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September 2019 Newsletter

September 04, 2019 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



From The Board

Kick Off Meeting - Greetings, everyone! Looking forward to our annual kick off meeting Monday September 9th at 4001 Yancey (7pm). We hope to see every member in attendance, because we have great and exciting new things to share with you all.

Trips - The trip packages rolled out in May have been super popular so make sure to act fast if there is a trip you are interested in joining this year. We expect most trips to be sold out by the end of September. More information in the trips section below.

Holiday Party News - Some people on our Facebook page, some of whom are not club members, have questioned the board’s plan for this year’s Christmas party. After careful review, the board found that only a percentage of the attendees at the holiday party were actually members, and yet these parties have been very costly to the club. A decision was made this year that money could be better spent for events and activities that benefit more members throughout the year.

That said, we invite your input, and we also ask for your understanding as your volunteer board members work very hard to build a strong club, and a strong social calendar.

 Other things we are working on:

  • The Warren Miller movie, which may move to two nights in November (dates and times coming soon)
  • More great trip information from Trips Chair Tom Grayson (read below)
  • Dryland Training program, also run by Tom (sign up now and get warmed up for the season!)
  • The 2019-20 ski and snowboard race season, with new schedule posted on our website

We love suggestions, so reach out to me or any board member with your ideas and comments. Wishing us all a great snow season! It’s almost on us!

Ralph Preziosi, Vice President

Dryland Ski and Ride School

Get ready for the coming season or get started the right way to ski or snowboard! There is a registration link on the Club website and cost is $15 (Club membership is required). We will be taking class sign-ups at the September Club Meeting or you can register online! The class is going to be geared to first time skiers/riders, beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels (including racers!). We will separate into groups addressing levels and physical conditioning. Contact Tom Grayson at tom@tomgrayson.com

Classes start Sunday, September 15th at 4pm and will run weekly to December 7th. We will move the classes around to better serve our participating members.  The program is set up to allow people to join after the September 15th start date but it is recommended to start on time for the best results.  We will be using the Ski Magazine/US Ski and Snowboard Team Ultimate Ski Fitness Workout!

What is included:

* Conditioning exercises for increased strength and mobility (cross training shoes and wear recommended)

* Stretching exercises for flexibility, range of motion, and injury prevention (yoga mat recommended)

* Skiing and riding drills to introduce/reinforce basic fundamentals

* Hikes at Crowders Mountain State Park and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Parks (may include some mountain bike rides )

* Ice skating party (*separate fee TBD)

* Ski shop night at Ski Country Outdoors, Alpine Ski Center, and Sun and Ski Sports (learn about clothing, equipment, and accessories)

* Trip to Appalachian Ski Mountain for on snow ski and riding lessons (optional Saturday night stay and party with a separate fee TBD) 

Charlotte Trips

We have a great selection of Club trips (4) and Crescent trips (3) coming this season! Our trip leaders this season are Jeff Smithberger, Ralph Preziosi, Denver Board, Mary Christianson, and Tom Grayson. Our apprentice trip leaders are Jace Gates and John Gardner.

We have added group air options (direct flights on American Airlines) into Denver for the Snowmass ($309.75) and Steamboat ($335) Club trips.  We are monitoring group air flights into Aspen Airport for the Snowmass trip and into Salt Lake City for the Deer Valley trip and hope to have seats locked in soon depending on price.  Ground transfer options have been added for both Snowmass and Steamboat trips.

Space is currently limited on the Aspen Snowmass trip, Club Steamboat trip, and the Crescent Sun Peaks trip.  Don’t wait to register and secure your space if you wish to go on one of these trips!

For questions about any of our trip offerings below in 2020, please contact Tom Grayson, Trip Director at tom@tomgrayson.com or 704-906-1110.  For a full description of the trips and trip registration, please visit the "Trips" tab on the Club website www.charlotteskiandsnowboardclub.com


Snowshoe, WV on January 10-12, 2020 (Jan 9 option)               10+ spaces available

Aspen Snowmass Trip February 1-8, 2020                                      8 spaces available at Stonebridge Inn, waitlist at TOV (condos)

Steamboat Trip February 29 to March 7, 2020                               9 spaces available

Zermatt Resort/Deer Valley Trip March 29 to April 3, 2020              10+ spaces available


Steamboat Camp December 7-14, 2019                                      10+ spaces available

Sun Peaks, BC January 11-18, 2020                                              6 spaces available (limited lodging options)

Holidaze Ski Tours Spain Adventure Trip March 17-25, 2020     10+ spaces available

To find out more about Crescent trips, please visit their website at  https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/clubtrips.html

Social Events

Next Happy Hour - The next happy hour is Friday September 20th at 6pm. It will be at Legions South Park, 5610 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, NC. .

Social Event Ideas - Have an idea for a fun group activity for the club? Contact Robin Smithberger at rocknrobin064@aol.com with the following information:

Complete Name

Phone Number(s)

Activity Date

Description of Activity

Activity Time and Location


Ski Racing News

2019-2020 Race Schedule Posted - The new race schedule is posted for the 2019-2020 Season. Click on the following link to see all the details https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/racing/Results/CSC%2019-20%20Results/CSC%20Race%20Schedule%2019-20.pdf

New Race Director and Leadership Team - We want to thank Dana and Kevin Cuddihy for their amazing leadership the past 4 years as our Co-Race Directors. They did such a great job leading the team to many successful racing victories and recruiting club and race members.

We want to welcome Mark Smets as our new Race Director. Mark has been with the team for 6+ years and will be an excellent leader dedicated to making this season the best ever. Helping Mark are the following individuals:

Division 1 Race Coordinators – Greg Brentrup, Wes Mullen, Dale Dorsey

Division 2 Race Coordinators – John Gardner, Karen/Chris DeCarlo

Race Day Coordinator – Martha Honeycutt, Mary Christianson

Social Coordinator – Zack Curfman

Training Coordinator – Jim Kasprzak

Crescent Ski Council

Crescent Ski Council Annual Fall Conference: October 18-20, 2019: You should be there! We will be at Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN. Take advantage of your membership in Crescent (part of your membership perks in our club) and join in parties, hike, golf and/or just socializing with other ski/ride enthusiasts. You can also attend Crescent training workshops about Club Administration, Finance, Socials, Newsletters, Websites, Advertising, Trips, Special Programs and Membership. Let's get a lot of club members to sign up and make a showing at this year's conference! This year is the council's 50th Anniversary, so it's a great year to attend the conference and represent our club. More info here: https://charlotteskiandsnowboardclub.wildapricot.org/event-3499775

News from Crescent Ski Council -  To find out more about Crescent Ski Council, read the President's monthly newsletter at  https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/PresLetters/Latest.pdf.

New Ski Club T-Shirts

The final design is in! We will have mens and womens t-shirts and hats for pre-order at the September meeting and coming to the website. They will be ready for pick-up at the October meeting. T-shirts are soft 100% cotton in a medium weight and the hat is a unisex baseball hat. Shirts are $15 each and hats are $18 each. Proceeds will go toward providing more Club Activities.

Published September 5th, 2019



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