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January Newsletter With Upcoming Events, Trips, and Races

January 01, 2024 2:20 PM | Anonymous

Winter Solstice was December 21st, so our favorite season is officially here! We ended 2023 with a fabulous holiday party and a Warren Miller movie. Come out to Sugar Creek Brewing on January 8th for a happy hour, club meeting, and dance class.

The Crescent Race Series starts this weekend at Sugar Mountain, and more races are scheduled in February. Club members can register to race (or free ski) with discounted lift tickets through our event links.

We’re excited about Colorado trips to Telluride, Aspen Snowmass, and Beaver Creek/Vail in January and February. A few spaces remain for the Heavenly Lake Tahoe trip departing March 16th, but only for a limited time. There’s plenty of snow at regional resorts in NC, TN, VA, and WV as well, so have a great time wherever you’re skiing or riding. I hope to see you on the slopes!

~ Tom Grayson, Club President

PS - Don't forget our club sponsors. They offer expert advice and are eager to assist with your clothing, equipment, and travel needs.

Sugar Mountain Day Trip
Sunday, January 7th

Ski or ride with us this Sunday at Sugar Mountain, and let’s cheer for our racers during the Crescent Ski Council Race! This North Carolina resort near Banner Elk offers 20 trails with plenty of options from beginner greens to a double black with a 48-degree pitch. 

Get More Details & RSVP

Happy Hour, Club Meeting & Dance Night
Monday, January 8th

Join us on Monday, January 8th for our first events of new year at Sugar Creek Brewing! Happy hour starts at bar at 5:30 pm, followed by our 6:30 pm club meeting in the event room.

We’ll share our schedule for day trips to local resorts, so you can arrange carpools (and other day trips) with Charlotte skiers and snowboarders. There will be light appetizers, a cash bar, door prizes, gentle yoga, a food drive supporting Cooperative Christian Ministry, and an 8 pm dance class! 

RSVP for 5:30 PM Happy Hour

RSVP for 6:30 PM Club Meeting

RSVP for 8:00 PM Dance Night

Beech Mountain Day Trip
Tuesday, January 9th

Ski or ride with us at Beech Mountain on Tuesday, January 9th! This North Carolina resort offers the highest ski area in Eastern America with a peak elevation of 5,506 feet, seventeen trails, two terrain parks, two restaurants, and a brewery. 

Get More Details & RSVP

Cornelius Dance Nights
Monday, January 15th & 22nd

Shake up your Monday nights with dance classes at Dynamic Ballroom in Cornelius! We’re learning wedding dance staples and basic social dancing, including simple forms like foxy, merengue, jitterbug, and more.

Join us on January 15th and/or January 22nd from 7:30-8:30 pm. Bring a dance partner or come solo. It’s only $15 a person and the perfect way to make Mondays more fun.

RSVP for January 15th

RSVP for January 22nd

Western Ski Trips

The Crescent Ski Council’s Taos, New Mexico trip departs on January 13th. Our Telluride, Colorado trip departs on January 20th. February includes a waitlisted trip to Aspen Snowmass on the 3rd, followed by our Beaver Creek/Vail trip departing February 24th. We have one single female spot and one single male spot available for Beaver Creek/Vail.

Get More Details & Register for Beaver Creek/Vail

For a limited time, there are eight spots left for our March 16th-23rd South Lake Tahoe trip to Heavenly – two queen rooms and a king suite in the newly renovated Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe. 

Get More Details & Register for Heavenly

Crescent Ski Council Iceland Trip

10-Day Iceland Tour 
May 19-28, 2024

Explore the land of fire and ice during a 10-day Iceland tour. The $4,898 base package covers lodging, airfare, ground transportation, and fourteen meals.  

Get More Details & Register

Food Drives

We are collecting canned goods for Cooperative Christian Ministry’s food relief programs at club meetings and local events. Thanks to your generous donations at our October, November, and December events, we dropped off 242 pounds of food last month! Help us donate even more in 2024, especially the following high-need items:

15 oz no salt added canned beans and vegetables
15 oz no sugar added canned fruit
5 oz canned tuna in water

Donate two items to boost your door prize odds with an extra ticket. Or better yet, bring four items, and you’ll receive two extra tickets!

Race With Us

Whether you’re new to skiing and snowboarding or an Olympic-caliber racer, we want you to join our race team! Most of our racers are average skiers who want to make the slopes more exciting, but our roster also includes former collegiate racers and ski instructors. There is no minimum commitment. Race once or compete every time, whatever fits your schedule.

The first race of the season is this weekend at Sugar Mountain, but registration closed on Sunday. Club members can register for discounted group lift tickets as racer or non-racer at Appalachian Ski Mountain (February 24th/25th), Sugar Mountain (February 10th/11th), and Beech Mountain (February 3rd/4th). Registration opens two weeks before each race and closes at 1:00 PM the Sunday before the event.

More Racing Info

Racing Schedule

Register for Beech Mtn Feb 3-4 Races

Email our Race Director, Greg Brentrup at or our Assistant Race Director, John Gardner at with any questions.

Elected Board Positions and Volunteer Opportunities

Want to be more involved with the club in 2024? Consider running for a board position or volunteering to help us plan club events and trips. Elections are coming in April 2024 for next year’s elected board leadership positions, including president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. There are also opportunities for new people to assist the board, with an eye on running in future years, or to help out here and there.

More About How CSSC Runs and How You Can Run

Thank you to the members who volunteered to serve on the nomination committee: Jane Bycroft, Dale Chinault, Mary Christianson, Renée Phillips, and Alisa Weber. Please get in touch with one of us to learn more, or to chat about opportunities. We invite you to share your vision for the club and any special talents or expertise. 

Jane: 704-609-7151

Dale: 704-995-7218

Mary: 734-761-5734

Renee: 704-562-4720

Alisa: 704-685-0780

Renew Your Membership

Ski season is the perfect time to renew your membership or join our club! Here are some of the perks:

  • Meet other active people who love skiing and riding
  • Ski trips and outdoor adventures, like hiking, rafting, and biking
  • Discounts on trips, lift tickets, and local ski shop gear
  • Racing in the Crescent Ski Council race series 

Annual single memberships are $30 or join as a household for $50. Choose a racing membership if you’re interested in racing with us.

Get Your Club Gear

Spread the love for snow sports with t-shirts, stickers, mugs, and luggage tags! The snowflake QR code is an easy conversation starter and links directly to our website.

Check Out Our Gear & Place Your Order

Club Sponsors

Visit our Club Sponsors page for details on discounts and membership perks.
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Charlotte, NC 28220

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