• 25 Jul 2018 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Welcome new members and hello to all our members.   Did someone say, let's have a rainy July?  Let's hope July 21 is a dry one for our Lake Party.  A lot of exciting things are coming up for our club this month and next. I wish safe travels for all.  The only ski news I have heard of this month is the announcement of America's first indoor ski area and it is going to be in New Jersey.  Why not Tennessee?  Oh well, I will take those Rocky Mountains over New Jersey any day. Look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming meetings. 



  • 20 Jun 2018 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Welcome, new members, and hello to all our members.  Seems as if summer-like temperatures are here before the official start of summer. Let's hope the next few months will fly by so the cool fall air will be upon us.  At my desk Monday, I checked Big Sky Montana's high for the day -- 46 degrees.  I do not know about you, but I sure miss those fantastic mountains we have the privilege to travel to.  We have some great trips planned this year: Telluride, CO,  Park City, UT and Italy. All the trips are now on our website, so please check them out.

    One of the great things about July is our Lake Party coming up on July 21.  This is the second year we will be having this down on the farm in Georgia. Please RSVP if you have not already done so. 

    Every Friday, I look forward to getting Chairlift Chat from  If you have not seen this, you should check it out.  There is a lot going on in the ski industry, from a great article from the CEO of Vail,  to skiing in New Zealand,  and every Friday there is a new group of stories. 

    As always, I would like to thank everyone who helps make our club the best in the Crescent Ski Council!  See you at the Lake Party!

    Mike Hood

  • 20 Jun 2018 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ski Club learned last month of the death of club member Jim Connor on April 9th. Jim was 76.

    Jim was a graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, two children, five grandchildren, his brother, Dave and Dave's family. The memorial service was very well attended by family and his many friends, followed by a reception at the Conner home, which Charlotte and Jim named Old Rose Farm. They raised beautiful old roses. 

    Jim was a former CSC member and was on several club ski trips including France (The Three Valleys), Taos, Big Sky, and Steamboat. Dave said Jim spoke often of how much he enjoyed his trips with the club.

    Our condolences to Dave and Jim's family on their loss.

  • 1 Jun 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Dude Ranch Trip finally rolled around May 18-20, with 28 brave souls making their way to Del Rio, TN. I really thought Mother Nature was going to throw us a curve; it rained all the way up on Friday and poured all Friday night!  Well, what can you do? BUT on Saturday, what a surprise with sunshine and breezes all day.....Sunday too!  The ranch is in a very quaint area and we could see the French Broad River from the porch. Due to all the previous rain, the river was out of it's banks, swift and muddy. However, after a LOT of training and caution, the riding was on. Due to the great weather, everyone was able to ride as much as they wanted, wander around or relax in the the rocking chairs on the porches with a drink. The food served family style was plentiful and good and the rooms were comfortable. The Saloon was very accommodating, serving our own libations. Did I hear a couple of people say they saw a snake? We did have kind of a "bluegrass" band Saturday night. Not sure where they came from.......but some people managed a dance or two!

    Thanks to all my peeps that took a chance on this trip, it seemed everyone had a good time, saw lots of smiles.

    Carolyn Crabtree

  • 25 May 2018 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Seems we all have been busy so far this spring.  Eighteen of our members had a great time in the Abingdon, Virginia area a couple of weeks ago.  The Creeper Trail was in full bloom, with colors of bright green and all the smells of spring, which made for a memorable ride. The weather threatened to dampen our ride but it held off until we finished it. We had some new members on the trip -- this seems to be one of the strengths of our club -- getting new members.  I would like to say a big thank you to the members who volunteer to lead any of our trips.  We have several more great trips coming up in the next few months, and I am looking forward to hearing about those in our monthly meetings. Our lake party is coming up in July, so please make plans to attend.  See you at the June meeting. 

    Thank you,

     "The best way to predict the future is to invent it " Abraham Lincoln
  • 25 May 2018 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    In March, 36 members of the Chattanooga Ski Club took off for a 12 day excursion to parts of Austria and Spain with hearts full of anticipation and the lingering smell of wine on our breaths from the flight across the pond.

    After leaving Munich by bus, we made contact with our trip director, Ina Gerlach of Alpine Adventures, and proceeded to the German town of Lindau for lunch.  Lindau is located near the meeting point of the Austrian, German, and Swiss borders and is nestled on the massive Lake Constance. While having the most delightful lunch, we caught a quick look at the quaint sleepy buildings and unique harbor entrance to the city, and found out many portions of the town were built somewhere in the 9th century.

    From Lindau, we went to Schruns, Austria. Schruns is a small and beautiful Austrian town and we unpacked our bags at the town’s five star hotel, The Lȍwen. Interestingly, the Libherr Crane Company, which is a thriving family business of crane manufacturing started in Germany and is known internationally, has a plant right in Schruns. Libherr always has company hotel next to the business, which in this case was The Lȍwen, fashioned in the most up to date European new wave chic. The cost of our room, without the club discount, would have been more than what two people would have paid for the entire trip. Add six course dinners every night; day trips to Innsbruck, St. Anton, Liechtenstein, and Alpenzell, Switzerland; and throw in a spa that was full of naked good looking men and you had the makings for a hot time in the old town for a week.

    Then on to Zurich and Spain, specifically Barcelona. Barcelona has a charm and a spirit that is more than can be expressed in words. Good wine, tapas for lunch and dinner by just walking down the street, and the Gaudi buildings, especially Sagrada Familia church that I will never forget.  I constantly had my mouth open for food or because of sheer awe of the city’s beauty.

    Then off to Madrid, the capital, and it is safe to say that it must be one of the cleanest cities in the world. Museums, more tapas, more wine, and it was back to the states with the smell not of wine but of a good time in Spain on our breaths.

    Special thanks to Pat Ownby, Ina Gerlach, and Jim Mullinax for making the trip such a success.

    Another Chattanooga Ski Club event that will be difficult to forget.

    Past President,
    Ashley Ownby

  • 13 May 2018 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.”

    "Bicycling is better for your body, mind, wallet and world. Bicyclists make better lovers! A bike ride a day keeps the doctor away!"

    The above quotes sum up the mantra for the Virginia Creeper Bike Ride May 2018 for 17 CSC members brave enough to trek to Abingdon, Virginia on Friday May 4h in spite of the 100% chance of the rain prediction for ride day, Saturday May 5th.

    We had all arrived Friday by 4:00 p.m., checked into our rooms, secured our spot on the bike shuttle for Saturday morning, and headed down to Wolf Hills Brewery for craft beer and a taco from the taco trailer that pulled up outside the brewery.  Despite the looming gray sky and a few drops of rain that begin to fall, we all were sure that the rain would hold off until after the ride on Saturday.

    After dinner Friday night, we made our way to the Barter Theatre. I had been very apprehensive about the play, “In the Heat of The Night," and to be perfectly truthful, I only purchased my ticket to ensure that we received the group rate. To my delight and surprise, we all enjoyed the performance.

    Saturday morning, it was thankfully not raining, and we gathered at the bike shop to board the 8:30 a.m. shuttle to the top of White Top Mountain.  After the traditional stop at Green Cove Station for the group picture, we had a little trouble with the rented bicycles, with one blown derailleur and two flat tires. Yes, it is worth the effort to bring your own bike!  Thankfully the rain did not begin until we reached the Ice Cream Shop. Most of us decided to board the shuttle back, and the rest rode the 20 more miles to Abingdon. 

    After the ride we gathered on the veranda for “Happy Hour." Much thanks to Larry Plemons for the margaritas, wonderful after a day on the trail.  Again the rain cooperated and held off until the exact time to leave for the Tavern Restaurant, so instead of walking, we carpooled the two blocks there. 

    All in all a GREAT TRIP!!!!

    Go with us next time, October 19-21, 2018,

    Barb Wise
    Special Trip Coordinator

  • 26 Apr 2018 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MAY 18-20 2018

    Don your Cowboy Hats and Chaps all you Dudes!!


    Dates are May 18-20 at the French Broad River Outpost Dude Ranch. This is an all inclusive ranch in Del Rio, TN., about an hour north of Knoxville, TN., past Newport, TN.

    The ranch consists of furnished lodge rooms, cabins and the Lone Star hotel with saloon. Included: dinner Friday evening, three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning, all served family style; room w/air and private bath for two nights, activities such as guided trail riding, hiking, fishing, etc. You may bring your own kayaks, SUP's with you to further enjoy your experience on the French Broad River. Towels, sheets, pillows, blankets are provided, but no toiletries. So don't forget your toothpaste!!

    Alcohol; beer and wine coolers are for sale in the Saloon. Alcohol won't be served while you are involved in an activity. You may bring your own alcoholic beverages with you (please label with your name), which will be delivered to and distributed by the Saloon. Saturday evening there will be a band and dancing. Also board/card games in the saloon. If you are hankering for another guided trail ride, you may extend your Sunday check out to include a ride, and lunch for $62.88. PLEASE let me know ASAP!

    If you plan on riding, you must take part in an orientation on Friday afternoon and the Saturday morning ride during which you will become familiar with your horse. If you feel you will be arriving after check-in (4PM), let me know so we can push orientation to later in the evening.

    The cost of three days of fresh air, rippling waters, good fun and fellowship is $300.00. We have 28 guests going, so we have the entire ranch to ourselves!!

    Cancellation Policy: If you have to cancel, you will get a refund less $50.00 fee unless you replace yourself with another guest. We have to keep a 20 person minimum to retain our discount.

    Directions from Chattanooga; I-40E to K'ville. Stay left, take exit 432B for US-25W E/US-70 toward Newport TN. Continue on US-70E to Old River Rd. Merge onto US 25W S/US-411 N/US-70E. Continue to follow US-70E, Turn right onto TN-107W, turn right onto Old River Rd. Destination on the left: 461 Old River Rd., Del Rio. TN 37727. 800-995-7678

    This cannot be paid on line, so please contact Carolyn Crabtree, or 423-838-3622. Any checks are made to the Chattanooga Ski Club, 504 Crewdson Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405

  • 26 Apr 2018 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First of all, I would like to thank Ashley for the hard work and wisdom he has bestowed on us for the last three years.  Thanks also to everyone else on the board and all those who have contributed in making our club a great success.  It takes the collective energy of everyone to make it happen.  

    Our club has come a long way, offering so many great activities for everyone in the last few years. That reflects on the attitude we all share. Sometimes our best laid plans do not work out perfectly, but even if the weather doesn't cooperate or mishaps happen, we all have a good time. 

    It's very refreshing to see new faces at our monthly meetings. Keep them coming! 

    Looking forward to seeing everyone at our May 1 meeting.

    Mike Hood

  • 28 Mar 2018 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Well, turn out the lights, the party is over regarding the ski season.

     Seems like it was just yesterday we were getting our stage and comedy acts together going to Steamboat for ski camp, and then, what do you know, Austria and Spain are in the rear view mirror and we are looking to 2019 for our next big snow fix. Another great year of ski trips with the club, and the best thing is we have so many other weekend trips in spring, summer and fall to keep us occupied until winter decides to grace us again with its cool presence as always.

    If you get a chance and go to the April meeting, say thanks again to Jim Mullenix, Roy Brunner, Bob Tramel,  John Neblett, and Pat Ownby.  These folks were the wind beneath the club’s trips sails this year and all did a great job.


    We have the election of club officers for the next year at the April meeting. Make sure you show up and vote till it hurts.  Seriously, it is a good feeling to serve the club membership to have as many people as possible at the election and know everyone is behind you.

    There will be some changes to the leadership of the club. I will talk about this in the newsletter in just a little bit.


    Wow, this little bit sure came up as fast as a $800.00 per month car payment.

    Anyway, this is the last President newsletter I will write because it is time for some “new money” to come into the game, and it is time for fresh and energetic blood to come into club leadership.  Mike Hood, once elected, will be the new President for the next year and in speaking with him, he is excited to take the club into the near future. Mike has been an important part of the club for years and will do an excellent job.  

    For the past three years, I have had the time of my life being President of the club, seeing everyone each month at meetings, and telling the stupidest stories time and time again that at the least made me laugh whether anyone else got the joke.

    I loved the officer position and I further found out that loved everyone in the club even more. To want to do good things for everyone in the club and to be associated with Board members that all wanted the same was a very special experience.  All little puppies and kittens go to heaven, and so do Chattanooga Ski Club Board members. I never knew what you could receive by just giving a little bit to others until the club board taught me that lesson.

    Many years ago, Willie Nelson was so confounded with the same old grind of playing bars and honky-tonks until early in the morning hours and, in a fit of artistic romancing of Texas saloons and night life, he wrote the following ode to a good time coming to an end. I feel it is good and proper that we look at the lyrics, do minor self-reflection, and if a good time ends, always look for the next one coming right behind it. It is the following:


    The Party's Over

    Willie Nelson


    Turn out the lights
    The party's over
    They say that all
    Good things must end
    Call it a night
    The party's over
    And tomorrow starts
    The same old thing again

    What a crazy crazy party
    Never seen so many people
    Laughing dancing
    Look at you, you're having fun
    But look at me
    I'm almost cryin'……

    Turn out the lights
    The party's over
    They say that all
    Good things must end
    Call it a night
    The party's over
    And tomorrow starts
    The same old thing again


    See you at the next meeting,

    Ashley Ownby