Celebrating 0ver 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

December 18, 2018      Vol. XII, #10



Inside this issue…









1.  DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?  Caberfae is open for the season!  That means you can ski every day, if you want too.  No blackout dates in the forecast!  It’s even rumored that Sue will open up the dining room this Friday as an early Christmas present to all.  So, pack up the baby and grab the ole lady and jump aboard Brother Love’s Traveling Snow Train to the Fae’ for Christmas … Ya know, you might best just stay right through to the New Year.



2.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday December 18th, 2018


Bear with me, I'm numb from past couple hours dealing with our ATT account in Ann Arbor.  I'm coming to understand that they, and their ilk, deal in promotions and service periods that need to be renegotiated every year or two.  If you watched 'Slumdog Millionaire' you saw the room in Mumbai where all the banter takes place.  It's difficult enough dealing with different tech generations (mine analog, theirs digital dictated by algorithms), but add chronological and cultural generational disparities, and you find an old fool, such as myself, huddled in his chair, seeking solace somewhere in the universe.  There's always beer....  Tonight it may not be enough.  If I was a lot younger, I'd withdraw to the evil weed, but now that its legal, that's not fun anymore!  What to do? I know, go outside, go skiing, enjoy winter!  I did! But I forgot!!


If you saw a recent aerial photo posted on FB of Caberfae, you saw our little white gem embedded in a sea of green forest. I don't suspect any photoshop. It's real!   Snow guns roared across the area for many hours last night, and yielded a beautiful compliment to today's cold, crisp air, and .... sun!  Glorious sun!  I know it's in part my old eyes, but I love to ski in sunshine, to make turns on sunny slopes, to bathe in sunshine on chair rides.  I ski better in sunlight!  And the skiing today was the best!  And to be clear, when Tim fires up the guns, it's often from one side of the area, to the other.  It adds to my Christmas spirit to look out our kitchen window at night, and see lights on both peaks.  And even with windows closed, I can sense the hum of the guns.  It's enough to make one sleep well.  Huh, Julie...?


If you sensed an ebb in the 'smooth' flow of my writing, there was an interruption- she who must be obeyed, asked for a fire.  And I obediently replied: 'as you wish, Buttercup' (are you listening, Kyle Tayler?). And now a fire is roaring, and I'm feeling a tad less beat-up from my tech jousting.  Certainly my feet are warming quickly.  Hmmm.... Tim's snow-making, great skiing, a nice fire, and the promise of the week ahead with family, friends, and Christmas activities, how can one not feel the Spirit of the season?


I understand that those of you downstate are experiencing what the man who would be king describes as normal climate. Don't despair!  We've not had natural snow here for some time now, but we haven't had much above freezing warming either.  There's some slight warm and wet predicted for Thursday, but otherwise the weather looks good for us for the next week or so.  And once you get on the hills, or in the club dining room, you'll forget whatever you call that season you're experiencing down there. Come on up, I'll scootch (Ha- spell check foiled!) over for you.


I believe I heard a rumor that the club will be open this Friday for beginning of our non-stop Christmas week.  So it begins...  I promise not to eat nor drink too much, to cut my swearing to basics (necessary to get any job worth doing, done), and to treat all children as they deserve, their parents too.


On that note, I'll wish you all a pre- Merry Christmas, and all the Happiness of the Season.



PS- Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. - Benjamin Franklin


3.  IF SEEING IS BELIEVING then there are some who are not really here.  They’re just pretending to be members because we don’t see you on the Picture Board.  I know, nobody likes to have their picture taken, but it sure would be nice to fill up that board.  If you’re one of THOSE … or would just like a new snapshot because the one on the board was taken when your little darlings were running the Silly Slalom and now you have grandchildren ready to run the gates … we can help. Norma will be around all Christmas week with a camera.   She’ll take you picture for free … you don’t even have to buy her a drink … she like vodka. Just do it!  We’d like to believe you’re one of the family.



4.  NEW YEAR’S EVE is less than two weeks away! We’re trying something different this year.  There’s no fancy dinner.  So any time after 5:30.  Mosey on over the Stag’s Head Lounge and join Waddy at the bar.  Here’s the plan.  Everyone bring an appetizer to share.  The dance floor will be down and Glenn Stout will be setting the tone to ring in the New Year.  The rest is up to you.



5. THE BOOK CLUB AT THE SKI CLUB got off to a great start last Friday with good wine, good company, and a good read.  I hear they even talked about the book … can you believe it? (This isn’t like any book club I’ve ever heard about).  If you’d like to join the fun, it’s not too late.  The next gathering is January 11th in the Stag’s Head Lounge at 1 p.m.  But you better read the book.  I heard they gave a lie detector test. The book to be discussed is “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Here’s the skinny, brashly plagiarized from somewhere: A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana ... and an East Texas Honky Tonk ... and without a doubt, in the heart of GOD. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda ... an upscale New York gallery ... a downtown dumpster ... a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this TRUE STORY also shines with an unexpected life-changing love.


The book can be found on AMAZON or from your local, starving, bookstore proprietor.


Julie Chesney will lead the discussion … and administer the lie detector test.



6.  VERIZON CUSTOMERS DON’T DESPAIR.  You no longer need to leave your phones at home because Verizon won’t give you enough signal to connect a call between the round room and the Stag’s Head Lounge. The CSC teamed up with the resort and fixed what Verizon wouldn’t.  That is, equipment to boost the Verizon signal while in, and around, the clubhouse and Caberfae Village.  



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  


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