Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

March 5, 2019      Vol. XII, #21



Editor’s note: There very likely will not be an eNewsletter next week as I will be … … incommunicado.  This, however, would not be a good time to rob the homestead as our pet Western Mole Rat has not been seen for a week … neither has the cat… nor one of the dogs. If, by chance, you do receive a missive, I suggest you challenge the facts and demand sources.  One cannot be too careful these days.


Inside this issue…




3. “NO BAD NEWS” introduces “BEHIND THE GOGGLES” by Sam Hogg






   FRIDAY (Club will be open on Fridays, 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.

Club Potluck:  What?  No Friday night bartender?  Well, that just won’t do.  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.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge beginning at 4p.m. with Melissa and Brian Nyland, and Cathy and Mike Maher serving up the libations during Saturday evening’s happy hours. The really big game will dominate TV and the conversation when Michigan vs. Michigan State, tip off at 8 P.M.  A basketball tailgate party will attempt to tame the munchies.  So, done that spirit wear and show your team pride!


     SUNDAY – DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME … Spring forward!

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.


2.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday March 5th, 2019


Yahoo!  I just received a 'cc' of an article that Sam (Hogg) has written to initiate his participation in this (Pat's) newsletter!  So cool!!  I know you'll all enjoy and appreciate Sam's version of reality.  Brace yourselves! 


My reality, that which exists right now, right here, is....  it's Cold out!  We just had breakfast in our dining area, which has a large picture window overlooking our back yard and the forest beyond.  Our deck is an outdoor dining room for all the critters that allow us to share their forest.  We are diligent about maintaining the various feeders and keeping the deck clear.  It keeps 'them' fed, and us entertained, there's always activity out there.  As of this writing, I wish our window were smaller!  When gusts of wind come along, which they do habitually, it appears to be a major winter storm!  I'm sitting in 'Robin's corner' in an old wingback chair, with a small electric heater which functions to convince us we are really inside!  But the gusts still make me shiver!  The good news is there's plenty of snow, both in the forest for XC, and on the Peaks for DH.  Apparently the 'big lake' isn't frozen over, so the winds bring more lake-effect snow.  Doug has been out to groom the MacKenzie already today, and there's rumor that the forest service has been out to clear most of the major obstacles from the outer loops.  Venture there if you like, but be aware that (as far as I know) only the Fig. 8, Meadow, and #4 (Up/Down) loops (inner loops) have been groomed and have nice tracks set.  You may also be interested to note that Caberfae has expressed enthusiasm for expanding XC access.  I have a vision of a groomed track from the base area, out to the cart path that goes around the golf course.  That would provide a much better and more enjoyable experience for XC novices.   Of course they could connect to the MacKenzie as well via our 'short cut'.  Stay tuned for progress there.  


And then there's the Peaks.  Ski conditions have been fabulous!  Our base of man-made snow has been regularly dressed with fresh natural snow, and the groomers maintain it to perfection.  This year we've even been treated to numerous powder days where the groomers intentionally (?) left hills un-groomed for powder hounds.  Too much happiness!  (Whew!  I just looked up to watch a major gust of wind carrying a cloud of snow though the trees.  Beautiful! Mother Nature, such a Lady!  But totally in charge...). The second half of this ski season has been a treat!  And I see it continuing for a few more weeks.


And finally- a huge 'Welcome Home' to our step-son and life-long Caberfae family member, Hugh Potter!  His degrees have been compiled, and his credentials are in order.  Now for a career within his beloved EL/MSU community.  Go Hugh!  Go Blue!  (Oops, did I say that!  It just fell out!). Welcome back, Hugh, we're all really pleased that you'll be back in the fold.  And speaking of Spartans... thank you, Sam, for stepping up, and with any luck paving the way for more folks' involvement in club 'stuff'.  BTW, Hugh and Sam are connected at the psyche- both Harrietta natives, both Spartans, both raised on the Caberfae water, both ski racers.  Sam met his wife, Dr. Lauren, when she was at MSU, and helping Hugh coach the East Lansing HS ski team!  Hugh presided at Sam & Lauren's wedding at Coyote Crossing... the stage is set.   It just gets better from here.  If you can't tell, I'm smiling, fondly.


I'll see you on the weekend.  Don't let weather sites alter your plans.  We'll have a great weekend.... at Caberfae!




PS- I learned this life fundamental from a Saddhu many years ago:  "It's a higher honor to serve, than to be served."  It has worked for me...



3.  “NO BAD NEWS” introduces “BEHIND THE GOGGLES”  by Sam Hogg


Many thanks to Waddy for years of weekly, colorful Caberfae insight and for poking me with the baton instead of passing it.  Starting next winter, we will share duties in “No Bad News" reporting, and I’ll be using my MBA (manage by absence) to help curate a substitute called “Behind the Goggles” for weeks when Caberfae fun gets the best of both of us. 


The inspiration for “Behind the Goggles” is getting to know members and other Caberfae characters beyond the chairlift and lunch line.  Over 30+ years of membership I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out there are real people under all the Gore-Tex and French fries, and interesting ones at that. Accordingly, each October we’ll be soliciting about a dozen members to submit a few paragraphs about themselves and what makes them tick.  I’ll happily edit submissions and if there’s been some relevant local happenings, maybe even provide a lead-in.  Based on my rough math, it should cover most willing folks every 5-10 years and churn along with the club membership. 





4.  WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT WEEKEND?  Spring Carnival, that’s what.  March 16this the big day and the Stag’s Head Lounge will be rocking with a live band. Make plans now to not to miss a beat from 4 to 7 p.m. 




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