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  • 26 Dec 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to everyone this winter. Glad to hear everyone got back from the Crescent Ski Council trip to Steamboat with nobody hurt.   But I did hear mother nature threw snow at them on the day they were suppose to leave, causing some delay. 

    Snowmass is coming up in a few days, and we all are excited.   Snow conditions are showing a lot of packed powder and 16 of 22 lifts open as I write this.  So, 90 percent of the mountain is open, with more snow to come. 

    We would like to thank everyone who came out to our Christmas party at our new location.   It seemed to go over very well for everyone.   Thanks to all who brought desserts.   

    At our next general meeting, we are having our buy / sell / swap ski gear event on Jan. 7.  Be sure to RSVP for the meal.

    In other ski news, it was announced this week that Uber is extending its “Uber Ski” program to a number of new locations after having successfully piloted the project in select U.S. cities in previous years. Now, the program is being introduced in a total of 23 locations across the U.S., with both mountain locations and big name cities located hours away getting the green light. But what exactly is “Uber Ski”? Well, it’s simple. Uber users looking for a ride will open the app as usual, and select the Uber Ski option. In doing so, the rider will be guaranteed transportation by a spacious vehicle equipped with 4-wheel drive, and most importantly, either a roof rack or a truck bed for ski equipment. The fee for the service is reasonable as well, as it’ll cost riders just $8.00 in addition to their standard trip fare. 

    Thanks and Happy New Year to all,

    Mike


  • 25 Nov 2019 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Saturday morning November 2nd, twenty brave souls left cold Nashville for the warm, sunny Dutch island of Bonaire.  The flight down was interesting since right after we got over the Gulf of Mexico, the plane turned around and returned to Houston due to a navigation system problem.  After about five hours we re-boarded the same plane to try again.  This time we made it to the island, after 10pm.  Representatives from Buddy Dive Resort met us at the airport and took us on a 10 minute ride through mostly deserted (at that hour) town to the resort.

    The next morning everyone met at one (of the two) restaurants on the resort for the first of our daily buffet breakfasts, complete with pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fruits, juices, breads, made to order omelets/eggs, and more.  Since we were so late getting in the night before, we were then given a special 30 minute orientation to the island (that is required for all visitors since the water around the entire island is a protected marine park) and to the resort.  After that we received our vehicles, either seven passenger vans or five passenger extended cab trucks (each of our five apartments included a vehicle) for carrying dive gear and tanks.  Next, all the divers went to the dive shop/pier and got wet, checking out our gear and ensuring we had the proper weights to submerge and stay off the coral.  The diving at Buddy’s was some of the best on the island, with two ladders for entering the water and a very short swim to the reef wall.

    Our dive package included unlimited tanks (air or Nitrox) for shore diving and most of us made 2-4 dives a day.  The great thing about shore diving was that we did our dives on our schedule.  Another plus was we weren’t bumping into people on a dive boat when getting geared up or when submerged.  In addition to Buddy’s reef, some of our favorite locations were the Salt Pier, Karpata, and Hilma Hooker (a sunken ship/artificial reef).  Some also did some boat dives to locations that aren’t accessible from the beach.

    Those of our group that didn’t dive enjoyed the snorkeling, usually at the same sites where others in our group were diving.  Due to the protection of the marine park, there is an abundance of coral and fish.  Some of the things seen included barracudas, stingrays, eagle rays, tarpons, groupers, turtles, lionfish, scorpionfish, and spotted and green moray eels.

    On Monday and again on Tuesday, some of our group went on a three hour horseback ride with Horse Ranch Bonaire.  The group was led by Simone through the countryside, including deserts and mangroves to Loc Bay.  Once at the bay they swam with the horses in the bay, then returned to the ranch.

    Monday night everyone went on a Sunset Snorkel Dinner Cruise with Captain Miguel from Epic Tours.   We sailed along the coast of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire where we had two guided snorkel sessions. After snorkeling, the crew prepared a luxury BBQ diner on board our catamaran while we watched the sunset and then the stars come out.

    Wednesday night we had a surprise birthday party for Bobbie Witt.  I’ll leave her age up to your imagination.  During the evening we had pizza and played various games.

    Overall, everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to a return trip.


  • 22 Nov 2019 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome all guests, members, and visitors.   Winter is around the corner,  ski resorts out west are planning to open before Thanksgiving.   It's always good to see that.   Our club members are looking forward to the trips that will be here soon.

    Before those trips, however, we have our Christmas party on Dec. 3rd, being held at a new location for us,  The Mill.   We are expecting a good crowd.   

    Since we last met, we had a group venture to Bonaire.   I'm looking forward to hearing about that trip at our next meeting. 

    I am proud to say our membership is at 265,  thanks to all the people who volunteer to make our club a "lifestyle" destination.   John Hilbrandt and I had the opportunity to go on nooga.com radio a few days ago and share club information with their audience,   Jeff Styles was a great host and he invited us to come back again.  They're on 92.7 FM.  Our area is growing by leaps and bounds,  as we can tell by increased traffic,  and most people do not realize we have a ski club in this area.   We had some new cards printed up, so if you have a place that might grab the attention of liked-mind people like ourselves, see me or any of the board members to get some cards for display.

    Thank you,   

    Mike


  • 24 Oct 2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those of you that are wondering what or who is a Len Foote: “The name Leonard E. Foote is not accidentally linked with the Hike Inn’s unique backcountry setting, commitment to the outdoors, and mission of teaching conservation ethics, outdoor safety, and preservation of wilderness."

    For those of you that have not made this hike with CSC, you are missing out on a two-day trek with great people, an evening of fun and games with NO TV, radio, laptops and, up until this year, cell service.

    This year, we had ten rooms, and we ended up with 18 club members co-mingled with other guests. What is it exactly about CSC members that we had two couples from Florida telling us that they are joining our club as soon as they get home?  We just have fun and enjoy life.

    Is this a hard hike?  Not if you are in shape and do some hiking before you go.  However, if you have just finished tax season 2019 sitting at a desk most of the day, then you will make it to the top, just not with the rest of the hikers.  You will be like me.  Was I slow?  Let’s just say it took me so long that the buzzards were circling waiting for me to die.  I do think others have died on this trail because I saw mounds of dirt piled up beside the trail (big mounds with room for 2 or 3 bodies buried!)

    I will be ready next year!! Go With Us Next Time!!

    Barb




  • 23 Oct 2019 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello to everyone who enjoys the lifestyles and adventures of the Chattanooga Ski Club and to everyone who is thinking of joining us in the future.

    Yay, you can feel fall in the air! Winter is coming, thank goodness. Most of the higher elevations are getting a dusting of snow. A good friend of mine is going to Banff October 20 and he is packing for snowy weather. Let's hope this trend continues so we can all have an outstanding ski season. Seventeen of us just got back from a southern Caribbean cruise. We had fantastic weather this year with no hurricanes! We also had the Len Foote Hike Inn and Crescent Fall Conference in Gatlinburg last week. Looking forward to hearing about them.

    Our November 5th meeting will include a special guest, so be sure to sign up and join us for a wonderful meal.

    Mike


  • 23 Oct 2019 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our eight day Southern Caribbean Cruise was a wonderful trip filled with fun, excitement, and adventure. And the weather could not have been better.

    Even though the Carnival ship, the Horizon, was not scheduled to leave the Miami cruise port until October 5, many of us wanted to get the fun started early and flew to Miami a day ahead to enjoy the Friday opulence of the Marriott Biscayne Bay.  The rest flew in on Saturday morning and the adventure began.  Our first surprise was the immense size of the ship.  Being only seventeen months old, the Horizon is the newest of the Carnival line on the Eastern coast, and carries 5,101 passengers and 1,450 crew members.  Our second surprise was the absolute efficiency that was planned into our boarding process.  Many seasoned cruisers commented on the quick and efficient boarding, quicker than we have ever seen.  There were also many positive comments made about the staterooms being larger than many expected.

    As is the case with any new ship, the first task after lunch was to tour the ship to see what it has to offer and learn the layout so we wouldn’t get lost.  This turned out to be a greater task than anyone imagined due to the size and many venue and activity offerings of the Horizon.  It took several days to explore the entire ship, and even near the end of the cruise, we were still discovering many things we had not discovered previously.

    In addition to this cruise being fantastic because of the ship itself, this was also a fabulous cruise because of the exotic ports.  We saw and explored Grand Turk, the largest island in the Turks and Caicos chain; beautiful La Romana in the Dominican Republic; Curacao, the colorful island near South America that comprises a third of the islands commonly referred to as the ABC islands; and Aruba, another third of the ABC islands and home of fantastic resorts, beaches and unusual rock formations.

    Couples and groups went on various excursions at each port.  These excursions adventures included activities such as scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and stingrays, snorkeling, island tours, and a romantic horseback ride on the beach.  The excursion with the most members on it was a visit to an authentic replica of a 16th century rock village (Alto De Chevon), followed by a memorable boat ride down the River Chevon (the river that was used to shoot the movie “Apocalypse Now.”)

    Because we booked this cruise a little later than usual, all fixed seating assignments were already taken.  We thought we would have to settle for eating in small groups rather than as a large group like we usually do on a cruise.  This is a part of the cruise that everyone always looks forward to and is one of the highlights.  At the first dinner, however, after hearing of our dilemma, the Asst. Maitre D took our plea to the head Maitre D, who came to our table and offered to assign us two round tables next to each other at a fixed time so all seventeen of our Ski Club members could dine together for the rest of the cruise.  Thank you Carnival for saving this valuable part of our cruise.

    The food was fantastic.  We chose from a different dinner menu each night with so many great choices it was often difficult to choose.  When faced with two great choices, it always helped when our waiter said, “No problem, I will bring you both.”

    With activities available onboard like the elevated bicycle ride, the gigantic tube slides, the ropes course, the exercise room, the swimming pools, the movies shown on the giant screen above the main pool deck, the iMax movie theater, the 3D movie theater, the amazing live productions in the Liquid Lounge Theater, and the music emanating from every venue every night and day.,etc., etc., there was no end to the things available to occupy, thrill, entertain, and amaze the guests.

    Needless to say, everyone had a great time and is looking forward to more adventures with “The Club.”  Thank you Chattanooga Ski Club for making this group trip available, and thank you Carnival Cruise lines for a beautiful, memorable experience.





  • 24 Sep 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello to everyone who enjoys the lifestyles and adventures of the Chattanooga Ski Club, and to anyone who is thinking of joining us in the future.

    As I write this, it's finally below 90 degrees!  Wow, hurry up wintertime!  As we get closer to the start of ski season, each week seems to bring more exciting news.  For starters, a number of North American peaks received snowfall. Of course, the short list of locations receiving snow mostly consists of your usual suspects, in Colorado: Keystone, Winter Park, and Aspen, YES!  In Utah, Alta also received a dusting.   

    We had a great turnout for our last month's meeting, and I would like to thank everyone who helped set up. We always could use more help if you can get there early.   

    This month, we are have a representative of Alpine Ski Shop from Knoxville as our guest.  Looking forward to seeing and hearing what they have to say.  Also looking forward to our cruise in early October, the Bonaire trip, the Hike Inn trip, and the Flat Duck party. 

    See you all at the meeting.

    Thanks,

    Mike   


  • 21 Aug 2019 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello to everyone who enjoys the lifestyles and adventures of the Chattanooga Ski Club, and to anyone who is thinking of joining us in the future.

    As fall approaches, ski news always picks up. A new ski area development is proposed for the backside of the same mountain as Deer Valley. It would be called Mayflower Mountain Resort. Many details remain up in the air, but part of the funding would come from the U.S. military, with some subsidized hotel rooms exclusively for military personnel. Possible connections with Deer Valley are also under consideration. So, watch for news on that!

    Meanwhile, our club still has a lot of activities going on for the rest of the summer and fall, so check our website out and read any upcoming emails.

    I would like to thank Barb and Jan and all the others who helped make the SUP party a success. We had great turnout and the weather was perfect -- shade trees and light wind made it nice out there. Nick from Rock/Creek brought lots of products for us to play  on. If you get a chance, stop by the Amnicola Highway location and check out their products. Be sure to say you're with the Chattanooga Ski Club for a discount.

    I hope to announce that someone from Alpine Ski Shop from Knoxville will be attending our September or October membership meeting. It should be informative for us skiers! I will keep you posted once arrangements are made.

    See you at the next meeting,

    Mike



  • 25 Jul 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello to everyone who enjoys the lifestyles and adventures of the Chattanooga Ski Club, and to anyone who is thinking of joining us in the future. 

    Here's some items from this week in ski news. For starters, amazingly, Mammoth Mountain finally announced a closing date for their 2018/2019 season. July 28! And Vail Resorts received more recognition for their efforts in promoting women in the workplace. Finally, we have some very exciting news for fans of ski racing: HBO will air a documentary on Lindsey Vonn this fall. 

    But the biggest news was the fantastic time we had at the lake party!  We had great turnout, the food was off the charts great, and the weather was perfect right up to end, then the bottom fell out!   So many people worked hard to make this happen, especially Bobbi and Chris, who help us to get this fantastic place and prepare some terrific food.  To all who helped to make the lake party a success, I would like to thank you all.

    Trips are filling up; so if you are interested in one of the available trips, please contact a trip leader.  Our next meeting is August 6th -- be sure watch for the invite from Bob.

    Thanks,

    Mike


  • 18 Jun 2019 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 13th, twenty-five club members set sail for an amazing trip to Key West and Cuba.  Cruisers arranged for their own transportation to Fort Lauderdale, Florida prior to the cruise.  We received notification before the cruise that our boarding time was delayed from noon to 5:00 PM.  This was a little disappointing.  The cruise line gave everyone a voucher for the lunch we missed on board ship.  We were actually able to start boarding around 3:30 PM, and left the Port of Fort Lauderdale at 9:00 PM.  From then on it was smooth sailing.

    We had a Club cocktail party, a free bottle of wine in every cabin, and we were all seated together at four tables for our evening dining.

    Our Itinerary

    • Depart Fort Lauderdale     Monday         9:00 PM
    • Fun Day At Sea                    Tuesday           
    • Key West, FL                         Wednesday  8:00a AM to 7:00 PM
    • Havana, Cuba                       Thursday     7:00 AM – overnight
    • Havana, Cuba                       Friday           Depart 2:00PM
    • Arrive at Fort Lauderdale   Saturday      Disembark starting at 8:30 AM

    Some of the Highlights of the Trip

    • The hop-off-hop-on trolley in Key West and lunch at Sloppy Joe's
    • Touring Havana in classic American cars
    • Bus tour of Havana
    • An evening at the Tropicana, established in 1939
    • A visit to the Hotel Nationale
    • Fantastic dinners with each other every night
    • Bill Hooten and Jimmie Coley singing to us

    I am so glad we all had the wonderful opportunity to get to know the people of Cuba!  The experience was particularly special since Americans will no longer be able to cruise to Cuba as of June 4, 2019.