June 2014

Sequoia Ski Club Established 1935 Member FWSA

Fourteen official members and two guests attended the end of the year club potluck held at the home of Woody and Fran Hogan on May 29th in Exeter.  Members brought either a side dish or salad.  The dinner was prepared by Woody and consisted of tri-tip and his own special chili beans.  Tom Babagian brought dessert, our Sequoia Ski Club birthday cake.
     Members socialized inside for awhile before going outside on the patio for dinner and more socializing.  Everyone had stories of their own personal ski seasons from this past ski year.  A short meeting was held for the election of officers for the upcoming year.  (See article)
     Attending the potluck were members Woody Hogan, J. D. Fischer, Joe Shimasaki and Rosalie Fisher, David and Barbara Mayeda, Tom and Sherry Babagian, George and Debbie Stewart, Curt and Janet Lange, Mike and Lupe Bowers, Woody's wife Fran and former member John Rose.
     The recent election of club officers included two members filling slots previously held by other members.  Mike Bowers is the new Membership Chairman filling the slot formerly held by Rosalie Fisher, who declined the nomination.  Woody Hogan was elected the new club VP of Travel, formerly held by Delora Buckman.  Woody was also re-elected Club President, thus filling two different roles.
     Those re-elected to other club positions included Debbie Stewart, Vice President; Sherry Babagian, Secretary; Janet Lange, Treasurer; David Mayeda, Race Director; J. D. Fischer, Newsletter Editor; Tom Babagian, Social Director; and George Stewart, Web Master.
     Debbie Stewart is in charge of the Sierra Council delegations's travel for the FWSA Ski Week at Whistler from January 31-February 7, 2015 and reports that if you are planning on going, you need to get in your $75 deposit to her soon.  A few couples who usually go on the trip haven't committed yet.  The Council has 62 beds and so far about 50 have signed up.  If more beds are needed, additional lodging may be available but not at the same location.
     Most lodging options are condos with a few hotel rooms.  The condos will be a mixture of ski in and ski out and slope side.  Information will be sent out soon by email on the options, and members who have made their deposits can put in for their options and roommates at that time.  Last year at Beaver Creek the club had good representation. Senior lift ticket packages will be available.  Debbie emphasizes that because we are going to Canada that passports will be needed and should be good at least six months after returning, which would then be August 7.  Whistler is the biggest resort in North America with over 8,000 acres of skiing and a mile vertical from the top of Blackcomb's highest peak to the valley floor below.
     Beautiful Bend, Oregon, just a few miles from the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, is the site of this summer's annual Far West Ski Association annual convention on June 12-15, and our club will be represented by George and Debbie Stewart, as well as club president Woody Hogan.
     Thursday is registration day, while much of Friday will be spent on optional activities, including a pub crawl, hiking, golfing, and shopping-dinning -wining.  Friday night is the silent auction which is open to the public.  Ski trips, summer trips, and all kinds of packages will be up for bid.
     Saturday morning will involve the Travel Expo, where those in attendance can meet one-on-one with reps who can give you all the skinny on all the great places where you might go skiing.  Delegates also will hear from guest speakers in the Snowsports Leadership Academy and Public Affairs sessions, as well as the lunch time keynote speaker, freestyle skier Jess McMillan.  Saturday night will feature a dance for all delegates.
     Sunday will conclude with a brunch and meetings, including the elections of officers, club and council awards, and well as door and raffle prizes.  Then entire event will be held at The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.



     Next season's Ski Week is at Whistler Blackcomb.  We know that and more nformation on how to attend will come out soon at the next meeting.  But here are some interesting facts and stats about the resort that you perhaps didn't know.
     Personally I skied 23 days which is a fairly normal season for me and had a good time on the slopes.  I know that for some members the trip to Beaver Creek provided most of their season.  One of our club members, Tom Link, skied a week in Colorado with some friends for the eleventh year in a row.  Maybe some of you had some similar experiences.  Let me know.
     It was a tough year snow wise and after three dry years, we are due for a wet one.  El Nino studies show that next season could provide a lot of snow, but predictions can change.The next newsletter now comes out in June. The next several will come out every other month. I hope to hear from Debbie and George about their trip to Europe. I will give some final snow totals from a couple of major Tahoe resorts to see where we ended up. I hope we can finally have a club social to end the season. That is where we can all tell our stories about the past season. Maybe it can also serve as the club's missing birthday party. My physical problems continue to plague me but somehow not so much when I ski. I hope we can finally get Sherry and Tom both healthy at the same time so they can ski together. I hope that everyone made it through the season without any injuries. And most of all, I hope all of you have a great summer. Next season will come before you know it.

     For those club members who frequently ski China Peak, that same resort offers a large number of off-season activities during the summer months of June, July, and August.  Details an be found on the China Peak web site, but here is a summary of those events.
     During what is called Live Friday, the resort will offer live entertainment each Friday.  The names of the entertainers are on the web site.  On June 21-22 the Enduro Bike Races will held for all bikers.  There will be an open house on June 22 for information about China Peak weddings.
     The Adventure Center opens for the season beginning the weekend of June 28-29 and remains open each weekend through August 31.  The center has a bike park, scenic chair lift rides, and disc golf.  The China Peak Mud Run will be held on August 2, a 5K course through mud and obstacles on the slopes of the resort.
     August 9 is a big event, the China Peak Triathlon and Multi-Sport Festival.  If you aren't up to doing the swim, bike, and run, there are other events, including a Duathlon for adults and kids.  Competitors can also do the individual sports, which include an open water swim, 5K run, and XC mountain bike race.  Finally is the Rumble to the Peak on August 16, a motorcycle ride from Selma to China Peak.
     Of course, you can just come and enjoy fishing and boating on the nearby lakes, as well as hiking on the trails.  The air is also cooler and the air clearer than down in the valley.

     As a FWSA member you can go on many non-skiing and skiing events.  All these events list the details on the FWSA web site.  Here is a very quick summary on those coming up.
     African Safari - September 5-20, 2014.  There are still a few signups available on a case by case basis.  Contact Debbie immediately if you would like to go.
     Scuba Diving -  October 11-18, 2014 at Cozumel, Mexico.
     Whistler Ski Week - January 31-February 6, 2015
     CMH Heli-skiing - March 16-21, 2015.  The package includes everything but transportation to the lodging, including one afternoon and four days of skiing.  Packages from $5830 to $6480.
     Whitefish, Montana, Mountain Mini Ski Week - March 30-April 4, 2015.
     International Ski Trip to Val d'Isere - March of 2015.  Specific dates and other information to be available soon.
     Last March, Debbie Stewart led 108 skiers on the European ski trip to Zermatt with 36 doing the Spain extension.  Debbie is charge of International Travel for Far West, while Nancy Ellis of the Sierra Council is in charge of North American Travel.
By J. D. Fischer
     Here are a few additional tidbits from our last club meeting which was the potluck.
     Social Director Tom Babagian says to on the lookout for emails on some planned dinners for club members during the summer at Brewbakers or Applebees.
     Treasurer Janet Lange gave a financial report.  The club has $1,953.93 in the general fund and $16,799,37 in a Pacific Western Bank CD. 
     Web Master George Stewart is currently working on a new design for the club web site.
     For all of us the ski season is finally over.  The amount of snow we had this season was dismal, and for some members it meant a very short season.  Others were able to find snow in different places and still had decent seasons.  Whatever case was yours, I wish you a great summer and fall.  Hopefully next season will be much better.  After several seasons of poor winter weather, we are due for a change. 
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