Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

December 5, 2017      Vol. XI, #5


Two great days at the ‘Fae’ with sunshine and spring skiing in the vegetables both days.  Mid season perfection  greeted those making first tracks in the morning.  The day transitioned to corn snow, followed by a serving of mashed potatoes in the afternoon.  It was a yummy inside, as well.  The Clubhouse Grill felt like midseason as Sue served up bacon and eggs for breakfast and her infamous chicken noodle soup for lunch.  


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The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with service until3 p.m.

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf (for Season Pass holders) 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 service until3 p.m.

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf (for Season Pass holders) 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.  HEY!  DO WE TAKE PLASTIC?  Well, as a matter of fact, yes we do!  You may now pay for your bacon and eggs, with plastic in the Clubhouse Grill.  I know!  Right?  So get ready to slap down your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover Card for your burger and fries, or Sue’s chicken noodle soup.  For the time being the Stag’s Head Lounge will remain cash only.  In addition, the club will not offer cash advances, nor transact any club-related business other than food in the Clubhouse Grill.  Hey!  Baby steps?!



3.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday Dec. 5th, 2017


It's only 2:30 and I'm already organized enough to write without my self-imposed deadline of 7:00 pm.  I'll still write free-hand, no rough drafts (still getting back at my 8th grade English teacher- Miss Hogan, although I should be honoring her!).  I'm sitting in our living room, with a view out our back windows, and watching the wind work the forest and the birds work our feeders.  Of course what I'm really watching and waiting for is the start of snowing.  We've already seen traces, and it's promised for this evening (NOAA).  That coincides with cold temps and Caberfae's beginning of a major (THE major!) snow-making push.  I wouldn't be surprised to see/hear the guns running from this evening until sometime around Christmas!  I may get what I've asked for for Christmas...  (is it ok to write 'for for' together in same sentence?).  


Last weekend gave us a marginal Saturday of skiing because the temp didn't drop enough Friday night for the snow to set-up (freeze).  It was a granular corn snow from the start Saturday morning.  All Caberfae could do Friday night was comb it.  It wasn't bad skiing, but a lot of work, and I found myself skiing tentatively.  There was a freezeSaturday night, and Sunday yielded freshly groomed, beautiful carving snow.  And it held up nicely.  Once again, these quick turn-arounds to skiable conditions reinforce (in my mind) that given a couple weeks for snow manufacturing and manipulation, we'll have a beautiful Christmas and rest of the season.  Mark my words.  Caberfae's website shows we'll still only have Saturday and Sunday this weekend, but it'll be worth losing some mid-week skiing to invest in a better and longer season.  Oh, and by the way, if you saw newspaper photos of competing ski areas in N. Michigan last weekend, Caberfae appears to have far and away the best snow!  Some major areas weren't even open!!


More pieces of our 'Caberfae retirement community' puzzle are falling into place, several club members and neighbors are gradually leaving the grind of 'down below' and retiring to a life up here.  That translates to a more social community here year round.  More participation at Thursdays' Locals' Nights and music events at Coyote Crossing; more race teams for Wednesday Night Race League in the winter; more, better, longer bike rides in the summer.  No such thing as too much of a good thing!  Welcome Manleys, Chesneys, Mahers, Nylands, Jungs, Sam and Lauren (still working, but smart enough/lucky enough to live here!), and soon Taylers!  I'd like to think more of our part-time neighbors will follow in next few years.  Are you listening Elenbaases, Roelfsemas, Dennings, Demeks...?


Robin's back from her Africa trip, and has joined me, at least temporarily, here.  She still keeps her feet planted firmly both here and in Ann Arbor.  After the holidays you'll see much more of her here for the rest of the winter.  In just a few days she's already managed a major de-bachelorizing of our house.  I think that's good, I think.  And of course, there're cookies!  And real food, not just the white and brown food groups I'm used to... I'm not a bad cook, just a lazy one.  Much easier to wait til I'm on the verge of starvation, then flash a credit card at a local diner.  What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.


OK, there's a surge of birds and squirrels on the feeders, they must know that the weather's changing.  Time for a fire, and snuggle in.

I'll see you on the weekend.  Brace yourselves for weary legs.



PS- Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.



4.  HAVE YOU EVER LOST YOUR LOCKER KEY AND HAD TO BUY A ROUND? - For years and years that’s never been a problem at the Caberfae Ski Club because everybody knows to place a spare locker key (or their locker combination) in the Key Box located just inside the kitchen door, off the dining room.  Many parents have been saved the trip back to the club just because mean-ole-mom took junior’s locker key right out of the pocket of his ski jacket ... Yeah! Right!  It’s particularly useful on opening day when dad, after trying the all-too-familiar turns-of-the-tumblers, and shouts “Who changed this combination?”  In the end, it turns out he’s been dialing his high school locker com (or worse yet, his old girlfriend’s locker com).  More than once … including this season, a call goes out for bolt cutters after all options have been exhausted and all hope lost.  It’s also a long standing tradition at the club that if your lock needs to be cut off, you are obligated to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  If you’ve not yet placed a key or combination in the box, you may do so at anytime the kitchen is open … nobody will judge you.



5.  WANT THE SKINNY ON WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CABERFAE SKI CLUB?  Then bookmark this link to the 2017/2018 CSC Calendar and be in-the-know https://www.caberfaeskiclub.org/calendar/




a.  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.



b.  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.



c.  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@gamil.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



d.  FREE LOCKERS AND PARKING PASSES … Blahahahah!  Just kidding … I just wanted to get your attention.  But if you’d like one of these treasures 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



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