as a NASTAR race using the same two race runs and give out NASTAR medals as well as the medals for the top 3 in each age category.

    Since starting this race in 1999, the results have been dramatic.  The number of Cadillac area young people out on the slopes training to become better ski racers has more than tripled.  Last year 111 racers participated and many parents, family, and friends came out to watch.  Of those racers, 55 were under the age of 18.

    In 2016, over $7,500 was returned to the junior race program.  Since the inception of the race, over $75,000 has been raised for junior ski racing in Cadillac.  

    A large portion of the proceeds from this event come from two sources- cash donations and item donations for the auction.  This is where you can help.  Prizes are needed for the raffle or those all-important cash donations go straight to the program.  No prize or amount is too small and, of course, none is too large.  The more prizes, the more money can be raised.  A thank you ad recognizing donors and volunteers will appear in the Cadillac News.

    Chris Huckle is happy to put together a gift certificate, send someone to your business to pick up an item, or anything else to make it as easy as possible for you to help this effort.  If you have a question, send Chris an email huckle@cadillacnews.com.  If you would like to write a check, please make it payable to the Cadillac Ski Club (Careful… NOT Caberfae Ski Club) and send it to: Chris Huckle, c/o Cadillac News, P.O. Box 640 St. Cadillac, MI  49601. 

    Let’s help good kids become great skiers.



* Register in Beatie’s Bar & Grill from 9 a.m. to noon.

* $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

* Racing start time will be 1 p.m. on Liberty & Olympia.

* Huckle Age division: 0-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49;50-59; and 60+

* Awards Banquet for both events will follow the racing in Beatie’s in the Blackmer Lodge



* Register at the Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to noon.

* $14 per racer for the Wickham & Huckle, or $20 to add the Gold Cup on Sunday, March 19th

* Racing will begin at 1 p.m. on Liberty

* Wickham Age divisions: 0-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-35, 36-46, 47-57, 58 and up

* Awards Banquet will follow the race.



3. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday, March 7th, 2017


Good evening from balmy Caberfae.  We're at the end of another cycle of warm and wet, making way for temps to drop tonight and return us to winter.  Although we've lost our ground cover, again, the hills look good.  Evidence of last weekend's skiing was watching 'Sweet Jane' Allison laying down tracks to rival those of 'Cutter' Ryan Bassett.  She claimed it was the skis, I wonder...  On the flip side was a walk today with Doug & Julie Chesney.  We entered the golf course cart path behind my house, and almost immediately Julie pounced on a golf ball!  The game was set.  For the next couple of hours we scurried about like kids on an Easter egg hunt.  I had been talking of finally taking up golf, and had no idea it could be so much fun.  Between the three of us, we found 199 golf balls!  Now I have to research how experienced golfers clean their balls, I have a bucket full of dirty balls...  It was such a nice day.  But take heart, cold is returning and my understanding is that Caberfae intends to stay open, full time, for the next two weeks.  There are races this coming weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, and the following weekend has Carnival Saturday, and our final race, the Gold Cup, on Sunday.  Weather permitting we'll have skiing weekends only after that.  We'll see.


Now it's late, Pat's probably wondering when I'm going to send him something.  I'll see you here this weekend, we'll have a time.



PS- Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.



4.  HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP - Saturday, March 18th Spring Carnival at the Fae on Saturday, and the Gold Cup Super G on Sunday.



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.


    a. 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