November 2017 Print

President's Report


Hello to all Tulsa Ski Club Members.

With the temperatures falling and snow in them mountains, excitement is growing for the upcoming ski season.  We had tremendous early sign-ups and I expect the trips will be going to wait list very soon so don’t delay if you are going to take advantage of the discounts.

The Tulsa Ski Club Board is working hard to improve your club and make it a twelve-month organization to be enjoyed by all.   We have the word “Ski” in the name but we are really a social club that also takes ski trips.  It has evolved since I joined in 1999 but still has the same strong point it had then, the people.  I joined as a single person who wanted to ski but didn’t have any friends in Tulsa who liked to ski.  I took a chance, joined the club, signed up for a trip, and still have friends from that trip.  Now, almost 19 years older and with a family, the trips are different.  I don’t open and close the lifts.  I don’t ski until my quads melt.  It is now about helping my family and other families have a good experience.  Skiing for the first time or the first few times can be a little scary for some.  Learning to stop, learning to turn, and gaining confidence makes skiing the fun experience it should be.  When a new person struggles, it can be scary and helping someone go from scared to having fun brings me joy.  The beauty of a club trip is the variety of ski levels and always having someone to ski with because it is more fun with friends.

So, if you are reading this, I hope you don’t get another year older without skiing again.  You never know what the future holds and you never know when you will get another chance.  Winter is coming.  It is coming for us all and if we are to enjoy it, we must join our houses for an epic winter of skiing.

  • Thank you to those who represented the Tulsa Ski Club at the MS 150.
  • Thank you to the Board for caring and trying so hard.
  • Thank you to all who helped with the Tulsa Ski Club Octoberfest.
  • Thank you to all who joined us at the Circle Cinema for Warren Millers Line of Descent.


See you on the second Tuesday for the General Meeting and the third Thursday for SNO.


Michael Messimore

President, 2017-2018


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Calendar of Events


General Meeting: November 14th, 7 - 9 PM at Akdar Shriner's (2808 S Sheridan Rd) 

Skier's Night Out (SNO): November 16th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Oklahoma Joe's (61st and Sheridan) 1/2 price appetizers and $12.00 buckets for TSC! 


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Winter Trips 2017 - 2018


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

$590 per person double occupancy

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)

$960 per person double occupancy | $1360 single occupancy

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)

$440 per person double occupancy | $590 single occupancy

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) 

$400 per person double occupancy | $520 single occupancy

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

$1190 per person double occupancy | $1540 single occupancy

The Canadian Rockies are a sight to be seen. Hit the slopes hard during the day and enjoy some of the best early spring skiing around.  Your lift tickets get you access to 3 mountains Banff, 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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MS Bike Ride

The Tulsa Ski Club was represented at the MS: Bike The Road Divide, a charity ride to help support National Multiple Sclerosis Society again this year.  This year Chris VanDyke and Garry Cook rode the 2-Day,128 mile, ride from Norman to Stillwater. In addition to Chris and Garry riding, Ski Club members, Linda Cook, Katie Roberts, and Sasha VanDyke also staffed on of the rest stops on the second day in Orlando, OK and Evan Elsberry worked the event as a support or SAG driver as he has for many years.

The first day Chris and Garry made our way from North of south Norman through the OU Campus and downtown Norman to Tinker in Midwest City where we came across some familiar faces. Like last year the force was with us as we continued on to OKC and past the State Capital, Remington Park and Frontier City. Chris and Garry pushed  northward through the outskirts of Edmond and closer to our destination for the first day finish line in Guthrie.  We completed the first day ride of 69 miles finishing up the day at Mineral Wells Park in Guthrie. 

At the end of the ride riders and volunteers were treated to a Mexican dinner and a variety of beverages.   After an 
evening of fun, music, a team jersey fashion show and an ice cream social the Ski Club crew turned in for the evening to prepare for the next day.



The second day started off with a pancake breakfast to prepare us for the ride ahead.  As Chris and Garry made their way north toward Perry; Katie, Sasha and Linda made their way to Orlando to setup the rest stop and prepare for the riders to arrive.  As the morning progressed everyone was warned about deer darting across the road in front of cars and riders.   

After a grueling day through Perry, construction detours and up some pretty serious hills Garry and Chris then turned east to Stillwater and Boone Pickens Stadium the finish Line.


At last success we crossed the finish line, victory was ours.  

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After 128 miles (69 the first day and 59 the second) the team completed its goal. Not only did the team complete the ride but we raised $1300 for MS.  

A special thanks goes out to Evan who has volunteered for many years as he was with us all the way providing moral support and harassment when needed.  Without him and the other SAG drivers many riders would have been stranded on the road.  My hat is off to you Evan.  


As this year’s ride comes to a close we are already looking to next year.  It was a great time and we had loads of fun.  If you are interested in participating next year let us know we are looking to field another team and sponsor a rest stop again next year.  

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Thursday November 16th, SNO will be hosted at Oklahoma Joe's (61st and Sheridan) from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. We'll have 1/2 priced appetizers and $12.00 buckets of beer! Stop on by and say a quick hello or come and spend the evening with your past, present, and future ski buddies!


At October SNO we had a great time at Mexico Lindo followed up with some shopping at Sun & Ski at October's Skier's Night Out. Thank you to Sun & Ski for the great door prizes and hospitality!

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Winter Trips 2016-2017

Here are some pictures of past trips! Want your pictures featured? Send them to 


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