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You can view club photos on the website!  Just go back to the page where you signed up for the trip and click on "Event Photos".  (To find the page, click "Season at a Glance", "Calendar" or "Photos" on the website and choose your trip).  Only club members can view photos...see the FAQs about logging in and passwords. You can add your own club photos on your profile - there's an FAQ for that, too!


Trip and Event Ideas?

Do you have ideas for places to go and things to do?  Share your ideas on our survey today!  Visit as many times as you like! 
Double-Check Your Directory Entry
It's getting to be that time!  The club mails a directory at the end of each membership year as part of your membership dues.  Please take a moment to check your information and ensure that we publish only the information you want published!  Simply log in, click on your profile, choose "Membership Directory" and select the option that best meets your needs.  If you need further instruction, see our FAQ's entitled "Directory" or "Logging In".   By the way, we suspect many of you would be happy to visit the same directory online and don't require a printed one.  If you wish to opt out, thus saving some printing and mailing costs to the club, please visit your profile, click on "Additional Member Data" and select "Online access only" for the directory question.  Members can access the same directory information that would be printed and mailed to you - and more - at any time under the "Community" menu on the left side of the web page (if you are logged in).
Show and Go's
If it snows this weekend and you want to go skiing somewhere, where do you find friends to join you? If you’re looking for friends to join you at the theater, where do you find them? At Meetup, that’s where! If you’re not familiar with Meetup, it’s an “online social networking portal that facilitates meetings in various localities”. Lakeshore has almost 300 friends on Meetup, club members and non-members alike!

In order to be ready for the snow - or the show - go online and sign up now on Lakeshore's Meetup Page. You will see our regular, club-run events and also events posted by members that are “show and go” type of events for LSSC members and non-members.

Do you think you might want to set up an event some time soon? Great! Just email communications.director@lssc.org today and you will be set up as an “event organizer” on meetup. (You need to join meetup first.) Need an overview of meetup including how to set up or sign up for an event? Find the Communications Director at the next social meeting or email her to set up an appointment.

In the Powder...
by Dina Petrakis

In the powder, once again, with my besties, my ski friends.
Lose the cell phone, email can wait- please forgive this time I take
Must see chipmunks, must smell pine- so much beauty, cannot decline
Fresh corduroy, the glistening track- so much joy, I must get back
Climb a mountain and fly back down, enjoy dinner in a little town
Love the city, don’t get me wrong- must go skiing, I won’t be long
Bubbling brooks are calling me- miss you babe, but, gotta ski
In the powder, once again, with my besties, my ski friends.


Hear this poem set to music
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Dance the Night Away

http://www.lssc.clubexpress.com/Spring_Fling
It is time to celebrate the end of the 2011-2012 Ski Season and begin a new year. Come join us at the Spring Fling and Annual Meeting. The evening’s festivities will begin with a social hour and cash bar from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Dinner will follow at 7:30 pm with the presentation of Ski Awards and the announcement of 2012-2013 LSSC Board.  Dancing begins at 9:00 pm.
When: Saturday, Apr 21, 2012, 6:30 pm
Where: The Elmcrest Banquet Hall
http://www.elmcrestbanquets.com/
7370 West Grand Ave, Elmwood Park, 60707
Trip Contact: Don Schollenberger
(847) 475-0917 / lakeshoreskiandsportsclub@yahoo.com
Cost: $50 member/$55 Non-Member 
Open: 3/22/2012

New Glarus Bike Trip
Sign up at http://www.lssc.clubexpress.com/New_Glarus

Staying at the gorgeous Chalet Landhaus, there are options for both trail and road riding from the Hotel. The Sugar River State Trail winds its way through three other towns (6, 16 and 23 miles from New Glarus), providing a range of different "lunch destinations" to suit all levels of biker.  These towns include Monticello, home of some of Wisconsin's finest craft cheese makers.  Crossing 14 trestle bridges and even a covered bridge, the (mostly flat) trail is a marvelous way to enjoy the early summer Wisconsin landscape.  Road riders will be able to enjoy the rolling hills of the region!
When: Friday, 6/8/2012 to Sunday, 6/122012
Where: Trail: Sugar River State Trail  (dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/sugarriver/) - Hotel: Chalet Landhaus (www.chaletlandhaus.com/)
Trip Contact: Christine Frank
ccfrank@sbcglobal.net / (312) 399-5986
Cost: $155 member/$170 Trial Member
Status: Open 3/1/2012

Still No Social Events Next Year
The election committee has been successful in finding a volunteer for the overnight summer trips, but unfortunately we still do not have someone for the Social (non-overnight social events) director.  Regrettably this means that we will continue to not have many social events in the new season until this position is filled.  If you have enjoyed our social activities, and are looking for some way to volunteer with the club, this is a great opportunity!   Please contact the election committee at consultant@lssc.org if you are interested.

Downhill Ski Trips
AspenTraditional
http://www.lssc.clubexpress.com/DH_Aspen
Once again, we'll descend upon the Aspen Mountain Lodge for end-of-season skiing on Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk.
When: 4/4/2012 to 4/9/2012
Where: Resort: Aspen/Snowmass (www.aspensnowmass.com) - Lodging: Aspen Mountain Lodge
Trip Contact: Jo Ellen Reed
(773) 871-1906 / jreed@onebox.com
Cost: $1362 member/$1377 Trial Member (Special pricing available, see website for details.)
Status: Waitlist. Contact trip leader. 

Social Meeting
THE NEXT SOCIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD on Wednesday April 17th  Bring your checkbook and sign up for open trips! GOOSEISLAND, 1800 N. Clybourn in Chicago, 312.615.0071 From 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.  PLENTY OF FREE PARKING

Steamboat Chicago Week Trip Successful Thanks to Jim Vahey, Sue Finis and Shari Winter  By Leonor de la Torre

Our trip to Steamboat, shared with 309 skiers from clubs throughout the Midwest, was impeccably organized thanks to the efforts of LSSC trip leader Jim Vahey, Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council (CMSC) leader Sue Finis, and tour operator Shari Winter.. LSSC had 24 members attend of which Lori Curtis, Yann Machard and Brian Barney were among the new members. We were the lucky ones who flew directly to Hayden on Sunday and were picked up promptly at the airport, drove less than half hour to the grocery and then to the condos.  Steamboat was covered with snow and we welcomed almost every day with new powder!

A Welcome party was held on Sunday evening at the Bear River Bar and Grill in the Gondola Square with DJ and dancing.

Monday was the absolute best skiing day when the sun was shining and we had enough time to practice for our race on Tuesday. A few of us even survived the Monday night pub crawl that was held from 7 to 10!

Tuesday was our ski race and all LSSC participants ended up with a medal and Jerry “the bullet” Buza almost broke the pacesetter's time! Terry Crisitello as usual did a wonderful job as our race captain. The celebration was held at the Bear River Bar and Grill in the Gondola Square with DJ and dancing with special guest Billy Kidd who was flirting with Gloria Rigoni the whole night. *s*

Wednesday night was the free night, but obviously not for a few that frequented the Jacuzzi with members of other ski clubs.  We heard from one of the participants that when Joan Reilly was challenged to do a snow angel in her swimsuit (and encouraged by her roommates Bryan and Lori to do it), her challenger just fell back in the snow and did a perfect snow angel, but we heard that Joan sat cautiously in the snow and got so cold she couldn’t even get up.  We also heard that she had to be carried up to her condo and sat in front of the fireplace for hours until she came back from the ice cube she had become!

On Thursday we again enjoyed another ski day with a Scavenger Hunt and a great Après Ski at the Tugboat Grill and Pub.

Friday was once again a powder day and the ski runs were amazing. Jamie and I enjoyed even more practice runs and won another couple of bronze NASTAR medals! The farewell party was in the Champagne Powder Room at the Thunderhead Building and we all enjoyed great cocktails, wines, buffet dinner and dancing music!

We heard the cloudy snowy Saturday (which was our last day) was a nice day for skiing, but many of us decided to take it off and relax. We celebrated with our going away dinner, well organized by Linda Myers, at the Ore House at the Pine Grove with magnificent entrees and the delivery of the racing medals to all our racers.

As far as restaurants we tried the following: on Monday Yann, Claude, Jamie and me ventured into downtown and tried the Smoke House. Claude and Yann ordered rare burgers and Claude got his hamburger “au tartar” (maybe the waiter wanted to impress Monsieur le Chef de Cordon Bleu Cuisine *s*). Bob and Doretta Marwin were raving about Truffle Pig and their “muelles frites”. To quote, “Their frites were the best in the world!”  One of the Tuesday night organized dinners found us at Harwigs & L’Apogee, a restaurant chosen by Claude Petit (we couldn’t go wrong when a cordon bleu chef chooses the venue!), the food was outstanding and the bill very reasonable. This is a restaurant run by chef and owner Jamie Jenny since 1985, with its second generation chefs that joined Jamie and are his wife’s son JJ and Chef Ryan Hoth. The menu includes French classics with an Asian twist. Their impressive wine list includes more than 500 wines. I tried a French Pinot Gris that was spectacular.  Unfortunately, Joe Cesarik found it a bit buttery (whatever that means?!). On Wednesday a large group put together by Joan Riley but previously organized by Carole Phillips dined at Riggio’s where the food was delicious and the desserts were only $2.00!!! We had the opportunity to taste Doretta’s wonderful choice on Thursday night at the Cottonwood Grill on Yampa St, overlooking the Yampa River. This restaurant is a Pacific American grill that features creative and artistically presented Asian influenced American regional cuisine. What an incredible experience! We had Pesto Stuff Calamari as an appetizer, and main entrees Peking Duck (the specialty of the house) and the Atlantic Salmon fillet grilled and walnut – pine nut pesto crusted, oven fired and served with Israeli couscous and a broccoli, carrot and crimini mushroom sauté finished with lemon butter sauce, all were wow and wow!!!!  

Leaving Hayden airport we heard a big commotion and Lori Curtis finally filled us in: “I was pulled aside for not just a quick check but an extremely thorough pat/rub down check. When they finally finished with me I walked over to Chuck who was already laughing and he said 'well, how was that, Lori?'. I said not good because it wasn't even a guy! Then he proceeds to tell some strangers that I stuffed things in my pockets ahead of time so that they would do that to me! I am still laughing at the expressions those people had on their faces from his comment. All I could do at the time was laugh so they probably thought it was true.”

One sad note in our trip was the unfortunate dancing misstep of Chuck and his dancing partner Carole Phillips which landed her at the hospital and later in surgery with a metal plate in her beautiful dancing leg ;-(….we wish Carole a speedy recovery.





 
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