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Ski Kick Off - Corinthian Yacht Club
Friday, November 7, 2014
Midwest New Years Granite Peak/Marquette DH and XC
December 31 - January 4, 2014
Devil’s Resort (near Winter Park) XC and DH
January 3-11, 2015
Vail Downhill - The Traditional Continues!
January 11-17, 2015
Marquette, WI XC and DH
January 22-25, 2015
Breckenridge Downhill
January 27-February 1, 2015
South Kettle Moraine X-Country
February 6-8, 2015
Minocqua Winter Park X-Country
February 13-16, 2015
Red Mountain, BC 
February 14-19, 2016
Club Med: Caribbean Trip to Turks and Caicos. Show and Go. (not a link)
February 21-28, 2015
DH and XC - Keweenaw Peninsula, MI - MeetUp
February 26- March 2, 2015
Squaw Valley Downhill
March 1-6, 2015
Aspen Downhill
March 18-23, 2015


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Trip, Event and Social Meeting Ideas?

Do you have ideas for places to go and things to do?  We are also looking for ideas for themes, topics or speakers for Social Meetings.  Share your ideas on our survey today!  Visit as many times as you like! 

November Social Meeting

THE NEXT SOCIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD on Wednesday, November 12 at REI on Halsted from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. 1455 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 

Are You Signed up? 

Whenever you sign up for a trip or event on the website you will get an email within seconds confirming that you have registered.  Please make sure to always check your email after registering, including your "junk" or "bulk mail" folder.  After 5 - 10 minutes, if you don't receive an email, you didn't complete the registration.  Maybe you didn't hit the "Next" button all the way to the last screen and click "Complete Registration"?  Maybe your computer timed out?  We cannot know why it didn't "stick", but if you don't get that email you should contact the event leader or the webmaster ( to check that you are signed up.

Social Media

Another Way to be Social! 

Have you been to a social meeting before?  It is one way to get chatting about upcoming trips or social events.  
Another way to stay in contact with your LSSC friends between trips is to chat with them on Facebook or Meetup.  
We know you love receiving club newsletters and email notifications, but it's a one way communication.  
We hope you will enjoy chatting about upcoming trips, and telling us how much fun you had, on these platforms.  For instructions about how to post, visit and click on "sharing/social".

Wanted Volunteers

Remember, LSSC is an all-volunteer club that can only continue to provide the best sport and social programs for our members if we have people willing to step up and contribute a little time and energy. Please consider helping us plan and execute some great social programs for next year! 

Notes from our President

We are looking for Skimeister to run the racing program.
Also, we are looking for assistant trip leaders for the western ski trips.
Please contact Scott McGarvey for information
Rich Zaber

LSSC Board


Rich Zaber

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
Scott McGarvey

Dave Hicks

Membership Director
Kimberly Chulis   

Cross-Country Trip Director
Laura Galusha

Program Director
Marcie Marcovitz

Marian Nealon

Communications Director
Sue Herman

James E Carroll
Make Plans for Winter Fun

Whatever your choice in winter fun, you can find it on a LakeShore Ski and Sports Club trip this season.  All trips feature fantastic skiing and snowboarding, and many provide opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, tubing, and other outdoor activities.
DON’T WAIT:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Trip in January has a room cut-back of November 6!
This is one not to miss at this unique resort with full spa. You can XC or Downhill at nearby Winter Park.  
Join us at one of our “traditional” destinations; each has a new money-saving special this year –
  • Vail skiers will receive a $15 voucher from Vail Resorts for each day you ski, good for lunch at any Vail Resorts restaurant.
  • Aspen, our end-of-season favorite, now includes daily free breakfast.
Want to get off the beaten track?  Check out Red Mountain just over the border in British Columbia.  If you wish, you can try some remote, just-opened terrain accessible by cat and skiable by intermediates as well as experts.  And, you’ll never see crowds or lift lines.

Seeking to meet new friends from outside the club?  Join our New Year’s Trip where we’ll share the good times with our friends from Pine Point Ski Club.  And, you’ll have a chance to ski (downhill or cross-country) at two separate resorts, Granite Peak and Marquette, both of which are longtime LSSC favorites.  

Looking for variety, where you’ll never run out of new terrain to try?  Then join us at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe’s second-largest ski area.  Trip also includes nearby Alpine Meadows, for a combined total of 6,200 acres, 43 lifts and over 270 trails. 

And, how about returning to an old favorite, but with new horizons to explore?  That sums up Breckenridge, where Peak 6 has just opened, making this a five-summit ski resort.  Peak 6 has the remote feel of “back-bowl” country with true open-bowl skiing above the tree line … but with the convenience of express lift access.

You can sign up for all of this season’s downhill and cross-country trips at the Ski Kickoff, Friday, November 7, at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club at beautiful Montrose Harbor.  Or, visit us online.  Remember, all major credit cards are now accepted.

We want to welcome all our new members who have joined since May 2014. We can’t wait to meet you all at an upcoming LSSC event. Be sure to introduce yourselves to board members so we can find out more about you! 
Grace Austin
Laurie Brand
Michael Cooper
Kathryn Dittemore
Steve Dreher
Sherry Eagle
Tammy Founier
Daniel Hunt
Michael Iseman
Carl Johnson
Holly Krueger
Suzanne Martin
James Michaud
Mike Michaud
Cheri O'Riordan
Tammy O’Connor
Cathy Rusnak
Michele Salvatore
Frank  Schuster
Zbign Skiba
Eileen Sotak
Alice Storti
Chris Storti
Sara Tarjan
Maria Wilder
Bernard Wilson

Fall Events

Annual All-Ski Kickoff Party  -- Friday, November 7. 

Didn't sign up before the cut -off?  Come join us anyway for at door price -$26.00 per person (Cash or Check).

Whether you are Birkie-bound, a recreational cross-country skier, a downhill racer or blue cruiser, getting your snowboard ready for the half-pipe, a novice or a winter-sport wannabe … THIS IS THE EVENT FOR YOU!   Join us on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront as we kick off the 2014-15 season for all ski disciplines. 

NEW!!!!!  This year, we are honored to have renowned cross-country expert DAN CLAUSEN of Minocqua Winter Park Ski Shop join the Viking Ski Shop pros to present what’s new in the sport and to offer one-on-one tips to get you and your gear in tip-top shape before the first flakes fall.   

Enjoy the evening’s buffet.  Work those quads as you dance the night away with the “Go2Guys”.  Door Prizes!!!  Cash Bar!!!  Don’t miss the fun!

Where:   Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
               601 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago (1 mile East of Lake Shore Drive)
               Ample parking available (fee-based and street parking)
When:    Friday, November 7, 2014
Cost:      All Attendees: $21 Advance by November 3.       
                                      $26 at the door.
Event Leaders:  Joe and Anita Fuchs, 773-418-3508

November LSSC Social Meeting - New Venue 

REI on Halsted November 12, from 6:45 pm till 8:00 pm

On November 12, from 6:45 pm till 8:00 pm, we will have our Social Meeting at REI Store, Lincoln Park.  This will take the place of the GOOSE for November.
"Clothes Layering in the Winter" will be the topic of the evening, presented by an REI outdoor expert.  Whether you are a down-hill skier, a cross-country skier, or a “wanna be”, you’ll enjoy this discussion on to properly dress for our sport! And get a chance to see the this season’s latest apparel fashions.
We’ll meet on the  2nd floor of the REI store in the conference room, directly to the left off the stairway. At 6:45 we will begin by highlighting a few upcoming winter trips, followed by our 7 pm Layering presentation and demonstration..  We will then be given a store walk, where possible layering options will be pointed out.
1466 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
Free Parking is only for 90 minutes, see below.  After that point, full rates apply
FREE PARKING – Up to 90 minutes for REI customers! *Parking is available in the garage behind our store on the SW Corner of Dayton St. and Eastman St. *Validation for free parking expires after 90 minutes, at which point full rates apply. REI does not manage the garage and is not responsible for parking fees incurred. Metered street parking is also available.
Any questions, contact Julie Hicks, Social Director,

(630) 803-6422  


Midwest Downhill

MIDWEST NEW YEARS SKI TRIP- Downhill OR XC (or Both!) Granite Peak
(Wausau, WI) and Marquette, MI

Start planning your Ski Season now.  This Midwest New Year’s vacation can be a great tune-up for this year’s Western downhill and cross country trips. So wax and sharpen your skis and Sign up NOW!  
  When:   Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015
Where:  Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park -2 night’s lodging/2 days skiing
               Super 8 Motel, 2006 Stewart Ave, Hwy 51/I-39, Hwy 29 and 52, Wausau, WI 54401
               Marquette Mountain – 2 night’s lodging/2 days skiing
               Days Inn Marquette   2403 US-41 West, Marquette, MI,  US ,  49855

We’re partnering with Pine Point Ski Club so we’ll get to meet new people and make new friends over this long weekend trip. We’ll lodge for 2 nights at Granite Peak and bring in the New Year at our combined Pizza party (but you know LSSC-we’ll dress it up some!).  Then after skiing Granite Peak Friday, 1/2/15, we bus to Marquette for 2 nights stay with 2 more days of skiing.
Granite Peak has terrain for ALL skiers: with 72 runs downhill runs and 5 snowboard parks.
 XC skiers have over 20 miles of trails  including loops from .5 to 9.6 miles. Skitown (XC area) is located on the other side of Granite Peak Ski area, with well groomed trails to accommodate skaters and diagonal skiers, a spacious chalet offering concessions, changing facilities and a lounge area with panoramic views. And there are lighted trails for fantastic nighttime skiing!  Rental equipment is available.

Marquette Mountain area is already a XC favorite, but it is also one of the Midwest's highest vertical mountains with 26 runs and 3 terrain parks (and average of 210” of snow annually). And they recently opened a 25km portion of the 53 km marathon course to the public for winter-long XC skiing. Night skiing is available for downhill/terrain parks.

Status: 16 (or more) participants
Close date:  12/1/2014
DH (Downhill) package includes 4 nights’ accommodation at the Resorts (two-to-a-room), New Year’s Pizza Party, snacks/drinks on the bus.3 days lift tickets, breakfasts daily, drinks/snacks for the bus ride.
DH Cost:  $495.00    Single Supplement: $285.00

XC (Cross Country) package includes same as above but with 3 days trail passes
XC Cost:  $350 + trail pass $9-$12 daily       Single Supplement:$ 285.00

Event Leader:  Sue Herman, 847-772-8746,
Assistant Leader: Ingrid Kaufman 847-705-5956  
Western Downhill
Vail - The Tradition Continues!
Vail is always a LakeShore favorite, and our new January date will help us avoid excessive crowds and prices due to the February World Cup races in Vail.  We’ll return this year to the Lodge at Vail, which offers slopeside lift access.  In the evenings, we’ll enjoy the pedestrian-friendly Village with its many dinner, shopping and nightlife options.  Lift ticket is 5 day interchangeable at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.  Air transportation is United Airlines into Denver.
UA 675 11JAN ORDDEN    800A 936A
UA 830 17JAN DENORD    355P 714P

New this year: Get a $15 voucher from Vail Resorts for each day you ski, good for lunch at any Vail Resorts restaurant.
When: Sunday, January 11 to Saturday, January 17, 2015
Resort: Vail
Lodging: Lodge at Vail
Leader: Shelli Williamson
Status: 36 spaces
Cutback date: 11/2/2014
Standard Package $1,825 includes 5 day interchangeable lift ticket

Enjoy the five mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado including the just-opened Peak 6 that is served by a brand new 6-person chairlift.  This is true “back-bowl” country except with the convenience of lift access, so intermediate skiers are able to experience true open-bowl skiing above the tree line.  

Well stay at the Beaver Run Resort, a slopeside accommodation conveniently located at the base of Peak 9 that sports two swimming pools and seven Jacuzzi whirlpools.  When evening comes, enjoy nightlife in a very walk-able village that is just steps away from the Beaver Run.  We’ll fly United into Denver and board bus for the scenic ride to Breck.  Your lift ticket may also be used at nearby Keystone.
When: Tuesday, January 27 to Sunday, February 1, 2015
Resort: Breckenridge
Lodging: Beaver Run
Leader: John Grubbs
Status: 30 spaces
Cutback date: 11/18/2014
Standard Package $1,119 *(just reduced by $100.00)

Red Mountain, BC
Join us as we check out this undiscovered gem just north of the border in the Monashee range in central British Columbia.  This is not to be confused with skiing in the Rockies – it’s a whole different experience with 2,900 vertical feet at a moderate altitude (base is below 4,000 feet).  You’ll never see crowds or lift lines.

Getting there is half the fun.  As the bus takes us north from Spokane, we’ll pass through rolling hills and follow a river before we begin our climb into the mountains as we approach the Canadian border.  We’ll stay slopeside at the Slalom Creek Condos that can’t be beat for luxury – each condo has its very own outdoor hot-tub on the balcony.  And, upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a Complimentary Welcome Reception in the Rafters Apres Ski Bar. 

Trip also includes
  • Snow Cat skiing on newly-opened terrain that includes plenty of trails for intermediate as well as advanced skiers.  If you’ve never tried cat skiing this is your opportunity.  If there is sufficient interest, we’ll rent a cat for a day as a group, at about $80 per person.
  • Day trip to Whitewater resort, known for its exceptional powder (40+ feet per season).  Bus excursion, lift ticket, and a two-hour stop in the historic town of Nelson for dinner, are all included (dinner on your own).
  • Superb cross-country skiing available at Blackjack (two minutes away by free shuttle), with trails for both classic and skate-style skiing.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Thursday, February 19, 2015
Resort: Red Mountain
Lodging: Slalom Creek
Leader: Calvin Johns
 Valid passport required -must not expire within 6 months of your return date.
Status: 28 spaces
Cutback date: 11/6/2014
Standard Package $1,348   Cross-Country Price   $1,088 (no trail pass)

Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is the second largest ski area at Lake Tahoe, with 30 chairlifts, 3,600 ski acres, and the only funitel (fancy gondola) in the U.S.  Squaw Valley joined forces with nearby Alpine Meadows, and now the combined resorts offer 270 ski trails. The Resort base is at sleep friendly   6,200 feet elevation, with the top of the ski runs at 9,050 ft.

Our accommodations are ski-in, ski-out at the Resort at Squaw Creek, the best lodging available with scenic views of Lake Tahoe. Trip also includes skiing at Alpine Meadows, which is 12 minutes by free shuttle. (We MAY be able to use Southwest Airlines once fares are published, which could allow substantial savings.) 
Departure Date Sunday, 3/1/2015
Return Date Friday,   3/6/2015
Lodging: Resort at Squaw Creek
Leader: Peter Hughes
Transportation: Roundtrip Southwest Airlines (out of Midway Airport) to Reno via San Diego-BAGS FLY FREE. Ground transport to resort (about 1 hour).
Lift Tickets 4 days skiing at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
Cutback Date: 12/21/2014
Status: ONLY 20 SPACES!
Standard Package $1,444

Aspen - Season Finale!
Nothing beats the four mountains of Aspen to provide an excellent ski experience for skiers of all abilities, so it’s no wonder that Aspen continues to be LakeShore’s most popular ski trip for decades running.  This year, we’ll return to the Limelight Lodge which provides very convenient lift access to Aspen Mountain.  Use your lift ticket at Aspen, or catch the fast, free shuttle to nearby Snowmass, Aspen Highlands or Buttermilk.  We’ll fly nonstop into Eagle airport on American Airlines and hop a bus for a scenic 90-minute ride into Aspen that includes a grocery stop.  Daily breakfast included.  
When: Wednesday, March 18 to Monday, March 23, 2015
Resort: Aspen
Lodging: Limelight Lodge
Leader: JoEllen Reed
Status: 44 spaces
Cutback date: 1/7/2015
Standard Package $1,749

For all trips, you can pay with a credit card or mail your check to the treasurer after you complete registration. Payment information will appear on the registration confirmation email. 
Must be a member or pay the Non-Member fee (when applicable) to attend.  See Membership Requirements.
Cancellation: Full refund within 21 days of event opening.  Penalties may apply after this.  Full cancellation policy.


XC and DH - Devil’s Resort (near Winter Park)   
When:   Saturday, Jan 3 – 11, 2015
Where:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa,
             3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478

Devil's Thumb Ranch, a luxury resort, is located on 6,000 acres near Winter Park at an elevation of about 9,000 ft. They maintain 125+Km of groomed cross-country ski trails from flatter valley trails to hillier trails at the foothills of the mountains. In addition, the ranch has snowshoeing, sleigh rides, year-round outdoor pool with indoor access, outdoor hot tub, dry sauna, fitness center with steam room, library, theater, game room, two restaurants and a coffee shop. Spa services include massage, face, manicures and many more. 
Downhill skiers/Boarders- the Resort provides a complementary shuttle to the Winter Park Ski Resort daily by prior reservation. Also ski rentals are available.  
Members make their own Amtrak reservation on California Zephyr from Chicago area Saturday pm, Jan 3 on an overnight run to Fraser/Winter Park, arriving late morning on Sunday Jan 4 where we will be met by ranch vehicles to take us a few miles to Devil's Thumb Ranch.  We'll stay six nights in the Devil’s Resort from Jan 4 to Jan 9.  Depart on Saturday, Jan 10 to arrive in the Chicago area on the California Zephyr on Sunday, Jan 11.
Amtrak Pricing on California Zephyr:
Reserve early.  Coach seat is approximately $277 (per person round trip); sleeper roomette is approximately $1,291 (for 2 persons split the cost round trip, includes meals, reclining seats turns into sleeper and other amenities included.) Seniors over age 62 get a 15% discount. 

You may also arrange your own Air Transportation but must also arrange ground transport to Ranch.

Additional information to follow once registered by the event leader.
Room Cut Back Date:  11/6/14 
Cost:  $860 (Does not include train transportation or Downhill lift tickets)
It includes 6 nights' lodging at the Resort (2 to a room), Welcome dinner,
ground transport to/from ranch and train depot, and a 5-day XC trail pass. 
Payment Schedule:
$430 by 12/10/14
Single supplement $658
24 skiers
Event Leader:  Marian Nealon, 630-279-0715,
Assistant:  Rebecca Gilman, 312-952-2993,               
Category:  Members only trips and events

DH and XC  - Marquette, MI
When:  Thursday, Jan 22 – Sunday, Jan 25, 2015
Where:  Marquette, MI

The Marquette area is one of the region’s pre-eminent Nordic skiing destination. We plan to sample a number of the area’s highly regarded XC trail systems. Three likely choices are:
  • The Valley Spur ski area includes 12 ski loops with over 45 kilometers of trails coursing through hardwood forests, pine and hemlock groves offers something for every level of skier.  All trails are groomed for classic and skating.
  • Blueberry Ridge Pathway area offers 7 loops covering 20 kilometers of scenic skiing only 6 miles outside of town. 
  • The Norquemanon trail system offers 45 kilometers  of skiing, including point to point skiing with different trail entry points leading back to Marquette where the trail ends.  Some members plan to participate in the well-known Noquemanon Ski races  on Saturday, January 24, 2015. This ski event offers several race events, including a 50 kilometer marathon, 24 and 12 kilometer ski races, and even a snow shoe race.
And Marquette offers more than cross country!  Marquette Mountain is located  just a couple of miles from downtown and the Ramada Inn.  The mountain has 26 runs (the longest at 8400 feet) and a 600 foot rise on 169 skiable acres. This adds up to some of the best downhill skiing in the Midwest.  And finally, don’t forget that there is snow shoeing!
Bring your swimsuit to enjoy the sauna at the Ramada Inn located in downtown Marquette.  It’s an easy walk to bars and shopping in beautiful downtown Marquette. Trip includes: Bus transport to and from the hotel, lodging (double occupancy for three nights), wine and cheese party. Free cross-country ski lessons are dependent on instructor availability.  The base price reduced to $350, option to xc or dh.

Close date:  1/12/15
REDUCED Cost:  $350 for XC or DH (Lift Tickets/Trail Pass pay as you go)
Single supplement $168
Price includes: Bus transport to and from the hotel, lodging (double occupancy for three nights), wine and cheese party. Free cross-country ski lessons are dependent on instructor availability. Trail Passes/Lift Tickets additional at the resort.
Status:  40 skiers
Event Leader:  Larry Kyte, 630-710-1958,
Category:  Members only trips and events
Registration:  Required by Jan 12, 2015

XC  - South Kettle Moraine
When:  Friday, Feb 6 – Sunday, Feb 8, 2015
Where:  South Kettle Moraine  
Come explore the XC trails just north of the Wisconsin border with us!  There are 82K of trails to suit both beginners and experienced skiers at this 20,000-acre state forest, also ten trails for snowshoeing.  Transportation, park sticker and trail passes are not included. Contact the trip leader if you need a carpool.  LSSC will be lodging at Baymont Inn in Whitewater for 2 nights, breakfasts and wine and cheese party are included in the trip.  Free cross-country ski lessons are dependent on instructor availability. 
Close date:  1/20/15
Standard package includes lodging (double occupancy for 2 nights), breakfasts, wine & cheese gathering.
Cost:  $120
Single supplement $90
30 skiers
Event leader:  Sharyn Sobel,, or 312-643-5043
Assistant:  Rosemary Devlin,, or 773-281-4651
Category:  Members only trips and events
Registration:  Required by Jan 20, 2015

XC  - Minocqua Winter Park
When:  Friday, Feb 13 to Monday, Feb 16, 2015
Where:  Minocqua, WI
We’re off to one of LSSC’s favorite cross-country destinations, where new skiers as well as the pros always have a wonderful long weekend. Recognized as one of the top cross-country ski areas in the Midwest, Minocqua Winter Park provides a full range of services for the cross-country skier, including: 75 km of groomed terrain with 65 km groomed for both skating and striding and 10 km groomed for striding only. For variety, Minocqua also has a 10 km snowshoeing trail.  

There is a Chalet with a cafe, a day lodge and heated waxing room. Rentals and new equipment sales are available through the Minocqua Winter Park Ski Shop. And as always, the club offers a free ski lesson. We are returning to the Concord Inn, located downtown so you can also walk to unique shops, restaurants and nightlife.  We will be able to relax après ski in a hot tub or indoor pool. We've included bus transport to and from the hotel & trail heads, three days trail passes (2 1/2 days of XC skiing), lodging (double occupancy for three nights), breakfasts, wine and cheese party. Free cross-country ski lessons are dependent on instructor availability.
Close date:  1/20/15
Standard package includes lodging (3 nights’ double occupancy), breakfasts, Wine & Cheese Party and trail passes
Cost:  $350
Single supplement $148
40 skiers
Event leaders: Kent East and Tim Thurlow, 773-684-2547,
Category:  Members only trips and events
Registration:  Required by Jan 20, 2015

Also Check out our Red Mountain Trip above. 

Show and Go -- Meetup

Club Med Ski Break on the Turks & Caicos Islands
(not an official LSSC trip)
Saturday 2/21/15 through Saturday 2/28/15

Join Julie and Dave Hicks as they return to their favorite all inclusive Caribbean vacation/snorkeling resort for a break from the Chicago winter.  The ocean and the air temperatures hover around 80 degrees in February at this adults only Club Med resort with gorgeous white sandy beaches, great water sports, awesome buffet meals, dancing every night, and a 4-star TripAdvisor rating.  Check it out at:  Activities include Scuba Diving (at extra cost), Paddle Boarding, Sail Boating, Snorkeling, Wind Surfing, Tennis, and circus school.   Registration is through the Club Med website or by phone at 1-888-WEB-CLUB (1-888-932-2582).  Club Med uses airline-type demand pricing, so the current cost of $1139 per person, double-occupancy, plus air, will gradually increase each month.  If we collectively book 8 or more rooms, we will qualify for incentives such as free wifi, boutique shop discounts, etc.  
CONTACT:  Julie Hicks at 630-803-6422 or
REGISTRATION: Air and Club Med arrangements made by participant. Please RSVP on MeetUp so we can qualify for incentives!

DH and XC - Keweenaw Peninsula, MI
When:  Thursday, Feb 26 – Mar 2, 2015
Where:  Travelodge, 215 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI     866-460-7440
Event Leader(s):  Tammy O’Connor, 248-310-6111,
                                Larry Kyte, 630-710-1958,

Come join us on this exploratory trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula.  This is an exploratory, do it yourself trip. Each participant will be responsible for their own lodging, trail passes, and transportation arrangements, and expenses.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a group rate until January 26, 2015. Register on line and you will be provided information for reserving a room. The rooms will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The Houghton, Michigan area boasts ski trails for all abilities and interests — from wide trails groomed daily for skating and classic style, to narrow intimate striding-only wooded trails. There is over 100K of groomed cross country ski trails.  Located in the Keweenaw peninsula of Lake Superior, Houghton and its sister city of Hancock receive about 250” of annual snowfall.   Major trail systems include:

  • Michigan Tech Nordic Training and Recreational Forest has 35 km of groomed ski trails and ranks among the top six in the nation, they are hosting the U.S. National Cross-Country Skiing Championship in 2015 and 2016. This trail system is located in Houghton.
  •  Chassell Classic Ski Trail has 10 km of quiet trails, winter grooming for striding only. Located near Highway 41 in town of Chassell, about eight miles south of Houghton.
  • The Mast Hiihto trails have about 25 km for striding only . This system is adjacent to the Houghton County Arena in Hancock and connects to the Churning Rapids Trails for backcountry skiing.
  • The beautiful Swedetown Pathway Ski trails in Calumet off of Osceolo Road. This area has 30 km of ski trails for all levels and snow shoeing.  Calumet is about 13 miles from Houghton.
Cross Country skiing is not the only skiing on the scenic Keweenaw Peninsula.  The town of Hancock boasts Mt Ripley as a star attraction.  Mt. Ripley is home to the most snow in the Midwest with average snowfall of 273”. It has 24 trails, 440' vertical drop, 112 acres of skiable terrain, 100% night skiing and snowmaking, six different glade runs and three lifts. 

As an added bonus to the trip, a major dog sled race will be held while we are visiting.  The CopperDog 150 Pro/Rec Class Dog Races will start on Friday, February 27th . The race begins in historic downtown Calumet  which will be transformed into a race showplace.  A snow road will be laid down the middle of 5th Street so people can watch these teams depart Friday night, heading out into the snow covered terrain for a race filled with challenging twists, turns, and elevations. Merchants will be readying their shops for all the visitors that will be flooding the streets of Calumet Friday night during the Main Street Calumet street party. Music, food, and dogs all come together to create an event that will suck you into the excitement of sled dog racing.

Although this trip will be self- financed, we need to have you register on-line with Lake Shore at:  

Recent Events - RECAP

Grand Rapids ArtPrize Weekend

The last bike trip of the season, the 5th annual ArtPrize, 1500+ artists from around the world competing for over $500,000 in prizes.  Many of us had never been in Grand Rapids before, and we were all pleasantly surprised, we stayed in a Grand Rapids downtown hotel, best downtown I've ever seen, five downtown museums, wide streets to accommodate sidewalk cafes, plazas, food trucks, food carts, street performers, music, etc.  The art was everywhere, in and outside the stores, restaurants, museums, some venues were a short car ride away, many enjoyed the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.  One of my favorite art performers were two men looking at each other in bunny suits, and other costumes, submerged chest high in the river, they were in the water the whole weekend we were there, there was a debate whether they were real or not.  The impressive museums were free during ArtPrize, and enjoyed sculptures around the museums.  Grand Rapids is bike friendly, with six different bike trails, a group of us left riding from the hotel Saturday morning, mainly alongside the river, another group rode in the afternoon, another group rode the Apple Cider Century Bike Ride, on Sunday.  The surprise bonus was when the entire group was invited Saturday for dinner, to an Oktoberfest house party, with an Oktoberfest live band, and strolling accordion players.  The party was conveniently walking distance from the hotel, Tom and I walked there in order to see art on the way.  The party was in a historical district, homes from the 1870's, 80's, 90's.  Besides the good company, food, music, we were also treated to a house tour, which was thoroughly enjoyable.  Many of us said we would love a repeat of the trip next year.
Rosalie Ahsmann

Renew Your LSSC Membership 

LSSC dues for 2014-2015 are only $30. If you have not yet renewed, do it NOW so you can participate in a great winter line up of exciting Downhill and XC Ski trips listed above.  And we’ll be doing a printed directory this year, so be sure all your contact info is correct!

To renew, go to, login and click "Renew ".

Dave Hicks
LSSC Treasurer
505 N. Lake Shore Dr., Apt 2805
Chicago, IL 60611

Easier Credit Card Payments!

As previously announced, the club is now accepting credit card payments directly on the website for all events.  Checks are still welcome, but the cost is the same whether payment by check or credit card.  Now, I’m pleased to announce that our website vendor has agreed to raise our payment limit from $500 to $1,500.  This means you can now make credit card payments in a single complete process instead of having to do multiple back-to-back $500 transactions to make your larger payments.  For questions, contact Dave Hicks, LSSC Treasurer, at 773 597-5973 or

If you have any member news, photos you'd like to share with other LSSC members, Send the information to the Communications Director:  Sue Herman.

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