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Come to our Volunteer Recognition Celebration April 25th!
Without our members volunteering, there would be no LakeShore Ski & Sports Club.  So, join the party and come out to honor and recognize the twenty-six members who made everything happen for LSSC this past year.  These are your trip and event leaders, ski instructors, communications assistants, and board members.  The party starts at 6:30 PM at Jak’s Tap, 901 W. Jackson, and we’ll start the program about 7 PM.   Also, you won’t want to miss a special surprise some of our musically talented members are planning.
Installation of New Officers April 25th
I’m very pleased to announce that the board has approved the following slate of officers for 2016-2017:
President – Laura Galusha
            Consultant – Dave Hicks
            VP & Downhill Director – Open
            Cross-Country Director – Larry Kyte
            Programs & Social Director – Jan Carlson
            Treasurer – Jane Bachman
            Secretary – Terry Crisitello
            Membership Director – Amy Halstead
            Communication Director – Margaret Sheridan
Per our Constitution, if there are no challenges for the slated positions by April 15th, these individuals will be installed as our new board at the April 25th meeting.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the open Downhill Director position should contact me ASAP at or (773) 597-5973.
Annual Report at April 25th Meeting
I’ll also have a short update on the status of club, how we did on our goals for the past year, and some possible goals for the new board to consider for the upcoming year.
So, you don’t want to miss at the April 25th meeting. Again, it’s at 6:30 PM at Jak’s Tap, 901 W. Jackson. Hope to see all of you there!


Spring Social Events, Meetups, and Trips

Save the Date

April 1-9, 2017
Big Bend National Park-Closed

April 3-9, 2017
Vail with Viking Ski Shop - Closed

April 25, 2017
Meetup:  Jak's Tap
May 13, 2017
August 18-27, 2017
Glacier National Park -Closed
September 22-24, 2017

Big Bend National Park, Texas
Date: April 1-9 ,2017
Status: CLOSED
Cost: $1199
Contact:  Rebecca Gilman
Register Now
Chicago River Day
Date: May 13, 2017
Status: OPEN
Cost: Free 
Julie Hicks 
Register Now
Bike Holland Michigan
Date: July 14 - 16, 2017 
Status: OPEN
Cost: $170 (Std Pkg)
Contact:  Sue Bohlander
Register Now

Vail, Colorado
Date: April 3- 9, 2017
Status: CLOSED
Cost: $1849
Contact:  Dave Hicks
Register Now
Bike Jane Addams Trail
Date: June 16-18, 2017
Status: OPEN
Cost: $119.00 (Std. Pkg.)
Dina Petrakis
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Glacier National Park
Date: August 18 - 27
Status: CLOSED
Cost: $1580
Contact:  Ken East
Register Now
LSSC Board

Dave Hicks

Vice-President and Western Trip Director
John Grubbs

Jane Bachmann

Program & Social Director
Julie Hicks 

Cross-Country Trip Director
Rosanna Duchon

Membership Director
Amy Halstead

Communications Director
Michele Mistovich

Janet Carlson

Rich Zaber

New Events and Trips

MEETUP and CLEAN UP!  -- Chicago River Day 2017 - Saturday, May 13 9 am -12 noon
Organized by Friends of the Chicago River

Volunteer with fellow Club  members to  help beautify our Chicago River  and Parks.
Volunteers should expect to work and get a bit dirty. This is an outdoor activity located in a variety of city parks, forest preserves, etc. along the banks of the Chicago River and its tributaries. Your morning will start out with a welcome from your site captain, signing of waivers (required), and T-shirt distribution. This will be followed by an overview of the day’s activities, safety talk, and distribution of supplies to volunteers. Volunteers will work along the river banks and help to remove litter, sort out recyclables and remove invasive species.

WHERE: 3400 N. Rockwell, Chicago, IL
DATE:    Saturday, May 13, 2017
TIME:     9 am till 12 noon

Must RSVP and print Release form found on-line

JANE ADDAMS TRAIL Bike Trip  -  June 16 - 18, 2017

Join us in drift less (unglaciated) northwestern Illinois and ride the lovely Jane Addams trail for as long or short as you like.  Several different lengths of ride will get you to different small towns on the trail with different lunch options  Rolling hills and farmland provide the backdrop for our ride on former railroad trails, often along the Pecatonica River.  

Our wine and cheese party will feature local beer, cheese and wine-and of course Mrs. Mike's potato chips.

Price includes 2 nights stay (double occupancy) and a wine and cheese party.   

TRIP LEADER:  Dina Petrakis  
Cut-back: May 10th
Cost:  $119 (double occupancy)
Single supplement available for an additional $100.
Register online.
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 to Sunday, Jul 16, 2017
Enjoy summer in Holland, MI with two bike riding options.  Join the Holland 100 bike ride over country roads with riding options of 18, 36, 67, or 100 miles.  Registration for the Holland 100 is separate and is prorated for when you register.  The earlier you register the cheaper the ride ($30.00 - $40.00).  It has great food stops and is well supported with sag wagons.  Another alternative is to ride along Holland’s bike paths out to the lakeshore to see Big Red (the Holland lighthouse) and enjoy lunch along the way.  Holland has a wonderful Farmer’s Market to shop at either before or after your ride.  Sunday offers the opportunity to ride the Kal Haven trail on your way back to Chicago or to stop in Saugatuck to enjoy the shops, galleries, and good eating.

This is a self drive trip which includes double occupancy, a continental breakfast, and a wine and cheese party.  *NOTE: The Holland 100 requires a separate registration which can be done at www.holland100.comEd Hanlon will be the ride leader.

Where:  Haworth Inn, 225 College Avenue, Holland , MI  49423
Cutoff Date:  June 11th 2017.
Cost:  $175.00
Contact:  Sue A Bohlander
For More Information, click here

Friday, Sep 22, 2017 to Sunday, Sep 24, 2017

LSSC is returning for the third time to Grand Rapids ArtPrize.  The hotel is an ideal location within walking distance from all art venues and restaurants.   Visit Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park.  Japanese Garden is very much worth seeing also. Its only 5.6 miles from the hotel. 
ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016. 

For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues—museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops—and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike. 
Where :  Holiday Inn Grand Rapids downtown
Cost:      $175.00
Contact:  Lee Galusha
For More Information, click here

The following trips are CLOSED. 
Contact the trip leader regarding any cancellations or last minute openings!

Spring Back to Vail with Viking Ski Shop -  April 3 - 9, 2017 - CLOSED

It’s our 25th Vail trip. It will be EPIC!

Join Viking Ski shop for some spring skiing in beautiful Vail, Co.  The crowds will have dissipated, leaving us and lots of "locals" plenty of time to cruise the slopes and catch the afternoon sun.  Powder can be plentiful at this time of year.  

This trip will coincide with the Taste of Vail, a true foodie event that is not to be missed!  We are staying at the lodge at Vail a wonderful hotel just steps from the Vista Bahn in Vail Village.    In the evenings, we’ll enjoy the pedestrian-friendly Village with its many dinner, shopping and nightlife options. 

Lift Tickets - 5 day interchangeable lift ticket at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin

Trip includes: Airfare, Ground Transfers, Hotel, Lift tickets, Events, Mountain Guide (one day)

Book now and receive a $50 Viking Gift Certificate
50% down payment by October 25th required  Payment in full due by February 1st, 2017
See website for pricing details
Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande in Texas. April 1 - April 9, 2017 - CLOSED    
Our group  will fly from Chicago to San Antonio, TX, and after a stroll down the River Walk and an overnight stay, drive to Big Bend National Park for 5 days of hiking through the Chisos Mountains, floating or canoeing down the Rio Grande River, and watching for a huge variety of birds in migration.  Big Bend is awesome; trails are easy to difficult; the food at the lodge is really good and reasonable; and the vistas and stars at night are magnificent.  Lots of funky towns and places to visit too.  Return to San Antonio on the 8th and fly back to Chicago on the 9th.  

Trip includes airfare non-stop on Southwest Air (Midway), 2 nights Hampton Inn in San Antonio (breakfast included), 6 nights Chisos Mountains Lodge, wine and cheese party, and SUV rentals.  Not included are all other meals, other activities (canoe trip) and gas. 

Cost:  $1199 per person, dbl occ, for 8 night adventure trip.
Check it out at  
Glacier National Park and Environs - August 18-27, 2017 - CLOSED 

This 10-day trip combines rides on one of America’s iconic trains, the Empire Builder, with a week of hiking and paddling—or just lounging—in and around a jewel of the National Park system, Glacier National Park. 

  • Explore the Two Medicine area in the Park, including a boat trip across Two Medicine Lake.
  • Going-to-the-Sun Drive to the Lake MacDonald area of the Park.
  • Hiking the Garden Wall.
  • Many Glacier Hike.
  • Scenic boat trip across Swiftcurrent Lake that many consider the best in the Park. 
  • Grinnell Lake.
Cost of Basic Package: $1580*

Price includes round-trip coach seats between Chicago and East Glacier on Amtrak’s Empire Builder; seven nights lodging at three locations including five nights at two historic lodges; National Park entrance fee; rentals for SUVs in Montana, a wine and cheese party; and gratuities for train porters to get luggage on and off the trains.



By Margaret Sheridan

How to sate snow-starvation in Chicago? Head to Calgary, Canada.

That’s what 32 LSSC members did in February. And returned home, well-fed. A week of endless sun and surplus snow at Lake Louise and Banff rewarded 13 cross-country skiers, and 19 down-hillers.  

Kudos to organizers Larry Kyte and John Grubbs, and many volunteers who shared driving, organized dinners and enlightened us with GPS and map-reading skills.     

The 19 down-hillers managed icy, vertical drops at Lake Louise then two choices of terrain in Banff, including the favored Sunshine Village area. Good weather make for a great ski trip with 5 days of all the skiing you could want.  Add to it a beginning  welcome party, dinner parties every night and a friendly bar at the lodge, and ending with a great  Greek Dinner party made for a made for a very memorable trip.

The cross-country group crisscrossed a snow-covered Lake Louise, admired the guts of ice climbers dotting a frozen waterfall like ants, and then discovered various forest trails back to our hotel, Lake Louise Inn. But impeccable grooming at Canmore Nordic Centre, Banff (the site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games), made it the hands-down favorite for classic striders and skaters.   

No one returned home malnourished or parched. Afternoon tea 
at Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs Hotel earned an audience. So did strolling around the town of Banff from our hotel, Caribou Lodge. Some stopped at the Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies and others sauntered to the cocktail lounge at the Banff Springs Resort, visited numerous boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Culinary memories include strawberry rhubarb pie at Railway Station Restaurant; passing appetizers of calamari and smoked s’mores dessert at The Distillery; forking bread cubes for Swiss cheese fondue, and swilling Chilean rose wine during happy hour at Juniper Hotel Bistro. Lucky Dani and Andrew who met a wine-maker from Bordeaux who kept the stemware busy at a Swiss restaurant at Lake Louise.        

Before returning to a snowless Chicago, member Allegra Atkinson summed up the Canadian experience: “Just being outdoors in this magnificent scenery and fresh air is enough. But the snow and sunshine? Amazing.’’    

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