Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 31, 2017      Vol. X, #12


A Ski Club thank you to Melissa and Brian Nyland, and Cathy Maher for not just keeping the libations flowing in the Stag’s Head Lounge on Saturday afternoon, but for the lavish hors d’oeuvres.  You guys are welcome anytime! 


This coming weekend is Family Fun Day.  If you’d like to help out volunteers are needed for the bonfire in the afternoon and Kids Club in the late afternoon.  Contact Paul Waug at waugelect@aol.com if you can help.  Hey!  You get Work Bee credit for helping out.




The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with full service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

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

Stag’s Head Lounge … like Motel 6, if the lights on, come on up!



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.

Kids Race starting at 11 a.m. (see details below)

Rumor has it the Clubhouse Grill will have something “New & exciting starting at 1 p.m.”

Older Kids Race at 1 p.m.

Sleigh Ride, Cross Country Skiing, and Bonfire 2 p.m. - 4

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge: 4ish til the bartenders grow weary.

Family Dinner served at 5 p.m. sharp



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.  FAMILY FUN DAY – Come join the fun for the whole family!

* Kids Races:  Get ready for a day of racing when the little ones (those 6 and under that are not yet South Peak skiers) take to the slopes at 11 a.m. right in front of the clubhouse.  A big Ski Club thanks to James Netzley for organizing this Super Duper-GS (Giggle Slalom).  An award ceremony will immediately follow in the Round Room.  Sign up by clicking here:   https://goo.gl/forms/nD2QzukJrKtdonmd2 or in the clubhouse at the ticket table Saturday morning.


* After lunch, the 16 yr. old and under crowd will head over to the NASTAR course on Olympia for a 1 p.m. start to find out who’s the most consistent skier.  The racer with the smallest differential time between their first and second run will be the winner.  Awards will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. in the Round Room.  You can click the link here to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/nD2QzukJrKtdonmd2   There will be a signup sheet in the club dining room with the Season Pass Ticket Taker until 11:15.  After that the signup sheet will be moved to the bulletin board next to the stairway until 12:40 p.m.  Unless you have a NASTAR Season Pass, there will be a $10 race fee that needs to be paid at the Timing Shack for your two runs.  If you have not participated in NASTAR this year you will also need to fill out the paperwork at the Timing Shack starting around 12:30.  Make sure you stop at the race shack to pick up your NASTAR medal before the awards at 3:15.   All kids that enter will receive a yummy prize!!!  Hats off to James Netzley for working out all the details.


*  Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride:  Join friends for a free sleigh ride through the enchanted Caberfae Village. The sleigh will depart from the clubhouse parking lot throughout the afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m.  The last ride will be at 4 p.m.


* A Bonfire complete with smores for roasting, will be ablaze from 2 to 4 p.m. out back of the clubhouse next to the propane tank.


* Cross Country Skiers departs 2:30 p.m. from Waddy and Robin Potthoff’s chalet.  Returning skiers will be rewarded with Robin’s famous soups and a warm fire in Pottoff’s subterranean safari room.


* Family Friendly Dinner served at 5 p.m. … The menu includes Sloppy Joes with a Bag of Snacks, Lemonade, or Iced Tea, and a dessert for $4.50 for all ages.




Let’s get ready for the Caberfae Caucus.  The Nominating Committee is excited to submit a list of five, very qualified candidates running for two open seats in the upcoming election for board of directors of the Caberfae Ski Club.  Please take a moment to read about each candidate.  There are posters with photos of each candidate posted on the bulletin board so you can put a face with the name.  When you see these candidates around the clubhouse, please thank them for offering to serve the club. 


Pat Bourassa

Hey (that’s Hi in Yooper and Wisconsinese). I’m Pat Bourassa and I am running for your board.  For the few members I haven’t met, I am a Cadillac native who has returned to the motherland after the longest Lake Michigan circle tour ever.  In my much younger years, I was a member of the Cadillac Ski Team when gates were bamboo and courses were composed of knee deep blue ice corners.  I did graduate from high school in 1974 and went south to WMU where I managed to get a degree in Math and Computer Science. (Yes, there were computers in the 70’s).


After graduating from college, I made the turn around the south side of the lake and spent 4 ½ years in the Chicago area gaining valuable computer programming experience. But I loathed the crowds and traffic so I headed north along the west shore to Green Bay for a 30 year stay with a gas and electric utility.  I spent those years working on technology implementations, culminating in a position to direct the construction of new technology facilities and the management of all corporate buildings.


Before I retired and returned home to Cadillac, I submitted my application to the club so that I would be able to be part of a unique setting with great people.  It is a privilege to be a member and I hope my background will prove helpful on the board.  I love the tradition and heritage of the club and believe managed growth along with a long term operational plan is needed to hand down this rare venue to future skiers. 


So, if you can handle a diehard Packer fan representing you, I would be honored to serve on your board.



Scott Conradson:

As a kid in the early 1970’s I learned to ski at Caberfae.  I can still recall an all-day lesson in the Bratz Class with my sister and my first ride on the Number 1 chairlift.  This was a time when super-fast rope toes, glove guards, and T-bars were the norm; and Shelter was, bar none, the most difficult run.  It was also when the back hill runs of Bear Paw, Tournament, and Number 11 were where you headed when it got busy on the weekends.  As a high school kid I recall the opening day of the “new hill” South Peak. After a hiatus for college at MTU and initiating my career as a civil engineer in Indianapolis,  I eventually worked my way back to Cadillac and returned to see the “new-new hill” North Peak.  I’ve been an avid Wednesday Night Race Leaguer for 23 years and watched the evolution of our ski equipment, and now I’m not sure how we ever skied on the long straight skis, but we did.   

My wife Susan and I joined the CSC in 2007 and are now in the process of getting our daughter Erica up to speed on skis; believe me when I say attitude matters!  Just like Caberfae has continued to evolve over the years into what it is today, so has our ski club.  I know we have a broad range of qualities in our membership with differing wants and needs that happen at different stages of life; and attitude still matters!  We have made many new friends along the way, and I am grateful for all of the volunteerism that makes our club what it is.  To that end I would like to step up and pitch-in to continue to make our club a great place for our families and friends.  Vote for me, and I’ll try my best to help continue the evolution of our great club.



Tac Lee

Hi, my name is Tac Lee. I’m a Cadillac native and current resident. I have been married to my wife Carol (Bourassa) for 34+ years. We have one son, Evan. I have been employed at Rexair in Cadillac for 33 years, where I am the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor.          

We have been skiers for more than forty years (not Evan of course since he’s only twenty) and feel that we were pretty much born to do so.


I am running for the Ski Club Board because I would like to contribute to the operation and success of the Club. This organization is unique, and needs to be looked after carefully so that the legacy can be passed down for generations yet to come.


My qualifications include board seats on: The City of Cadillac Zoning Board of Appeals, Cadillac All Sports Association (Former President of Baseball ), Cadillac Soccer Association and ETC Company Incorporated (Vice President and Secretary).


I am also a Certified Speed and Agility Specialist and have coached 17 seasons of soccer (both Boys and Girls). I have trained youths ranging from pre-school to collegiate level.


I hold certificates in Supervision, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service and have a Six Sigma Green Belt (a problem solving process used in business and industry).  If you feel I am qualified, I would appreciate your vote.




PS; I’m pretty content with my parking pass in the McKenzie lot, but please don’t think any less of me if I were to upgrade.



Paul Waug

Hello fellow club members. My name is Paul Waug and I am running for re-election on the board. I currently serve as Second Vice President and Entertainment Chairperson. I like performing my current duties including running the fall and spring work bees and planning the event calendar. I enjoy all aspects of the club from skiing to socializing, from dinners to dancing, from working on the building to watching over the bonfire on family weekend. My expertise as an electrician and business owner has been useful over the fifteen years I’ve been a member.


I am grateful for the opportunity to have served this club that I have such a passion for, and would like to continue in my current capacity for another term. If re-elected I promise to continue to honor our traditions while working toward a common vision for the future of our club.



Craig Weidner

I have been involved with the Caberfae Ski Club for many years and would like to become more active in the club as a member of the Board.  I have many fond memories of Caberfae and the Club beginning as a child when my parents became members in the early 1950's.  I learned to ski in 1953 and participated in many Club and Caberfae racing events which led me to becoming a member of the Cadillac High School ski team from 1964-1966.  I then attend Ferris State College, but took off the winter quarters to work as a full-time certified instructor for Caberfae in the late 60s.  In 1970 I moved to Ostsego Ski Club in Gaylord, MI as a full-time instructor, and the winter of 1971/72 became the Director of Skiing Operations for Crystal Mountain.  I have skied at Caberfae every year since and rejoined the Ski Club about 10 years ago to enjoy skiing with my daughter and granddaughters who are also members of the club. 


I have held a variety of leadership roles with numerous organizations and have been active as president for many of them.  My longest tenure was 31 years as a member of the Board of Education for the Cadillac Area Public Schools where I served as president for 28 years. 


I believe my diverse experiences in leadership roles will be a benefit to you as a member, and to the Club.  Thank you for your support.



3.  SNOOZE ALERT!  UPDATING THE CLUB BYLAWS – A year ago a suggestion was made at a club board meeting.  “Hey!  Wouldn’t it be fun to take a look at the club bylaws and make sure they’re up to date?”  Needless to say there was a collective chorus of groans from the board members.  But when they realized the last time a complete review was conducted was February 27, 1982, reason prevailed.  A committee was formed and, with the help of an attorney with expertise in drafting non-profit bylaws AND willing to donate his services, work began before the attorney changed his mind.  Please follow this link https://www.caberfaeskiclub.org/by-laws/ to take a look at the result of that year-long effort.  These revised bylaws will be presented to the membership for their approval at the Annual Meeting on February 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. 



4. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday Jan. 31st, 2017


Well, dang, last Tuesday I was indisposed at a pub at Copper Mt with several family members.  This Tuesday I'm indisposed with some sort of bug not nearly as fun as family and a pub.  But, I am at Caberfae, and witness to the return of Winter.  I missed the week of warm here, and returned to find it pretty much as I had left it.  Nature has cooperated with snow, snow is falling now, and for last two nights the Peaks has fired-up snow guns.  I've been told by some I trust, that the snow/skiing today was excellent!  Again- dang!  I missed it...  But, the forecast looks to hold for the coming (Family Day) weekend, and with a little help from my friends, I'll join you.


Something has come up here, so I'll cut this note short.

I hope to see you all this weekend.



PS- "I drink to make other people more interesting."- Ernest Hemingway (I found this on a menu at a hotel in Seydisfjoredur, Iceland this summer)



5.  SUPER BOWL BOOKIE - Regarding that time honored Super Bowl tradition involving an X and Y axis.  If you want to know more, be in the Stag’s Head Lounge Saturday afternoon.  Look for a ski bum wearing dark goggles and an ill fitting ski jacket.  Give him a Labatt’s Blue and whisper, “A proper football is inflated to 13 pounds.”  Cash only … correct change and no IOU’s … especially from any members of the Elenbaas clan.  BTW, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that this Pre-Super Bowl party will run straight thru until the end of the game Sunday night. 






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:

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.



   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

Doug Frye, president, frye2526@yahoo.com 

Steve Elenbaas, immediate past president,steve@elenbaassteel.com

Shane Demek, first vice president, shanedemek@yahoo.com

Paul Waug, second vice president, social chairman,waugelect@aol.com

Doug Chesney, doug.chesney@sbcglobal.net

Jeff Conradson, 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 


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

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

Clubhouse 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