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June 2019 Newsletter

June 05, 2019 7:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

From the New President

Thank you all for entrusting me with the role of president. I’m really excited at all the enthusiasm for our club and the people who have stepped up to take a turn helping out. The elected officers Ralph Preziosi (Vice President), Brian Swaney (Treasurer), David Stoner (Secretary) and I will do our best to keep everything humming along for a strong club future. Please be sure to thank new committee chairs John Gardner, Jace Gates, and Jeff and Robin Smithberger. Thank you Kevin and Dana Cuddihy (Racing), Rod Gatlin (Bylaws) and Tom Grayson (Trips). And especially thank outgoing president Morgan Mayer, longstanding trips chair (and former president) Denver Board, Membership chair, Lynn Wise, and Carol Roach, who led marketing and communications for the past six months. You can see the Committees list: https://charlotteskiandsnowboardclub.wildapricot.org/Board-&-Board-Positions

About me? Ski racing with Charlotte since the 2015-16 season, and a resident of the area full time since fall 2017, I am eager to contribute to the club. I’m a freelance graphic designer with clients around the world (just none yet in major western ski resorts). I grew up with a father in the ski resort industry, and a mother who learned to ski late but eagerly. I feel like volunteering for the club is a bit like coming home.

Lots of things are in the works for the coming months. Make sure to check out the "Trip News" and "Social Events" sections further down in this newsletter for more information.

We take the summer months off for Monthly Club Meetings, so plan ahead for the next one — September 9, 2019 at Brewers at 4001 Yancey in Charlotte. See you then!

Mary Christianson, President, 2019-20

Trip News


4th Annual Trip to Snowshoe, WV on January 10-12, 2020: This is our only Regional Weekend Trip of the Season and we are bringing it to you with special pricing.  We will be staying at the Allegheny Springs Lodge again and are looking to have a big crowd this year.  This is a 2 night trip (Friday and Saturday) starting at $422 that includes lift tickets.  A third night is optional on January 9th.  This is an IKON Pass Resort.  See trip details and registration information on the website.  New to this trip is that you can pay by credit card!

Aspen Snowmass Trip February 1-8, 2020: We are staying at our favorite Condos at Top of the Village (slope side) but unfortunately, they are currently on a wait list with 138 people registered.  We have 2 spaces open in rooms at the Stonebridge Inn at the 2018 contract price and we just added 5 more rooms at the 2019 price which is $138 more per person.  The Stonebridge has QQ deluxe hotel rooms, great amenities, and comes with a hot breakfast buffet each morning.  It is in the base area close to shopping and restaurants and is ski in/out. 

This trip is capped at 168 spaces.  Club members who wish to acquire their own lodging can tag onto our group rate lift tickets which are very low for Aspen ($400 for a 5 day adult lift and $303 for a 5 day senior (65+) lift) and by paying a $25 trip registration fee.  Group Air will be available from Charlotte to Aspen and Eagle Airports starting in July.  See trip details and pricing options on the club website.

Steamboat Trip February 29 to March 7, 2020:  This trip is 50% sold with 38 signed up and is a great value for Skiing and Riding in Prime Time!  We are staying in the Mountain Village at the Lodge in 2 and 3 bedroom condos.  Trip activities include an optional Snowmobile Tour and a day trip to Winter Park.  Ralph, Denver, and Mary are working hard planning fun mixers and parties.  This is going to be a fun trip!  Group Air will be available from Charlotte to Hayden and Denver Airports starting in July.  See trip details and pricing options on the Club Website.

Deer Valley Trip March 29 to April 3, 2020: This is a 5 night trip that was recently added and some details are still being worked out.  I will say that the prices are very good!  We should have trip registration up soon!  We are staying at the Zermatt Utah Resort outside of Deer Valley.  We will have lift options at Deer Valley and Park City/Canyons.  Deer Valley is an IKON Pass Resort and Park City is an EPIC Pass Resort.  An optional day trip is planned to Powder Mountain. This is our first venture in a 5 night trip arriving on Sunday and departing on Friday. From looking at 2021 Resort pricing, this may be the wave of the future? 


Steamboat Camp December 7-14, 2019:  This is a great Skiing, Riding, or Racing Improvement Camp as it includes 5 full days of lesson plans and a 6 day lift ticket.  There is flexibility in their program so you can cut back on lesson and lift ticket days.  Some of the best Ski and Ride Instructors in Colorado show up for this event.  It is run by Crescent Ski Council and has a lot of social mixers and fun activities.  Trip registrations start June 1st and the first 70 people to sign up get an $82 trip credit. 

Sun Peaks, BC is January 11-18, 2020: This is CSC Ski Week and it will be in beautiful British Columbia.  The trip includes 6 nights at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and 1 night on the return at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel.  A 5 day lift is included with options for 3/4/6 day lifts.  Group Air is optional along with Travel Insurance.  You will need a valid US Passport with at least 6 months remaining at the end of the trip and a few clean pages.  Trip registration starts on June 1st. 

CSC and Holidaze Ski Tours Spain Adventure Trip March 17-25, 2020:  This is a fun packed trip with many options.  The trip registration form is currently being worked out and will be with Holidaze Ski Tours.  We will have registration information soon. 


Ski/Snowboard trip to the French and Swiss Alps March 6-14, 2020: Join Club Member Aaron Schorsch and Saveur the Journey for a wonderful tripwith a focus on food, especially cheese! We will ski/board the "Portes du Soleil (Doors of the Sun)," 13 interconnected resorts in the French and Swiss Alps encompassing over 650 km of slopes while enjoying fondue, raclette, tartiflette, local sausages, mountain trout, winter salads, pastries, and great wines. After a day of shredding on the mountain visit the charming ski town of Morzine for an "après ski" or relax in a luxury post and beam chalet overlooking the valley with a glass of wine, hors-d’œuvres, and new friends!

Trip Details: For trip details, click on the Club trip website pagehttps://charlotteskiandsnowboardclub.wildapricot.org/Trips

For Trip Questions: For trip questions, please contact Tom Grayson at tom@tomgrayson.com

Race Team News

Race Team Summer Party - June 15, 2019: The summer race team potluck party will be Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 11am at Dale Dorsey’s house on Lake Wylie. If you would like to sign-up to come and bring something, contact Martha Honeycutt at honeycutt4@bellsouth.net.

Social Events

New Social Chair: I am Robin Smithberger and I am the Social Committee Chair. As a new board member I look forward to working with club members on scheduling new, exciting social activities. As a club we are looking into scheduling more social events with current club members and events that can attracted new members.
If anyone is interested in leading an activity please email rocknrobin064@aol.com with the following information:

  •  Complete Name
  •  Phone Number(s)
  •  Email 
  •  Activity Date
  •  Description of Activity
  •  Activity Time and Location
  •  Cost

Second Harvest Food Bank - June 29, 2019: Click here for details!

Whitewater Rafting Trip - August 2-4, 2019: Ace Adventure Resorts in West Virginia on the New River August 2-4, 2019.  Cabins are available and the rafting cost is $130 per person and includes all the gear and fees.  See trip details and registration information on the website.  New to this trip is that you can pay trip registration by credit card! Click here for details!

Crescent Ski Council

News from Crescent Ski Council - Crescent Ski Council is an organization made up of 19 ski and snowboard clubs in the southeast US. They provide support for club management, Spring and Fall conventions centered on snow sports, a race league and additional trips for member clubs to offer to members. Read the Crescent monthly report for information about the April 26-28 Spring Conference held in Myrtle Beach (where our own Kevin and Dana Cuddihy won the bocce ball tournament!), as well as the upcoming Fall Conference in Gatlinburg at the Glenstone Lodge, October 17-20, 2019. Consider signing up for the Fall Conference this year — Lets get a great showing from Charlotte! To find out more about Crescent Ski Council, read the President's monthly newsletter at https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/PresLetters/Latest.pdf.

Ski and Board Equipment for Sale

New Newsletter Heading: Starting with this June Newsletter, we will be adding a new section called "Ski & Board Equipment For Sale." Members can send us information on ski and snowboard equipment they want to sell. See the first item for sale below. Email Martha Honeycutt at honeycutt4@bellsouth.net with the following information:

  • Name
  • Item(s) Selling
  • Description
  • Price
  • Contact Info
  • Photos - Max. 4

Items can be listed for as long as 2 consecutive months. They will be removed if they do not sell by then.

SKIER’S EDGE For Sale - $200: Skier's Edge QS5 Big Mountain Series ski workout platform. Includes all original equipment (slope simulator, poles, manual, tools) as well as the Powder/Mogul Master and Assistant Coach Balance Bar. All in Excellent / Used Condition. The Skier's Edge is the leading ski simulation and workout machine. 20-30 sessions produce a good workout with all the right ski muscles burning. The Powder/Mogul Master and Balance Bar accessories simulate "feet together" control necessary for deep powder runs and steep bumps. Over $2,500 retail value. For pick up in Charlotte area call 704-774-7442

Published June 5, 2019

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