August 2017 Print

President's Report

It may be hot outside but make no mistake, Winter Is Coming. We must be ready.  Let us join together for epic 2017-2018 ski trips while we are still young and able.  As Warren Miller says, “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

Here is some unsolicited advice to not waste this ski season:

  1. Take advantage of the early bird sign-up discounts and SAVE major coinage!
  2. Bring your friends because friends don’t let friends miss the ski season.
  3. If you don’t have any friends, come on a TSC trip and make some.  I promise every trip has others just like you who wish they had a friend who skis.
  4. Make time off from work a priority.  Don’t be like me when I was younger and let the Boss Man bully you into skipping vacation.  We all need vertical to make the year count.
  5. Start your fitness early.  Get off the couch and work the legs and core!  Skiing is a lot more fun and definitely safer when you are in shape.  I suggest cycling because it helps with fitness and balance. 

Here’s a quick run down of the trips we’ve set up for you this season. Don’t forget to sign up before the Picnic for savings! 

    • The Crested Butte Trip in December has FREE SKIING.  What, yes, you heard me.  Free skiing.  Not to mention it is an incredibly charming town.
    • Flatlands at the end of January is in Snowmass.  If you have never skied Snowmass, we are talking large runs, friendly and challenging terrain, and the fun of Flatlands Ski Week. Flatlands brings friendly competition and a whole lot of excitement! Help us bring the title home! 
    • The President’s Day Weekend trip to Angel Fire provides an economical family option. What better way to spend a long weekend with the family!?
    • The Taos trip in early March never disappoints. Taos is a charming town and the hill will give you as challenging terrain as you would like!
    • When you need one more late season trip, Banff will still have snow. Spring skiing in Banff is a dream! Beautiful sunny weather, not too cold, and amazing snow.


Summer has been quick and the TSC Board has been hard at work trying to evolve the Tulsa Ski Club into a club that does more than ski.  We sent out a survey with limited responses so it is up to the few to decide for the masses.  Once upon a time the Tulsa Ski Club had large meetings and even larger Skiers Nights Out but attendance has decreased over the years.  People used to attend meetings to find out the latest news and socialize.  Now everyone can get the latest information at their fingertips and socialize through Facebook but we still want to see your shining face so meetings will continue but be different than the usual.  Skiers Night Out will also be different than in the past; it will be more event driven and attendance will be something not seen in years.  I hope you can join the fun.  No, bring the fun.  Life is what you put into it.

The Summer has not been uneventful or without sadness.  The Celebration of Life for Gene Elsbery hosted by Evan Elsbery and his family was something to remember.  Gene is truly missed by all of us and the celebration was worthy of such a great human being as Gene. His impact on and contributions to our club will not be forgotten. 

The Lake Party was less attended than years past but one of my favorites.  Jim Sanwick and family were excellent host and of course, great company.  Those who missed it, missed out.

The Rio Chama Rafting Trip was tremendous fun by all accounts.  I wish I could have been there.  An account of the trip from Garry is provided below.

Michael Messimore, TSC President

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Sign-up picnic

Do you like SAVINGS?! Yeah, so do we! Sign-up for your trips at (or before) the Sign Up Picnic and SAVE!

Here's the details: 

Sign-up Picnic at LaFortune Park

September 10, 2017 

11 AM - 3 PM

Join us to learn more about the trips available, sign-up, save, have a beer and good food. All trips have an early bird discount. The catch is you MUST be signed up on or before the Sign-up Picnic in order to recieve the discount.

Just do it! You won't regret it! 


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Winter Trips 2017 - 2018

Crested Butte, CO with OKC (December 6 - 11, 2017)

We join forces with the OKC Ski Club to enjoy the beautiful resort and town of Crested Butte, CO. This is a great trip to get your ski legs for the season! We expect to have great snow, wonderful company, and a lot of fun. Best of all FREE 3-day lift tickets included in the price, 4thday deeply discounted $36.

Snowmass for FSA (January 30 - February 5, 2018)

Bring the heat and raise the stakes! We’re going to bring the trophy back home! Join us at Snowmass for AMAZING terrain, camaraderie, and friendly competition. Ski, party, sleep. Repeat. 

Angel Fire, NM (February 16 - 19, 2018)

Get the littles because this is great mountain to learn on! Everything about this trip is family friendly from the price to the accommodation. Give your kids an experience they’ll never forget.

Taos, NM (March 1 - 5, 2018)

Our “Classic Trip” we’ve been visiting Taos for the past 30+ years and it never disappoints. For those who don’t want to ski enjoy world class spas, Arts and craft shops, and just good ole New Mexican charm. For those looking to get in their vertical go hard and join the ridge runners club. We LOVE this mountain. The hotel is just a short walk to downtown and the Plaza.   

Banff, Canada (March 29 - April 2, 2018)

The Canadian Rockies are a sight to be seen. Hit the slopes hard during the day to enjoy some of the best early spring skiing around.  Your lift tickets get you access to 3 mountains Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay.  Then hit the town at night and party with the locals! We promise they’re friendly. 


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Texas Ski Council

As a member of the Texas Ski Council we have access to the council trips.  This year they are going to:



Steamboat (January 13 -20, 2018)

They are returning to Steamboat next year. If you are interested check out the MAX Pass with 5 days of skiing at both Steamboat and Winter park plus 42 other destinations. 


Winter Expedition

Cortina Italy (January 26 – February 3, 2018)

Situated on the Boite river, in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene, and for its jet set and aristocratic European crowd.


Winter Expedition

Beaver Creek (February 10 – 17th, 2018)

Beaver Creek is a luxury ski resort located just west of Vail and near the town of Avon, Colorado. The mountain is known for its world-class restaurants, luxury lodging, endless shopping and family-friendly atmosphere. Beaver Creek is a great destination for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. 


Final Showdown

Park City (February 24 – March 3, 2018)

Park City offers top ranked ski and snowboard facilities, with 7,300 acres of terrain. 


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August SNO is being held at Utica Square's Fifth Night festival on August 24th. This event always has great music and will not disappoint. Come soak up the atmosphere! This is a BYOB event. Look for the TSC banner near Stonehorse behind where the bikes park. We look forward to seeing you there! 

When: August 24th 7:00-9:00pm (arrive early for best spots)
Where: Utica Square Summer's Fifth Night Concert Series
What: Free to attend by BYOB
Who's Playing: Bop Cats

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Summer Trips

Los Chama River Raft Trip

By: Garry Cook

We met at Bode’s General Store in Abiqui, NM after an hour and a half bus ride to the El Vado Ranch launch site at the base of the dam the guides off loaded the rafts and loaded the equipment on the rafts.  This gave us an opportunity to explore.  We took the time to walk around the area and check out the scenery and take walk to the other side of the river on the swinging bridge. Once all the equipment and  personal gear was loaded it was time to load up and head down the river.  


The first day we covered 8 miles passing very scenic rock formations as we moved down the river.  Our lunch stop was by the Hot springs.  The guide had sandwiches, Melons and chips.  When we finished eating it was time to get back on the river.  As we continued down the river we jockeyed for positions each raft taking their own lines through the faster water.  We stopped for the day around 3:30 and started to make camp for the evening.  Once all the tents were set up we all sat around the fire and regaled each other with stories past and present while the guides prepared dinner, salmon, steak baked potatoes and salad. Jan lead a remembrance for all that knew Gene “Bad Dog” Elsberry our longtime friend and advocate for the Club.  He will be missed.  The weather was great the first day, but as the evening progressed the clouds came in and we got a bit of rain over night.  

 The next morning, we woke up to cloudy skies but no rain.  As the guides cooked breakfast, eggs, bacon, sausage breakfast burritos, we broke down the camp repacked our gear back into the dry bags.  After breakfast, the task of repacking the rafts and prepare for our trip down the river. The goal for the day was to get to some of the class 2/3 rapids. The day was great.  about an hour out we hit our first real white water.  And for the most part everyone made passing through with incident. The views were spectacular.  The rock formations and scenery were even more  spectacular that the first day.  We made it down a few smaller rapids and stopped for lunch, a novel take on a salad in a stuffed tortilla cone.   Then it was back on the water.  Back on the water we passed some awesome rock formations and then past the Christ of the Desert Monastery where the monk grow their own hops for their Monk Beer a very popular local brew.  After the monastery, we hit the gear boat drop off.  At the end of the day we rafted 12 miles for a total 20 miles for the trip.   

As we arrived the clouds began to build and in the hills, we could see rain and some lightning.  With the weather and the time, 3:30, the guides made the call not to
proceed down the last few miles of the river.  So, we began to off load the rafts and load up the bus.  

The bus trip back to Bode’s was quite an adventure.  I was a narrow winding road with just enough room for the bus let alone another car.  Without a doubt, a wild ride.  After about an hour drive back we arrived at our vehicles loaded up and headed our separate ways.  Some remained in the area, a few began their trek back to Tulsa and some off the California. 

One thing I think we all will remember is respect the Paddle.  Great trip let’s do it again next year. 

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Warren Miller

We're bringing Warren Miller Entertainment back to you! Join us on October 29th at Circle Cinema. Check our newsletters and Facebook for ticket information. 


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