Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

December 12, 2017      Vol. XI, #6


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! In case you wish to get a jump on the weekend, the resort plans to open daily for the season beginning this Friday, December 15th.  Slopes open at 10 a.m. on Saturday with skiing until 8 p.m.


Inside this issue:
















The 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 (for Season Pass holders) is available until 11:15 a.m.

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



The 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 (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.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday December 12th, 2017


Brrr... first real taste of winter- the thermometer reads 14 degrees, but with wind-chill and humidity it feels colder.  We got snow last night!  We're getting more snow today.  After I re-arranged snow this morning, I stuck my yardstick into the middle of my unmolested yard, and saw between 6-7".  I did the same on our second floor deck where the ground's warmth hadn't reduced snow-pack as much, and got an honest 7".  About 4" of that fell last night.  Lake Michigan is still warmish, so prevailing west winds will provide us with lake effect snow as long as it stays cold, which its predicted to be for at least the next week, or two!  It finally feels really wintry here!  Our skiing last weekend was really pretty good, again.  Snowmaking had commenced on South Peak, and continues now.  Caberfae opens this Friday, and shall remain open for the rest of the season.  We may even be able to ski South Peak, soon!  At the rate it’s been snowing and Caberfae has been making snow, whatever we're skiing should be fantastic!  Of course when both peaks are open, the crowd has more room to spread out.  I'm spoiled, don't like to ski dodging bodies.  When it gets crowded, I go to the safety of the club, the forest, or my house.  As usual, I have my sights on January 2nd.


The forest.... a group of us tromped the XC figure-8 loop last Saturday.  There was about 4-5" of snow on the ground then, which made the tromping fairly tiring.  We barely made it back to my beer refrigerator, and Robin's chili.  The ground was still not frozen then, as now.  I'm not sure how we could have that much snow then, no temps above freezing, received 4-6" of new snow, and still only have 7" on my deck???  Must be my faulty arithmetic.  Let me know if you know the answer.  I intend to give my XC skis a try tomorrow.  I know to expect sticking and clumping, but maybe the same mystical will prevent that and fix my math.  I'll report back.

I'm sitting in my brown chair now, writing, and occasionally looking out our back windows.  The light's fading, the birds are hard upon our feeders, and snow continues to fall on our wintry landscape.  It’s really pretty.  I'll feed my borrowed dog now, then walk him up to feed neighbors' cats.  A cold, but nice walk in our winter wonderland.  I hope you all can share it with me soon.




PS- Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes. 



3.  NEW YEAR’S  EVE AT THE CLUB What could be better than dinner and dancing under the “Peaks” with CSC’s own DJ, Glenn ‘Wolfman’ Stout delivering the hits, keeping the clubhouse-a-rocking all the way into the New Year.  Everyone is welcome … including your mother-in-law who hasn’t the sense to go home yet.  The dancing is free, the bar is cash and the dinner is $19/person ($12 for junior skiers 10 and under).  Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the “Starlight Ballroom,” dinner at 7:45 p.m. in the “Snowflake Salon” and then back to the Starlight Ballroom where ‘Mr. DJ Stout’ will strike up the iPod and kick off the dancing at 9 p.m.  Champagne will be available at $4/glass or $12/bottle.  The dinner menu includes Sliced Beef Tenderloin, Mixed Green Salad, a Bread Basket, Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Assorted Desserts, Coffee, Tea and Milk.  If you’re planning to come for dinner, you’ll need a reservation.  Just click on the link to the Dinner Reservation Hotline: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org  - or sign up at the Clubhouse - or call Sue.



4.  STILL CALLING ALL BARTENDERS  Well, it looks like a lot of folks have been getting ready for the opening of bartending season. ‘Bottle caps’ off to those who have contacted Shane and worked to fill the schedule.  And, it’s not too late to signup.  It would be a really sad day if there wasn’t anyone available to pop your cork.  If you are interested in tending bar for an evening, please e-mail Shane Demek at shanedemek@yahoo.com and let him know what days (Christmas week and Saturdays) you’d be willing to!  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, 29th, 30th.

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

February: 3rd, 10th, 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:

        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 toast.


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.



5.  WHAT’S COMING UP – January 13th is New Member Night serving up the traditional free steaks to new members.  And if that’s not enough, there’ll be a live band rocking the house from 4 to 7 p.m.  Mark your calendar and plan to make this ever popular event.




a.  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?!


b.  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.


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




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