Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

November 28, 2017      Vol. XI, #4


Inside this issue:













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

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

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

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



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

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

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

The barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the dining room and Stag’s Head Lounge.



2.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday Nov. 28th, 2017


Hello, everyone.  Ah, it feels far more natural for me to be writing with something to say about the skiing I've done this season.


I have good news, and I have bad news.  Because I have no sense of order, I'll start with the good.  As you should be aware, Caberfae opened for skiing last Friday.  I was on my way back north after a great Thanksgiving week in Ann Arbor, so I missed opening day.  But, I heard the snow and skiing were really good, as expected.  However, I did ski Saturday, and boy did it suck!  Well, not really, but it was a warmish day with intermittent rain, and leaves everywhere.  More, my excitement and anticipation were crushed by a sense of gloom.  The snow wasn't bad, but the overcast skies and the leaves just took the fun out of it.  No harm to my skies, or my ego.  Now I know Caberfae's dedication to presenting the best skiing they can as early as possible, so Saturday night I watched our thermometer slowly creep down and watched for the area lights to come on indicating snow guns would fire up.  The thermometer crept, stalled, crept, stalled, and finally hovered at 29 degrees when I went to bed around midnight.  Snow guns like 28 degrees.  Still silent outside, but well lit!  I never did hear the guns start, but by 7:30 the next morning I could hear them humming.  Cool, they may have made enough snow to salvage skiing for Sunday.  And here's the 'good news' part- when I arrived at the base of North Peak, I was greeted by sunshine and a pristine, white hill!  Huh!  Not possible!!  It was such a wreck the day before, and the guns were only on for a short while, certainly not enough time to groom as well.  Well, wrong!  I made a run or two down Irishman to warm up my legs, then down the face.  Oh my!  Our skiing was transformed!  I ran into Tim Jr at the top, and chatted briefly.  They had only had an opportunity to make snow for about four hours, but in that time had performed the miracle.  Amazing!  Thanks, as always, Tim and crew!  Your work, and attitude, are hugely appreciated!  I take away from that experience, the realization that not only does the management here want to provide a great snow product, but have developed the infrastructure, hardware, and technology to shape our skiing on very short notice.  With a warming planet, whether you believe in cycles or human interference, it's increasingly evident that skiing is going to rely more and more on mans' ability to shape Nature to his will.  As our winter progresses, watch how Caberfae manages snow.  It’s pretty cool.


Now for the bad news.  I hope you're sitting down.  Saturday, around noon, a gang was gathering to watch the UM vs OSU game at the club bar.  I'm sad to report that we quickly discovered the popcorn machine had died!  I don't remember any sparks or sputters, so it must have gone quietly in the night.  Luckily it took with it only two power strips.  The TV, wifi, and related electronics seem to have survived the carnage.  I fled briefly b to my house.  Last I saw there were a number of large men crammed into the afflicted corner trying desperately to salvage whatever they could.  I heard muffled sobbing, and red-eyed women and children downstairs fell silent.  In all my years at the club I have never been this close to a crisis situation within the club.  The powers to be quickly sprang into action.  Paul diagnosed the problem to be in the electrics in the popcorn machine's heating element wiring.  Norma and Sue researched where to get a new machine, and whether to buy the consumer model, or the same commercial device that has served us so well this past hundred years, or so.  I was handed a garbage bag with what felt like a human head.  In the bag was the not very carefully wrapped popcorn machine cooking bowl in two parts.  It was deemed I should see if it can be repaired, I mean cleaned!  That task has now consumed my workshop and cleaning agents normally called upon only in the nastiest of car or motorcycle greasy mess situations.  As I write the battle wages on.  The offending components are now 'clean' (if operation is successful, you may not want to sample the initial batch or two of popcorn...), and next I have to explore the integrity of wiring.  I'm a master of all things electrical, or whatever you call all those wires and things, so no worries.  Plus we have Norma's checkbook as a back-up.  There will be popcorn!  Don't be too hasty to abandon your club membership, yet.  


It's closing in on my self-imposed 7:00 Tuesday night deadline to get this off to Pat.  Just like in high school, I always waited until the last moment to write.  No rough drafts, just spontaneous spewing.  I know my audience...   I'll see you next Saturday and Sunday at the club and on the hills.




PS:   “It is better for someone to think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”  Will Rogers



3.  PARKING PASS PICKUP – Did you pay for a Parking Pass yet?  Did your check clear?  If you answered, “Yes!” to both then Sue is guarding your pass with her life (along with her noodles for her famous chicken noodle soup).  Stop by the Clubhouse Grill to answer her trivia question.  If you can tell her the number of miles of tow rope used to zip skiers up the hills at the Cadillac Winter Sports Park in 1941, she will gladly hand over your pass … as long as you can show two pieces of pictured ID.  If you don’t have the answer (or the ID), you can bet the next person on the Parking Pass Waiting List will have the answer.





a.  CALLING ALL BARTENDERS  Yeah, we won’t start the season with any rave reviews about the new carpeting throughout the ground floor of the clubhouse.  Naw, we’re not going to talk about the early snow fall or the new snow making capabilities out on the slopes.  Nope!  We’re jumping right to your personal invitation to see who wants to be first on the list to dish out drinks up in the Stag’s Head lounge this year!  If you are interested, please e-mail board member Shane Demek at shanedemek@yahoo.com and let him know what days (Christmas week and Saturdays) 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!  When you write, please leave a reliable email address and phone number in your email.  That’s so we can give you a polite reminder before your night of fame (just in case something comes up and we need to find a replacement). 


Currently Available Dates:

December: 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, New Year’s Eve.

January: 1st, 6th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 27th

February: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 18th (President’s Day weekend), 24th

March: 3rd, 10th, 17th


Please email Shane Demek shanedemek@yahoo.com. a couple of different nights you would be available, just in case multiple people want to bartend on the same evening.


Things to Note:

    Saturdays prior to Christmas week are available as long as the resort is open, so let Shane know if one of those weekends works best for you.

    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 9p.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 shanedemek@yahoo.com.


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



b.  THE SKI CLUB RUNS ON AN ENGINE POWERED BY volunteers.  So, if you’re kind of a control freak and want things done your way, come on out, volunteer, take charge.  Besides, this way you’re first in line for dinner and you get all the leftover desserts.  Does it get any better than that?  There are a lot of fun events being planned for the upcoming season.  If you would like to help put the lime in the lime light, please contact Robin Potthoff robinpotthoff@gmail.com and, from the depths of the jungles of Africa, she will hook you up.


1.     December 28th (Thursday) 5pm

            New Member Pizza Party … and who doesn’t like pizza?


2.     December 31st  (Sunday)

            New Year’s Eve Dinner at 7:30 pm … you get your own noise maker


3.     January 13th (Saturday)

            New Member Steak Fry Dinner at 6pm


4.     January 18th (Thursday evening)

            Club Reunion Pot Luck


5.     January 26th (Friday)

            Fish Fry 6pm


6.     February 3rd (Saturday)

Family Day, Hot Dog Roast 4pm


7.     February 16th (Friday)

            Fish Fry 6pm


8.     February 24th (Saturday)

Annual Meeting, Steak Fry 6:30pm


9.     March 3rd (Saturday)

            Mexican Theme Pot Luck



c.  FREE LOCKERS AND PARKING PASSES … Blahahahah!  Just kidding … I just wanted to get your attention.  But if you’d like one of these treasurers please drop a line to Norma Roelfsema, club secretary/treasurer, and let her know your intentions.  Now, let’s don’t be silly, you need to watch the obituaries to learn if a parking spot up-top becomes available.  However, if you’d settle for a MacKenzie Parking Pass you might get one of those before Hell freezes over … which just might happen this winter.  The same is true about a locker (although checking the obits isn’t necessary here).  If you’d like to be on the locker list, again, send Norma a note roelfsen@gmail.com.



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

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