December - Modesto Ski Club
Hello fellow MSC members,
Just a few months ago I was writing, saying that the holidays would be upon us before we knew
it. And I was right. Here they are! Unfortunately, the weather is not doing much to make it feel
like the holidays. Pray for rain and snow!
A couple weeks ago a number of our members got together and helped with wood for the lodge. We owe a special thanks to two of our members, Richard Ulm and Paul VanNes, who each
donated a cord of wood to the lodge. We also owe a thank you to our members who organized,
split, hauled, loaded and unloaded, cooked and cleaned: Ron Allen, Mark Eichman, Kathy
Gibson, Randy and Denise Cook, Chuck Hennings, Jim Ambrosavage, Tim Hutton, Doug Ball,
Bob Gibson and Roland Nyegaard (and I supervised). THANK YOU! To that end, when the wood closet in the lodge was checked, it was already half-empty even
though it had recently been filled to the ceiling. That is a lot of wood to burn through in a short
period of time. When you are at the lodge, please be aware that the wood you burn and the
supplies you use cost money. Your board members and lodge trustees do everything we can to
keep expenses down. This helps keep your rates down! This year we were fortunate to have
members who donated the wood. Please, be respectful of their donation and mindful of what
you use at the lodge. Do not build a “bonfire” in the fireplace. Do not build a fire late at night
when you know you’ll be going to bed shortly thereafter. Please be judicious with how you use
the wood and supplies; treat them as though the cost is coming directly out of your own pocket. Help us keep your rates down. Our last activity of 2014 was held this past weekend, the Chili Cook Off and Cornbread
Bonanza! If you attended, you know a good time was had by all. If you missed it, well, plan on
next year! It was a wonderful activity and we all had a great time. Oh, and congratulations to
our new chili champion, Charla Baird, and our inaugural cornbread winner, Linda Hennings! Congratulations to our winners!
Next up is our Christmas Party at the SOS on December 5th. RSVP! Bryan Sparks has arranged
to have the party on a Friday this year. Please read his flier in this newsletter and RSVP. You
need to get your reservations and checks into him right away. Also, as we have in the past
couple of years, we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys, games and books for children on the
Community Christmas Tree. If you find it in your heart to help a needy child experience the joy
of Christmas, please bring your donation to the Christmas party. And please, RSVP. (Notice a
trend there? RSVP)
I hope to see you all at the Christmas Party. If I somehow miss you, I hope you have a fabulous
Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends. Many blessings for a
safe holiday season and a Happy New Year! !
MODESTO SKI CLUB
Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Well we’re still waiting for real snow. Some resorts are open with man-made
snow as of Thanksgiving. Keep doing your SNOW dance as we can use the real
snow anytime soon for sure.
The Lodge is in great shape and ready for the Snow Season to get rolling. Be
sure to contact me if you still have a key from last summer or year Lodge Key.
The locks were changed and your Key will not work. It is also time to renew
your Year Key if you have not done so. Rates for the keys are as follows: Winter
Season $115.00 and Year Key $170.00. If you live out of the Modesto Area be
sure to send in your request with a Self-Addressed Stamped envelope so I am
able to send you your Key and paperwork to sign and send back to me.
I want to take time to really THANK Ron Allen and Pam Shelton for
organizing the fire wood event to cut, load, and deliver to the lodge. It is a
great deal of work to make sure that we have firewood at the lodge for your
comfort and warmth during the winter season. Be mindful and do not waste
the wood by burning a fire after you have gone to bed. Be sure to also refill/
restock the wood pile for the next members/guests. It is not cool to leave it
As always be sure to TURN LIGHTS OFF when not in a room. Be sure to LOCK
ALL WINDOWS when you leave and close all the blinds. DO NOT leave food to
spoil in the refrigerator and DO NOT leave food sitting the garbage disposal as it
will rot and smell bad. Please always dump your trash before leaving to go
Any issues with the lodge please let me know via a phone call or email so I
may address and fix them. Thanks! 209-571-8125 [email protected]
Lodge Director !
Ho, Ho, Ho!
It is time for our annual Modesto Ski Club Christmas Party
December 5th, 2013 (Friday night)!
Sportsman of Stanislaus (SOS Club)- 819 Sunset Avenue, Modesto
6 PM to Midnight
Dinner, Dancing, Wine and Games!
This will be a sit down dinner. All reservations must be in by December 1st!!!
You may choose one of the following dinners…
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Char Broiled Salmon
Santa Maria Tri-Tip…….Yum!
$34.00 per person or $68.00 per couple (Payable to MSC)
Please mail this form to: Bryan Sparks P.O. Box 579939 Modesto, 95357
****Again. Deadline is December 5 . No last minutes will be allowed!
Bryan Sparks 1st Vice President
2015 Racing Schedule
MSC Race Director Ed Moody
Saturday - Alpine
Sunday Jan. 4
Saturday Jan. 10
Sunday Jan. 11
Saturday Jan. 24
Sunday Jan. 25
Race or Event Type
CLINIC - contact Debi at
for more information
RACE - Giant Slalom and
RACE - Giant Slalom
RACE - Slalom
RACE - Giant Slalom
RACE - Slalom
FWSA ski week & FWRA races
Jan. 31 Blackcom at
if you want to participate in the
council challenge race.
Feb. 14 Clinics sponsored by Sierra
Saturday CLINIC Super G - Required for
first time Super G racers
Sunday Northstar RACE - Super G. Tentative.
Saturday Northstar RACE - Slalom
Sunday Northstar RACE - Giant Slalom
Saturday - Alpine
RACE - GS or SL TBD
Make Up RACE. If we lose too
Sunday - Alpine
many races during the regular
Mammoth Far West Championships
Mar. 30 - Whitefish
FWSA Mini Ski Week
For more information contact Ed Moody
WHISTLER 2015 JAN 31 –FEB 7, 2015
The FWSA 2015 Ski Week will be in Whistler Canada this coming year. All
Modesto Ski Club members are invited to join this trip. Whistler Ski Resort is a
huge resort encompassing both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains with skiing in
the trees to skiing Blackcomb Glacier (awesome). I do not yet have a workable
trip flyer nor estimated cost for this trip, however, I expect cost to be comparable
to last year’s Beaver Creek trip. Over 30 MSC club members are already signed up and committed to go,
having placed a deposit check of $200 in my hands to enable an early signup
date with BAC. (These are the survivors of the FWSA 2014 Beaver Creek trip). I
expect this to enable reserving nice condos, conveniently located and grouped
for our common enjoyment as a club group within the FWSA group. I expect
this trip to be very popular, and FWSA lodging will be spread throughout the
Village. Skiers committing to this trip need to be aware that these FWSA trips are
not for the weak! Skiing must be done each day, ski racing several days, and
then the scheduled parties each night, will tax your endurance. There is the
FWSA Welcome Party, Mountain Picnic, Awards Party, and Farewell Banquet to be
attended. Also, the BAC Council Night Dinner Party and our own MSC dinner
party, plus you will see several great places in the Village to have dinner or spend
some spare time. I expect there will also be opportunities for additional activities
such as heli-skiing, cross country skiing and perhaps the zip line will be
operating. You do not have to ski well, however you do have to enjoy life, and
enjoy having fun to join this trip. I am now accepting your formal BAC signup form (a $200 check per person,
with email address) payable to BAC for deposit on April 14. This deposit is fully
refundable until July and more details on the trip and cost are published. Please send your check to: Chuck Hennings, at 1779 Doak Blvd, Ripon Ca.
95366. My email address is: [email protected] Dear Presidents, Club Reps, Newsletter editors and others,
FWSA has agreed to make the Whistler amenities package available to any members who will
be traveling to Whistler for the ski week but have made their own lodging accommodations. Please distribute this information to any of your members that you know of who will be up
there. Attached is the sign up form. In addition, anyone who would like to attend the BAC Council Nite dinner at Buﬀalo Bills will
be able to at the cost of $65 per person by contacting us directly.
Please let us know if you have any questions. !
-- Don & Veronica Shaver
BAC Travel Directors
P.O. Box 579642
Modesto, CA 95357
Far West Ski
"The Voice of the Western Skier,,
PO Box 9681
VP North American Travel
4-8261 [mob e]
FWSA Whisfler Ski Week
Parties Only Registration Form
Direct FWSA Member:
FWSA will sell a p:Li9:.only.package to members
staying in their own lodging in the whisger
during the FWSA sl i
Januarf 31*Febiu irvj, rotS. The parry package wil inctude area
following parties only:
..welcome PZrty/oanciig irdo.
.tst); eanqueabancing (Feb.
Friday Aprds (Feb.
earttes will not be sori iiioividuat-ty.
wJ;iu b; seling a timited number of
party only- packages and they will be avaitable
on a first come first served basis. No
will be sold after Decembei
and no tickets wii nesord atthe door.
complete the information below and send this form
along with a check made payable to ,,FWSA,,to:
Nancy Ellis, P.O. Box g6g1. Truckee, CA 96162.
(1crtce prtorto November
Party Package (ltrtce
No party rcseruafions accepted after December
No partles sold tndlvlduaily.
No party ticlreF sotd atthe door.
You will recelve an emall confirmlng recelpt your
reguest and rnformatton where to plck ap your perty
CLUB APPRECIATION DAY AT ALPINE!
Skiing, Racing, Lunch and Apres Party
DATE: Saturday December 13, 2014
Cost includes a Lift Ticket and Lunch. Pass holders can purchase lunch for $12.00
$62.00 for ages 23 to 64
$52.00 for ages 13 to 22 ~ or ages 65 to 75
$38.00 for ages 12 and under ~ or ~ 76 and above
For those who have never skied or boarded before there is a Learn to Ski / Board option available for
$61 which includes equipment, lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and lunch. It does not include the Fun Race.
Lessons are offered at either 10:00am or 1:00pm and must be reserved in advance.
For more information and to Register, contact Dennis Heffley at:
E-mail: [email protected] E-mail: [email protected] Cell: 925 - 998 - 4415
Thank You, Debi Phelps
All ski club members,
Please remember that the renewal season began on 11/1/14. If you have not
paid your annual dues please submit them right away. You can mail to
Modesto Ski Club, PO Box 3640, Modesto CA 95352. You can download a
liability form from the website www.modestoskiclub.com On the left hand
side click on members area, enter password: skicrazy, and click on liability
release form. The form shows the fees, address to mail it to, or you can
email to me at [email protected]
New membership cards will be mailed out at the beginning of December.
Thank you and enjoy the ski season
Here is your opportunity to go heli-skiing with an
FWSA organized group trip. Chuck
Join a Far West Heli-Skiing
with CMH Heli-Skiing
Signature Skiing S-day trip to Revelstoke, BC
March 16-21, 2015
(twin occ.-taxes not
(single occ.-taxes not included)
All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
All lodge accommodations and use of lodge facilities such as saunas, hot tubs, etc.
(lodging located in town of Revelstoke)
Use of specially designed heli-skis and poles
Use of radio/shoveUprobe/guest pack
Training in and use of avalanche transceivers
Provides 71,000 feet of skiing of which 49,700 feet guaranteed
Mar. 15, 201S*Fly to Kelowna, BC and stay overnight (not included
Mar. 16-CMH Bus takes you to Revelstoke-ski that aftemoon
(participants may drive directly to Revelstoke-must anive in time for afternoon ski)
days of skiing
Mar. 21-4MH bus takes you back to Kelowna in the morning and you return home
$500 non-refundable deposit due when you reserve your spot
Sign up directly with
Fred Noble, [email protected] -- cc: Julie Noble, [email protected]
Reguesf trip # 1*R8135 March 16-21, 2015
and identify yourself as a member of Far West Skf Association
Spaces ga quickly
"The Voice of the Western Skier'
come first senred-don't mrcs out!
For more information contact:
Nancy Ellis, VP North American Travel
Far West Ski Association
fwsatravel [email protected] lobal. net
Must be a member af a Far West Sf,iAssociation affiliated club or FWSA Direct Member
Mark Herring (Son)
President - Pam Shelton!
First Vice President / Programs - Bryan Sparks!
Second Vice President / Activities - Ron Allen!
Secretary - Veronica Shaver!
Treasurer - Jim Ambrosavage!
Lodge Director - Michelle Nightengale!
Membership - Paula Tucker!
Newsletter Editor - Marsha Silveira!
Race Director - Ed Moody!
Lodge Trustee - Doug Ball!
Ski Chairperson / BAC Rep - Chuck Hennings!
Web Master / Public Relations - Murray Breeze!
Historian - Rob Orr!
Past President - Debra Clover
MODESTO SKI CLUB
!! ! !