CSC eNewsletter -- January 10, 2017


Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 10, 2017      Vol. X, #9


Clubhouse Grill opens with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.


The Ticketing Elf is “in the house” Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45, and 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 Saturday and Sunday.


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Welcome to the 2017 ski season. Your club is up and running, eager to serve you and your family. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and, if you haven’t done so already, are making plans to visit soon. Skiing is great and the new chair lift is waiting to take you up the slope.

Be sure to look at the club calendar for special events planned for this year.  Some highlights include:

New Members Dinner this Saturday night January 14th.  We will welcome nine memberships to the club during the last year.

Club Reunion Pot Luck January 19th

Family Day February 4th

Annual Meeting February 25th

Spring Carnival March 18th

See the club website/calendar for details. 

There will be a change in voting this year with the election of new board members completed electronically.  Watch your eNewsletter for updates.  For those who wish to vote using a paper ballot, please contact Norma Roelfsema and let her know you would like to vote by mail.

I encourage everyone to review the new simplified Guest Policy. Your board recently approved a three point policy in an effort to simplify the old eight point policy.

Hope you have a great winter season, good times at the club and many new friendships.

Best Wishes,

Doug Frye





One of the signature events at the club is the New Member Dinner coming up this Saturday evening, January 14th.  This is a great opportunity for the existing members to welcome new members into our special family.  If you’re a new member to the club since the last New Member Dinner (1/15/2016) please come and be guests of the club for this tasty evening of steak and lobster.  Unfortunately, the Senior Grill Team (a.k.a. Grill Geezers, Charlie Woodbury, Dave Reiser, and Ron Kimball) got into the sauce last night and decided to have a lobster race.  Well, the crustaceans made a beeline for the snowmaking retention pond at the base of old #1 and haven’t been seen since.  The team expresses their regrets and once again promises not to consume more than three alcoholic beverages prior to completing their culinary task.  Marty Manley has promised to stand guard over the chefs to insure compliance to their promise … but this is a bit like having the fox guard the henhouse.  Esteemed Senior Elder, David Reiser wished to convey, “The choices for steak doneness or un-doneness this year include ‘tinged,' ‘barely warm,’ ‘cozy & cuddly warm,’ ‘hot-to-trot,’ ‘hotter than Hades,’ ‘tortured,’ and ‘in-sin-erated.’"


Anyway, be sure to make your plans and either sign up on the bulletin board or use this link to send an email to Sue so the galley crew can have enough steaks on hand.  If you show up without a reservation, you get liver ... or grilled Spam.


Dean Polk and his entire one man band will be performing in the Stag’s Head Lounge from 4 p.m. to 8.  And, if an adult volunteer steps forward, there will be activities for the kids in the Round Room also from 4 p.m. to 8.  If you’re interested in volunteering for the Kids Club, contact Paul Waug at for additional information.  Bonus!  It just may count towards your Work Bee requirement.  Note to kitchen: Steve Elenbaas and Jeff Demek are not new members again this year.




For over 70 years the Caberfae Ski Club has run on an engine powered by volunteers.  Each year club members elect two new board members to four year terms to oversee the business of running the club.  Now, in addition to the prestige and instant respect that you don’t have to earn, the real reason that folks toss their names in the helmet is so they can move directly to the top of the coveted Park Lot List.  Oh yeah!  Board members are extended the opportunity to purchase a Parking Pass during their term of office.  So if you’d like members to call you “Sir” or “Ma’am” or get the super secret combination to the lock on the beer cooler in the Stag’s Head Lounge, check with members of the Nominating Committee: Doug Chesney, or Jeff Conradson,, about how you too could become a Caberfae Ski Club Board Member.  The club needs committed volunteers to keep an eye on today’s activities and with an eye to the future of the club.  If you would like to volunteer to serve, please contact either Doug or Jeff.



4. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday January 10th, 2017

I was riding the Spare Chair (new triple) this morning with Tac Lee and Doug Chesney, and confessed that I never know what I'm going to say in these mental meanderings until I actually open my laptop, open gmail, type in Pat's name, and stare at a blank page hoping it will already have something on it...  These 'notes' started out about 15-16 years ago when I formed a small contact list of friends, primarily stuck down-state, who wished to be informed as to the actual, look out the window, state of the weather and conditions on the hills of Caberfae and on the MacKenzie.  That contact list grew, and I got bolder, adding bits of personal opinion and experiences to the fray.  Eventually I got down-and-dirty and even ventured into the realms of politics and religion, that really got fun!  I was from the dreaded Ann Arbor, a Liberal!  Some years later, Pat Goggin took initiative and started the CSC weekly newsletter.  He heard of my writings, and asked if I would like to contribute here.  I said sure, why not.  We agreed- he would not edit my entries, I would 'tone it down', you know, for those sensitive to the opinions of others, especially those of us who don't swallow their brand of white bread.  And here we are, riding the triple chair.  


Yesterday, Monday, we skied in wonderful (now there's a white bread word!) fresh light fluff about 2-3" deep.  Everyone felt like experienced ski bums tearing-up the hills.  The extreme cold of the preceding 4 days had passed, and it got into the middle teens.   A great day!!  This morning we arrived on the hills to find 5-7" of fresh, white.... Sierra Cement.  Temps had risen, and the snow was heavy, thigh-burning heavy.  But, once skied-out will make great base, and should show no signs of abuse from rain.  As predicted, that light rain has arrived as of about 2:00 o'clock.  Its supposed to (it will!) transition back to snow early this evening with another inch of snow.  Temps will remain warmish.  I'm confident (praying!) that we'll be fine for tomorrow night's Race League on South Peak.  Then more snow accumulation tomorrow night.  All good.


Our XC groomers have been on top of the weather, anticipating when is best to preserve the track, and grooming appropriately.  The track is good, if not great!  Our weekly outing last Saturday was extreme in the best sense of the word.  Humans and dogs trundled into the forest in a beautiful (more white bread) 'snow globe' snow fall.  Light, fluffy snow making the trail soft and smooth, and the trees covered in a blanket of white.  Every now and then a gentle breeze would persuade the light clumps in the trees to fall, only to make our experience all the better.  It was so magical even a couple of the dogs got teary-eyed.  Sentimental slobs disguised as fur-bearing biscuit gobblers.   You can only imagine the fun our group had when we returned to my basement for two of Robin's home-made soups, a bevy of contributed hors d'oeuvres, and of course, beer and wine.  And a heater.  It doesn't get any better, you should try it.


My 'skier of the week' is Cathy Maher.  Recently retired, she and hubby, Mike, have moved to their home on Lake Mitchell (from somewhere in the deep south).  Whilst Mike still toils in a coal mine somewhere, Cathy is fully retired, and has been enjoying the cool-aid.  An avid cyclist, once snow fell, she has been on the hill just about every day, no matter the conditions, and has been a hard-core xc groupie.  She's even joined our Wed. Night Race League!  Never too late.  Are you listening- Never Too Late!  For anything.  Today, especially, I was impressed to see Cathy, and Julie Chesney working this most difficult snow.  They skied it longer than I could... Dang.  There it is, my hat's off to you, Cathy.  I think you've got it figured out.


OK, now the pressure's off.  As always, this page somehow, magically, fills itself up.  I hope it works for you.  And our coming weekend?  As Sperry Claypool would say when asked how the snow is: 'ah, its good, its really good!' (it doesn't matter what the conditions are...).  I'll see you there, or there about.



PS- from Dean Spanley: "Only the closed mind is certain."  (how appropriate...)  



5. SKI CLUB WEB TRIVIA from our Web Master, Jim Neff

Can you believe it?  The Caberfae Ski Club website gets around a thousand views per month in the winter and a few hundred the rest of the year. The real change over the last few years has been on mobile phones. About a third of our visits are from phones now, some months as high as one half.  This is a huge shift from just 5 years ago when almost all the visits were from computers. address has recently been upgraded to an https. What this means is that is extra secure (hence the s), so viewers do not have to worry about any hidden viruses on the site. 

Recently the most popular pages were: calendar, newsletters, policies, weather. 




The way things used to be.  Thursday evening, January 14th Glen and Bonnie Stout invite members, young and older to return to a time honored tradition of the clubhouse potluck.  This is a great opportunity for Xers and Yers to see how it was done on Saturday nights back in the old days when you side-stepped up the hill when the rope tow’s finicky Packard engine ran out of gas in the middle of the afternoon.  Bring your favorite crock-pot cuisine to the dining room at 6 P.M. and get a taste of how things used to be.  Glen may even find a 78 to spin.




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, or Connie Houk  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:

January: 15th, 21st

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 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.




   a.  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.


   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:   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:  

Send your favorite photo-moments from the club or the slopes to 

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: 

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