Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 30, 2018   Vol. XI, #13


“The Fish Fry hooked over 40 members Friday night, and a great time was had by all.  On Saturday afternoon some slightly-more senior members commented that it sure was great to see new members, Chris and Vallery Ritz, volunteering to tend to the needs of the ‘bar skiers’ on what turned out to be a rather busy Friday night.  Thank you, Chris and Val, for jumping right into the frying pan (that was a little fish fry humor). Mark your calendar, the next catch of fish will be served up on February 16TH. 


Inside this issue:
















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

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

Après Work Week Celebration in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  Come on out and celebrate Ground Hog’s day.



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

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

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

Older Kids Race at 1 p.m.

Bonfire with and hotdog roast at 4 p.m.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge with a bartending team of Mark & Janice Denning and Marty & Jema Manley.



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

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf available until 11:15 a.m.

Barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the Clubhouse Grill and Stag’s Head Lounge.


2.  BALLOT & MEMBER SURVEY – Keep an eye on your inbox, February 8TH.  One ballot per membership will arrive via ‘Survey Monkey’ to be completed by the first ‘financially responsible adult’ to open the email.  There will also be a very short survey attached.  May the early bird get the vote!  Please read about the candidates below.


3.   FAMILY FUN DAY IS BACK - Come join the fun for the whole family on Saturday!


* 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 follow immediately in the Round Room.  Sign up by clicking here: https://goo.gl/forms/nD2QzukJrKtdonmd2 or in the clubhouse at the Ticket Elf’s table, Saturday morning.


* After lunch the 16 year 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.  Award ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. in the Round Room.  You can click the link to sign up.   https://goo.gl/forms/nD2QzukJrKtdonmd2  There will be a signup sheet in the club dining room on the Ticket Elf’s table 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 ceremony back at the clubhouse at 3:15.   All kids that enter will receive a yummy prize!!!  Hats off to James Netzley for working out all the details.


* A Bonfire and Hotdog Roast, complete with smores for roasting, will be ablaze at 4 p.m. out back of the clubhouse, next to the propane tank. Yes FREE hotdogs, but you have to cook them!


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


4.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday January 30th, 2018


It seems that I was sitting here writing for you about an hour ago, but so much has happened in that hour.  So much that I sit here pooped!  Pooped but pleased.  I've managed to summon the energy to make a fire, and make dinner (nuke a nice dinner Robin had left for me whilst she takes a few days break in Ann Arbor).  The center of my energy drain has been the ongoing process of acquiring new ski boots!  Traditionally I've called 'uncle Joe' (Host) at Sun and Snow, told him I need new boots (or skis, or mitts, or tuning tools), and he has what I need waiting for me.  Perhaps a bit of adjusting to ensure a proper boot fit, but not a big deal.  He knows how I ski and what my needs are, it’s simple.  Joe has always made it so easy for those of us, his customers, that I've become lax in keeping abreast of technology.  The boots I've been experiencing past few days are lighter, made of thinner, more malleable plastics to ensure a better fit top to bottom.  Both inner and outer boots get heated now, separately, and can be shaped to accommodate even my oddnesses.  I entered the process skeptically, but first ski after first step of fitting process yielded communication with my skis and the snow like I've never experienced.  I spent an evening reading and researching so I could better understand the fitting process that's available to us.  I was further encouraged.  Probably the most difficult element of the whole process is communicating to Joe what needs to be fixed, to be re-shaped.  Given adequate information, Joe can fine tune boots.  Those of you who don't take your skiing seriously, will continue to buy online, and never know how well a boot can fit, and how well your skis can perform.  But you'll get that online price, and for some that's more important than their skiing.  So be it.

You may know we've suffered more warm and rain as we entered last weekend.  The hills didn't suffer much, but our XC trails were all but wiped out!  That dictated another hike rather that ski.  A testament to 'team spirit' was number of folks who showed up and walked.  You'd never know we weren't on the Mackenzie.  The capper was our after ski party.  We usually gather in my basement for Robin's soups, some contributed hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine.  Because Saturday promised to be such a nice (Spring?) day, my neighbors Sam Hogg and Lauren Rule offered a bonfire in their backyard.  It worked!  Soups etc were transported from A to B, and a large gathering occurred.  The Board meeting at the Club adjourned, and most of those members sauntered down to the fire.  Paul Waug went back to the Club to round up any unsuspecting Ladies.  That worked, too!  Huge thanks to Sam and Lauren for such a delightful change of pace.  At one point there was discussion as to how many of us would fit in their hot-tub, I don't remember if we found out...

If my writing seems disjointed, it is.  Out of my right eye I'm watching the Olympic Channel's documentary of 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver.  Lots of mens' and ladies' downhill racing. It was the Olympics of Lindsey, Julia, and Bode.  I'll bet all their boots fit properly.   I love this time of year especially in an Olympic year.  Bring it on.

Now, I could go back, proof-read the above to see what I've been babbling about, but I won't.  Instead, I'll tell you that we are back in colder temps here at Caberfae.  Possibly a brief stint in the 30s tomorrow, but remaining mostly cold.  Cold enough that Caberfae made snow last night and today.  Those who skied it today said skiing was Very Good!  I'll give it a shot in the morning.  We have been getting minimal traces of lake-effect snow, but there's a good chance that we'll get actual accumulation!  Oh please oh please oh please....

I have no idea what the coming weekend will bring, for our part, my brother arrives from California tomorrow for a traditional week of skiing.  He and our chalet reunite, he was so instrumental in the building of this house, and in introducing the Potthoff family to the ski world.  We'll have a week of completion. Watch for me grinning, not sheepishly.

OK, enough.  I'm starting to bore myself.

See you this weekend.


PS- We meet our destiny on the road we take to avoid it. Carl Jung


5.  SUNDAY BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY – The members spoke and Sue listened.  Beginning this Sunday, February 4TH the Clubhouse Grill will serve breakfast all day long.  Lunch will also be available for those who can’t make up their mind.  


6.  SUPER BOWL BOOKIE - Regarding that time honored Super Bowl tradition involving an X and Y axis.  If you wish 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 … no change and no IOU’s … BTW, there is absolutely hardly any truth to the rumor that this Pre-Super Bowl party will run straight thru until the end of the game Sunday night. 



Let’s get ready for the Caberfae Caucus.  The Nominating Committee is excited to submit a list of four 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 in the club as well. When you see these candidates around the clubhouse, please thank them for offering to serve the club. 




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.



My name is Shane Demek and I am asking for your vote so I can continue my service on the Board of Directors for the Caberfae Ski Club.  I’ve been on the board for the last 4 years, serving as Vice President and now currently as President, and have honestly really enjoyed every minute of it.  In my 4 years I have yet to miss a board meeting and have taken on the responsibilities of organizing the bartending schedule as well as re-writing the club bylaws.  I have been coming to the ski club my entire life and it has been really cool being able to give back and contribute to something that has meant so much to me.  If you vote for me, I promise to continue to dedicate myself to the club, and listen to and address whatever concerns anyone may have.  Thanks so much, and if you have any questions, you can find me by the bar some Friday and most Saturday nights! (I prefer Bud Light, but I’ll drink pretty much anything.)



I’m Cathy Maher, and I’d like to represent you on the Caberfae Ski Club board.  My husband Michael and I have been club members for almost 10 years.  In those years, we have made the best friends of our lives—so much so, that when I retired from teaching a year and a half ago, we sold our house in suburban Detroit and made Cadillac our permanent home. Weekends at the ski club were the backbone of our social calendar for years, and now I get to add weekday skiing and Wednesday night race league too!


I have the deepest respect for the history and traditions of the ski club.  I’m envious when our friends share happy childhood memories made at the club.  I believe that the best way to honor these traditions is to responsibly maintain the facility so that future generations will have a place to build their own memories.  I’m pleased with the schedule of yearly projects, such as fireplaces, painting, and carpet upgrades.  As a board member I’d like to see this continue.  I think it’s very important that these projects are part of a careful, long-term plan.  As good stewards of the dues money paid by members, we need to budget for maintenance, improvements, and emergencies. And always, we need to keep in mind what the membership really wants.


Caberfae Ski Club exists to serve its members.  Parents with young children, ski team families, local residents, downstate weekenders, and midweek skiers all use the club in different ways. It’s this mix of people and activity that keeps our club vibrant. The club should be responsive to the needs and wants of all these groups.  I think the current board is doing a great job of planning a variety of events, and I’d like to help the club continue to serve all its members.


I’m pleased with recent use of technology at the club, such as email elections (vote for me!) and credit card payments.  I hope that we will continue to investigate ways technology can improve the management of the club and communication with members.  I feel that in addition to attending board meetings, a board member should be in the club often and be present at most club events.  He or she should also be available to help with and oversee special projects. As a local resident and retiree, I have the time, ability, and desire to serve in this way.  I hope I can count on your support in the upcoming election.  Thanks for your consideration, and see you on the slopes!



Hi, I’m Lauren Rule and I’ve been a Caberfae skier for most of my life. Originally from the Detroit area, I spent my childhood winter weekends at the club getting to know and admire this community. CSC even played a role in connecting me with my husband, Sam Hogg, a lifelong member who I somehow managed to avoid (he claims ignore) until college. We are now living at Caberfae, something I never could have predicted 10 years ago, and are enjoying every bit of it. I practice dentistry in Cadillac and help the CHS ski team during the week. On the weekends you’ll find me on south peak, by the fire in the Stag’s Head Lounge or trying to keep up with our retired friends in the village.


I would love the opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization. If elected, I would be dedicated to preserving traditions that maintain the nostalgic atmosphere we are all so fond of. I would also listen to you, the membership, for concerns and ideas relating to the evolution of the club. Whether your favorite activities are skiing, racing, dining, lounging or spending time with family and friends, I promise to be your advocate as these are the things that bring us together. Thank you for your consideration!


8.  SNOOZE ALERT!  LOOK OVER THE PROPOSED CLUB BYLAWS – Two years 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 yawn from the board members.  But when they realized the last time a complete review was conducted was 34 years ago in 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 quickly 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 two year-long effort.  These revised bylaws will be presented to the membership for approval at the Annual Meeting … which, of course, you’re planning to attend on February 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.


9.  WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 2/9 … Just great skiing with great friends enjoying great food and cocktails.  Did you really need anything else?



 a.  THE ROGUES GALLERY OF CSC ROGUES – A.K.A. the Picture Board is in need of updating and completing.  If your individual or family picture is not posted, or if you’d like to update your photo, please drop off a current picture with Sue at the Clubhouse Grill.  It might be a good idea to include your name on the back of the photo, as well.  Isn’t it nice to find the names of all the smiling faces you see each weekend at the club?  And admit it, more than once you’ve taken a peak to help identify a member whose name escaped you at the moment.  I’ll tell you what.  If you have a favorite snapshot in your phone or devise, why don’t you just attach it to a REPLY to this eNewsletter, and we’ll take it from there.  Deal?.




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


Secretary & Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema, roelfsen@gmail.com

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

Club  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