Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 3, 2017      Vol. X, #8


Inside this Issue:


2. YES! YOU TOO CAN USE THE PARKING LOT ... most of the time.










1.  A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY TO REMEMBER – Nearly 50 members and guests enjoyed dinner in the Clubhouse Grill with even more showing up to ring in the new year with tunes provided by the club’s DJ “Wolfman” Glen Stout!  While the dance floor was hopping, the deck was popping with laughter and stories of great adventure, if not exaggerations.  The bartenders served up libations that kept the partiers in the mood and well lubricated.  Midnight was greeted with cheers, song and smooches.  BTW, there’s absolutely no truth to the rumor that more than one gentleman jockeyed for position just before the new year arrived.  A big CSC Thank You to the volunteers who decorated the clubhouse, setup the dance floor, tended the bar, spun the music, helped in the dining room, and to Sue and her crew for a wonder meal.



2.  YES! YOU TOO CAN USE THE PARKING LOT ... most of the time.

While use of the ski club parking lot may seem like a dream that will never come true, it’s really not as exclusive as it may appear.  Check out the Parking Policy on the club webpage under the Policies tab.  You just might be surprised.  While, official rule #2 is widely known, it’s worth repeating.  “2. All members are allowed to pull up, load and unload their gear at all times. When you are done please move your car into the ski area’s main lot.”  However, you may be surprised at Parking Lot Rule #6!  “All members may park in the lot on any day after 4 p.m.”  I know!  Right?  Wait!  It gets better.  Official Parking Lot Rule #7 reads: “All members may park in the lot at any time on weekdays excluding holidays and Christmas week which are posted on the club calendar annually.”  So when you do the math, during a typical non-holiday week during the season, the prestigious and prized parking pass is really only good for 15 hours per week. Hah!


While it may take over ten years for your name to percolate to the top of the list for the club’s main parking lot, the unsung hero of the Caberfae Ski Club is the MacKenzie Lot located behind the MacKenzie Lodge.  There are 20 additional parking spots available to club members who hold a MacKenzie Parking Passes.  While some pooh-pooh the value of the MacKenzie lot, let’s remember, from the back door of the clubhouse it’s about the same distance to the MacKenzie lot as it is to the Ticket Office … and a heck of a lot closer than the Skyview lodge.  While the MacKenzie lot is currently full, parking spots typically become available each year.  If you’d like to be on the list, send a note to Club Secretary Treasurer Norma Roelfsema,


3.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday January 3rd, 2017

I hope this finds you well under way into a happy and fruitful new year.  You've had three days to work on it, so don't dawdle, time's fleeting and life's shorter than you think.


By now most of you have sampled the new Caberfae.  I'm pleased to have heard more than one nay-sayer confess how much they like everything about the new North Peak.  For those of us who ski frequently, I love that the gushy seat cushions fold-up so they're dry in the morning, and lift operators have been sweeping those seats that weren't raised.  So cool, I mean... so warm!  I also like that more wide open feel of the expanse of the top of the face of North Peak.  And then there's the new, cheery lift operators.  It's nice to banter with them, and get something back.  Good guys.


You're probably anxious to know what's outside our door here.  No worries, we didn't get rain.  Or rather, just a very light misting, but it did get into the mid-30s, so we are in a dense fog.  I'm sure the snow didn't suffer much, and we're predicted to receive much colder temps and snow starting tonight.  1-3" tonight, with continued snow over next few days.  Watch Caberfae's website for updates.


I'm happy to say I survived our New Years Eve party with help from my partners in crime: Julie Chesney and Karen Pikula.  No job is difficult when working with pretty ladies.  Thank you, neighbors.  Further help was rendered downstairs that same eve.  Unexpectedly, Robin was assisted in the dining room by Gretchen Reiser and her sons Andrew and David.  They undertook the thankless task of removing heavy benches from the dining room, and bringing down chairs from the board room.  Later in the evening, the reverse occurred when young Harrison and Colin Putkela offered to restore the dining room furniture.  There's always an element in the club who watch whilst others serve/volunteer.  We can all learn from the example these kids set, happily doing what needs to be done, requiring no reward.  Good kids all, happily, the future of the club.


I'm tired and hungry now, Robin has promised dinner, and our evening has promised 'nothing'.  I'm looking forward to that, very much.  Gotta ski tomorrow, race tomorrow night.  My new knee and I shall reek havoc on the whipper-snappers of the Wednesday Night Race League, unless I crash.


See you on the weekend, brace for cold.



PS-  from San Baba: "All action results from thought, so it is thought that matters." 



A HELP WANTED sign is hanging in the Sue’s kitchen.  She’s looking for a few good candidates to turn into Sous Chefs for the remainder of the season.  Not only is this a paid position, the lucky candidate(s) will be taught the fine art of creating Sue’s highly sought after chicken noodle soup recipe.  But wait … there’s more.  She will also share the tender nuance of making her world famous noodles.  These secrets will be shared in April.  Minimum age is 15 years old, anyone older is welcome to apply as well.  The hours are 9 a.m. until at least 2 p.m.  If you know of someone interested, please have them contact Sue for additional information.  (231) 920-6769 or



5. HAVE YOU EVER … ah MISPLACED YOUR LOCKER KEY? - For years and years that’s never been a problem at the Caberfae Ski Club because everyone knows to place a spare locker key (or their locker combination) in the Key Box located just inside the kitchen door off the dining room.  Many parents have been saved the trip back to the club when junior “misplaced” his locker key.  It’s particularly useful on opening day when dad, after trying the all too familiar turns-of-the-tumblers, shouts “Who changed this lock?”  In the end it turns out to be his high school locker com.  More than once … including this season, a call goes out for bolt cutters after all options have been exhausted and all hope lost.  It’s also a long standing tradition at the club that if your lock needs to be cut off, you are obligated to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  If you’ve not yet placed a key or combination in the box, you may do so at anytime the kitchen is open … nobody will judge you.



6. NOT THAT YOU’D WANT TO PLAN AHEAD OR ANYTHING – Not next weekend, but the weekend after (1/14) is New Member Night.  If you’re new to the club since the last New Member Night (1/15/2016) please come and be our guest.  This will be the first and last free anything you ever receive from the Caberfae Ski Club.  Dean Polk will be performing in the Stag’s Head Lounge and if an adult volunteer steps forward there will be activities for the kids in the Round Room.  All members are invited and encouraged to attend.  But if you’ve been a member longer than a year, ya gotta pay.  More details later, but for now, just mark your calendar for Saturday evening, January 14th.  BTW, if you’re interested in volunteering for the Kids Club, contact Paul Waug at for additional information.  Note to kitchen: Steve Elenbaas and Jeff Demek are not new members again this year.




     a.  CALLING ALL BARTENDERS - With the season officially here it’s time to figure out who wants to rock it out behind the bar in the Stag’s Head Lounge!  If you’re interested in becoming a legend at the club, e-mail board member Shane Demek at, or Connie Houk at and let either of them know what days you would like to serve up the Bud Light’s to Marty, the Miller High-Life and Dos Equis to Waddy, and everyone else’s less predictable orders!  Also, please leave a reliable e-mail address and a phone number in the e-mail, so Shane or Connie can give you a polite reminder in case you dis-remember your shift … and a replacement needs to be dragged off the slope.

Currently Available Dates:

January: 7th, 15th, 21st, 28th

February: 11th, 18th, 25th

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 at the very least until 9 p.m. so all those closing down the slopes can still enjoy a nice après ski beverage.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shane at, or Connie at

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


   b.   VOLUNTEERS FOR KIDS CLUB - Would you be willing to volunteer as the Kids Club Leader for one of the three Kids Club nights (one in each month: January, February, and March)?  It might even count towards your Work Bee requirement.  Now it doesn’t sound so bad, does it?  If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity please contact club VP Paul Waug at  Besides, Caberfae Ski Club kids are pretty cool.

   c.  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:   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 eNewsl


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

Calendar of Events: 

Dinner Reservation Hotline:  

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

General Caberfae Ski Club email address:

Caberfae Peaks Resort: 


Board Members

Doug Frye, president, 

Steve Elenbaas, immediate past president,

Shane Demek, first vice president,

Paul Waug, second vice president, social chairman,

Doug Chesney,

Jeff Conradson,

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member,  

Connie Houk, board member, 

Robin Potthoff, board member, 


Club Secretary/Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema,

Assistant Club Treasurer: David Reiser,

Clubhouse Manager: Sue Egelus, 

Club Webmaster: Jim Neff,

Historical Committee: Bernie Bovee,  and

Paul Williams, 

eNewsletter: Pat Goggin, editor,   (231) 920-8592