WELCOME 2018 ! Hey everyone.
Things have gotten off to a great start this winter. December Ski/Board Race Camps have finished and I’m hearing they went pretty well. I heard the snow quality was getting firm, almost icy, but the additional snows we've had recently have given the mountain a nice refresh and conditions are once again looking great up there.
Our Club Member Handbook Directories were re-designed this year and look incredible. Hopefully everyone has received this year’s edition. We had a remarkable team of volunteers helping to get this done. Thanks, new member Terry Hogelucht, for providing the awesome logo, cover, and page design work and Lynn Kramer for once again, pulling together and updating all of the information for this year’s member directory. Thanks also to Jim Payne who was instrumental in making sure we had all member information correctly input. And hats off to Jeff Meyerson for his background logistical support and making sure our member database works so well for us.
The next “Early Ups” event for Cali4nia passholders will take place on Saturday January 6th. Mammoth allows Cali4nia passholders to get an early start on the Mountain at 7:30 AM, and at 8 – 8:30 AM, offers them a full breakfast at McCoys. It’s always a great event.
Our first Mammoth race meet is scheduled for January 20th . Be sure and let Jerry Stokely know if you’re interested in joining us and get your chalet reservations in early.
Simultaneously to our first Mammoth race meet of the season, Mammoth will be hosting the US Snowboard and Freeski Grand Prix. This will be the final qualifying event in the tour to select Team USA snowboard and freeski champions who'll be competing in the 2018 Winter Games. This nationally televised event will be happening at the Half Pipe and Unbound Main Park in front of Main Lodge from Jan 17th to the 21st. Announcements of Team USA selections will take place on Saturday Jan 20th following that day’s final events.
By the way, I’m hearing that NASTAR has returned to Mammoth. NASTAR stands for NAtional STAndard Racing. In easiest terms, they set up a race course with timing system and allow any skier or boarder who would like to try the course (pre-registration required – www.nastar.com) to race the course for time. NASTAR sanctions courses at over 100 resorts nationwide. Skiers and boarders can compete for best times, and if they qualify within their age bracket – get to compete against other qualifiers from all over the US at the Nationals held in March at Squaw Valley. Be sure to register before you go up to make it a lot easier to get on the course.
The NASTAR timed course (GS) is located on Ralphies – which is the run below Rusty’s trail just under Chair 1 aka the Broadway Chair. The course will be open (weather permitting) on Jan 2,3,4th, 12th, and 13th from 10AM to 2:30 PM. It’s free to race the course. If you’re going to be up there – give it a go!
Wishing all of our members a great month and year ahead in 2018! Drive safely in those mountains, and remember to always ski in control and try to maintain a 15 foot safety zone at all times between yourself and other skiers and boarders on the hill. I want you to continue having "best days ever" on the mountain for many years to come!
Your Prez, Dave 'Snownzy' Sones
Old Man’s bowl above Convict Lake
Any good trip to the Sierras involves
the obligatory 395 drive. When some
friends invited me to skin up from
Convict Lake and get some late spring
skiing, I appreciated the ground
cover on the way up.
Verbina on 395
Camping at Convict Lake
My friends were living the good life at
the Convict Lake resort, but it seemed a
little crowded, so I parked the camper
at the lake under the no camping sign.
It was a beautiful night and we got an
early start up canyon the next morning.
Along with my friend Mark, I was using
AT gear, which is similar to Alpine but
lighter. Marks two friends were using
tele gear and pretty lightweight at
that. From the parking lot and facing
the lake, you just start skinning up the
obvious weakness on the left side.
Skinning up at the start
After some huffing and puffing, the
drainage opens up and you get away from
any slopes that could pose avy problems.
It was a beautiful spring day and the
temperatures were not that cold, but a
pretty good wind was blowing. After the
first section, you could look back on
Owens Valley in a widening panorama. In
contrast to the bottom of the route,
there was good coverage over obstacles
Getting some altitude
After a nice lunch break, my friends
skied the bowl while I went further up
the canyon and got some good snow on
some shorter runs. It was a beautiful
day and even the wind slowed down a
little. The turns down the intermediate
level valley were definitely worth the
work of the skin up. The snow had gotten
in good shape, until we got closer to
the lake. It got a little too soft there
and the snow was thin. We kind of had a
race back to the parking lot thru stands
of small trees and brush, just the kind
of bushwacking that San Gorgonio teaches
the aspiring skier. A great day and
highly recommended for a beginning
backcountry skier, as long as you are
careful about the avy areas. I am
perhaps overly cautious, but that is
If anyone has any backcountry
stories, please drop me a line and I
would like to include them here.
Chalet Report 9-10-17
San Diego Ski Club
We had an ambitious work party planned for the Labor Day weekend.
I came up to Mammoth Weds to get a head start on the items that would affect use of the Chalet.
Art Grigg came up on Thursday morning.
The large projects for the weekend were to replace the leaking mens shower and get rid of the propane tank.
I brought an entire trailer full of supplies , equipment and tools to the Chalet. We were able to get a lot done.
Paul Wargo and Art Grigg alos brought a good amount of tools and equipment. Everyone worked together really well. Art coordinated the projects list with workers to get all done. This was a big help since I was pretty involved in the shower
I met Amerigas our propane supplier to review what had to be done. A trench about 20 to 25 feet long needed to be dug and some pits for them to make connections. The pipes were supposed to be 17” deep and 31” deep. It turned out that we dug 49” deep and moved about 3 to 4 cubic yards of dirt and rock. Additionally we found out that we needed to rebuild the gas regulator area to support a gas meter. We got it all done- actually Jeff Goodhartz and Paul Wargo got the trenching done and Art Grigg and others did the r meter area rebuild. We are waiting for permits and relocation of the gas line, and we should be good for the winter. No more digging out the propane tank.
The Mens shower was replaced in its entirety. We knew we had a small leak behind it for some time. We found it when we tore the shower out. It was a casting flaw in the fitting where the shower arm attaches. No way to access it or fix it without removing the shower or the siding. I replaced the valve for good measure, and the new valve has shut offs so in the future if we want to work on it we turn a screwdriver and change out whatever we want without affecting the rest of the Chalet.
Unfortunately the shower had a good amount of shipping damage in all 3 boxes. We were lucky to be able to use the parts and had to get creative, but at the end of it all, we got it done. You will notice a dent in the door handle. We couldn’t fix that. I am trying to get a new door. In the mean time it works fine.
There had been a lot of caulking in the shower to seal it up in the past. Interestingly, this was counter productive. The shower pan and walls are designed to shed water to the inside and drain. If we put silicone on the inside of the shower pan or where the walls connect to the dam we create leaks by damming it up. Sealant only goes on the outside of the shower walls. Please make note of this in case you are planning to improve something.
We upgraded all the mens dorm outlets to dual outlets with dual USB’s. I hope you enjoy the luxury.
We also upgraded the 2 outlets on the exterior wall of the women’s dorm to outlets with dual USB as well. The outlets on the women’s inside wall would have no place to put the phones so we didn’t upgrade them. It still works with wall chargers.
We made another attempt at patching small leaks in the roof over the mens dorm. We hope it holds.
We took care of all the other stuff that we always do, cleaning, bunks, paint prep, paint repairs, mens sink, minor interior paint, water filter, lobby lights repaired.
We changed out the smoke detectors to the new style- 10 year smoke detectors that also sense carbon monoxide. No need to change batteries. We just change them out a tenth as much. I am glad to see the Carbon Monoxide alarms going in. It is a safety thing with a propane appliance in the mud room.
We made a new platform in the lobby for the large trophies in the men’s corner. Lets hope we keep them next season. We will have to earn it.
The table and chairs in the lobby got 3 new coats of varnish thanks to Jim Payne.
Barb Trenchi made all the arrangements for feeding the hungry crews. We had sandwiches for lunch and a really nice buffet at Johns Pizza just down the street.
Thank You to all that came to the work party and helped with the annual rehab and improvements to the Chalet! Everyone did what they could. Jeff Goodhartz, Kimo Ward, Mannie Garza, Jim Payne, Art Grigg, Paul Wargo, Betty Trizell, Adrienne Loder, Mark Simpson, Randall Beamer, Barb Trenchi, Kip McGuire, Laura Priess, Alissa Blackler, Brent Hurley, Kevin Sullivan , Melanie Hanusova and Steve Tauson. We could not have done this without you. As I write this, David Sones is cleaning the carpets at the Chalet. Thank You, David! Thank You Lynn Kramer for coordinating all this from afar. Congrats on your winnings at the worlds!
Looking forward to a new ski season coming shortly! See you on the hill.
Each Labor Day weekend, we spend Saturday winterizing the Chalet. Existing and prospective members are encouraged to come help. Whether you have contractor skills, can apply elbow grease, or even cooking skills for 20, please volunteer.
To volunteer, contact Lynn Kramer, the Chalet Manager. Mandolfhaus@gmail.com.
If you plan to sleep in the Chalet, it is free all weekend. Use coupon code WORKPARTY.
It is this workparty that is responsible for the primary upkeep and improvements at the Chalet. Do you like the new countertops and sink? The new cubbies? How about the weatherproof siding, dual pane windows, and tankless water heater? All of these were projects that CLUB MEMBERS participated in! You are invited!
The Chalet reservation system is the BEST way to reserve a bed. No missed calls, no waiting for a callback, no delay waiting for the door code, no unknown reservations. Changes can be made easily.
www.sdskiclubs.org and OPEN PORTAL
If the link to the password and your membership roster are not helpful, call the helpline with your computer OPEN. 619-246-3371.
Remember, this is a communal arrangement. We all need to be considerate of those around us. Then the Chalet can be an enjoyable experience. You may find a new ski buddy or dinner date.
Online Reservation System Features
- Make same-day reservations, even from your cell phone, for you and guests
- Pay with PayPal or credit card, as well as by mailing a check
- Know who will be at the Chalet
- Arrange carpools
- Extend your stay
- Cancel your stay (by 6pm of that evening)
- Book club events and trips online
You will receive emails reminding you of the code, and if you did not pre-pay, you will receive an email reminding you to pay.
Get help signing on and navigating the system at the October BBQ meeting (bring your own equipment if you would like),
or after each general meeting during the Chalet Orientation.
Making Chalet Reservations by Phone
Member can lose use of chalet for not
1. Remember to call Chalet
reservations at least 36 hours prior to
or you may have to find somewhere else
to stay the first night or so,
especially if it is a busy weekend and
the Chalet is already full.
2. Don’t forget to leave a
back number, as the roster may only
have your home number and the
reservation phone does not always record
the number you call from.
3. If you do not cancel before 6 PM
of your reservation, you owe for that
We appreciate the job Jim Patzold
does as the club member in charge of
reservations. Please make his job easier
by following the above rules.
Race Director Jerry Stokely
Chalet Reservations Jim
Yahoo Groups is a great
way to communicate with other members.
San Diego Ski Club has its own group,
Here is a step by step signup
1) Open the Internet
2) Type groups.yahoo.com in the
address bar (no www)
3) In the exact center of the
screen, there is a box that says “Find a
Yahoo Group” type sdskiclub.
4) Hit Search.
5) Our group should pop up. Click
Join This Group under the logo.
6) This group is private to our
club, so at this point, the program will
ask the administrator for permission for
you to join. Allow a couple days for a
response. This step is necessary in
order to keep the group for club members
only. If you have a Yahoo, Ymail,
sbcglobal, pacbell, att or rocketmail
email address, you can sign in.
7) If you don’t have one of the
above, click Sign Up. Follow the
instructions until you are back at the
sign in page.
That’s it. You’re in. You can now get
a ride, post photos, sell your skis, or
check the online calendar.
2017 - 2018 Calendar
host third Wednesday Meetings at your home are needed!
2016 Work Party
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2014 Work Party
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Jerry catches dinner...
2013 Work Party
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More pictures of 2013 Work Party on
Dave Moody making the drop in
1939 SDSC chalet in Cuyamacca
Racing old style
Robert Bland San Gorgonio
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Art Grigg, Jerry, Lynn and Erin