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October Newsletter

From: Jason
Sent on: Sunday, October 3, 2010 7:36 PM
Hey all Pine Pointers ? It?s getting chilly and making me think of skiing!

In fact, I was sitting on a chair from the Exhibition ski lift at A-Basin yesterday. No, I wasn?t in Colorado ? some friends bought one when A-Basin took down the lift and replaced it with a high-speed quad.

We need help at the ski show in Schaumburg ? Next weekend!
----details below---

This newsletter is packed with lots of TRIP information and meeting dates. Please pick a trip for an awesome ski adventure!


NEW MEETING LOCATION & NIGHT - Starting October 21, we will meet the THIRD Thursday at O?Donovans.

The regular meeting nights will be:
? October 21
? November 18
? December 16


OUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE FALL IS COMING UP IN SIX WEEKS! The[masked] Season Kick-off Party. Please take the time to get it written onto your calendar and plan to attend. Now's a good time to RSVP on Here are the details:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17TH 6pm - 9pm
John Barleycorn-Lincoln Park - Back Room
658 West Belden Avenue @ Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 Phone:[masked]

The more activities you sign-up for, the more tickets you get?

Last chance for "early bird" pricing.

Each check you write (membership, trip deposit) gets you more tickets for door prize drawings including dinners, ski accessories, lift tickets...


Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show?
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center

1551 N. Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg, IL 60173

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to work a booth at the Expo.
You can win a discount on club activities for working a full shift.

Help recruit new members - people that YOU like!
Shop for bargains at the Ski Patrol Ski Swap.
Check out the latest equipment

It will be the first time we have had a booth at one of the ski shows in quite a few years ? so we need your help!

Any person who signs up for a 4 hour shift will receive a free ticket to the show. As an added incentive, for each shift worked, your name will be entered into a raffle for $50 off any Pine Point trip during the[masked] ski season. There are a total of 7 shifts available and we would like 1-2 people for each shift.
If you are interested in working, please contact Jason to schedule your shift. If you can?t do one of the shifts I have here, but can help for any 4 hour period, please let me know.

Friday ? We already have 1 volunteer for each shift, but can use additional help.
2pm - 6pm (includes set-up)
6pm - 10pm

10am - 2pm (1 volunteer already)
2pm - 6pm
6pm - 10pm

11am - 3pm (1 volunteer already)
2pm - 6pm (includes pack-up)



New Years Trip ? JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming $1.194 ($1,944 early bird)
December 28 ? January 2
Trip Leader: Janet Butterfield
Contact j.bfield at

American Airlines
Leave Tuesday December 28 at 10:00am
Return Sunday January 2 into Chicago at 5:15pm
49er Inn - 2 per hotel room
Breakfast buffet
Shuttle from parking lot to mountain
Lift tickets:
3 days included ? 4 days possible
Shuttle to/from Jackson airport
Elk Roast dinner ? night to be determined

MidWinter skiing at COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado $900 ($850 early bird)
February 24 to March 1
Trip Leader: Renata Roberts
Contact renata.r at

Southwest Airlines from Midway to Denver ? NO BAGGAGE FEES
Bus to / from Denver airport.
Leave Thursday February 24 at 11:45am
Return Tuesday March 1 into Chicago at 6:30pm

Mountain Plaza or Village Square - 2 br, 2 ba condos
Walking distance (3-4 minutes) to lifts

4 days lifts with ?Bee Line Advantage?

Spring Break at VAIL, Colorado $1235 ($1185 early bird)
March 27 to April 2
Trip Leader: John Daviduke
Contact dukesno2 at
For a quicker response call (708)[masked]
American Airlines from O?Hare to Denver
Bus to / from Denver airport.
Leave Saturday, March 26 at 8:00am
Return Saturday April 2 into Chicago at 7:30pm

7 nights at Evergreen Lodge. 2 per hotel room
Shuttle to lifts (or a long walk)
5 of 6 day lift ticket included
6 full + 1/2 ski day possible


Ski Brule ? December 10-12 - $167 ($172 if paying online)
Get your ski legs before a Western trip! We have been skiing Brule this time of year for about 10 years and have never had to cancel. They have one of the longest seasons in the Midwest.

Trip includes:
Two nights lodging in multi-bedroom House, with Fireplace and private Hot Tub.
Two days lifts
Breakfast buffet
Saturday: FREE beer Apr?s Ski
Dinner at The Homestead, DJ and Dancing. The Homestead BBQ dinner includes Ski Brule's famous pulled pork, barbecue chicken, potato, sauerkraut, salad, dessert, rolls and beverage.

It's about a 5 1/2 hour drive, we will assist with Carpooling but no guarantees. Discuss with the Trip Leader.
A $50 deposit paid by check holds your spot.
Trip Leader: Dukes

Marquette ? January 21-23 - $289 ($294 if paying online)
(Note: If not paid in full by 12/16, the price goes to $309)

Round trip transportation on bathroom equipped party bus.
Hot dinner and beverages on the bus.
Two nights lodging at the Comfort Suites 2 per room
Saturday & Sunday deluxe continental breakfast
Two day lift ticket
Two days of NASTAR
Saturday late lunch and beverages at the hill in front of the T-bar lounge
Saturday beverages at the hot tub
Saturday Dinner and beverages at the Hotel
Sunday lunch and beverages on the hill
Sunday beverages on the bus ride home - we have a dinner stop

The bus leaves from Higgins & Cumberland, right off the Kennedy and the Blue Line. It is about an 8 hour drive, but we have plenty to entertain us on the ride up.
A $50 deposit paid by check holds your spot.
Trip Leader: Dukes
THIS TRIP SELLS OUT! Reserve your spot early!

Carpool trip ? an easy 4-5 hour ride from Chicago

Total estimated cost for 2 people is $135 plus lunches, dinner Saturday, and car expenses.

This is a book-your-own trip. We have a line on discount lift tickets and got pricing for the Super8 Wausau. Many club members will be staying there, but you can book your own hotel to get something fancier if you want.

The Super8 is 3 miles north of the mountain. $55 per night according to their web site.
It has a pool and hot tub. In includes breakfast.
You can get a better deal through the Entertainment Book ($47.90 per night plus tax of about $6.50 per night). To make a reservation call[masked], 1st prompt 2, 2nd prompt 3, this will get you to Super8. They should ask for an ID Code which is 1000 000181. These rooms have 2 or 1 Queens, Kings are higher. You can cancel up to 4PM day before. This is the rate as of 9/1, prices may go up closer to the date or as they fill up.

As noted, we can get a 2 day lift ticket for $66. These have to be purchased in advance! Contact Dukes to arrange your tickets.
If you buy tickets online, they are $104.16 or are $115 at the window.
Take advantage of our deal!

Granite Peak requires a waiver from everyone that skis, you can put up to 6 names on one waiver.

It's about a 4 1/2 hour drive, we will assist with Carpooling but no guarantees. Discuss with the Trip Leader. (Dukes)

Ski Brule CMSC Winter Carnival ? March 11-12 $250 with bus ($210 if driving)
($9 extra if paying online)
Carnival is as much about Games, Partying (ie. FREE beer), and Socializing as it is about skiing. There should be no question about skiing - the earliest Brule closing in the last 5 years was 4/16. This is your chance to party with other Chicago ski clubs.

Bus trip (or drive yourself if you want)
2 nights lodging.
2 day lift tickets.
2 breakfasts.
1 dinner.
Wine & Cheese party.
Round trip motor coach transportation
PLUS Fun & Games: Costume contest, Slush Cup, Penguin race, NASTAR race. More fun & games TBA. Maybe a treasure hunt, Bocce Ball, Beach Volley Ball, Pie Eating Contest, Three leg race, Potato Sack Race, and Tug of War.

What have people said about prior Carnivals?
?It's juvenile and irresponsible and tons of fun. It's like a big frat party.?
A $50 deposit paid by check holds your spot.
Trip Leader: Dukes


Finally, to see if you are reading this far?


Get a new person to join Pine Point and receive a free drink voucher for a club meeting (up to $5).
New person cannot have been a member of Pine Point in the since the[masked] ski season.

Bring in a new member and that member goes on a trip ? receive a voucher for a discount on a trip.
New member goes on a western trip ? receive a $25 voucher.
New member goes on a mid-western trip ? receive a $10 voucher.
Vouchers will be good for the[masked] or[masked] ski seasons.



October 8-10 ? Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show? - Schaumburg
*** Volunteers Needed ***
10/17 ? Season kick-off party at John Barleycorn
10/21 ? Regular meeting at O?Donovans ? THIRD Thursday night
10/29 ? Warren Miller film (at Park West)
11/18 - Regular meeting at O?Donovans ? THIRD Thursday night
12/11 ? Ski Brule carpool trip
12/16 ? Regular meeting at O?Donovans
12/28 ? New Years trip departs
1/20 - Regular meeting at O?Donovans
1/21 - Marquette bus trip
2/17 - Regular meeting at O?Donovans
2/24 - Copper Mountain
3/4 - Granite Peak carpool trip
3/11 - Ski Brule bus trip to CMSC Winter Carnival
3/17 - St Patrick?s Day meeting at O?Donovans
3/27 - Vail
4/21 - Regular meeting at O?Donovans
5/7 - End of season party??? Maybe - hold the date

Important contacts:

Western Trip Leaders
New Years - Jackson Hole: Janet Butterfield
j.bfield at

Copper Mountain - Renata Roberts
renata.r at

Vail: John ?Dukes? Daviduke
Dukesno2 at
To get in touch with Dukes faster, call:[masked]

Midwestern Trip Leader
Dukesno2 at
To get in touch with Dukes faster, call:[masked]

Jason Claycomb
[masked] President
sk8r_sk8r at

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