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We occasionally get requests for printed Lakeshore Membership Directories.  As it costs the club over $1,500 for custom printed directories, we are instead sending you a 2017 Lakeshore Membership Directory PDF, which you can save electronically or print out, if you wish.   As you probably know, the most current directory is always available on the website at Membership/Membership Directory.*  You can scroll or search on Last Name, First Name, City, State, Zip, Interests, or Recent Member to reconnect or find new friends.  *You must be logged in to access the directory.


WINTER Social Events, Meetups, and Trips

Save the Date

February 21, 2017
Social Meeting - Jak's Tap
February 17-20, 2017
Ironwood Michigan X-Country
February 23-March 2, 2017
Banff  X-Country-Closed
February 24-March 2, 2017
Banff  Downhill-Closed
March 25-31, 2017
March 28, 2017
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
August 18-27, 2017
Glacier National Park -Closed

Ironwood Michigan XC
Date: February 17-20, 2017
Status: OPEN
Cost: $310.00
Contact: Darrell Duchon
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Date: March 25 - 31, 2017 
Status: OPEN 
             Cut-off Jan 9
Cost: $1,680 (Standard Package)
Contact:  Jo Ellen Reed
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Vail, Colorado
Date: April 3- 9, 2017
Status: CLOSED
Cost: $1849
Contact:  Dave Hicks
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Banff! Downhill 
Date: Feb 24-Mar 2, 2017
Status: CLOSED
Cost: $1,343
John Grubbs
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Big Bend National Park, Texas
Date: April 1-9 ,2017
Status: CLOSED
Cost: $1199
Contact:  Rebecca Gilman
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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

Welcome New Members!
Elizabeth Andrews Emma Krueger
Shelley Brown Laura Marcello
Linda Ewing Jeffrey Messerer
Joseph Finegan Matthew Nieberle
Roslyn Goodman Jeremy Seeman
Chris Hansen Diane Watry
Michael Just Cynthia Yager

2017 Downhill and X-Country Ski Trips

Ironwood, MichiganFriday, February 17 – Monday, February 20, 2017 

Trip includes: Trip includes: three nights lodging (breakfasts included), bus transportation and a wine and cheese party and pizza for the trip home. 

Active Backwoods Retreat (ABR) in da U.P. has the most reliable snow in the region by far thanks to the Lake Superior snow machine. It has 60 kilometers of groomed skating and striding trails and a 4k snowshoe loop on over 600 acres.  Wolverine Nordic Trails in the north part of town has 17 kilometers skating and classical.  Downhill skiers are welcome.

We are staying at the Day’s Inn Hurley.  We've included bus transport to and from the hotel & trail heads and dinner each evening, lodging (double occupancy for three nights), breakfasts, and wine and cheese party.  Downhillers are welcome.

Cost: $310, Single Supplement: $190.95  See website

4 Great Ski Areas! Aspen Mtn, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk (beginner's will love it)!

We will be staying at the Limelight Lodge – This hip, eco-friendly hotel, built on the site of the storied Limelight Lodge, is a 5-minute walk to the Aspen Mountain ski lifts and 8.2 miles to Snowmass.

The relaxed contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and coffee makers. Continental breakfast included daily. The hotel also features an outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs, a rooftop terrace, a lobby fireplace, and a lounge with live music and light fare. Use your lift ticket at Aspen, or catch the fast, free shuttle to nearby Snowmass, Aspen Highlands or Buttermilk.

Trip includes: Airfare (United non-stop to Aspen),  Ground transportation, Lodging for 6 nights, 5 days, Lift Tickets for 5 days of skiing, and continental breakfast daily.

Cost:  $1,680 for standard package.  See website for other options. 
DEADLINE for Aspen registration: January 9, 2017. Registrations made after this date will be placed on waiting list and accepted on space-available basis.

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

Ski Banff, Alberta Canada Downhill - February 24 - March 2, 2017  - CLOSED        

Located in the heart of Banff National Park are three of the world’s finest ski resorts; Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. Banff skiing offers almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain on one tri-area lift ticket, the seasoned skier or rider will experience plenty of chutes, bowls, steeps and the opportunity to purchase a heli-skiing experience, while beginners can get the same thrills on miles of green and blue runs. And all this in an area so spectacular the United Nations has declared it a World Heritage Site.

The trip provides 6 nights lodging at the Banff Caribou Lodge with 2 per room; daily hot breakfast, 5 days lift/skiing, transit to mountains included with lift tickets.  

Cost: $1,343 for standard package.  See website for other options. 
Contact:  John Grubbs
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.

Event Re-Cap
Eleven members (5 new), 10 inches new snow to begin with and three great mountains to ski over 5 days.
The number was small but this allowed for all of us to get to know each  other quickly and lead to a comfortable and cohesive group.   The group had intermediate to expert skills so we could mostly ski together, with individuals  and smaller groups peeling  off but then be able to meet up for coffee stops and lunch.
The conditions were all we could ask for, plenty of groomed, powder, moguls  and mixed ski conditions, with with mostly sun and cloud/sun light condition and temps from 15-30 degrees.  All this meant that everyone could get all the skiing time they could have wanted.
The Double Tree Hotel was  very comfortable and well run with an  accommodating staff, a nice bar  and in a prime position to be walkable to good  restaurants, ski stores and full grocery stores, and about 10 minutes bus ride to the middle of downtown Park City.  This meant we could all could find all the eating and entertainment  that our bodies could take after a day of hard skiing and then soaking in the hot tub.
All in all, a great and very memorable ski trip.
John Grubbs
MINOQUA X-COUNTRY 1/13 - 1/16/ 2017 Picture Review

       GREAT SNOW!

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