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Pine Point November Newsletter

From: Jason
Sent on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:55 PM

WOW - We have 4 people organizing activities for your fun and enjoyment. They also contributed to this newsletter this month. Thanks Dukes, Magda, Adam & Jason (well - I guess I can thank myself).

There is a lot of information in here, so bear with us!

President's Message

Now that we have actually had some snow in Chicago, you may be thinking more about winter and skiing. (But the tornadoes on Sunday may have made you think you were in Kansas in July!) The Pine Point Board has been working diligently to schedule some great trips and other activities for this snow riding season. We have sold out the Copper Mountain trip, so if you want to get out West with Pine Point, sign up for Vail! There are a limited number of spots available! If you want to get on this trip sign up today otherwise you may get left behind! More details on that trip are included below.

We have our regular monthly meeting this Thursday at O’Donovan’s. We hope to see you there. We will be in the back room. Join us for good conversation and drinks or dinner.

As you will see in this newsletter, we have a lot of upcoming activities. We are trying a new format for communicating information about events to our members. If you haven’t been to our new Facebook page, check it out for up-to-date information on all our activities. Facebook also has reference materials that may help questions about skiing. I wrote a long essay about buying ski equipment. If we have any boarders who are willing to write-up something about equipment to share with members, please contact Jason

A quick note for the families out there – Pine Point now allows kids to come on trips! There are a few rules, like not bringing Carrie or Sybil or Rosemary’s Baby along ;-) But, we want to be accommodating to the various life situations of our members.

I hope we see you out on the slopes or at one of our activities soon!

Oh - I realize I keep using the word "ski", so I apologize to all you boarders out there. I want any snow-rider to come out and join us. Since we are in the midwest, we are mostly skiers and boarders, but I want to assure you that we love anyone who likes to go down a mountain (or a hill) on snow. So BOARD, free heel, ski, whatever - as long as the ski areas allow it (and whatever happens after dark I know nothing about) - We want you to get on the slopes and have fun!



Pine Point Has The Best Trips
By Dukes

At the start of the year we looked at our MEETUP membership and Pine Point has grown to about 250 members! We already have some of the best priced trips of any club in the Chicago area. But to entice more of you to join us on a trip, how about a FREE lesson? So, if you're new to skiing or boarding, or maybe you have a friend that you'd like to introduce them to the sport, take advantage of our “Welcome Beginners” offer: On the Brule and Marquette trips, Pine Point will pay for the cost of a beginner group lesson!

Ski Brule, MI - Carpool Trip, December 13 – 15 (Fri - Sun)
Price: $167/172
This has been our ski season kick-off trip for quite a few years and they have never disappointed us. Brule has been open for the last 2 weekends. They are cranking out the snow and will start daily operations 11/22, 3 weeks before we arrive. After a trip to Brule you will swear you have been on a trip to the islands (a lot of their staff are Jamaican). We currently have 14 people signed up (our biggest group for this trip in several years) but there is always room for more. We will add another of the beautiful ski lodges to accommodate everyone who signs up. The price goes up after Thursday's meeting.

Copper Mountain Weekend, January 24 – 28 (Fri - Tue)
Price: $739
This trip is full, but if you're still interested in this trip you can get on the waitlist. Fill out the form for a Western Trip (and if needed, your membership form), include your check, paying in full, and mail it all to the trip leader. You will be contacted if a spot opens. Your checks will be cashed only if you are cleared for the trip. There’s still a chance you can get on this trip. Cancellations can be very last minute but we cannot give you a spot until your forms and money are in hand.

Marquette Mountain, MI Bus Trip, February 28 - March 2 (Fri - Sun)
Price: $309
If you are looking for the best spot in the Midwest to ski, this is it. The trip price pretty much includes everything except excessive drinking Saturday night and dinner on the ride home.

Vail, CO - Spring Break Ski Week, March 29 - April 5 (Sat - Sat)
Price: $1075
This is the Mecca of US skiing and costs $100 less than 3 years ago, thanks to the great airfares we got. Maybe you will run into Lindsey and Tiger. You can add a 6th ski day for only $35 more, bringing your cost per ski day down to $185. Think this is too late in the year? Well FYI, March has the most snowfall. Normally they close after the 3rd week in April but for the last 3 - 4 years they have extended the closing date due to the great conditions. Three years ago we had fresh powder 3 days which made for an awesome week of skiing.

Got mileage? We can work with you. Got an EPIC pass? We can work with you.

More details on the trips can be found on our Facebook and Meetup sites as well as Pine Point’s website:

Forms can be downloaded from:


What happens in Pine Point stays in Pine Point – Pine Point’s regular buzz update segment
By Magdalena

If you are reading this section, you know you are in a fabulous place! This segment of Pine Point’s newsletter is created to provide all of us with fun, after-work, all year round opportunities, to spend some quality time with Pine Pointers and make friends while exploring new venues. As the holidays are inevitably approaching and calendars are getting full, I am on a quest to keep you up to date about upcoming events.

Here you go:
Thanks to everyone who came out last month to join us for Happy Hour. If you have a minute, be sure to stop by our Facebook page or Meetup, to see if we caught a picture of you at Howl at the Moon and let us know how we can do better next time! We know you are busy, so to help you plan your next outing with Pine Point, we encourage you to visit our annual fun-genda at the end of this newsletter.

Pine Point Ski Club is currently looking for potential locations for wine and beer tastings in early 2014. We would love your input! If you know of any fantastic wine cellars or hoppy microbreweries, please, don't be shy, send your valuable suggestions to [address removed]

What's happening next?
Oh my. Where do I start? This week, we have two exciting events for you. Stop by the regular 3rd Thursday club meeting at O’Donovan’s, tomorrow evening. If you are around this Friday, November 22nd, we’d love if you stop by our pre-thanksgiving potluck extravaganza. We will bake the bird, supply some beer, and side dish is on you. More information on this event can be found on our Facebook and Meetup sites.

Make sure you leave some room for holiday festivities with Pine Point. More details to follow in December’s Newsletter.


“On Top of the Hill” – Pine Point’s regular column on Ski Racing
What do you love about skiing?
By Adam

Just about every skier will tell you there are many answers to the question: “What do you love about skiing?” And you’ll hear many of the same answers over and over again. The sheer thrill of sliding down a ski hill; enjoying the fresh air outdoors, often with beautiful alpine scenery, maybe even with some sun on your face; participating in a sport that rewards your efforts to improve your skills; sharing the experience on and off the hill with friends. You could probably add more reasons to that list. But most skiers – and most Pine Point Club members – won’t mention ski racing.

Well, the purpose of this column, “On Top of the Hill”, is very focused. It’s to persuade, cajole, and tease you to give ski racing with Pine Point a shot. I’m convinced once you try it, you’ll find racing will move near to the top of your personal list of reasons you love skiing. And the reason why is simple: You’ll find everything you already love about skiing is in ski racing, only doubled!

Let’s get some of the basic questions out of the way.

Q.     First of all, who can ski race?
A.    Just about anybody, especially YOU! The only requirement is that you can manage at least a controlled snowplow  down a Midwestern “Blue” run. You don’t have to go fast. You don’t have to look cool (although you might). You can ski or you can snowboard. You can even stop in the middle to catch your breath if you need to. We have racers as young as 5 years old and some who are well into their 70s. So being a beginner is NOT an excuse to beg off. In fact, it’s a good reason to start racing, because nothing will help you improve your skiing better than learning to make your way through a race course. Racers are assigned classes based on their gender, age, and ability, so you’ll be racing with people very similar to you, no matter what your current skill level is.

Q. OK, I’m listening. When am I supposed to do this ski racing thing?
A. There are a series of 14 races each year put on by the CMSC (Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council), the club that ski clubs in Chicago, including Point Point, belong to. You can start with just one race and see if you like it (you will) and your first race is even FREE. Most of the races are held at nearby Wilmot Mountain, just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Chicago. Three weekend trips (with 2 races each) are held each year at Midwest areas within driving distance. The first race weekend this year is on December 14th and 15th at Ski Brule, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Pine Point has a lodge reserved and there are still a few spaces – check out the Midwest Trips article in this newsletter for more details.

Q.    Hey, money is a little tight these days. Isn’t it expensive?
A.    Did I mention your first race is free? After that, races can cost less than $9 each if you buy a package online. Kids under 12 are completely free, yep, free, all season long. Plus, racers often get a discount on lift tickets. No special equipment is required, except a standard ski helmet. If you don’t have one yet you can probably borrow one from another racer if you’re just trying out racing.

Q.    How do I get started?
A.    If you just can’t wait, check out CMSC’s Racing website here. Or drop us a note at [address removed] and we can help you with the planning.

Future “On Top of the Hill” columns will go into more details about the different types of race courses, tips on how to improve your results, and other racing topics along the way. But I’ll wrap up our first column with this: You’ve got friends (some you haven’t even met yet) waiting for you at the top of the race hill, and some more waiting for you at the bottom. And they’ll be cheering for you every time you get in that starting gate. That’s a pretty good reason to give it a try, isn’t it?

Here are a few (already public) photos:[masked][masked]

(Hint Hint - if you want to see the 'private' photos, you have to come out to a race...)

Date & Event Summary
November 21 – Regular meeting at O’Donovan’s
November 22 – Pre-thanksgiving Potluck
December 7 – Zoolights
December 13-15 – Ski Brule carpool trip
December 19 – Toys for Tods & White Elephant Holiday Fiesta
January 4 – Wilmot skiing for the CMSC race (GS)
January 5 – Wilmot skiing for the CMSC race (Slalom)
January 11 – Wilmot skiing for the CMSC races (GS & Slalom)
January 12 – Dinner night at The Parthenon
January 16 – Regular meeting at O’Donovan’s
January 24-28 – Copper Mountain Trip
January 31 – February 2 – Devil’s Head carpool trip
February 7 – Wine tasting (location TBD)
February 8 – Wilmot skiing for the CMSC race (GS)
February 9 – Wilmot skiing for the CMSC race (Slalom)
February 20 – Regular meeting at O’Donovan’s
February 28 – March 2 – Bus trip to Marquette Mountain
March 20 – Regular meeting at O’Donovan’s
March 22 – Beer tasting (location TBD)
March 29 – April 5 – VAIL TRIP
April 17 – Regular meeting at O’Donovan’s

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