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Bike and Go Northbranch Trail to Botanic Garden  (not a link)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Grand Rapids Art Prize  *
September 26-28, 2014
Artprize in Grand Rapids Michigan with Sunday option to ride in the Apple Cider Century in Three Oaks, MI on the way home.
Greektown Dinner  
Friday, October 10, 2014
Ski Kick Off - Corinthian Yacht Club (not a link)
Friday, November 7, 2014
Corinthian Yacht Club
Details to come!
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)
Feb 21-28, 2015
Squaw Valley Downhill
March 1-6, 2015
Aspen Downhill
March 18-23, 2015


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September Social Meeting

THE NEXT SOCIAL MEETING WILL BE HELD on Wednesday, September 17 at Goose Island. We are hoping to have a webinar on Red Mountain, one of of upcoming Downhill Trips.  Bring your checkbook and sign up for open events! GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY, 1800 N. Clybourn in Chicago, 312.615.007, from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.  PLENTY OF FREE PARKING

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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
Note From the President

With the summer rapidly coming to a close, we now have to look forward our Fall event line up and, yes, the Ski Season.

We had a good turnout and thus a successful picnic. Fortunately we had finished eating when a violent storm struck with quite an incredible downpour (thank goodness for our overhead shelter). It was  quite a lightening show and thunder symphony…scary and spectacular!  We all got to know each other better huddled under the shelter and our umbrellas. But after about 10-15 minutes the storm let up and many of us continued to enjoy the picnic.  And it was great to see some past members like Hobie and Debbie Schroeder…all the way from CA. 

September brings our Bike & Go up the North Trail to the Botanic Garden for lunch on 9/13 and one of LSSC’s annual favorites, our Greek Dinner at the Parthenon in Greek Town on Oct 10. I encourage you to sign up for the Greek Dinner as soon as possible as this always fills!  And the November ushers in our ALL Ski Kick Off party at Corinthian Yacht Club on 11/7. For our XC skiers, Minocqua Winter Ski School Director, Dan Clausen a certified PSIA instructors and member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Nordic Demo team will be at our Ski Kick off- giving a short talk and then making time to chat with our members to answer any questions. Dan is recognized among his peers as one of the best.   And for our Downhill/Board Skiers, Viking Ski’s own Dennis, will also join us to discuss the latest in equipment for our sport.

Needless to say, I want to thank the our LSSC board members and all those that volunteer and contribute to the running of our Club.  You know who you are and we couldn’t do it without you!

Rich Zaber

Fall Events

Grand Rapids ArtPrize with Apple Cider Century Bike Ride Option
Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28
More details/sign up at

Last Bike Trip of the Season!  Visit Grand Rapids, Mi and enjoy the 5th annual Art Prize where 1500+ artists from around the world compete for over $500,000 in prizes.  Every form of art will be displayed in and out of doors, in the Grand River, in the Calder Plaza, the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, The GRAM (first LEED certified art museum in the U.S.) and in Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and all around town.  We will be staying in the heart of the exhibits.  Enjoy the MI craft beers and great restaurants.  If you have extra energy,  you can join the Apple Cider Century on Sunday on your way home  This is a self drive trip and the bike trip is a separate registration.  Questions contact Sue Bohlander for Art Prize  at 616-335-3175  or and Marian Nealon for the Apple Cider Century questions only at 630-279-0715 or

Where:  Grand Rapids, MI
When: Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28
Leader: Sue Bohlander / 616-335-3175  /
Assistant: Marian Nealon / 630-279-0715  / (Apple Cider Century Questions Only)
Cost: $175 - includes double occupancy accommodation with free parking - Apple Cider Century Registration is an additional fee - book yourself.
Status:  40 art aficionados
Closes:  September 3, 2014


Bike and Go

Where:  North Branch Trail to Botanic Garden
When:  Saturday, September 13, departing on trail at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch at Chicago Botanic Garden at 12:00 p.m.
Website for trail map:

Option 1: Meet Up:   Harms Woods parking lot (Old Orchard Road and Harms Road). If that parking lot is full there is another lot south on Harms Road about a quarter mile. (If you get to Golf Road you went too far) Then you can bike to meeting place. This ride is about 16-17 miles round trip. Sharon and Tony will lead the way.

Option 2:   32 mile round trip ride. The trail starts at Devon Ave. There is a parking lot on Devon just east of Milwaukee. You are on your own to get to Botanic Gardens by 12:00 for lunch.

Option 3:   6 mile round trip ride- Parking lot on Tower Road west of Forest Way. Pick up trail at Tower and Forest Way. You are on your own to get to Botanic Gardens by 12:00 for lunch.

Option 4:  Drive to Botanic Garden, meet us for lunch, and then enjoy a nice walk around the grounds.

Coordinators:  Sharon Murphy  312-479-2200  Email:
Tony Freston   847-508-4983

Greek Town Dinner

October 10, 2014
This year, due to overwhelming requests, we are returning to the award winning THE PARTHENON  restaurant, a Chicago Greek town leader since 1968.  Join 80 of your Lake Shore friends for another fabulous dinner party in our own private setting. Symbolizing the birthplace of Western Civilization, the Parthenon is one of Greece’s proudest achievements standing majestically on the renowned hilltop that is the Acropolis of Athens.  Naming this restaurant after this architectural wonder carries a deep responsibility for excellence; the owners Chris, Yanna and Chef Sotiris never take this obligation lightly. The emphasis at The Parthenon is on great food, so bring a healthy appetite. The cuisine is among the best in the area.
We will start with appetizers of Saganaki (flamed cheese with the customary OPAA!), Taramousalata (pink caviar spread), crusty bread, Egg-Lemon soup, Greek salad, and Roditys wine.  Main course includes Gyros with tsatsiki, Rotisserie-Roasted Lamb, Pastitsio [macaroni baked with meat sauce, béchamel and kefalotiri cheese], Rice pilaf, Lemon Roasted Potatoes and Spanakopita [spinach-herbs – feta cheese pie]. A VEGETARIAN or GLUTEN FREE dinner option is available.  Of course we will end with Baklava (philo, nuts and honey), Galaktoboureko (light custard in philo) and coffee or tea.  There is more than enough for anybody’s tastes or desires.  Don’t miss this real Greek dinner party and the fun return to Greek Town.

When:    Friday October 10, 2014
Where:   The PARTHENON, 314 South Halsted  [just south of Jackson Ave.] [Free valet parking at the front door on Halsted]
Time:      6:30 P.M. Cash bar, 7:30 P.M. Family – style dinner
Cost:      $25 for ALL -we encourage you to bring a guest to introduce them to Lake Shore [includes food, wine, soft drinks, tax and tip -price has small subsidy by your Club. Closes Oct 1st.  NO WALK INS. 
Status:  Opens August 1, 2014 to the first 80 participants. 
Who: Sam Samatas  , Cell/text:  773-443-1434, E-mail:
Assistant: Shelli Williamson [check, application, questions), 668 W. Irving Park Rd. #3,  Chicago, IL 60613
Phone:  773-832-9190, E-mail: 

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

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 in advance            

Status:       Open

Event Leaders:  Joe and Anita Fuchs, 773-418-3508


Midwest Downhill
MIDWEST NEW YEARS SKI TRIP- Downhill OR XC (Or Both!) Granite Peak (Wausau, WI) and Marquette, MI
When:  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015
Where:  Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park -12/31/14 – 1/2/15
             Super 8 Wausau, 2008 Stewart Ave., Hwy 51/I-39 (Free Hot Breakfast and Wi-Fi)
             Marquette Mountain, MI – 1/2/15-1/4/2015
             Days Inn Marquette, 2403 US 41 West
             (both are in the Wyndham Hotel Group)

We’re bringing in the New Year in good old fashioned Midwest style! Partnering with Pine Point Ski Club, you’ll get to meet new people and make new friends over this long weekend trip. We’re lodging for 2 nights/skiing 2 days at Granite Peak and will bring in the New Year at our combined Pizza party.  Then after skiing on Friday, Jan. 2, we board the bus for “short” 4 hour ride to Marquette Mountain for another 2 night/2 days of skiing.
Granite Peak has terrain for ALL skiers: with 72 runs downhill runs, 5 snowboard parks and have over 20 miles of trails for XC skiers at Nine Mile Forest, including loops from .5 to 9.6 miles with well groomed trails to accommodate skaters and diagonal skiers. Skitown (XC area) is located on the other side of Granite Peak with 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. (Our bus will shuttle us to these area). And great snowshoe option at top of Granite Peak for alternative to skiing!

Marquette Mountain area is already a XC favorite, but it also has 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 available for downhill/terrain parks. AND we get 10% off dining at Perkins and Hudson’s right near our motel (rooms do have refrigerators!)

Opens:  8/1/14
16 (or more) participants
Close date:  12/1/2014

Downhill package includes 4 nights’ accommodation at the Resorts (two-to-a-room), breakfasts daily, New Year’s Pizza Party (we’ll load up coolers for more party food), snacks/drinks on the bus., 4 days lift tickets, free WiFi at both motels (hot tub, heated indoor pool at Days Inn).
Cost:  $495.00    Single Supplement: $285.00
XC package includes same as above but no Lift Tickets. Trail passes available at site.
Cost:  $350 + trail pass approximately $9-$12 per day (not published yet)
Single Supplement: $285.00

Event Leader:  Sue Herman, 847-772-8746,
Assistant: Ingrid Kaufman,   
Category:  Members only trips and events
Registration:  Required by 12/1/2014
Payment:  Payment in advance only
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
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 36 spaces
Cutback date: 11/2/2014
Standard Package $1,819 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
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 30 spaces
Cutback date: 11/18/2014
Standard Package $1,219

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.
Opens: July 1, 2014
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
Opens: July 1, 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
Opens: July 1, 2014
Status: 44 spaces
Cutback date: 1/7/2015
Standard Package $1,743

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.
Opens:         8/1/14
Close date:  12/5/14 
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
Registration:  Required by Dec 5, 2014

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

Marquette area is one of the region’s pre-eminent Nordic skiing destinations comprised of 50 miles on public land and private property also known for scenic trails.  Some members will participate in the well-known Noquemenon Ski event.

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, three days trail passes (3 day lift tickets for Downhill), lodging (double occupancy for three nights), wine and cheese party. Free cross-country ski lessons are dependent on instructor availability.
Opens:  8/1/14
Close date:  1/12/15
Standard package includes lodging (3 nights’ double occupancy), breakfasts, wine & cheese party and trail or lift passes.
Cost:  $380 for XC
          $500 for DH
Single supplement $168
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. 
Opens:  8/1/14
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.
Opens:         8/1/14
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

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!

Recent Events - RECAP

Isle Royale Trip Report 

28 LSSC members enjoyed a very special trip to Isle Royale, the least-visited and most-returned-to National Park.  The trip was attended by 9 (!) new or formerly inactive members, stirred by the call of the northern wilderness.  I.R. is an island archipelago sitting in Lake Superior across from Thunder Bay and was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980.  There are no roads, no bicycles, and no internet or cell service, although WiFi is intermittently available.   

We boarded a ferry from Copper Harbor in Upper Michigan to cross to I.R., and settled into the Rock Harbor Lodge cabins—all with spectacular views of Lake Superior and the sound of lapping water.   We had our first outing via the Sandy (excursion boat) to orient us to the area from the water.  We visited Rock Harbor lighthouse, Edisen Fishery, and the fascinating Moose/Wolf research station.   Thousands of moose bones have been collected as part of this extensive research project, and we saw evidence of arthritis, dental problems, and other conditions affecting the moose.  Moose are estimated to be 1000-1100 in population, with 9 or 10 currently inbred wolves as their only predator.   The question of whether to bring new wolves in or let the moose population surge as wolves decline, was discussed by a Professor of the University heading the study.   A serious question for the island, the issue was revisited on our last evening by a Ranger who talked about Wilderness Management (contradiction in terms that it is) and the difficulty taking either position.  

Our first full day we hiked to Scoville Point, viewing more botanical diversity than this writer has perhaps ever seen, in addition to striking pristine views of islands and lake.  The rock faces of the land masses are dotted with lichens, often a fashionable orange tone.  As lichens are unable to live with pollution, they are testimony to the clean air and water of I.R.  Before dinner we enjoyed Tim’s Spanish-inspired Wine and Cheese party, an amazing feast anywhere but especially given our remote location.  

The next day found us taking the Sandy again, to Hidden Lake Trailhead where we heard a Ranger’s explanation of the geologic history of the area.  Layers and layers of volcanic lava created a thick stone base which was then tipped up to form the Lake Superior basin.  The edges of the base create Isle Royale and its linear barrier islands.  We then climbed to Lookout Louise to enjoy the views over to Canada.  From there 23 of us hiked Greenstone Ridge Trail west through sometimes shoulder-high Thimbleberries and over rocks and roots to Mt. Franklin for a sack lunch and descent and Tobin Harbor trail return to the Lodge, accompanied by Loon calls.  It was a wonderful 11 mile hike.  Phew!   4 of the group saw a moose.  We again preceded dinner with Wine and Cheese by Tim.  

Our last full day 4 of us went on a fishing expedition, catching a good haul to take home.   The rest of us took the Sandy to Daisy Farm, with 4 (including this writer) returned to the Lodge via canoe.  The solid stone bottom of Lake Superior, as described above and indicated by cleanliness of the water, was very visible from the surface of the water even some ways out.  Fallen trees sometimes made plaid designs on the bottom, and rocks- even boulders were apparent at points, but always the solid stone bottom, continuing up into the island.  During the trip home many stopped to see Suzy’s Cave, a site with local story but ancient geological origin.  Before dinner, a loaves-and-fishes Wine and Cheese party again bloomed.  Tim is truly a miracle worker.  

The ferry took us back to Copper Harbor, with two huge groups of Scouts we had no idea were on the Island- such is its enormity!

LSSC Annual Picnic 2014

Saturday August 23rd started out a warm and humid day with Rich Zaber, Alfred Mueller and Terry Crisitello arriving early at the Bunker Hill forest preserve to set up the picnic area. Set up went smoothly except for a little sweating from the heat. Scott McGarvey arrived a little later to set up the trip table. Joe Fuchs arrived with the water and ice. Thanks to Joe and Anita for handling the bottled water, ice and snacks.  Bill and Cathy Parkes also got to the site early to get the registration desk prepped - Thanks Cathy and Bill for manning the registration for most of the day.
People started arriving just before noon and staking our their spots under the trees or under the pavilion. Snacks were out for munching and people were breaking out the wine and beer that they brought with them and sharing beverages and conversation with old friends and making some new ones. Mario, the caterer arrive about 12:45 and got the food all set up for serving a little after 1:00. The menu included BBQ Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Baked Mostaccioli, Corn on the Cob & Coleslaw. The brisket and the BBQ sauce was the biggest hit on the menu.
The boom box was adding a range of tunes to the atmosphere. There was lots of activity at the trip table and everyone was having a great time. Before we could add to the fun with some games and dancing, Mother Nature decided that she wanted to cool things off and provide us with a big show. The sky got dark and the rains and wind came with it. Everyone dashed under the pavilion and huddled together to get away from the blowing rain and to keep warm. Of course Mother Nature added a second act - a fireworks show - some seriously loud thunder and spectacular lightning. The heavy rain lasted quite a while. When it finally let up, everyone was cold and wet, but the LSSC bunch is a hearty one. Some people packed up and retreated to their cars, but many stayed on to the listen to the music and continue munching on food and cookies, enjoying a glass of wine or a beer, while getting to know some new ‘close’ friends better. When the rains came back, the hearty bunch got a lot smaller. We packed up a little earlier than normal this year, but I am sure that everyone that attended will admit that this year’s picnic was a memorable one!

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 summer line up of Bike Trips/Hikes, Movies in the
Park, new Social Meeting locations, Annual Picnic and more. AND, we've got more details above on our exciting upcoming Downhill and XC Ski trips.  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

LakeShore Accepting Credit Cards

The club is accepting credit card payments directly on the website! You will be able to pay your membership renewal and fees for most events without getting out the checkbook. THERE IS ONLY ONE CAVEAT:  The website will only allow you to pay up to $500 at a time, but you can make multiple back-to-back payments if you need to pay for more than $500 worth of events.

Q: Who is paying for the credit card fee?
A: The club will carry the credit card fees so there will be no difference in cost between a credit card payment and a cash or check payment
Q: Will I still be able to pay with a check?
A: Of course!  You can continue to pay by check as you do today if you so wish.  There are no plans to change this.
Q: Is there a limit on the amount I can pay with a credit card?
A: Somewhat.  The website will only allow you to pay up to $500 at a time, but you can make multiple payments if you sign up for more than $500 worth of events.  
Q: What happens if I need to cancel?
A: At the moment we cannot reverse charges so we will write you a check for any refund.
Q: Can I pay for someone else's registration with a credit card?
A:  No, each person still needs to pay for themselves when they are logged into the site.  You can of course use the same card for multiple accounts.

Q: How quickly are the credit card payments processed?
A: It depends on some back end processes, but the usual experience is almost immediately.  

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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