Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 29, 2019      Vol. XII, #16



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

Just maybe there’ll be an Après Workweek Celebration in the Stag’s Head Lounge.

Check out the TGIF Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge. We still need bartenders for this evening.  If you wish to help out contact Sam Hogg hogg.sam@gmail.com or Lauren Rule lauren.rule@gmail.com



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

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

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

Kids Race at 11 a.m. (See Family Fun Day below)

Older Kids Race at 1 p.m. (See Family Fun Day below)

Bonfire with and hotdog roast at 4 p.m. (See Family Fun Day below)

Cross Country Ski Safari leaves from Waddy’s at 2:30 p.m.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge will be celebrating Ground Hog’s Day beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Josh and Brooke McTaggart serving as mixologists.



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

Lifts open at 9 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 Clubhouse Grill and Stag’s Head Lounge.



2.  FAMILY FUN DAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019.  Come join the fun with kids races, a bonfire out by the propane tank, with a hot dog roast. The “Groanies” will have their own ‘fun day’ up in the Stag’s Head Lounge.


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 11:30 a.m.   Meet at 11:30 sharp 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 in the clubhouse at the Ticket Elf’s table, Saturday morning.

After lunch the 16 yr. 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 p.m. in the Round Room.  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 three runs (Only the first 2 count for the consistency race).  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 p.m.  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.


3.  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 a stinky old T-shirt.  Give him a Labatt’s Blue and whisper, “A proper football is inflated to 13 pounds.” Cash only … no credit cards and no IOU’s … especially from any members (or extended members) of the Winquist clan. 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.  But it might … but most likely probably not … maybe.




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 with photos of each candidate posted on the bulletin board so you can put a face with the name.  When you see these candidates around the clubhouse, please thank them for offering to serve the club.  


CSC Board Candidate


Hi, my name is Randy Conaway and I am running for your board.  For those of you who do not know me I am from Saginaw.  I like long runs down the slopes, warm nights by the fire and the crisp sound of a beer opening while watching the sun set as the snow falls. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State College (giving my age away) now known as Saginaw Valley State University.  I am currently employed with UPS where I have been for 43 years, with 29 years of perfect attendance.  


I have been skiing at Caberfae since I was 11 years old.  It has been fun watching the changes over the last 40+ plus years. Caberfae is a great relaxed family atmosphere.  I feel I know most of you from talking to you on the chair lift over the years and now as a member of the Caberfae Ski Club, I know your names.  The Caberfae Ski Club is an awesome club, very family oriented. The facility itself is clean, comfortable and cozy.  Well maintained.


If elected to the board, I will do my best to support and promote the activities of this amazing club.  I will always be available to hear your ideas, suggestions or concerns and present them to the other board members. I would be honored to preserve the CSC traditions along with making new traditions with current and future members. You can find me on the slopes, in the club having lunch or in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  


Before you cast your vote remember this: ‘It’s not what you say, it’s what you do”.  Thank you for your consideration.  Your vote is greatly appreciated.  See you on the Slopes.


CSC Board Candidate


My name is Mary Jane Dewey-Canfieldand I have had skiing in my blood since 1975 when my parents bought the little Pine Chata Ski shop in Cadillac.  After college and moving away from the area, we changed careers and moved back “home” to enjoy the Cadillac community.  


My love of skiing with my family; husband Tom, children Jimmy and Katie, has grown because of the club. Katie is on the High School ski team and Jimmy is in the Jr race program. The club has helped foster their ability to participate in these programs.   I am so grateful for the club.  To be with old friends and meet new friends every weekend is the epitome of a good life!  Now, it is time for me to give back.  I come to you with 15 years experience in marketing with Buick and over 10 years owning two businesses and managing a home loan center.  I am confident that my business and financial experience can aid to keeping the costs in balance while looking for ways to continue the momentum of improvement each year.  I offer great energy and am looking forward to serving our members.  I would appreciate your vote.  


CSC Board Candidate


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 10 years.  In those years, we have made the best friends of our lives—so much so, that when I retired from teaching two years 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 hope you like the improvements made to our dining room this summer.  I was excited to chair the committee that planned, contracted, and organized the remodel.  I’m looking forward to helping with the purchase of new dining room furniture and lighting for next year.


Projects like these are important to keep our club a comfortable and functional place for members. They also maintain the value of our facility.  I believe it is very important that improvements are part of a careful, long-term plan. As good stewards of the dues paid by members, the board needs to budget for maintenance, upgrades, and emergencies. And always, board members need to be guided by the wishes of the membership.


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 would like to help the board plan events, provide services, and develop facilities that do this.


I’m pleased with recent use of technology at the club, such as email elections, and credit card payments. I hope that we will continue to investigate ways technology can improve the management of the club and communication between members and the board.


I feel that in addition to attending 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—such as the dining room remodel. 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 vote in the upcoming election.  Thanks for your consideration, and see you on the slopes!



CSC Board Candidate


My name is Rick Stubbs and I am running for your board of directors. My wife, Mary (n’ee Porter - a Cadillac girl!) and I have been club members for three years. Prior to that, we were fortunate to spend a fair bit of time as guests of Mart and Teresa Williams during our five years on the waiting list. We currently reside in East Lansing and will retire within the year. Like others in the club have done, we will be making our cabin near Caberfae our permanent home.


As to my background, I’ve enjoyed a 38-year career as a financial advisor. I spent the first seven years with Merrill Lynch and the last thirty-one with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. I earned my B.S. degree from the University of Arizona and my M.B.A. at Michigan State University.


Regarding relevant experience, in the past I served on various committees at our two local country clubs: The Country Club of Lansing and Walnut Hills Country Club. During that time, I was witness to both clubs undertaking, what I felt were ill-advised major clubhouse renovations, which involved taking on a lot of debt. The end result was both clubs eventually declaring bankruptcy and in 2018 Walnut Hills (founded in 1921) ceased to exist. These events reinforced my belief in fiscal conservatism and good stewardship. From what I’ve observed and have been told, it’s clear, that the Caberfae Ski Club Board of Directors has done an outstanding job of stewardship for many years and I would welcome the opportunity to do my part.


During our first few visits to the club, it quickly became clear to Mary and me that this was a truly special place. Learning about the history and traditions of the club has made it much more special.  I can’t adequately express how much we enjoy our association with the club and the great friendships we have made and continue to make.  Whether chosen for the board or not, I look forward to doing all I can to help maintain and enhance the club traditions and facilities, as well as the membership’s experience.  Thank you for your consideration.



5.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - A bit after 6:00, Tuesday, January 29th, 2019


Are you sitting comfortably, then I'll begin.


I'm finally sitting in my brown chair, a nice fire is warming my body and soul, I've turned off Interlochen radio, and turned on my own music library, far more eclectic.  And best of all- Robin pulled out a chocolate bar from her day's grocery shopping.  I'm set.


Should I recount life at Caberfae is recent chronological order, or reverse...?  I think I'll wait and see what the next sentence brings.  It all started when temperatures started dropping a couple days ago.  Fresh breezes (ok, winds...) from the west started bringing us lake effect snow.  Nice smatterings.  After the drudgery of winter to date, we were grateful for anything natural.  An unusual blending of new snow and very cold temps made the snow nice and 'creamy', but slow, not quite sticky.  No complaints from me, I honor the fall-line.  That was Sunday.  (I'm taking a wee break from typing, turning up the music, and down the lights.  I'm into this.).  Sunday night brought the beginning of more serious snow.  If snow was alive, this would have been the senior snow that knows how to whack us good and proper. And it came with wind, and more cold.  Now, when it gets like this, one can either hunker in and wait it out, or go out into it, and have fun.  I chose to stay ahead of the accumulation in spite of the blowing, and fired-up my trusty snow-blower.  Three times yesterday before 9:00 pm.  I added tromping to neighbors' houses for: some added snow-blowing opportunity, and to retrieve Larry's lost mitten (that's a whole other story, ask him!).  And of course I took advantage of time to shovel decks and keep our bird feeders clear.  The little dears are too precious to neglect in nasty weather.  So, I lost a day of skiing, but managed to find out how exhausting serious cold can be if one stays out in it long enough.  Actually, I find it more exhilarating than exhausting.  This morning (Tuesday) I conspired with neighbors, Doug and Julie Chesney, to test the cold again, and see how much snow might have escaped the Caberfae groomers.  The sun hit North Peak early, we were on the hill by 10:00.    It had been groomed, but was creamy and had depth.  The gathering in the club proved that more than a few of us are adventurous, and crave the new snow.  Between the grooming, and the county plow truck's plowing, and my own snow-blowing, I had no idea how much snow had really fallen.  Until South Peak opened.  Oh my!  I can't remember a time when they chose, intentionally, to leave the whole hill un-groomed. (Thank you!). I guessed 12-14" to be the average!  I have to be honest,  I'm a decent skier, but with that depth, and my inability to generate enough speed, I couldn't develop a rhythm to ski it comfortably.  It was suggested either my skis or my legs were too skinny, or both.  I went back to North Peak, and brought with me a change of weather.  Clouds, wind, and more snow rolled in rapidly!  On a couple runs we had white-out conditions.  Then back to clearing, then back again.  And so on.  The snow was/is so good, it wore me out.  That and the cold.  Actual temp hit 9 by time I was done, and has been falling since.   I have no idea what the wind-chill would have been?  Again, there are those of us who find adventure in this 'extreme' weather.  I agreed to meet Chesneys at 3:00 this afternoon to see if we could break through to XC the MacKenzie.  Doug (one of our groomers) took it upon himself to go out beforehand, and with no little effort managed to groom the figure-8 loop.  He explained the snow to be so deep that he had to keep the speed of his snowmobile/grooming sled up enough to keep breaking through the perpetual wall of snow, and at the same time keep on path!  No small task!  Doug made two laps to ensure a proper track.  Whew!  Once we got out to the track, I really developed, as never before, an appreciation for what our groomers go through.  Now about the 'getting to the MacKenzie' from my house. Our usual track goes across my bridge, across the golf course, then find the 'short-cut' to sign post 21 on the MacKenzie.  Well, easier said than done!  The deep snow on South Peak, and on the MacKenzie was also on our route to 21!  Doug and I decided to take the natural course- let Julie lead the way!  Jeez!  She was tasked with trudging though that fresh, deep snow to set a track, and Doug and I couldn't keep up!  And we had it easy...  One more shred of evidence that we poor males and here on earth at the convenience of the fairer sex.  Further evidence was presented a week ago at the annual Cadillac High School Invitational ski meet.  Stacey Cooper and I were starters for the two courses, one a slalom, the other a GS.  Girls on one course in the morning, the boys on the other.  In the afternoon, reverse.  It was amazing, amusing, befuddling, how inept boys are at getting to the start wand in time, in order,  in a semblance of preparedness!  In another life I think I want to be a girl, I'm sure I'll be smarter and more organized!  I wonder how our country would be if a girl were in charge instead an unprepared, unorganized, immoral boy?  No matter, just like ski meets, it all works itself out in the end.  Now, back to the MacKenzie.  I've attempted to describe it before, but I'll try again.  When the sun's out, which it was for the most part this afternoon, and there's fresh snow in the forest, there are sections of the track where we're immersed in a cathedral of pines shrouded in white.  Sun beams like lasers creating shades of white, brown, and silver.  Whew!  Hard to comprehend, harder to describe.  Ya gotta go out there!  It looks like we've got a couple more days of Cold, tomorrow, Wednesday, being the worst!  Predicted high tomorrow is -2 degrees!  With more wind and snow!  It may well be a day to rest my poor, weary, bedraggled body, or go out and do more shoveling and blowing, tempered with some pool with Larry.


BTW- the weather will be so nasty, that Wed. race league was cancelled two days ago!

On the other hand, the weekend looks to be warmer, with both Saturday and Sunday into the 30s.  I wrote to cousin, Stacey, a while ago, I found myself telling her that the skiing is as good as it gets.  I'm telling you the same.


As an aside, there's a good chance that Saturday, Feb. 16th the club will host a serious blues musician, Luke Winslow King from 4-7.  If you have a taste for quality music, you might want to make this a priority.   I've seen/heard him a few times, and shall be in the front row.  The event hasn't been 'inked' yet, but I'm hopeful it'll come to pass.  We can thank Sam Hogg, and Norma for their organizational skills in making this happen.


Now, I'm going to hit 'send', and attempt to transport enthusiasm from me to you.  Come ski Caberfae, you won't regret it!


Be well, Waddy


PS- 'Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.'  Voltaire. 





6. MOGULS ALONG THE WAY. But this is clearly not a little deal.  In fact, it’s way bigger than the 30 meter ski jump that once challenged skiers on old Tournament Hill.  

Caberfae Ski Club’s own Brooks Funke is kind-of-a-big-deal!  Brooks, son of Patrick and Corinne Funke, is ranked #1 in this season’s NASTAR’s Giant Slalom Alpine National Ranking in the 12 to 13 year old Platinum Division. Helmet’s off to you, Brooks!  You make us proud!

Larry Walters also brings fame to the Caberfae Ski Club. In last Friday’s edition of the Cadillac News (1/25/19) the headline reads, “If Caberfae’s open, it’s a sure bet Larry Walters will be skiing.”  Follow this link www.CaberfaeSkiClub.org to the club’s webpage for this fun story about Larry, and lots more wonderful information about the Caberfae Ski Club.  Ya know, I’ll bet when you see Larry in the Stag’s Head Lounge, if you mention some little ditty from the story I’m sure he’ll want to buy you a drink.



7.  SNOOZE ALERT! CHECK OUT THE PROPOSED UPDATES TO THE CLUB BYLAWS – Three 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 all 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 experienced in drafting non-profit bylaws AND willing to donate his services, work began quickly before the attorney changed his mind.  If you’re having trouble falling asleep, follow this link https://www.caberfaeskiclub.org/by-laws/ and take a look at the result of that three year 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 Saturday afternoon February 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.



8.  THE CLUBHOUSE GRILL SERVES SUNDAY BREAKFAST all day long on, Sundays.  Lunch will also be available for those who can’t make up their mind.  Keep your eye on the menu board for specials like: Blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and loaded potatoes.



9.  COMING UP THE FOLLOWING WEEK … The weekend of February 8th.  Nothing special!  That is, unless you consider another glorious weekend of blue skies, fresh snow, and good friends, “nothing special.”




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 in the hall near the dining room

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

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com

Lauren Rule, board member, lauren.rule@gamil.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