April 2017 Print

President's Report

It’s hard to believe another ski season is gone and spring is in the air!

We had a great trip to Taos, NM in early march.   As it turned out, the locals told us we were there on the best weekend of the ski season.  Taos had gone approximately one month without any snow and the Tuesday before we arrived they received 24” in one storm.  The weekend after we were there was the first ‘Spring Break’ weekend so we had lots of snow and missed the big crowds!  Those who went had a great time.  We had several new members and several first time skiers.  It was very encouraging to see the new skiers and members having a good time and assuring us they’d be going on future trips with us. 

Last week, Trey Sophy and I were attending The Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) in Banff National Park, Alberta, CA.  MTS brings representatives from approximately 140 Ski clubs and councils across the USA and Canada with suppliers of many things related to mountain travel, summer & winter.  We had the opportunity to snowmobile in Paradise Bowl (across the valley from Panorama Ski Area) one day and skied Sunshine Banff and Lake Louise on three other days.  We came home with lots and lots of information, literature and swag from many terrific ski areas/resorts and various properties from all over the world.

This weekend (April 7-8), Garry Cook, Trey Sophy, Dick Watts and I will be representing the Tulsa Ski Club at the Texas Ski Council Bid-Fest meeting at the San Antonio Riverwalk.  At this meeting, decisions will be made regarding the destinations for all five of the Texas Ski Council’s trips for 2018 (three domestic ski trips, one international ski trip and one international summer trip.)

Thus far, I have received very little feedback from our membership on any preferences for the trips the Texas Ski Council is considering.  If you have reviewed the list and have any feelings one way or another (strongly for or against any particular destination) please let one or more of us know before this Friday (April 7.)

All indications are that the FSA trip for next year is still going to be at Snowmass on Jan. 31 – Feb. 4.  We are still trying to secure lodging but the resort is being somewhat difficult to work with.  Please stay tuned for more information.  It may be as late as July before they will commit sufficient lodging space to us.

The new board will be submitted and voted on at the April General Membership meeting on April 11.  At this meeting, the FSA medals will be submitted to all winners.  Please make plans to attend.  Food will be provided by the board.  I believe Dick Watts is grilling hot dogs and the board members are providing side dishes.

Plans are already well underway for next year.  The board is making an effort to pin down dates for many of the club’s activities throughout the calendar year.  Once we get the trips and dates for the Texas Ski Council, we can start laying out and planning our ‘club’ trips for the year.  With a bit of luck, I will have a postcard to pass around to the members and guests at the April meeting with activities and dates for most of our activities.  The purpose of the card is to serve as a reminder to us as well as to hand out to anyone you cross paths with that might have an interest in the ski club or our activities. 

Trey and I will have LOTS of literature we gathered up from MTS on display at the meeting.  There are some GREAT ideas for future trips.  Please come, review the information and provide some feedback on where you’d like to go. 

April SNO will be on April 27, 2017 at the Tulsa Drillers Baseball game.  Evan Elsberry is arranging ‘group’ seating for the club members but the ‘party deck’ was already taken.  Once we have the ticket purchase/distribution figured out we’ll send out a BLAST and post something on the web site.   Please check back for more information. 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the April meeting.

 

Cheers,

Brett

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FSA Medalists

Thank you to everyone who participated and this year's FSA Competition! We won second place and it was because of every single member that showed up. Let's get ready to kick some butt in Snowmass 2018!

It’s been over a month now since we were in the mountains if haven’t heard Tulsa Ski Club was second by only 62 points. If we hadn’t have been plagued by injuries and other emergencies that kept our team from being 100% we were very competitive thanks to the whole Tulsa Ski Club you all were Awesome. The following skiers won NASTAR MEDALS while on the trip: 
OPEN DIVISION 
Vince Stephan - Bronze
Chris Gavin - Silver
CHALLENGE RACE      
Frank Sommer - Silver
Richard Russo - Bronze
Abel Lau - Bronze
Micheal Messimore - Bronze
Lynda Constantin - Bronze
Raelee Christensen - Bronze
Katie Roberts - Bronze
Amber Williams - Bronze
Madison Holder - Bronze
Chris Gavin - Bronze (snowboard)
Donnie Williams - Bronze(snowboard)
Scott Moody - Bronze (snowboard)
Cindy Russo - Gold
Robert Russo - Silver
Chris Gavin - Silver
James Carpenter - Silver
Gwen Moudry - Silver
Janice Hiatt - Silver
Andrea Adams - Silver
Shannon Todd - Silver
We will have Club Awards April Meeting, So plan to attend and see who wins club medals for each age bracket and show your appreciation also we will have Hot Dogs
Bring a side to share and come enjoy the fellowship with all. Howdy Howdy let’s get rowdy TULSA SKI CLUB IS THE GREATEST Please bring a friend.
The Club and FSA Medals are as follows: 

Group

Name

Club

FSA

Women

 

 

 

SB

Christin Hirill

Gold

Silver

17-20

Help Wanted

 

 

21-29

Madison Holder

Gold

Silver

 

Jamie Yurkosky

Silver

 

30-34

Shannon Todd

Gold

Gold

 

Amber Williams

Silver

 

35-39

Help Wanted

 

 

40-44

Help Wanted

 

 

45-49

Cindy Russo

Gold

Gold

 

Andrea Adams

Silver

Silver

 

Katie Robers

Bronze

 

50-54

Help Wanted

 

 

55-59

Help Wanted

 

 

60-64

Janice Hiatt

Gold

Bronze

70-74

Lynda Constantine

Gold

Silver

75-79

Help Wanted

 

 

Men’s

 

 

 

Snowboard

 

 

 

SBA

Cody Strait

Gold

Gold

 

Luke Lau

Silver

Silver

 

Cody Watts

Bronze

 

SBB

Help Wanted

 

 

SBC

Donnie Williams

Gold

Gold

 

Scott Moody

Silver

 

 

Michael Messimore

Bronze

 

SBD

Chris Gavin

Gold

Gold

 

Marcus Maker

Silver

 

21-29

Luke Lau

Gold

 

 

Skylar Turner

Silver

 

30-34

Marcshall McAdams

Gold

 

35-39

Help Wanted

 

 

40-44

Trey Sophy

Gold

Gold

45-49

Brett Larsen

Gold

 

 

Vince Stephan

Silver

 

50-54

Michael Messimore

Gold

 

 

Brett Shelton

Silver

 

 

Don Higgins

Bronze

 

55-59

James Carpenter

Gold

Silver

 

Abel Lau

Silver

 

 

Dennis Holt

Bronze

 

60-64

Robert Russo

Gold

Gold

 

Chris Gavin

Silver

Bronze

 

Richard Russo

Bronze

 

65-69

Gary Anderson

Gold

 

 

Phil Wiltfong

Silver

 

 

John Sieler

Bronze

 

70-74

Roy Sensintaffer

Gold

 

75-79

Lee Benest

Gold

Bronze

 

Gene Elsberry

Silver

 

80-84

Frank Sommer

Silver

 

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Elsberry annual float trip

2017 ELSBERRY FAMILY FUN FATHER’S DAY FLOAT TRIP
Float, fish, swim, water fight, snorkel, imbibe (responsibly), cook, sing, dance

Where: 
Riverside Resort on Illinois River          Reservations: MAKE YOUR OWN
5116 Hwy 10, Tahlequah, OK 74464    Phone 1-800-749-CAMP (keep 1- )     
Website www.riversideresortok.com/    Email riversideresortokla@gmail.com

When:
Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11
Camp, Cabin or Motor Home Friday and Saturday nights (or come Saturday)
Float Saturday on Six or Twelve Mile trip … Sunday optional

Camping:  
Standard (primitive) … $15.00 per car, per night
Electric hookup .......... $22.00 per car, per night

Cabins:
1-4 people.... two nights $85.00 /night, one weekend night $95 (includes taxes)              Two Full-sized Beds, Refrigerator, Two-burner Hotplate, Air Conditioning,             Shower, Charcoal Grill, Private Deck

Motor Homes: I think $35.00 per night … Call office to verify and reserve.

Floats:
Canoes, Rafts and Kayaks(1st trip leaves 8:30 am, 2nd trip leaves 9:30 am, 3rd trip leaves 10:30 am)

Pricing:
6 Mile float (2-3 hours) ….. $24.00 per person  
12 Mile float (4-6 hours) … $29.00 per person

Canoes:
Require minimum 2 paid adult prices, additional kids 10 and under $7 each

Rafts:
Require at least 4 paid adult prices, additional kids 10 and under $7 each

Bring:
Food, beer, soft drinks, blenders, fishing gear, swim masks/fins, kid’s water toys, ice chest(s), dry bags, cooking equipment, utensils, sun screen, bug spray, camp chairs, rain jackets, FIREWOOD and a GREAT BIG GRIN!

Directions:
From Tulsa: Hwy 412 East to Kansas, OK. Exit and turn right (South) on Hwy 10.
Proceed 10 miles to Riverside on left (East) side of Hwy.

Evan Elsberry (918) 406-6831                                   Gene Elsberry (918)691-0370
Email: evan.elsberry@gmail.com                              Email: els1ok@cox.net

 

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Summer Trips

This is a self drive up Trip.  Open to members and non-members.

       

Register:  Call Los Rios River Runners at (575) 776-8854  

Tell them you are with the "Tulsa Ski Club" to get signed up as a part of our group. 

PRICE: 2-day: $326.54 

Where We Meet:   Bode’s General Store 21196 U.S. 84 Abiquiu NM 87510.

When:  8:30 AM Saturday 22 July 2017


RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AGE: 6. Younger children can leave the trip at lunchtime on the last day, before the larger rapids.

What’s Provided:  All rafting and safety equipment including life-jacket, and helmet if desired; waterproof jacket and pants; all camping equipment including freshly laundered sleeping bag, luxurious 1 ½-inch thick self-inflating sleeping pad and one four-person tent per couple or single guest; transportation to and from meeting place; all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. 

WHITEWATER RATING: Class 3


Rio Chama, one of America's most beautiful Wild and Scenic Rivers, and New Mexico’s most spectacular wilderness boating. The current carries you past cliffs towering up to 1500 feet, striped in vivid shades of pink, vermilion, and white. We make camp under immense old-growth ponderosa pines, in glorious meadows carpeted with wildflowers, or at the foot of a side canyon ideal for a short hike. The dawn mist shrouds the pink sandstone in a silver glow. You wake as if to the beginning of a new world.


 Because numbers of rafters on the Chama are so limited, so we are guaranteed a wilderness experience. If we’re lucky, we should see some of the animals that live in this gorgeous wilderness: deer, bears, elk, cougars, wild turkeys, and bald eagles

The Chama is mostly a gentle float, punctuated by easy rapids which speed up near the trip's end. 

We bring funyaks, inflatable Kayaks, on all our Chama trips, so you can paddle the river's meandering curves and forgiving whitewater in your own miniature raft. Perfect for those who want to do more than just lie back, relax, and watch the scenery float by. No extra charge.

                              


 

 

If you are looking to stay the night before or after the raft trip here are some hotels and campgrounds the River Runners recommend in the area.

Local Hotels

OhKay Hotel and Casino                (505) 747-1668

Santa Claran Hotel & Casino         (877) 505-4949

Buffalo Thunder Hotel                    (505) 455-5535

Abiquiu Inn                                     (505) 685-4378


Camprounds:

Riana Abiquiu Lake COE               (505) 685-4371

Abiquiu Dam-Corp                         (505) 685-4561

Echo Campgrounds                       (575) 758-6200

Bandelier - Juniper Campgroinds   (505)672-3861


 If you have any questions please contact

Garry Cook
Email gcook@falcon-ok.com
Phone:  (918) 231-1597

Look forward to seeing you there! 

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MS Bike Ride

Looking for Riders and Volunteers for the Bike MS:  The Road divided MS Ride


We are looking for riders to join the Tulsa Ski Club team and Volunteers to staff a Rest Stop along the way.  The ride is a 2-day ride September 30th and October 1st. Day 1 begins in Norman and finishes in Guthrie.  Day 2 Leaves Guthrie and the finish line is in Stillwater.  There are rest Stops every 10 – 12 miles along the route and a lunch stop each day. 

The entry fee for riders is:
- $25 until April 8 
- $30 until May 10 
- $35 until July 22 
- $40 until Sept 16 
- $50 thereafter 

To sign up go to the Tulsa Ski Club Team page at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/TSC and click the Join Team Button.

If you wish to Volunteer to staff the Rest Stop email me at gcook@falcon-ok.com and when I have all the details I’ll contact you with instructions.
Come out and join us Ride for MS.  If you have any questions Please contact me at gcook@falcon-ok.com

 

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Calendar of Events

  • April 11 General Membership Meeting at the Akdar Shrine Center 7pm (We'll have HOT DOGS and FSA Club MEDALS!)
  • April 27 SNO at the Tulsa Drillers
  • June 9-11 Annual Eslberry Family Float Trip, Riverside Resort Talequah
  • June/July LAKE PARTY Location and date TBA
  • July 22-23 Rio Chama self-drive rafting trip, Taos, NM
  • September Sign-up Picnic
  • September 30-October 1 Join our TSC Team on the Bike MS: The Road Divided  
  • September-October Special screening of a Warren Miller Film

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Texas Ski Council

Please find attached the Texas Ski Council Newsletter! Did you know that now that Tulsa Ski Club is part of TxSC that we have reciprocal membership benefits? Meaning as members we can enjoy any TxSC Trip! 

Of note in the newsletter is information about BidFest in San Antonio and a calendar of potential TxSC trips. Let's start planning for next season! 

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