Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

November 27, 2018, 2018      Vol. XII, #6


Inside this issue…








Who: All members and non-member.

Where: Stag’s Head Lounge at CSC. 


Friday, December 14th at 12:30 P.M.

Friday, January 11th at 12:30 P.M.

Friday, February 15th at 12:30 P.M.

Friday, March 15th at 12:30 P.M.

Dates are proposed and will be discussed at the December 14th meeting.


FORMAT: The “host” will lead the discussion of the book.  Giving information about the author and the subject of the book.


A LIST OF BOOKS AND THE HOSTS will be posted on the bulletin board by the coffee station in the round room. Robin Pottoff has volunteered to get the ‘pages turning’ by choosing the first book and offered to lead the discussion. Robin chose, “The Sisterhood,” by Helen Bryan.  Plan to join Robin on December 14th to talk about the book, and help choose the next book and decide who will host each book.  


For more information or to register, please contact: Robin Potthoff, (734) 645-4726, robinpottoff@gmail.com



2.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT - Tuesday November 27th, 2018


It's definitely my 'Caberfae winter' now.  Robin has returned to Ann Arbor after the holiday week here (back to quiet), my senses are heightened to watch my thermometer turn on the Caberfae snow guns (they're on now), and I've got World Cup mens' downhill from Lake Louise on the tube as I type this.  All's well.


For those of you who are new to this newsletter, or haven't been paying attention, or don't care, I've been writing a 'blog' from my house at the ski area for about 20 years.  I started writing to inform of weather and ski conditions as I see them, mostly for friends and neighbors downstate.  From that perspective, I offer that current ups-and-downs in weather, hence skiing, are not unusual.  It's early, and we've been spoiled by skiing a weekend earlier than we ever used to dream of.  Rain last Saturday took most of our ground cover, but had minimal effect on the peaks. I like to think that warm and wet can serve to make existing base glacier-like, a better, longer lasting base for future snow.  I had intended to ski last Sunday, but was disappointed to find the club closed!  I had understood that if the area's open on weekends and holidays the club's open.  I'll have to ask the Board if policy has changed, stay tuned.  Turned away from the club, Robin and I chose to try the hotel for their breakfast buffet, then walk the golf course.  Meant to be...


Segue.  Cross country skiing!  A couple things have been going on.  Caberfae has turned its attention to better providing access to the MacKenzie from their base area (as opposed to the trailhead on 38 Rd).  We've somewhat coordinated to define a trail from the club, across the golf course, to our 'shortcut' to marker 21 on the MacKenzie. Caberfae has also purchased some XC ski kits available for rental from.... the rental building.  It's a good start.  The fly in the ointment has been the destruction caused by a storm/tornadoes a month or so ago.  We've had several crews out on several occasions to cut our way through to clear the trails.  Most recently, we've finally cleared the aforementioned 'shortcut'.  So, now, assuming we get snow, we'll have access to the figure 8 loop, the meadows loop, and my beer refrigerator.  And now you know why we work so hard.


So gear up your attitude for the coming season.  Notice that the hallway to the dining room has become our information center.  The picture board is there now (make sure your photo is there, so we know who you are!), and opposite that is the board that used to live on the landing as you climb to the second floor.  Everything's there, membership list, parking list, waiting lists, and... events calendar. During a recent ($) visit to Sun and Snow Ski Shop, I talked to Joe about a tuning clinic that he's done for us in the past.  Mark your calendar for Jan. 12th (New Member steak night), Joe will set up his tuning bench at 5:00 to teach us how to better maintain our skis.  I encourage attendance, I always learn something, and I've been tuning skis since segmented edges and Cubco bindings.  Wed Night Race League and Nastar racers especially, but all are welcome.  See you there, then, and sooner.


There you have it, my contribution to the conspiratorial world of fake news, may we all survive ourselves!



PS- "I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it parts for the time with reality."  W. Churchill, 22 Jan. 1941



3.  ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS, wanna get the straight skinny on what’s what, who’s who, and how things work around the club?  Including the secret handshake.  One thing’s for sure, you ask eight old members the same question, and you’ll get 18 different answers.  And likely none of them will be correct.  Would you like the scoop on how the bar works in the Stag’s Head Lounge? Want to know how to open your locker when your kid loses your key?  Maybe you’d like to know when you can park in the club parking lot without getting fly paper stuck on your windshield (that really happened once … about 100 years ago). These club secrets, and more, will be divulged at a classified briefing, cleverly presented as the second annual New Member Meet & Greet, Pizza Party.  The fun starts Thursday evening, December 27th in the newly remodeled Clubhouse Grill at 5 p.m.  It’s guaranteed that most of the information will be mostly right.  The rest will be partly right.  On the other hand, the accuracy of any information will be called into question as the evening wears on.  You’ll even learn when you can bring your cocktail downstairs from the Stag’s Head Lounge without getting the snake-eye.



4.  A CALENDAR WORTHY OF YOUR REFRIGERATOR.  The official club calendar is now available on the CSC website www.caberfaeskiclub.org.  Consider placing a copy in your cell phone and printing a copy to stick on your refrigerator. 



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, (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

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net

Robin Potthoff, board member,  robinpotthoff@gmail.com

Lauren Rule, lauren.rule@gmail.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  

eNewsletter, Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org  231-920-8592