Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 26, 2019      Vol. XII, #20


Inside this issue…










FRIDAY (Club will be open with with ticket elf from 9:45-11:15 Fridays, March 1st, 8th, and 15th)

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

Lifts open at 10 a.m.




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.

Jim Wickham Memorial Race 1 p.m. start

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge beginning at 4 p.m. Nylands and Mahers

6:00 p.m. Mexican Potluck in Stag's Head Lounge



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.

Barn door gets pulled at 4 p.m. closing the Clubhouse Grill and Stag’s Head Lounge.




While several club members took a long winter's nap during the Annual Meeting they may have missed the outcome of the elections.  Congratulation to Cathy Maher and Mary Jane Dewey Canfield for being elected to the Caberfae Ski Club (CSC) Board of Directors.  Following the meeting the ladies continued the time honored tradition of buying the house a round of drinks to celebrate their win.  Randy Conaway and Rich Stubbs bought the second round celebrating their near-miss.  Gentlemen, we thank you for your willingness to serve the club.  If you missed your complimentary cocktail from the ladies or the gentlemen, we’re sure they’ll make it up to you.  Outgoing board members, Robin Potthoff and Doug Frye were found less-than sober, yet giggling with each other, at the end of the bar, pleased to have had the opportunity to serve, but even more pleased that their terms were over.  Thank you both for your valuable contribution to the membership.  It too, is greatly appreciated.  A special thanks to Doug for his extended service as Past President.


Moving forward for the next season, Ron Kimball will serve as President; Mary Jane Dewey Canfield, 1st Vice President; and Paul Waug, 2nd Vice President.  Lou Kimball is busy picking out the Presidential Paper Plates.  She is struggling between the traditional scalloped edges and the plain, more contemporary styling.


3.   An open letter to our Caberfae Ski Club family from member, Sam Hogg.

The Earl Huckle Memorial Ski Race is scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd at 1 PM at Caberfae Peaks. The Huckle family covers all race expenses so 100% of fees go to Cadillac Ski Racing’s junior programs. This race has raised over $85,000 since 1999 and greatly contributes to our ability to offer affordable training, races and equipment access to Cadillac youth.


The financial success of this event hinges on the cash and non-cash donations provided by people like you.  No amount or item is too small.  Please consider making a cash donation or providing a gift certificate or item for raffle/auction.  All donors and volunteers will be recognized on race materials and in a thank you in the Cadillac News following the event.


Please feel free to reach out to me at hogg.sam@gmail.com or 517.331.0519 with an item for donation, or simply drop off to the front desk of Wolverine Power Cooperative or Sun ’n Snow Ski Shop anytime between now and the race.  If you’d like to make a donation by mail, please send a check payable to Cadillac Area Ski Club to:  


Sam Hogg

119 Henderson Ct.

Cadillac MI  49601


Thank you and feel free to send to anyone who might also support this great cause. 

Sam Hogg


4.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday February 26th, 2019


Another busy day at Caberfae has me running low on energy.  Its been cumulative, a busy weekend followed by miserable weather which was followed immediately by a winter storm that dumped a bunch of inches of snow on us.  Most of that's cleared now, except for roadways!  I'm watching conditions carefully, as Robin's supposed to drive back north (from Ann Arbor) tomorrow.  Those who have been on area roads today speak of continued hardback and ice on M115 and 55!  Damn!  That stuff's hard to break-up.  Be careful, be aware.


Last Friday was that perfect ski day here, sun, no wind, great snow, crowds not too nasty.  And the club was open!  Everyone was in a great mood!  Saturday gave us a satisfying annual General Meeting.  I talked to a few grown-ups afterward, and they affirmed that we continue to be on solid ground.  Changes made, and changes coming to keep the club abreast of the times.  Thanks to all responsible, y'all are awesome!  Conspicuously absent has been Board Member and friend, Tac Lee.  Down and out with unresolved static issues.  Heal, Dude!  We all miss you!  Tac and Carol's cousin, Pat Bourassa, sat in for Tac on Sat night to assist in abusing the steaks, mine was burnt just right!  Thank you!


I skied yesterday (first day of recovery from the storm), and today.  Yesterday was 'interesting', the grooming had left the tops of peaks a bit hard (victims of high winds!), and unpredictable wind-blown hardback on lower halves.  (Wind-blown snow is a bitch to manage whether big snow or little)  Thank goodness it was still cold and windy.  I didn't last long.  Today the snow was much more consistent top to bottom, both peaks.  As I mentioned at the General meeting: I've learned that the Caberfae snow maintenance crews can recover from any of Nature's slings and arrows very quickly.  We had great skiing today, even some sun!  But not much.  Cold persists.


In today's writing I had hoped to introduce Sam Hogg to those who don't already know him.  Sam is a long time friend, short time neighbor, and has Caberfae skiing and Caberfae Ski Club in his blood.  He was raised in Harrietta (you might discern an accent...), and is the younger son of club members, Dave and Joy Hogg (a farmer and an immigrant 😁) who still reside in Harrietta.  Sam is young, energetic, and well in tune with everything, here.  I've been conspiring with Sam, I think, to start writing for the newsletter to bring a different perspective of my reality to you.  We haven't figured out any details, but don't be surprised if you see something herein.  Sam blurted to keep 'Waddy's No Bad News', I thought 'Sam's Dark Side' a worthy option.  If you see him, please encourage his participation in the newsletter, I don't think any of us would regret his input.


You probably know by now that Mary Jane Canfield has been re-elected to the Board, and that Cathy Maher has been elected as well.  We have women in power now, maybe we'll finally get a pool table in the Board Room...?  I also want to note the campaigns of Rick Stubbs and Randy Conaway.  Both have admirable credentials and enthusiasm, please don't be discouraged.  It's highly predictable that new-ish members running for the Board are hampered by lack of name recognition.  Give it time, allow us to get to know who you are, then try again.  Or send your wives!  Also note- a sign of our Board's wisdom is the decision to keep the club open the first two Fridays in March!  That should ensure good snow and even better participation at the club.  It's winter here!  I've got deep standing snow in my yard, and Caberfae has a lot more on the hills.


Cross Country skiing?  One of our groomers has gone west for the next few weeks, and the other is rightfully reluctant to go out to the trails alone in this deep snow. I'm tempted to revert to foot-packing until we figure out the next step.  All of us who use the MacKenzie often, are concerned to see it groomed.  Some more concerned than others.  That brings me back to Sam Hogg.   We've been talking of alternatives to achieve more reliable grooming.  If anyone is interested in participating, actively or intellectually, please let us know.  Pete M, assuming you're reading this, we're going to encourage more Cabby involvement, just not sure how.  Time to think outside the box, or inside the bar...


Now it's time to wrap this up.  I'm going to town for dinner tonight!  Reluctant to leave my sanctuary for Hermann’s.  Winter lives at Caberfae.  If you have any question as to ski conditions here, my answer is it's Great!  Don't fart around, come ski!


See you here, Waddy


PS- 'Those who can make you believe




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 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