Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

March 6, 2018      Vol. XI, #17

 

Last Saturday afternoon Melissa and Brian Nyland, along with Kathy Maher featured a few ‘south of the boarder’ toddies to add to the Mexican Potluck, turning the Stag’s Head Lounge into the Mayan Riviera.  Thank you to the three Amigos for defending the Alamo.  And speaking of thank you, when you see Connie Houk, please thank her for her three years of service to the CSC Board.   

 

Don’t call your email provider next Tuesday when you notice there’s no eNewsletter.  I know!  How can this be?  I will have been kidnapped.  However, this would not be a good time to rob our house as the warm weather has drawn the snow snakes out of hibernation and they are hanging from the trees searching for and even warm meal.

 

Inside this issue:

1.  HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

2.  CHECK OUT THE CLUB’S NEW COFFEE BAR! 

3.   FACEBOOK AT CSC

4.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT

5.  IT’S A BUSY RACING WEEKEND

6.  WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 3/17.

7.  A SECOND RUN THROUGH THE GATES

             

 

1. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

 

SATURDAY

The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

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

 

SUNDAY

Daylight Savings Time begins today!

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. CHECK OUT THE CLUB’S NEW WEEKDAY COFFEE BAR!  It’s located in the round room, right under the stairs.  We’re counting on those interested in taking advantage of this test drive by either bring their own K-cup, replace what they use with something fun from their own K-stash, or settle up with Sue on the weekend at $1 per cup.  For the moment, it resides on a small, low end-table, reminiscent of little girls enjoying a tea party.  But if it’s successful, and everyone plays nice, it just might get raised to Starbuck height.

 

 

3. FACEBOOK AT CSC – If you’d like to join the Caberfae Ski Club Facebook page and don’t have a 10 year old to ask how to do it, just open your FB app and type, “Caberfae Ski Club’ in the search window.  Since it’s by invitation only, click on the “Request to Join” button and wait a day or so for Norma or Mary Jane Dewey Canfield to tap you with fairy dust so you may enjoy post and enjoy the post of other members, on the club’s FB page.  Let’s see who’s the first to go viral. 

 

 

4. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday March 6th, 2018

 Amazing, absolutely amazing!  What did we just suffer, two, three weeks of warmish, wettish weather??  I can't remember...  But I do know that the skiing has, for the most part, remained very good here!  Excellent snow management, combined with fabulous grooming has meant more really good skiing, than disappointments.  We got lucky a while ago, and received an 'out of nowhere' 3 or 4" of natural snow that mixed well with Caberfae's artificial snow and prolonged the great skiing.  Last night we received about 4" at my house, which translates to maybe 5-6" on the Peaks.  I tore myself from bed this morning to ensure I was able to catch first chair on NP.  It wasn't 'fluff', but it was definitely a powder day!  Once I got the hang of the 'slightly heavy' snow, I explored to find the pockets of deeper snow.  I found them.    At about my 4th or 5th ride I teamed up with our local 'female fly dentist', Lauren Rule.  I was barely able to keep up with her!  And she was on tele skis!!   I've heard she 'dentists' as well as she skis, but probably wears shoes at the clinic.  The deeper snow on SP got my attention in one 'head-over-heels' pocket of deeper snow on Liberty.  I remembered clicking quickly out of my right ski, and watching, as I somersaulted, to see if I could keep track of where that ski ended up.  I did.  Larry Walters and Melissa Nyland stopped by to make sure I was having as much fun as they were, then powdered off toward the chair.  I was left to start the awkward climb back to my errant right ski about 20' up the hill from me.  An interesting process of clomping my left ski uphill about 10", then trying to follow with a step of my right foot.  That foot sank into the deep snow each time and forced me to shorten my side-stepping process.  I'm glad it wasn't a steeper hill, and further climb.  Jeez, it was hard work to get back to my lost ski!  I was done.  It was all I needed to confirm that my legs were 'done', and now I was sweaty.   I headed back to the club to prepare myself for our morning pool match, and see if I could retrieve the two burgers I had lost to Larry yesterday.  That to be followed by a session with my snowblower.  That to be followed by a nap.  And that followed by.... this effort.  Once I hit 'send' and get this letter off to Pat, I'll go down to my tuning bench, and put a quick spell my on race skis in preparation for tomorrow night's racing.  With snow continuing, our race course(s?) could be attention grabbers.  The season's winding-down, with Caberfae promising two more weeks (through the 18th) of full-time operation, followed by weekends only til  June [sic].  Of course by then, those weekends will be weddings, so be careful what you commit to.  

FYI- Pat informed me that he'll be gone next week, hence no newsletter.  Stay tuned.  If you want up-to-date info on what's going on at Caberfae, or rather my opinion of that, contact me directly.  But it'll cost you. 

So, in a nutshell- skiing is really good here, and will probably remain good until the end.  Put those gardening implements away, and get yourselves up here.  You won't regret it.  Unless you try to ski with the dentist.

See you here, soon.  Be well, be kind.

Waddy

PS- "When you talk, you are repeating something you already know.  But when you listen, you may learn something new."  Dalai Lama 

 

 5.  IT’S A BUSY RACING WEEKEND

JIM WICKHAM MEMORIAL RACE on Saturday, and the

EARL HUCKLE MEMORIAL RACE on Sunday

Both races are this weekend. 

 

JIM WICKHAM MEMORIAL RACE – SATURDAY, March 10th

* 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 18th

* 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.

 

 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.  

    The scoring is done just like a NASTAR race, using the same two race runs and giving 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 over 100 racers participated and many parents, family, and friends came out to watch.  Of those racers, about half were under the age of 18.  It’s likely that most of the members of this year’s Cadillac High Ski Team learned to carve their first turns with the help of the Cadillac Ski Program.  Since the inception of the race, over $80,000 has been raised for junior ski racing in Cadillac.  

    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.

    If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Sam Hogg at hogg.sam@gmail.com or call Sam at (517) 331-0519.  If you have a item to donation, you may drop it off at Wolverine Power Cooperative or Sun ‘n Snow Ski Shop anytime between now and the race.  If you like to send a check, please make it payable to the Cadillac Ski Club (Careful… NOT Caberfae Ski Club) and send it to: Sam Hogg, 119 Henderson Ct., Cadillac, MI  49601. 

    Let’s help good kids become great skiers.

 

HUCKLE MEMORIAL RACE - SUNDAY, March 11th 

* 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.

 

 

6. WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 3/17:  It’s time for Caberfae’s Spring Carnival!  The Caberfae Gold Cup race on Sunday 3/18.

  

7.  A SECOND RUN THROUGH THE GATES

 GET OUT YOUR CALENDAR

·       The Independence Day Bike Ride and Club Picnic sponsored by the Demek family: July 7, 2018.

·       Spring Work Bee: Saturday, May 5, 2018

·       Fall Work Bee: Saturday, October 6, 2018

 

COMMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS & SUGGESTIONS

 

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.

 

 

CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION

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, (248) 515-5661

Paul Waug, Second Vice President, Social Chairman, waugelect@aol.com

Pat Bourassa, board member, ptsh002@gmail.com 

Jeff Conradson, board member, jeff7714@gmail.com

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member, mjdc1@yahoo.com

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com

Lauren Rule, lauren.rule@gmail.com

Club 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, neffzone@yahoo.com

Historical Committee, Bernie Bovee, boveeski2@gmail.com , Paul Williams, paulskiing@grar.com  

eNewsletter, Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org  231-920-8592