Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

March 19, 2019      Vol. XII, #23


Inside this issue…




3.  TO THE DONOR (of the red and white skis)









   FRIDAY (The Stag’s Head Lounge WILL NOT be open Friday evening)



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

Lifts open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Our Ticket Elf has returned to Norway for the summer.  You’ll have to hoof it over to the Ticket Office like they do at Boyne Mt.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge beginning at 4 p.m. is the bring spot … that and the skiing, of course. 



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

Lifts open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.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 19th, 2019


Who knew our 'plumbers union'?  In my mind, we had a golden era of cross-country skiing here not too long ago.  There was good snow for more of the winter, good grooming, and a regular group of friends had formed to enjoy Saturday afternoon outings.  We were younger, and we had a group of dogs who loved their romp in the woods.  That group of dogs were the 'plumbers union'- Harrydippel (the Dippels' terrier mix); Zeke and Oscar (the Coopers' black Labs); Ed (Lees' Shepherd); Ernie (Roelfsemas' Lab); and Richard (Dick), the Elenbaas's beautiful Doberman.  It's the loss of Dick that has prompted me to write this.  All of the dogs got along so well when they gathered here, and somewhere in there Steve Elenbaas introduced a young Richard.  Dick was initially very intimidating due to his size and speed.  We quickly learned that appearances are deceiving.  Just like Steve, Dick's large body harbored a heart of gold.  On Saturday afternoons we could see Dick being let out of their house to join our group from down the block.  He would streak toward his friends and immediately the call: 'Knees!' would ring out among us.  'Here he comes, brace yourselves!'  The games would commence.  Sadly, Dick has been aging and failing this past year, and last weekend Steve and Ann let him out for his Caberfae romp.  His last romp.  He came home to their backyard to die.  Doing what he loved, where he loved, with those he loved.  He will be greatly missed by his human friends.  Of his canine friends, only Ed and Joe Host's Rossi remain.  Ed has aged out and no longer can participate, and Rossi is waiting for a new crew.  So am I.  My heart goes out to the Elenbaas family.


Now on to my 'no bad news'.  I'm happy to report that my reputation for losing milkshakes in ski racing bets thrives!  For years I was the perpetual sucker to challenge Emily Houk each season, even though she consistently smoked me!  What's that definition of insanity...?  This past Sunday the torch got passed to William Hogg.  I challenged William to participate in the very scary, very fast Super G course that was set on GG's Run (named for Andrea Sake's brother, George Glavis).  I didn't think William, who's 8 years old, the very youngest age group allowed to enter this event, would be brave enough.  That cost me a milkshake and fries!  William not only entered the race, his first 'big time' race, but placed on the podium with a Third Place medal!!  I need to find someone younger to bet, maybe William's 6 year old brother, Nicholas will take me on next year!  Congratulations, Dude!  And very cool that you got your dad back into a GS suit after too many years.  By the way, for those who didn't race, Joe set a course that allowed for speeds that I didn't think I'd ever experienced before!  Yikes!  Once out of the start, everything I had tried to remember, deferred to images of my childhood floating through my mind.  Then images of later years, and places I'd been.  All of a sudden I was across the finish line and trying to force myself and my skis to somehow stop!  Whew!  Only a milkshake would calm me.


The area's closed this week, bummer.  But that has allowed for some 'time off', and the beginning of a return of another season.  Our little hard-core group ventured to Vasa XC center yesterday, only to find a track that was still too frozen for myself and Robin to tolerate.  Younger egos persevered, and returned to the cars pretty much soaked.  Lots of herringbone uphills, lots of snowplow downhills.  The Vasa is a well maintained, wider track to accommodate a variety of techniques.  I'll do it again when the snow's fresher. 


Most of the same group will venture to Nubs Nob on Friday, then return for a weekend at Caberfae.    Right now the sun's out, and our thermometer reads 43 degrees.  I'll bet (not a milkshake!) that skiing will be just fine, if not great!  I'll see you 'die-hards' here, the rest of you?  Maybe bicycling?  Or work bee?  With luck, we'll have one last weekend of skiing here, after this coming one.  How can it not be good!


Be well, see you around, be good to each other.




PS-  "The Truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."  Winston Churchill


PPS- I want to repeat a quote from a couple weeks ago that didn't appear complete in our newsletter:

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire 

(I find that one particularly pertinent)



3.  TO THE DONOR of the sexy, hot, red and white skis, THANK YOU!  What a lovely gesture.  There’s talk about raffling them at the Spring Work Bee and using the proceeds to expand the parking lot.  Please, would the benefactor step forward?  We would like to publicly recognize you for your gift.  Just contact Norma for a tax receipt.



4.  SPEAKING OF RAFFLE ITEMS … many, what appear to be personal items, have been left in corners, cubbies and hooks around the clubhouse.  If you didn’t intend for these donations to be actual donations, please take it upon yourself to do something about it.



5.  SPRING WORK BEE, RAFFLE, LUNCH, AND CHAIN GANG is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 - 8:30 to noon. Please join us for this seasonal rite of passage that signals the change of season better that springing your clock forward



6.  AND BTW … if you were planning on a picnic, don’t.  Apparently that was a mistake.  



7.  WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT WEEKEND?  Better check Caberfae Peaks website first.  But I can tell you this.  If the resort’s open … so will be the Caberfae Ski Club … complete with limited food service.




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