• Virtual Monthly Club Meeting

    Online event

    Join fellow winter sports enthusiasts for a monthly dose of powder stories!

    Zoom Details:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81532063293?pwd=RFh5RUdJaU96NEdTQlZUQUxrOVFTZz09

    Meeting ID:[masked]
    Passcode:[masked]

    For safety purposes, we have enabled waiting room. Upon entering the call, please make sure that your Zoom name matches your Meetup name. Only names that can be verified, will be allowed to join the call.

    Cheers!

    PPSC

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  • Ski Big Powderhorn, MI on Valentines Weekend

    Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    Hello all you ski bums, powder hounds, winter enthusiasts and fun seekers! Welcome to LAKE EFFECT SNOW territory!

    After an absence of 10 years Pine Point is returning to Big Powderhorn Mt. 4 miles from the city of Bessemer, Big Powderhorn Mt. is tucked away in Michigan’s beautiful UP, with a charming Bavarian-style village and complimentary shuttle service, and! 17 FEET of annual natural snowfall.

    Stats: 622 ft vertical, 9 chairlifts, 45 trails
    https://bigpowderhorn.net/

    TRANSPORTATION
    We are carpooling this year. Bessemer is about 6 hour drive or about 390 miles from O’Hare. It is also 128 miles North of Wausau/Granite Peak, and 142 miles West of Marquette. If you are comfortable with sharing a ride, please post in the comments below if you have an extra spot or need a ride.

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
    It’s a “book on your own” format and we made all the research for you:
    *The Bluffs Inn at Bessemer
    *Classic Motor Inn at Ironwood
    *Comfort Inn at Ironwood 100% non smoking
    *The Cedars Motel at Ironwood
    *Rodeway Inn at Ironwood
    *Travelers Motel at Bessemer
    *AmericInn by Wyndham at Ironwood
    *Timberline Lodge at Ironwood

    SEASON PASS
    Pine Point Ski Club is doing trips to resorts on the Indy Pass this season! The Indy Pass allows passholders 2 days at each of 59 areas around North America. We are hitting 5 of these areas on our trips this year. The best thing about the Indy Pass: It only costs $229 / $219 (new member / returning member) – including Pine Point membership! If you buy your pass through us, we are also having a raffle for a free membership.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?
    If you have the pass, you won’t have to buy lift tickets at any of the areas we hit this year. The pass pays for itself if you ski 3 or 4 days at any of the Indy Pass areas. For details on all the areas, check:
    https://www.indyskipass.com/

    WANT TO SKI SOME MORE ON DAY 3?
    The trip is planned for three days. Your Indy Pass will take care of two days at Big Powderhorn. Bessemer is 6 miles from Indianhead and Blackjack Mountains both of which Pine Point skied on last New Year’s trip. So, you can try out either of those resorts. Lift tickets are at best prices when bought in advance and online.

    XC SKI/SNOWSHOE/SNOW BIKE:
    Wolverine Ski Trails and Chalet are located 5.5 miles from Bessemer: https://www.wolverinenordic.com/trail-maps/

    PAYMENTS (for the Indy Pass and membership)
    *Venmo, Chase Quick Pay go to mcdzica AT gmail.com
    *PayPal goes to dukesno2 AT hotmail.com (no fee if sent by “friend”, otherwise please add $5 to your total)
    *Check: Pine Point Ski Club, 1229 W. Barry Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

    NOTE: If you would like to purchase the Indy Pass via Pine Point, we need your payment by November 27, in order to get this price and participate in our drawing. After November 27, you can purchase it on your own on the Indy Pass website.

    Although, all the trips this year are carpool and "book your own" style, we are committed to offering our guidance around lodging, skiing, and transportation. We are excited to help our members get onto the hills & trails this winter and to have respectful socially distanced fun in the outdoors. We will be sending out a detailed daily trip agenda closer to the trip.

    COVID-19 ADVISORY:
    Because of CDC recommendations for social distancing, and the fact that we want you to join us for more trips in the future:
    ***We are limiting the number of people who can go on this trip
    ***We recommend wearing a mask when in proximity of other trip participants
    ***The club will not be providing any food or drinks
    ***Please be respectful of others social distancing preferences.

    Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

    We’d love to hear from you. Please forward all inquiries for your trip to: [masked]

    You can also contact Mark directly via MeetUP.

    Happy Snow Riding!
    Pine Point Ski Club

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  • Swallow Cliff Woods Hike

    Swallow Cliff Woods-South

    If you enjoy being out in nature, this is a great local spot for hiking, riding a bike, or running! Don't forget to do the stairs! Hikers can enjoy over 800 acres with 8 miles of trails. Depending on the weather/preserve conditions, we'll hike a full loop or just a portion of it.

    Swallow Cliff is an 800-acre nature preserve located in Palos Hills, Illinois. One of the highlights is a 100 foot bluff with 125 limestone stairs of varying heights. The stairs lead up to what was once a toboggan slide. Although the slide closed in 2004, the steps remain and are popular all year round for outdoor exercise.

    The meeting point is at 10:00AM at the Swallow Cliff Woods (SOUTH), we are taking off at 10:15AM.

    South Entrance:
    S La Grange Rd, south of 119th St
    Cook County, IL 60464

    https://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/trails/english/FPCC-Sag-Valley-Trail-Map-9-16.pdf

    Please familiarize yourself with the Cook County Covid-19 Forest Preserve precautions before visiting and see you on Saturday!

    Magda

    FPDCC Precautions:
    https://fpdcc.com/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-events-locations-precautions/#location

  • Monthly club meeting - virtual for 01/2021

    Online event

    What a year 2020 was! Now we are in 2021 and hoping to get on the slopes - covid free and following guidelines. So, we have moved our meetings online in order to protect every, and of course, follow Chicago / Illinois rules. So, here's what we are doing tonight:

    Talking about skiing of course! And what covid travel and resorts restrictions look like right now. Tuesdays include the Pritzer/Lightfoot covid update. We will evaluate what that, and what the Michigan covid rules mean to our members.

    So here's the tentative agenda:

    • Bring your favorite beverage (and snack or dinner if you want).
    • Covid protocols for Illinois and Michigan with today's Lightfoot/Pritzger update.
    • Febuary 12-15 Big Powderhorn trip
    • March 5-7 Granite Peak trip
    • XC skiing in Chicago and closer Midwest locations.
    • Open Q&A

  • Ski Caberfae Peaks for the weekend

    Caberfae Peaks

    Join for a fun weekend on the snow!

    Caberfae Peaks near Cadillac, Michigan stands alone as the first destination ski resort in Michigan history and one of the first in the country. Celebrating 83 years in 2020, making it the fourth oldest ski resort in the United States, it has been a touchstone for thousands of Midwest skiers spanning generations. https://caberfaepeaks.com/

    Mountain Stats:
    Vertical: 485 ft
    Runs: 34
    Lifts: 5

    TRANSPORTATION
    This is a carpool trip; Cadillac is about 4 hour drive from O’Hare. If you are comfortable with sharing a ride, please post in the comments below if you have an extra spot or need a ride.

    ACCOMMONDATION
    It’s a “book on your own” format and we made all the research for you:
    Book your stay at Days Inn is $231 for 2 nights, based on double occupancy: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/cadillac-michigan/days-inn-cadillac/overview

    SEASON PASS
    Pine Point Ski Club is doing trips to resorts on the Indy Pass this season! The Indy Pass allows passholders 2 days at each of 59 areas around North America. We are hitting 5 of these areas on our trips this year. The best thing about the Indy Pass: It only costs $229 / $219 (new member / returning member) – including Pine Point membership! If you buy your pass through us, we are also having a raffle for a free membership.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?
    If you have the pass, you won’t have to buy lift tickets at any of the areas we hit this year. The pass pays for itself if you ski 3 or 4 days at any of the Indy Pass areas. For details on all the areas, check:
    https://www.indyskipass.com/

    PAYMENTS (for the Indy Pass and membership)
    *Venmo, Chase Quick Pay go to mcdzica AT gmail.com
    *PayPal goes to dukesno2 AT hotmail.com (if sent to a “friend”, no processing fee applies, otherwise please add $5 to your total)
    *Check goes to Pine Point Ski Club, 1229 W. Barry Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

    NOTE: If you would like to purchase the Indy Pass via Pine Point, we need your payment by November 27, in order to get this price and participate in our drawing. After November 27, you can purchase it on your own on the Indy Pass website.

    Although, all the trips this year are carpool and "book your own" style, we are committed to offering our guidance around lodging, skiing, and transportation. We are excited to help our members get onto the hills & trails this winter and to have respectful socially distanced fun in the outdoors. We will be sending out a detailed daily trip agenda closer to the trip.

    COVID-19 ADVISORY:
    Because of CDC recommendations for social distancing, and the fact that we want you to join us for more trips in the future:
    ***We are limiting the number of people who can go on this trip
    ***We recommend wearing a mask when in proximity of other trip participants
    ***The club will not be providing any food or drinks
    ***Please be respectful of others social distancing preferences.

    Contact Magda for any questions regarding the trip at mcdzica AT gmail.com

    Pine Point Ski Club
    Happy snow riding!

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  • Traverse City New Years On the Slopes

    Traverse City

    Leaving Thursday, returning Sunday!

    Make your New Year's a snow and ski filled one, in two of the most iconic ski resorts in Michigan: Schuss Mountain and Crystal Mountain. Let’s hit the slopes, meet other club members, eat, drink, all while social distancing.

    TRANSPORTATION
    This is a carpool trip; Traverse City is about 5.5-hour drive from O’Hare. If you are comfortable with sharing a ride, please post in the comments below if you have an extra spot or need a ride.

    ACCOMMODATION
    It’s a “book on your own” format and we made all the research for you:
    Option 1: Howard Johnson’s (downtown TC) about $260 for 3 nights
    https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/hojo/traverse-city-michigan/howard-johnson-of-traverse-city/overview
    Option 2: Baymont Inn about $310 for 3 nights
    https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/baymont/traverse-city-michigan/baymont-inn-and-suites-traverse-city/overview

    SEASON PASS:
    Pine Point Ski Club is doing trips to resorts on the Indy Pass this season! The Indy Pass allows passholders 2 days at each of 59 areas around North America. We are hitting 5 of these areas on our trips this year. The best thing about the Indy Pass: It only costs $229 / $219 (new member / returning member) – including Pine Point membership! If you buy your pass through us, we are also having a raffle for a free membership.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?
    If you have the pass, you won’t have to buy lift tickets at any of the areas we hit this year. The pass pays for itself if you ski 3 or 4 days at any of the Indy Pass areas. For details on all the areas, check:
    https://www.indyskipass.com/

    TRAVERSE CITY, MI INFO
    Enjoy the waterfront on Grand Traverse Bay or local breweries and wineries in the evening. If you want some time off the skis, it’s 30 miles to Sleeping Bear Dunes, and 101 to Mackinaw City. Ring in the New Year at this amazing street party featuring a massive, illuminated cherry that is lowered to signify the coming year! Live music, entertainment, and fireworks (weather/restrictions permitting) are all part of this fun winter party in downtown Traverse City!

    SCHUSS MOUNTAIN INFO: www.shantycreek.com
    35 miles NE of Traverse City, 500 Vertical, 8 lifts & 42 runs, 28 km Nordic trails for XC, snowshoeing, fat tires bikes, tubing & dog sledding, snowmobiling, night skiing available, food trucks and curbside pickup.

    CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN INFO: www.crystalmountain.com
    28 miles SW of Traverse City, 375 vertical, 8 lifts & 58 runs, 25 km Nordic trails for XC, Night skiing available, food trucks.

    PAYMENTS (for the Indy Pass and membership)
    Venmo, Chase Quick Pay go to mcdzica AT gmail.com
    PayPal goes to dukesno2 AT hotmail.com (if sent to a “friend”, no processing fee applies, otherwise please add $5 to your total)
    Check goes to Pine Point Ski Club, 1229 W. Barry Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

    NOTE: If you would like to purchase the Indy Pass via Pine Point, we need your payment by November 27, in order to get this price and participate in our drawing. After November 27, you can purchase it on your own on the Indy Pass website.

    Although, all the trips this year are carpool and "book your own" style, we are committed to offering our guidance around lodging, skiing, and transportation. We are excited to help our members get onto the hills & trails this winter and to have respectful socially distanced fun in the outdoors. We will be sending out a detailed daily trip agenda closer to the trip.

    COVID-19 ADVISORY:
    Because of CDC recommendations for social distancing, and the fact that we want you to join us for more trips in the future:
    ***We are limiting the number of people who can go on this trip
    ***We recommend wearing a mask when in proximity of other trip participants
    ***The club will not be providing any food or drinks
    ***Please be respectful of others social distancing preferences.

    We’d love to hear from you. Please forward all the inquiries to your trip leader Gabi: szabados200 AT gmail.com

    Happy Snow Riding!
    Pine Point Ski Club

  • Monthly club meeting - virtual

    Online event

    We normally have meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and are going online in order to protect everyone and still have a little get together. Normally, we would host a "White elephant gift exchange", but are going to move that an "April fool's gift exchange" if we can meet in person then.

    So what will we talk about tonight?

    Skiing - of course! And what covid travel and resorts restrictions look like right now. Tuesdays include the Pritzer/Lightfoot covid update. We will evaluate what that, and what the Michigan covid rules mean to our members for the planned New Years and Caberfae trips.

    So here's the tentative agenda:

    • Bring your favorite beverage (and snack or dinner if you want).
    • Favorite holiday food and drink survey scattered throughout the evening.
    • Covid protocols for Illinois and Michigan with today's Lightfoot/Pritzger update.
    • New years trip to Traverse City MI (12/30 - 1/3)
    • Caberfae MI trip (1/8 - 1/10)
    • Open Q&A with discussion of face masks, goggles, & helmets

    Hope to see you Tuesday!

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  • Thanksgiving cook out and hike Rock Cut State Park

    Rock Cut State Park

    We are partnering with the Chicago Camping, Canoeing, & Outdoor Adventures Group for a socially distanced Thanksgiving day in the woods. The Rock Cut State Park is located about 80 miles from Chicago.

    The trail system at Rock Cut State Park offers opportunities for hiking (40 miles), mountain biking (23 miles), and equestrian (14 miles). Trail users will find updated trail head/information signs at picnic areas and trail access points for trail information and regulations.

    Rock Cut Brochure: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Parks/Documents/RockCutSiteMap.pdf

    Mountain Biking Trails:
    https://www.trailforks.com/region/rock-cut-state-park-14076/?activitytype=1&z=13.4&lat=42.34933&lon=-88.98895

    10:00 AM - meet at site #150 and depart for a walk/hike/bike.
    3:00 PMish - Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. The host will provide paper plates, utensils, and wood for bonfire. If you not interested in participating in the potluck, tag along for a good outdoors hike.

    Suggested items to bring, for those who participate in the Potluck ( serving size 4 to 6 people): green/black beans, turkey/ham, veggies, pie - apple, pecan, cherry, brownies, fruit salad, cranberry sauce, casseroles, sweet potatoes. Feel free to post your dish in the comments below.

    It is outdoors picnic so have camp chairs ready to go, feet/hand warmers, gloves, hats, whatever keeps you warm. It will get dark fast, make sure to grab a headlamp. If you wish to grill/cook, don't forget to bring your deep fryers, grills, etc.

    If you are interested in camping overnight, no reservation is necessary, all sites are first come, first served. The booth at the front gate will be closed but it will have envelopes for you to leave $20. Electric is available. No water. Porta potty toilets.

    Before visiting the park, be sure to familiarize yourself with Covid-19 safety rules:

    https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/closures/Pages/ParksOpenDuringCoVID19.aspx

    See you on Thursday!
    Magda

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  • Covid hold on Monthly Club Meetings

    The Ambassador Public House

    Due to our concern for members (and of course the governor and mayor) we have to put a hold on monthly meetings and large gatherings, particularly those that are indoors. We are looking at a few outdoor / covered options that will allow us to get together, and will keep everyone informed as we schedule events.

    Stay healthy and sane!

    Here is what we normally do on the third Tuesday of the month:
    We meet at Ambassador Public House in Greektown. This is a newer bar built to accommodate an international sports audience. If we can find skiing on any channel, they will have it on for us :-)

    Our meetings are pretty casual, mostly conversational. We do have a few announcements about upcoming trips. Otherwise, it's about talking to like minded snow riders!

    Food and drinks are available for purchase. You can check their website for more details.

    http://www.AmbassadorPublicHouse.com

    There is no cost to attend any of out club meetings. We hope to see you soon! Look for Pine Point t-shirts & flags at 310 S Halsted. If you don't see us, ask at the bar in case we are in a back room.

    Cheers!

    PPSC

  • Swallow Cliff Woods Hike

    Swallow Cliff Woods-South

    If you enjoy being out in nature, this is a great local spot for hiking, riding a bike, or running! Don't forget to do the stairs! Hikers can enjoy over 800 acres with 8 miles of trails.

    Swallow Cliff is an 800-acre nature preserve located in Palos Hills, Illinois. One of the highlights is a 100 foot bluff with 125 limestone stairs of varying heights. The stairs lead up to what was once a toboggan slide. Although the slide closed in 2004, the steps remain and are popular all year round for outdoor exercise.

    The meeting point is at 10:00AM at the Swallow Cliff Woods (SOUTH), take off at 10:15AM.

    South Entrance:
    S La Grange Rd, south of 119th St
    Cook County, IL 60464

    https://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/trails/english/FPCC-Sag-Valley-Trail-Map-9-16.pdf

    Please familiarize yourself with the Cook County Covid-19 Forest Preserve precautions before visiting and see you on Sunday!

    Magda

    FPDCC Precautions:
    https://fpdcc.com/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-events-locations-precautions/#location

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