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Ann Arbor Ski Club Weekly Newsletter

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9 . 15 . 2020

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Oh! California!


September 2020

Photo Credit: Dennis Slough

Smoke from California wildfires, seen in this picture obscuring the sun over Salt Lake City, made it to the Midwest this week.


State of the Club

The Ann Arbor Ski Club
has suspended all club activities
(except virtual ones)
until further notice.

Latest COVID information from the State of Michigan


A2SC Newsletter is on a Monthly Publication Schedule

The next publication will be on October 15 and thereafter on the Ides of each month.  Be sure to submit your material for each newsletter on or before the 13th day after Kalends.

This publication date was chosen to make it easy for you to remember our submission deadlines!

A more frequent publishing schedule will return when we get more active again.

Ann Arbor Ski Club Weekly Newsletter

No Approved  2020-2021 Ski Trips

The BOD  met on July 23.

Ski Trip Coordinator Lane Hotchkiss reported;

  • 25% of clubs are entering locked-in contracts
  • 25% of clubs are entering escape-clause contracts
  • 50% aren't scheduling trips

There are NO club sponsored events on our calendar at this time.

Because of the uptick in infections and hospitalizations the Board chose to continue in the current virtual-only status.

Membership Year Extended AGAIN!

  • The club's Board of Directors elected to extend current memberships until 30-APR-2021.
  • If you want to join the fee is $20.



End of year moved to next April

A2SC has NOT reserved space at Cobblestone for General Meetings in 2020 - 2021.


Stay Safe




ALL trips are cancelled.

Take care in these unsettling times.  We'll get through this apart!


Around Town

This Month is Cancelled!

Not-Now-Kapow !

Photo Credit: Liz Perri

Coronavirus Page

at the National Center for Disease Control (CDC).

They have a self-checker.


Member News & Tips

Intersection Found in a Valley

Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, will change it's name next Spring.

Vail Resorts Projects a December 5 Mt. Brighton Opening For Winter Skiing

They say;

For your safety, we will be managing how many people are on our mountains this season and implementing a pass holder reservation system. 

Reservations will be required to access our mountains. For the vast majority of days, we anticipate our mountains will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to ski or ride at our resorts.

This reservation system is designed to give you peace of mind knowing that you will have the space you need to feel safe and physically distance, no matter what day you visit.

Expect this arrangement nearly everywhere.

The New Rules

  1. Limited numbers of skiers will be allowed on the ski hill at one time to assure social distancing.
  2. Limited numbers of day-passes will be sold.
  3. Masks will be required on all ski lifts, in lines, and indoor areas.
  4. Skiers will be spaced in lines and on lifts.
  5. Many resorts will require a reservation to ski.

VAIL Resorts (Epic pass), including Mt. Brighton, is  implementing a reservation system.  It will apply to season pass holders as well as day pass holders, though the former will have priority when limits are reached.  

It’s a new and confusing process that we will be studying more to learn the easiest ways to take advantage.   Watch for additional detail in coming newsletters.

So far most Ikon resorts (e.g. Winter Park) will NOT be implementing a reservation system, but they say that could change.

How to Do Snow

There's a Competency Center

They say...

The Centre will research, collect, summarize existing and new information and knowledge, as well as suggest solutions for:

  • Snow production in the most cost- and energy effective way
  • Snow storage in the most efficient way
  • The best grooming methods and preservation of the snow to achieve good snow conditions for as long as possible

Want to know how it's done?  Check it out.

Because of Covid All in Europe

The International Federation of Skiing (FIS) canceled the North American venues from the World Cup program and replaced them with additional European events.

But, The US Team Did Not Miss Any Training

Thanks to these efforts and the hospitality of domestic resorts, the athletes have not missed any days on snow this summer. 

Copper Mountain in Colorado, plus Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hood in Oregon, are among the ski areas that have found ways to accommodate the U.S. Ski Team.


Season passes are on sale and they may go up after September 30 according to their recent newsletter.

The List
  • lodge
  • ski school
  • lift lines
  • gondolas
  • chairlifts

What do these things have in common?

They're all places where you will have to wear a face mask.

Skiers are not unfamiliar with a code of conduct.

Special thanks go to Alan Osterdale.  He gathered much of what was published in this newsletter.

And, he gathered more, which you'll get to see in next month's A2SC eBlast, which will publish on the

Ides of October.


Alan Osterdale

Alan, who serves as a Director on the Board, is also the Activities Coordinator.  And, he serves on the Competitive Skiing Committee.


See Ya Later!

Photo Credit: Dennis Slough

A Message to Any Rock-Stackers Reading This Newsletter

Cuyahoga Valley National park rangers want to remind visitors to leave the park as they found it, and that includes not touching loose stones for the enjoyment of rock stacking.

In the last couple of years, park rangers at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) have noticed that rock stacking is a problem, one that has amplified with the uptick of visitors ditching their scenery at home for a breath of fresh air.

“We're not a wilderness park. We're not going to be. But we are a wildness park."

Note, your editor did not stack those rocks, but he thought them fun enough for a picture.




Restaurants and Lodging, They Have a Plan

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Industry has produced guidelines on how to operate safely.

Rewards Program

Follow up on some of our partners in the snow sports industry here.

Travel Advice from the CDC

  "This page is about travel that is different from your everyday activities. [That is, travel that is] away from your local community."


A2SC By The Numbers

Paid-Up Members

eBlast Distribution

Facebook Members

Meet-Up Members

Volunteer Rewards Participants


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Editor - Dennis Slough

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