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  • 22 Nov 2021 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. After you indulge in the holiday festivities, it will be time to prepare for the upcoming ski season. In just a few days (December 4th to be exact), we’ll have a number of people going to Steamboat as part of the Crescent Ski Council’s Race and Ski Camp.  Then we’ll have our three western trips (Breckenridge and Snowmass are sold out, but we might be able get some more people on the Mt. Bachelor trip).  We are finalizing the air component of the Europe trip.

    I know everyone is looking forward to the Christmas party at the Flat Duck Event Venue on Thursday, December 16th, starting at 6 pm.  If you are planning on attending (and why wouldn’t you?) you must register by December 12th so Susan and Van will know how much food to prepare.  In addition to the food, there will be a DJ providing music.  The cost for members is only $5, which will be donated to charity.  For non-members, we must charge $20 (and since it is only $30 for an individual membership or $45 for a family, it would make sense for them to join the club instead and get all the benefits for about the same cost).

    Note that there will NOT be a membership meeting in January.  We will keep you posted on our plans for February.

    If you weren’t on the Len Foote hike a few weeks ago, you missed a beautiful trip.  The weather was cool, which was perfect for hiking, the Inn’s food was excellent as always, and everyone had a good time playing games Friday evening.  Barb is already planning next year's trip so be watching for more information and sign up early.

    There was an interesting article in the Washington Post recently titled “A Beginner’s Guide to Ski Photography” ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/ski-photography-beginner-tips-guide/2021/11/11/81fbd27e-3e73-11ec-a493-51b0252dea0c_story.html ).  There is some good information there for both advanced photographers as well as those that just use their cell phones.

    We have three new members to report: Kelly Braden, Mary Buckner, and Patrick Howe.  Let’s be sure we make them feel welcome.

    On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for the cards, prayers, and calls as I have dealt with the care of my father and brother over the past year and their deaths this past month.  You have truly helped me during this time and I’m thankful to be a member of a club made up of such caring people.

    Stay safe everyone,
    Bob

    Event Listing   

    Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021  (registration closed) https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/TripFlyers/2021_Steamboat%20Trip_Information.pdf

    Christmas Party @ Flat Duck Event Venue, 7742 Three Notch Rd., Ringgold, GA 30736     December 16     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4562484    

    Membership Meeting January – cancelled

    Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4231819  (Full)

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – February 1, 2022

    Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4241705  (Full)

    Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022  2022 Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – March 1, 2022

    Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4284148 


  • 15 Nov 2021 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “The Len Foote Hike Inn Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail Loop is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Marble Hill, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

    "The easy-to-moderate trail takes between two and four hours to complete, crossing small streams, traversing mild ridges and ambling past the hickory, pine and oak trees of North Georgia. [The point is you'll survive the trek and you'll love the end of the trail.]

    "Rustic guest rooms, hot showers, family-style dining and stunning views offer the rare gift of enjoying nature in the company of wonderfully friendly folks.”

    The above describes Len Foote Hike Inn; what it doesn’t tell you is once CSC arrives, this trip becomes an “adult sleepover”! We have so much fun!

    Words from CSC members that went on the November 5-6 2021 trip:

    Faith Young said, “The Inn has great food and it’s a beautiful hike! I enjoyed our game time with the ski club members.”

    Ernie Holsopple wrote, “So many good things. The hike itself was awesome; the shared friendship and fellowship; AND GAMES!!!! Also the food was great.”

    A.B. Maynard wrote, “Spending time with friends! AND hiking a beautiful trail with gorgeous fall weather.”

    In other words, the trip is like an adult sleepover, with no TV, radio, or cell service. It is so nice to laugh, talk and play games. We were having so much fun playing games that other guests at the Inn came into the dining room to see what all the laughing was about and to ask, “What kind of club are ya’ll in?”

    We did recruit one new member. No, Jim Bates, we didn’t clear it with you; he was just standing in the lobby and we gave him a CSC T-shirt and made him our newest member.


    This overnight trip is so much fun and we would love for you to go with us next time.

    One thing really bad happened on the trail up this time, our dear long time member Cindy Dees lost her “sole” on the trek up the mountain.  It was a great loss. 

  • 15 Nov 2021 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This October 1-2, 2021 was the fifth (5th) year in a row for CSC to make a bourbon trip to the bourbon capital of Bardstown, KY. We did go one of these years to Louisville, but by far Bardstown is our favorite. We even went last year in 2020 amid COVID; we used and practiced extreme caution and no one was infected. 

    What makes this trip so popular? What makes some of my favorite people go back every year?  Let’s get to the root right away….fellowship, fellowship, fellowship. You get to spend a seven hour day in a bus with your fellow CSC friends, you tour as a group at the distilleries, you enjoy meals together, and let’s face it, after about 18 shots of bourbon, you seem to get really close and personal.  It is so much fun.

    This year for the first time in Bardstown we took a mixology class at The Bardstown Bourbon Company called "Shaken and Stirred." It was so much fun and the bar was attached to the rickhouse.  We learned to make a Kentucky Mule (shaken) and an Old Fashioned (stirred). 

    What is a Kentucky Mule? It's the same as a Moscow Mule; you just substitute bourbon for the vodka.  (Note: I do not like “Moscow Mules” however the Kentucky Mule is awesome!)

    The name was eventually decided to be Moscow Mule, which is said to be a random pick. Apparently Moscow was used because of Americans' tendency to associate vodka with Russia and mule was added to the name because the ginger beer gave a 'kick' of flavor.

    I have already had a group ask when we will do the 2022 bourbon trip; I will let you know the date as soon as possible.

    Go with us next time,
    Barb

  • 22 Oct 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ski season in the U.S. is officially here as Wolf Creek opened Saturday, October 16, inching out Arapahoe Basin by one day for the bragging rights as the first resort to open. Winter has arrived (although the slopes aren’t open yet), at one of our upcoming ski destinations. The Colorado Sun reported snow in the mountains around Aspen/Snowmass on October 2


    and I just had to include this picture of the snow and aspen trees from the article:

    AccuWeather’s long range Ski Forecast says we should have “Excellent” conditions this winter at all four of our western destinations.  Steamboat, Snowmass, and Breckenridge are sold out, but you still have a few days left to sign up for Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.


    Fellow Ski Club member Adam Seiler, of 1-On-1 Personal Training (7429 E Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421; (423) 704-7237; https://www.chattanoogapersonaltraining.com ) was the speaker at our October membership meeting. I think everyone who was there learned something to help us prepare for skiing or other activities. If you haven’t met Adam yet, those of us on the Breckenridge trip will get to know him then, if not sooner.  We will also have an informative guest speaker at our November meeting.

    Save the Date – Thursday evening December 16th.  After missing last year, the Annual Christmas Party is making a comeback! More information will be sent out soon.

    We have a new member to report: Glen Urey. Let’s be sure we make him feel welcome.

    Stay safe everyone,

    Bob

    Event Listing   

    Membership Meeting @ Flat Duck Event Venue, 7742 Three Notch Rd., Ringgold, GA 30736    November 2    https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4537383    

    Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6 https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3235020 http://hike-inn.com/

    Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021  (registration closed) https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/TripFlyers/2021_Steamboat%20Trip_Information.pdf

    Christmas PartyDecember 16    details to follow

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – January 4, 2022

    Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4231819  (Full)

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – February 1, 2022

    Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4241705  (Full)

    Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4254580

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – March 1, 2022

    Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4284148 


  • 21 Sep 2021 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fall is officially here, and we’ve had some cool mornings, so can ski season be far behind?  The deadline for signing up for ski trips is approaching fast.  The deadline for the Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat trip (December 4-11, 2021) is October 1st.  For our trips, Snowmass is essentially filled, but we might be able to add a group of four.  For Breckenridge, we will be having to drop unsold slots in a few weeks.  Shortly after that, we will have to make decisions about the Mt. Bachelor and Chamonix/Lyon/Paris trips.

    If you were at Nightfall the last three Friday’s nights of this year’s series (August 27th, September 3rd & 10th), you may have seen our club’s banner at our information booth.  We were there giving out information and answering questions about the club.  If I only had a dime for every time I heard, “I didn’t know Chattanooga had a ski club,” I could go on more trips.  Thanks to Bill Coolidge for making the suggestion we do this; to Suzanne Grueser for coordinating this with the Nightfall folks; to John Neblett for supplying the tent, tables, etc.; and to Bill, Suzanne, John, Tom & Susan DuBose, Lulu & Robert Copeland, Hilda Jones, Scott Kramer for staffing the booth and talking to potential members.

    Our club’s fourth ski trip this coming winter is to Chamonix France, site of the first winter Olympics in 1924 and located at the base of Mont Blanc (which is French for White Mountain, it’s like the French have a different word for everything), the highest point in Western Europe, at 15,777 ft.  The last time our club visited there was 1999, while the James Bond movie, “The World is Not Enough” was being filmed.  So, if you go on this trip, you could end up in a movie.  If you are looking for something to do while there, you could attempt to break the Mont Blanc Speed Record on Foot (ascending Mont Blac from the center of Chamonix and returning), which is currently 4 hours, 57 minutes 34 seconds.  While you are making that trip, you probably won’t have time to stop at Europe’s two highest toilets (at an elevation of 13,976 feet, or 1801 feet below the summit).  In case you were wondering, they were placed there and are “serviced” by helicopter.

    We have some new members to report: Kelly McGinnis and Shannon Ritzhaupt and family.  Let’s be sure we make them feel welcome.

    Stay safe everyone,

    Bob


    Event Listing   

    Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3753468  
    Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Things To Do in Bardstown, KY | Visit Bardstown

    Membership Meeting @ Flat Duck Event Venue, 7742 Three Notch Rd., Ringgold, GA 30736 – October 5 

    Zipline Adventure at the Historic Banning Mills – October 14
    https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4446115
          North Georgia's Ultimate Zipline | World's Largest Zipline Adventure (historicbanningmills.com)

    Crescent Ski Council Fall Convention, Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN - October 22-24   Crescent Ski Council  Cancelled due to COVID

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – November 2 

    Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-323502 (note the revised date)  The Hike Inn (hike-inn.com)

    Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021  https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/TripFlyers/2021_Steamboat%20Trip_Information.pdf

    Christmas Party – tentatively the week of December 13

    Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4231819 

    Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4241705

    Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4254580

    Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4284148 

  • 23 Aug 2021 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you weren’t at the August membership meeting at Office Furniture Warehouse, hosted by Beverly and John (JJ) Jerman, you missed an inspiring talk by Olivier LeMaitre, as well as some good information on our upcoming trip to France.  Be sure to see Lulu’s article below, and ask me (at the September 7th membership meeting at the Flat Duck) about his remarks.

    If you are having trouble deciding where to ski this winter, perhaps part of the problem is you are not familiar with the destination for our third 2022 ski trip, Mt. Bachelor (February 19-26), as the club hasn’t been there in the 25 years that I have been a member (although Janet Brooks and A.B. Maynard were there this past winter).

    Mount Bachelor is a stratovolcano (built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava), in the Cascade Range of central Oregon, 18 miles from the town of Bend.  It was named Mount Bachelor because it stands apart from the nearby Three Sisters volcanic peaks.  Mount Bachelor last erupted between 10,000 and 8,000 years ago, so I’m not worried about it happening the week we will be there.  In addition to the ski area, the volcano’s summit hosts the Mount Bachelor Observatory, located at an elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level (so altitude sickness shouldn’t be a problem for anyone).

    The Mount Bachelor ski area has operated on the mountain since 1958, with the installation of the first chair lift in 1962 (there are now 15 lifts including 8 high speed quads).  The resort is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest with a skiable area of 3,683 acres (for comparison, Snowmass has 3,339 acres), a vertical drop of 3,365 feet, and six terrain parks.  There are 101 trails totaling 62 miles, with the longest being 4 miles.  A unique feature of skiing this volcano is you can ski 360° around it (so you can always be in the sun or shade as you wish).  There is a lot of terrain for all abilities as the percentages of runs are as follows: Green 15%, Blue 35%, Black 30%, and Double Black 20%.  The average weather conditions (from 2017-2018) are High Temperature: 24°F, Low Temperature: 21°F, Snowfall per week: 20 inches. (Mt Bachelor Snow History (snow-forecast.com)).

    We will be staying the Doubletree Hilton in the town of Bend in the geographic center of Oregon at an elevation of 3623’.  In February the average high and low temperatures in town are 46°F and 24°F.  The Bend metropolitan population is about 200,000 (about 40% of Chattanooga’s metro population).  Besides skiing, some other things to consider include ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, sled dog touring, snowmobiling, and Nordic skiing (there are 59 miles of groomed trails).  Some things to do off the snow include caving, helicopter tours, walking the Roundabout Art Route (a collection of over 20 pieces of public art on display outdoors), and exploring the town via Riddle Routes which guides you through town using a variety of clues.  You may want to take the Bend Ale Trail, as largest such trail in the West it is divided into 7 territories.  There are more than two dozen breweries as well as a bunch of distilleries, cideries, wineries, and kombucha brewers.  Prizes are given for each territory you complete.  https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4254580

    Our summer activities are going full blast.  I think everyone enjoyed the SUP party hosted by Barbie Standifer at the Harbor Heights Subdivision Clubhouse.  Don’t forget about the Hiwassee Raft Trip on Sunday August 29th  https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3933037 , the Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3753468 , the Zipline Adventure October 14
    https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4446115
    .

    On July 20th, the International Olympic Committee unanimously approved the addition of ski mountaineering to the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (Cortina was the destination of our 2002 Europe ski trip, and just up the road from our 2019 trip to Ortisei).  If you are like me, you might be wondering what is ski mountaineering?  The “individual” discipline is a mass-start race that follows an established trail, challenging skiers to race up and back down mountainous terrain while passing through a serious of checkpoints. The races typically last between 1 1/2 and two hours.  “Sprint” races, as their title suggests, take skiers through a fast-paced fixed course featuring an uphill ski section, a hiking section and a descent around race gates. These races typically take about three minutes to complete. The relay race is based on the sprint format, with a team of three or four athletes taking turns completing the course.  The 2026 games will feature five medal ski mountaineering events: men’s individual and sprint, women’s individual and sprint, and one mixed-gender relay event. I suggest you start practicing now so you can make the 2026 team. Ski mountaineering to make Olympic debut at 2026 games in Italy | SkyHiNews.com

    Telluride just announced a new wrinkle to their lift ticket and season passes, included in the price is a $25,000 no-deductible insurance policy covering medical expenses from accidents on the mountain.  Telluride passes, lift tickets will include insurance coverage for accidents (coloradosun.com)  I hope no one in our club needs to use this, and wonder if this is the start of a trend or a one-and-done deal?

    Speaking of season passes, most of us are aware of the EPIC and IKON passes, but how many of you know about the Indy Pass?  The Indy Pass covers 2 days of skiing (and you can buy a 3rd day’s pass for 25% off the daily rate) at 76 small to midsize ski resorts (in 25 US states, 2 Canadian provinces, and just recently 2 Japanese Prefectures). Indy Pass resorts near Chattanooga are Ober Gatlinburg TN, Cataloochee NC, and Winterplace WV. Indy Pass | 76 Resorts ️ 152 Days ️ $279 (indyskipass.com)

    We have several new members to report: Alecsa, Asa, Ashton, & Lisa Hendrick; Estee & Jay Jackson; Joan, Michael, & Savannah Pinchot; and Sandy Battles.  Let’s be sure we make them feel welcome.

    Stay safe everyone,

    Bob

    Event Listing   

    Hiawassee River Raft/Duckie float trip – August 29   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3933037         Webb Brother's Rafting on the Hiwassee River (webbbros.com)

    Membership Meeting @ the Flat Duck Event Venue – September 7 
    https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4462741
     

    Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3753468  
                                  Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Things To Do in Bardstown, KY | Visit Bardstown

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – October 5 

    Zipline Adventure at the Historic Banning Mills – October 14
    https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4446115
          North Georgia's Ultimate Zipline | World's Largest Zipline Adventure (historicbanningmills.com)

    Crescent Ski Council Fall Convention, Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN - October 22-24   Crescent Ski Council

    Membership Meeting @ TBD – November 2 

    Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3235020
                                  (note the revised date)            The Hike Inn (hike-inn.com)

    Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021  https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/TripFlyers/2021_Steamboat%20Trip_Information.pdf

    Christmas Party – TBD

    Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4231819 

    Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4241705

    Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4254580

    Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4284148 


  • 23 Jul 2021 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had an excellent lake party this year, especially after having to cancel it last year.  The weather cooperated, we had good food, and great company.  We are indebted to Bobbi and Chris Witt for preparing the chicken, fish, and fixins.  Be sure to thank them for their hard work.  I also want to thank everyone that brought salads, desserts, etc. 

    Barb Wise: Chicken Whisperer.  How else do you explain Barb winning the Chicken Poop Bingo game at the Lake Party?  If you don’t know how the game is played, use your imagination.  Anyway, we raised $214 for the American Legion Post 95 Honor Guard’s Funeral Fund; and I can’t think of a more deserving person to also win than Barb.  She spends a lot of time organizing special event for us to enjoy, like the SUP party on August 1st (which is for everyone whether you want to kayak/SUP or not).  Congratulations Barb!

    I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the August Membership meeting (August 3rd).  Thanks to the hospitality of Beverly and John (JJ) Jerman, we will be meeting indoors at the Office Furniture Warehouse, 1900 Stuart Street, Chattanooga, TN 37406.  We are also fortunate to have as our guest speaker Olivier LeMaitre, VP with Sandler Training, President Elect of Chattanooga Chamber's International Business Council and member of Tennessee French American Chamber of Commerce. If you are considering our March 2022 trip to Chamonix, Lyon, and Paris France, you won’t want to miss this meeting.  Due to reported increase in COVID cases and low vaccination participation in GA and TN, we will not offer food or drinks at this meeting.  Please bring your own food and drink.  We will have some water bottles available.  Mask will be required for those not vaccinated.

    Where is our second ski trip this year, are we going to Breckinridge or Breckenridge?  The story I have heard for years was that the town was initially named for the 1857 to 1861 Vice President John C. Breckinridge, but was later changed due to his siding with the Confederacy.  However, an article from the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance tells a slightly different story.  It says that a member of John C. Fremont’s 1844 expedition, named Thomas Breckenridge lost a pack mule in the area.  The expedition made camp while Breckenridge searched for his mule.  After two days Kit Carson was sent to look for both of them.  Eventually all three returned, and Fremont named the area “Breckenridge Pass”.  In 1859, George Spencer (“Spencer’s” Restaurant, in the resort where we are staying, is named for him) laid out the town of Breckenridge.  But two months later he mailed an application for a post office to Washington DC, changing the name to Breckinridge, hoping to improve his chances for approval.  In January 1860, the application was granted and Breckinridge had the first post office on the Western Slope.  That name didn’t last long.  In late 1861, the former VP and runner-up to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 Presidential election, now US Senator from Kentucky, John C. Breckinridge went south and was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army (fighting at both Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge).  Because of this, in 1863, the people of Breckinridge changed the town’s name back to Breckenridge, as it is today.  Historic Myth-Busting in Breckenridge, CO: Is it BreckInridge or BreckEnridge? (breckheritage.com)

    We have several new members to report, Thomas Bumgardner; Katherine, Elizabeth, & Paolo Davini; Tom & Carol Hackney; and David & Nancy Rice.  Let’s all welcome them.

    Stay safe everyone,

    Bob

    Event Listing  

    Standup Paddleboard (SUP) party – August 1      https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-2920338  

    Monthly Membership Meeting, 1900 Stuart Street, Chattanooga, TN 37406 – August 3     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4419532

    Hiawassee River Raft/Duckie float trip – August 29   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3933037   Webb Brother's Rafting on the Hiwassee River (webbbros.com)

    Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3753468 
    Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Things To Do in Bardstown, KY | Visit Bardstown

    Crescent Ski Council Fall Convention, Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN - October 22-24   Crescent Ski Council

    Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3235020 (note the revised date)   The Hike Inn (hike-inn.com)

    Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021  https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/TripFlyers/2021_Steamboat%20Trip_Information.pdf

    Christmas Party – TBD

    Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4231819 

    Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4241705

    Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4254580

    Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4284148 
  • 22 Jun 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I think June’s membership meeting was a big success with a large crowd, but this month’s membership meeting is even bigger – it is time for the return of the annual Lake Party!  After having to cancel it last year after 16 straight years, it is back on July 10th.  You must register by June 30 so we’ll know how much food to prepare (https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4314805 ).  If you are planning on bringing guest(s), you’ll need to register them by June 30 as well (per the IRS we must charge non-members the cost of the event, so guests will have to pay $10 each (or better yet, they can join the club for $30 individual or $45 family, and be able to enjoy all our events).  The club will be providing the fish fry and grilled chicken breasts along with cole slaw, hush puppies, green beans, potato salad, and bottled water.  Members are invited to bring an appetizer or a dessert (please email Bobbi Witt and tell her what you are going to bring - moonsfrost@hotmail.com).  Also, you may want to bring towels, chairs, water toys, sunscreen, coolers, face mask, hand sanitizer, any games you have to help with entertainment, and your own alcohol.   See you on the 10th at the Blue Springs Club, 3858 Burning Bush Rd, Ringgold, GA.

    There was an interesting article in the Washington Post recently about Aspen/Snowmass, one of our destinations this coming winter.  No, it wasn’t about the skiing, at least not directly.  Eight years ago, Aspen Skiing Co. invested $5.34 million to build a power plant running on methane, which was leaking from a closed coal mine.  The Elk Creek Mine, located about an hour west of Aspen, used to produce $1 million in coal a day, but closed in 2012 after a fire.  It was leaking methane (CH4 for you chemically inclined, which is also the primary constituent of natural gas), as all coal/oil/gas operations do, at a rate of 250-billion-cubit feet per year.  (Methane, like carbon dioxide, is a greenhouse gas, but pound for pound, the comparative impact of CH4 is 25 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period.)  The new plant produces 24 million kilowatt-hours a year (or just under 3MWs), about as much electricity for the grid as the ski company uses to run its four resorts and hotels.  The reduction in CH4 emissions is equivalent to taking half a million cars off the road a year.  While it hasn’t made a profit yet, Aspen has been repaid all but $750,000 of its initial $5.34 million investment.  Something to ponder while you are riding the lifts.  So much for today’s science lesson.  A ski company built a power plant fueled by methane. Can it be replicated? - The Washington Post

    Another story that caught my eye this week was news that Alterra, which is the operator of Steamboat ski area, is expanding Steamboat’s total skiable acres by 12%, which will make it the third-largest resort in Colorado with 3,320 acres.  The 355 acres of new terrain will extend the resort boundary into the Pioneer Ridge area and will feature advanced/expert-graded terrain with 1,800 vertical feet accessible via the Pony Express lift, which will also gain 25 new chairs.

    We have three new members to report, Devon & Evan Simpson, and Vicki Williams.  Let’s all welcome them.

    Stay safe everyone,

    Bob

    Event Listing 

    Lake Party - July 10 https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4314805 

    Standup Paddleboard (SUP) party – August 1      https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-2920338  

    Hiawassee River Raft/Duckie float trip – August 29   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3933037   Webb Brother's Rafting on the Hiwassee River (webbbros.com)

    Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3753468 
      Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Things To Do in Bardstown, KY | Visit Bardstown

    Crescent Ski Council Fall Convention, Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN - October 22-24

    Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3235020
    (note the revised date) The Hike Inn (hike-inn.com)

    Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021  https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/TripFlyers/2021_Steamboat%20Trip_Information.pdf

    Christmas Party – TBD

    Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4231819 

    Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4241705

    Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4254580

    Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022   https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4284148 

  • 20 May 2021 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Those of you who were at last month’s membership meeting at the Flat Duck know that I missed a second meeting in a row.  Fortunately, Hilda and Tom bailed me out.  However, I fully intend to be at June’s meeting, June 1 at the Flat Duck Event Venue (7742 Three Notch Rd., Ringgold, GA 30736).  Some might say it is because I need to sign up for a ski trip, or two, or more (before they fillup)?  Others might say it is because of the opportunity to be around good friends.  Could it be that I want to hear tall-tales about what went on at the Zip Line Adventure and the Virginia Creeper Trail Ride?  My more cynical (or is it insightful) friends might say it is because we are going to have free food.  Yes, you read that correctly, the club will be supplying pizza, cokes and water.  (If you want to bring other items, please do so.)

    We’ll have more details about this in next month’s newsletter, but register and mark your calendars now for the Annual Lake Party, starting at noon on July 11, returning to the Blue Springs Club (3858 Burning Bush Rd, Ringgold, GA).  You must RSVP for yourself and any non-member guests (guests must pay $10 or better yet they can join the club for $30) by June 30th by clicking on the REGISTER button on the CSC website https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-4314805 . This allows us to have an accurate head count for the club provided food (Fish Fry, Cole Slaw, Hush Puppies, Green Beans, Potato Salad, and Grilled Chicken Breasts). 

    We have an active summer and fall coming up with these other events:
    Volunteering at the Food Bank - June 24
    Chattanooga Area Food Bank volunteer day

    SUP party – August 1

    Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3
    Bardstown, KY October 1-3, 2021
    Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Things To Do in Bardstown, KY | Visit Bardstown

    Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6     https://chattanoogaskiclub.org/event-3235020 (note the revised date)The Hike Inn (hike-inn.com)

    For those of you looking to break a ski record, and save money on lift tickets at the same time, here is a story for you. Grace Staberg, a 2020 graduate of Summit County High School, skied up Copper Mountain more than 21 times in 24 hours (from Copper’s Center Village to the top of the Storm King lift at 12,441 feet) totaling 56,153 feet — and falling just shy of the world record set last month in Europe.  Personally, I think ski lifts are out there for a reason.  Teenage Summit County ski mountaineer breaks North American record for most vertical feet climbed in 24 hours (coloradosun.com)

    We have a couple of new members to report, Mark & Rene Straub.  Let’s all welcome them.

    Stay safe everyone,

    Bob

  • 20 May 2021 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let’s go skiing at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort in the Cascade Mountain range!   It is located in Central Oregon, about 22 miles west of Bend, Oregon, and is on a dormant volcano. It is the 6th largest ski resort in the country and is a great resort for all types of skiers. 

    The skiable area is 5.75 sq miles, with 101 runs. The maximum run length is four miles, with a vertical drop of 3,365 ft, and the top elevation is 9,065 ft.  The ski area has runs of 360 degrees off the summit with skiing above the tree line with excellent views. The majority of the mountain immediately accessible by the lifts consists of blue runs and a few green runs. There are also many black runs accessed from the Norwest chair lift and some off the Summit lift.  

    The vibrant town of Bend (“The Unofficial Beer Capital of the USA”) located along the Deschutes River, beckons visitors with many micro-breweries and many other restaurants to fill any food craving.  The Old Mill District in Bend also boasts more than 12 riverfront restaurants that feature everything from exotic happy hours and fine dining to kid-friendly family-style meals.

    If you want a day off from skiing, besides spending time in the town of Bend, there are many opportunities for snowshoeing and hiking. Try a Deschutes National Forest snowshoe tour in the day or in the evening guided by stars; or a “brews & views” tour all interpreted by a naturalist.  For more high-speed fun, try dog sledding or Snowblast tubing.  Or spend the day at one of Oregon’s most iconic visitor destinations, Smith Rock State Park, for hiking and wildlife viewing.

    Contact Sandy or Mark Koss for more information.  Registration forms are on the CSC website.

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