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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
Country Dancing at Cadillac Ranch - Meetup
March 14, 2015
Aspen Downhill
March 18-23, 2015
Eifman Ballet at Auditorium Theatre
May 15, 2015
Spring Fling/Worker's Party  - not a link
May 25, 2015
Villa Brunetti, Franklin Psrk
Watch for details to come
Kinky Boots at Cadillac Theatre
July 26, 2015

Notes from our President  

The New Year is fast approaching and we need to start thinking about LSSC board elections. for your 2015 board.  We NEED you....if you want to see LSSC remain a viable, vibrant club, volunteer for a board position,.  Bring your ideas and energy to the table to help us survive in a very different social climate than our 1980's prime years.  

And, as ski season is upon us we are still looking for a volunteer to be our Skimeister to manage our race program.

We cannot do it without you!

Rich Zaber

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! 

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! 

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".


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.

February Social Meeting

THE NEXT SOCIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD on Wednesday, February 19th at  Goose Island Brew Pub, 
1800 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL  from 7.00 to 9:00 pm.  
Parking is free and ample!
Come mingle and find out what trips/events your fellow LSSC members are doing.   

LSSC Board


Rich Zaber

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
Scott McGarvey

Dave Hicks

Membership Director
Kimberly Chulis   

Cross-Country Trip Director
Lee Galusha

Program Director
Marcie Marcovitz

Marian Nealon

Communications Director
Sue Herman

James E Carroll

We want to welcome all our new members who have joined since January 2015. 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!  

Welcome New Members
Locki Deurrutia Andra Munteanu    
James Ferland Bob Oppenheim         
Jeff Fouse Heather Parker                           
Marjorie Huerta Susan Prout   
Hunter Ingram Mike Rhodes                          
Mike Just Barbara Schopper           
Terra Levin Diane Spencer                     
David McEachern (Mack) Tom Sturomski
Marion Morawicz  Carol Swanson                             

Welcome back- Recent Renewals 
Mary Dominiak Andrew Peters
Hilary Freeman Sue Peters            
James Habich Nancy Sanneman                       
Kay Morris Bill Schnur             
Liz Moyer Kathy Schnur
John O’Connor Michelle Syens
Peggie Papie Jenn Tejano

From Your Board

As we draw closer to our fiscal year end and SPRING TIME, it’s also time to create our Slate of Candidates for the next LSSC Board.  We’d love to get some new people involved…so if you’d like to help shape our future, please give me, Rick Zaber, a call or email to let us know of your interest.

And SAVE THE DATE for our annual Spring Fling on May 2, at Villa Brunetti….details to come.  This event is also where we announce the new board and give out our Ski Race awards.  Dinner, dancing and open bar included!!  And we’ll combine this with our Worker’s Party…so if you were a trip or Event Leader, Board member or Assistant Board member, watch for your special invitations. We hope to get a great turnout to our first Social Event of the new LSSC year!

Rich Zaber

Spring Social Events

COUNTRY DANCING at Cadillac Ranch
WHEN:     Saturday 7 pm, March 14
WHERE:  Cadillac Ranch
                1175 West Lake Street
                Bartlett, IL 60103
                (630) 830-7200
Cost:       FREE – it’s a MeetUP
Couples Dance lessons at 7:30 pm (girlfriends are totally acceptable if didn't come with a guy).
Beginner Line Dance lessons at 10 pm. 
Come join the LSSC for a fun night of Country and Line Dancing. Meet & Mingle with LSSC friends as well as make new friends at this popular music/ dance venue.  They serve appetizer type food as well.

Look for Julie Hicks at the Bar. She will have her LSSC pin on her beige cowboy hat. Yee Haw!
Eifman Ballet of Saint Petersburg 
Be among the first to enjoy the Eifman Ballet of Saint Petersburg’s world premiere of F. Scott 
Fitzgerald’s tumultuous love story, “Tender is the Night”, set to American jazz.  Eifman’s cutting edge choreography portrays the fiery passions and anguish of the characters. The dance retells the story of Dick and Nicole Diver and their circle of glamorous friends from glittering parties to murder and emotional breakdown.  Eifman’s psychological ballet is dynamic, expressive and revolutionary classical dance like no other dance in today’s repertoire.
We’ll arrange for dinner (pay on your own) somewhere in the area around 5:30 (details to come).

When:   Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:30pm
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 30 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago
Cost:     $52.00 Members;  $57.00 non-members
Open:    Now       
Close:    March 30, 2015
Limited to 20 tickets
Leader: Ellen Werner  773-929-0705
Tony Award Winner: KINKY BOOTS
The musical, Kinky Boots,  music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, is based on a  book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the 2005 film, Kinky Boots by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, which was inspired by a true story, the musical tells of a struggling British shoe factory's young, straitlaced owner, Charlie, who forms an unlikely partnership with Lola, a drag queen, to save the business. Charlie develops a plan to produce custom footwear for drag queens and kings, rather than the men's dress shoes that his firm is known for, and in the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

The production earned a season-high 13 nominations and 6 Tony wins, including Best Musical and Best Score for Lauper in her first outing as a Broadway songwriter, making her the first woman to win alone in that category

WHEN:    Sunday, July 26, 2015
WHERE:  Cadillac Theater, 151 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
TIME:       2:00 PM Matinee (dinner afterward-pay on your own-venue STATUS:  Opens January 1, 2015
Price:       Members:  $77     Non Members: $80
                 First Balcony - 20 Tickets available 

Event Leader:  Sue Herman


Western Downhill
Red Mountain, BC
Space is available, filling one room at a time.  This means couples, roommates signing up together, and single supplements get on board right away.  Unmatched singles wait for a same-sex match.
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: Additional space may be available
-- Contact Trip Leader
Cutback date: 11/6/2014
Standard Package $1,348   Cross-Country Price   $1,088 (no trail pass)

Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe 
4 openings left!
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 -- Sign up today!
Status: We have four openings!
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  - South Kettle Moraine - One spot open for a male!
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. 

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

XC  - Minocqua Winter Park - A few spots still available
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:  2/7/15
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 Feb 7, 2015

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.  Booking through Pavlus Travel Agency or will earn an approximate $195 rebate on a current Club Med quote of $1,693.  You can also register through the Club Med website or by phone at 1-888-WEB-CLUB (1-888-932-2582).  Registration is through the Club Med website or by phone at 1-888-WEB-CLUB (1-888-932-2582). 
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

It Was a Successful Joint New Year’s Trip   

12 LSSC members including new member, James Ferland,  joined 24 Pine Point Ski Club members for our first joint event over the New Year weekend.  We picked up members in Chicago and Hoffman estates for the 4 hour drive up to Wausau. We got a bit acquainted on the bus, but really made new friends at our New Year’s Eve Glow in the Dark Bowling party. We had 15 people attempt to bowl including LSSC members  Kate Dudley, Rich Zaber,  Chuck Trumpinski and myself (Sue Herman) and many more cheering us on.  Our fearless leader, Rich Zaber, was able to find his old bowling form and score in the 160s.  I managed a 135 so not too bad though Chuck beat me by 3 points!

We have good conditions on the slopes at both Granite Peak and Marquette Mountain though Sunday turned “cold” and windy.  Congratulations to Gerry Gall on her Silver Nastar medal!

Many thanks to Ingrid Kaufman for coordinating the XC portion of our trip for our 6 cross country skiers:  Kate Dudley, Virginia Boehme, Tom Wolos, Jim &, Ingrid Kaufman and David Kopf (who did both X-C and downhill). All skied in the New Year in style!!

Both the Nine Mile Trail System in Wausau and the 20 K Forestville Trail System in Marquette were groomed to perfection and temps were comfortable.  The one and one-half days at each location quickly separated the "really fit" (Kate, Virginia, Tom and Dave) from the "wanna be fit and bring up the rear" folk (Jim and Ingrid).  Sunday's forecast snow storm actually materialized and 5 of us decided not to brave the 25 mph wind/snow and instead enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the historic Landmark Hotel which included a "build your own Bloody Mary".  Many creative concoctions were enjoyed.

While Pine Point Ski Club had no X-C skiers, everyone quickly made friends and partied well into the evenings with several “LSSC style après ski” parties at our motels.
Trip was such a success that we look forward to many more joint outings in the upcoming year!

Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Ski Trip Recap
Seventeen individuals, 11 cross country skiers and six downhill skiers arrived at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa on January 3. This luxury resort provided over-the-top accommodations. Many met in front of the massive fireplace in the dining room for breakfast before heading out cross-country or downhill skiing.  At 9000 feet elevation, some of us flatlanders had to take a few days to acclimate to the elevation. Larry and Dina were our instructors for cross country. Their lessons were very much appreciated as we headed out on the cross country ski trails. Besides skiing, some people also enjoyed fat tire biking on the trails and horseback riding up in the deep mountain snow. .

By the time the tired downhill and cross country skiers finished for the day, we eagerly took advantage of yoga class, the hot tub, and eventually happy hour at the lodge where a $3.00 glass of wine was a real deal.  Being shuttled into town for dinner at different restaurants each evening was a nice touch. One evening we had elegant dinner at the ranch recognizing our trip leader, Marian Nealon.

New friendships were formed over skiing, meals and night activities. As we departed, some taking the Amtrak and others driving, we all agreed that this was a trip that should be repeated. 

Vail Recap


The LSSC Vail trip was moved from our
traditional February slot to late January due to the world downhill championships in Vail this year.  But, we are happy to report that all runs and bowls were open and spectacular.  January delivered good snow, mild temps, beautiful, brilliant, blinding blue sky days, and zero crowds and lift lines!  It was a great week!  Join us next year for this all-time favorite.

Membership Committee Update

Membership Recruitment & Retention Update

As a follow-up to my December Liftline article on our declining LSSC membership, we now know that we have significant attrition due to a maturing membership, combined with inadequate recruitment and retention of new members.   In the past three years, we’ve lost 156 members and only recruited and retained 53 new members.  So, we need to triple our recruitment and retention in order to maintain our membership around the 380 mark that we have currently.   Also, with only 8% of our membership in the under 50 demographic, it is essential that we understand how to best recruit and retain this critical group.   

Our survey of previous members, who had dropped their membership within the last four years, provided some interesting insights.  To our question of why they joined LSSC, top answers were: to go on organized trips, to meet people with similar interests, to make new friends, and to go on one trip.  Top reasons for dropping their memberships were:  I've relocated out of the area, too busy to participate, not enough members in my age group (#1 reason in <50 age group).   There were many very positive comments about their LSSC membership experience.  However, the top suggestion for what would cause responders to rejoin was if we had more people in their age group.   

The membership workgroup has combined our survey results with a lot of research into what recruitment and retention strategies have worked for other organizations and drafted a number of recommendations for LSSC board consideration.   I expect that the board will approve some of the recommendations immediately.  However, several recommendations will warrant further discussion and dialog, so stay tuned. 

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

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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