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Pine Point Ski Club is an athletic, recreational and social ski club of about 200 members. We love to stay active all year round and have a lot of fun along the way!

We schedule several Western ski trips annually as well as a number of local Midwestern getaways. Although skiing and snowboarding (yes we do have snowboarders in the club) is our main mission, we offer a year-round schedule of activities. Annual favorites include a Kettle Moraine Camping & Biking trip, White Elephant Gift Exchange Party, Memorial Day Grill & Bike, picnics and impromptu festival outings.

What makes us special? To start off, the loyalty of our members allowed us to not only survive but thrive during rough pandemic times, with safety of our members being on the forefront of everything that we do. One of our strong suites is the international member base, including member representation from all 5 continents! Our skiers and snowboarders are at all levels: racers, mogul monsters, cruisers, terrain park masters, and raw beginners. If you have never been on the snow before - we are excited to guide you through this amazing experience.

We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ Green Eye Lounge (Chicago) during winter months. Come check us out and learn about this season's trips! Visit our website for more information: https://www.pinepointskiclub.com/

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Full moon fire jam

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It's a full moon in Chicago. What better thing to do than to watch a bunch of fire spinning, fire twirling, & fire breathing performers on the lake front?

Join on about 1/4 mile south of Foster Ave beach for this unusual and really HOT event! It's amazing to see what the different performers do. I have seen hoopers, jugglers, people rolling fire balls along the arms, and all sorts of "crazy" stuff.

This is a free event - This is a bring your own blanket and food. Technically, alcohol is not allowed in Chicago parks.

We will be along the west side of the performer's circle (looking towards the lake), as close to the rope as we can get. There is plenty of parking in the park just east of where the jam takes place. Or ride your bike along the lakefront path.

For full details:
https://www.fullmoonjam.org/schedule

Movie Night in the Millennium Park

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This summer, DCASE is pleased to present the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays. In celebration of the citywide “2022 Year of Chicago Dance” this summer’s lineup showcases select films inspired by dance.

Join Pine Point for Encanto: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi3064775449/

We are going to meet at 6:00pm and the film starts at 6:30pm. Be sure to grab a snack and blanket, and look for Pine Point banner in the North East corner of the park (lawn). Please note that there is no cellular reception in the park.

Public transportation is encouraged, otherwise you best choice is Spot Hero or Millennium Park garage: https://www.millenniumgarages.com/all-garages/millennium-park-garage/

By RSVPing yes you agree to follow all park rules:
https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/dol/rulesandregs/Millennium-Park-Rules.pdf

Happy Summer everyone!

35th Annual Kettle McBlain Camping and Biking Trip, WI

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AN AWESOME SUMMER GETAWAY CAMPING AND BIKING WEEKEND FOR THE 35TH TIME!!!

We will be at Benson’s Camping Resort on Long Lake near Dundee, Wisconsin, about 3 hours north of Chicago. We had a great time last year and can do a fun, socially distanced event again this year.

Friday activities:
• Tent set-up
• Campfire & fun discussions
• A grill will be set-up and ready to use. Pine Point is not providing any food out of an abundance of Covid caution. We will provide the grill, charcoal and tools.

Saturday activities:
Limestone Biking Trail : 16 mile
Road biking routes include 38, 56, & 76 mile options. We have maps and turn sheets available for this self-guided ride (though there are usually plenty of people who have ridden these routes before to help show the way). Riders typically stop for lunch in the patio at Fudgienuckles in Glenbeulah. The short and intermediate route riders typically overlap for lunch. The mountain bikers will coordinate lunch times with them. At the end of the ride, many of us also enjoy a well-earned ice cream cone at the Hamburger Haus in Dundee. Saturday dinner will be on your own.

  • Most years people head to the Idlewile Inn, in Saint Cloud WI.
  • The Pine Point grill will also be available.
  • Tiki Beach Resort is a fun place to hit a lake and watch a sunset over water and listen to a rock band. Please note that this place has been really crowded other years.

MTB at the Greenbush trails. A trail fee is necessary in Wisconsin state parks and a State Park parking pass is also required.

Hiking: there are a lot of trails in state parks around the area. Greenbush has the most variety of terrain and a few kettles to check out.
https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/kmn

Beach & Long Lake: Long Lake Recreation Area has a couple beaches and Benson's has canoes and kayaks for rent.

Sunday can be a recovery day, more riding, hiking, canoeing, or ???

Included in the trip price:

  • Camping space in an area reserved for our group
  • Firewood & charcoal for the grill
  • Maps & guidance for 38, 56 and 76 mile routes
  • Awesome company of outdoor enthusiasts

Don't forget:

  • A bike, kayak, and/or hiking shoes
  • Quarters for the shower
  • Camping essentials: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/family-camping-checklist.html

Carpooling:
If you are looking for a ride or have extra spot, please coordinate by posing it in the comments.

RSVP & $$$

  • Pine Point Annual Members: $50
  • Guests, Visitors, Non-Members: $55 (non members, need to fill out summer membership form and e-mail to mcdzica AT gmail.com: https://www.pinepointskiclub.com/_files/ugd/111146_f912244af34e48488c7de2b3379ac21e.pdf
  • Pay electronically via Venmo/Paypal/Zelle to mcdzica AT gmail

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Turn sheets will be provided Saturday morning, but if you want to check out the routes in advance:

16 Mile Route to Mauthe Lake. Limestone bike trail. The trail passes through hardwood forests, open prairies, tall pines and lowland swamps. The hills are easy to moderate. There is no fee to ride this trail.
https://www.traillink.com/trail/lake-to-lake-bike-trail-(wi)/
38 Mile Route
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/45186492
56 Mile Route
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/45188426
79 Mile Route
https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/45213892
Here is a link to hiking and mountain biking in the area:
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/trails.html
Greenbush MTB
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmngreenbushtrails.pdf

Let us know below if you have any questions and Happy Camping!

Camping at Southern Door County over Labor Day Weekend

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We are going back to Door County for more hiking, biking, and kayaking RAIN OR SHINE! Camping in Sturgeon Bay's favorite Park: Potawatomi State Park.

Door County starts just north of Algoma, but the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal creates the Door Peninsula. Sturgeon Bay is 45 miles from the city of Green Bay, 150 miles from Milwaukee, 240 miles from Chicago and 320 miles from Minneapolis. The first town on the Green Bay side, Egg Harbor, is 17 miles from Sturgeon Bay. The park is conveniently located about 50 miles from Washington Island; if you have never been to the lavender farm; this is your chance.

We are camping at the group site. The site has a parking space allocated for 12 vehicles right at the site, plus additional parking spots at the overflow area. Parking spots will be assigned in the order of the trip sign-ups, on the “first come first served basis”. Our campsite has a communal fire pit (with grid) and accessible vault toilets and drinking water are in the close proximity. Showers are at the family campground area. Carpooling recommended.

We will have activities planned for each day, closer to the trip. See the tentative agenda below:

  • FRIDAY: arrivals, set up tents, meet & greet at fire pit
  • SATURDAY: hike/bike/beach/kayaking, finish off your day around the campfire & fun discussions
  • SUNDAY: hike/bike/beach/kayaking, finish off your day around the campfire & fun discussions
  • MONDAY: hike/bike/beach/kayaking, returning home

Door County peninsula offers various activities for all tastes, here are just a couple of recommendations:

Hiking:

  • Right from our camp site, you will be able to hike on several hiking trails - Ancient Shores trail (0.5miles); Ice Age National scenic trail (2.8 miles); Hemlock trail (2.6 miles); Tower Trail (2.6 miles) https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/potawatomi/recreation/hiking
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park is 28 minutes car ride, and has an amazing sandy beach and several trails worth to hike https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/whitefish/recreation/hiking
  • Peninsula State Park is 41 minutes car ride, and also has amazing trails with breathtaking views: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/peninsula/recreation/hiking

Biking:

  • Potawatomi offers about eight miles of off-road bike trails wind through the park. Parking for the trails is available in Parking Lot 1 near the picnic areas along the shoreline. Visitors can also bike on any of the park's roads.
  • Peninsula State Park - a great place for biking while admiring the surroundings: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/peninsula/recreation/biking

Kayaking:
If you like kayaking, or any other water sports, this is the place to try. In Door County you’ll find out how crystal clear Lake Michigan is, rather you’ll explore the beautiful caves from water perspective, or you’ll enjoy the beautiful sunset from water you won’t regret it. Rent or book a guided tour:

  • Whitefish Dunes : https://www.dcadventurecenter.com;
  • Peninsula State Park : https://peninsulakayakcompany.com

Door County Wine Trail:
If you are a wine lover, you should not miss a tour of the charming peninsula wineries: https://www.doorcountywinetrail.com/who-we-are

Washington Island:
Take the ferry https://wisferry.com and visit Washington Island. Hike, bike, visit the lavender farm, or just enjoy your day at one of the remote beaches: https://www.doorcounty.com/discover/washington-island/

Rock Island State Park:
Take the second ferry https://wisferry.com/rock-island/ and visit this charming small island. No cars or bikes allowed. Superb hiking, beaches and scenery. Visit the oldest lighthouse in northern Lake Michigan.
https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/rockisland

RSVP:
$$$ includes 3-night campsite reservation & firewood & activity planning. Payment guarantees the spot.

  • Pine Point Annual Members: $45
  • Guests, Visitors, Non-Members: $50 (non members, need to fill out summer membership form and e-mail to szabados200 AT gmail.com: https://www.pinepointskiclub.com/_files/ugd/111146_f912244af34e48488c7de2b3379ac21e.pdf)
  • Pay electronically via Venmo/Paypal/Zelle to mcdzica AT gmail, message Gabi for additional payments options

Post comments/questions below and happy Camping!
Gabi

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