August 2015 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

 

As we enter August, I was reminded by Mammoth Mountain to lock in on low season pass rates for the upcoming season. As they said in their email – “let the count down to winter begin!” And with all the news about a 90% chance for a strong El Niño, that’s enough to get me excited about the upcoming season. Of course, that 90% is only a prediction and the real deal will be if there is plenty of rain starting in November.

The Mountain View Obon Festival was quite exciting this year and I would like to thank the following volunteers: Alex Kami, Bill Lee, Curtis Otaguro, Wes Kawase, Brian Hess, Ken Kato, and David Uyeda. Once again NSC has stepped up to the plate and volunteered for this event.

 Coming up, we have Hoyt Nelson and David Schultz leading the St. Francis Woods Hike on August 16th. This is a very popular hike so be sure to gander at the flyer for details.

 

August Pizza Social

At one of our past board meetings, we had lunch at The Garret in Campbell and feasted on a couple of great pizzas. After a lively discussion, I mentioned that this would be a great place to host a pizza social for the club. I don’t recall having an event like a pizza social so let’s give this a try. What’s the purpose of this pizza social? Well, for starters I think it would be a great way to get members to sit around the table, talk about skiing, quaff an ale or two, and enjoy the NSC camaraderie. Mark your calendar for August 27th and let’s have an old fashioned pizza social at The Garret in Campbell at 6:30pm. Yes, it’s a Thursday evening but what better way to get a head start on the weekend. An Evite will be sent out later this month to remind you of the event, plus date/time and directions.

 

Park City/Canyons Ski Week 2016

The Park City/Canyons trip is moving along well and so far we have 28 signups. I am expecting about eight more people to signup, which will bring us up to 36. There’s room for 40 people so if you haven’t signed up now is the time to do so. This year we’ll be having a mid-week potluck dinner, something we haven’t had for several years. This is always a fun night visiting other condos and sampling the best of their cuisine. Don’t forget to get the Tahoe Local Pass (http://www.skiheavenly.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes/season-passes-explorer.aspx), which will be good for five days of lifts at Park City/Canyons as well as Heavenly Valley, Northstar, and Kirkwood. And if you ski a sixth day, then your lift ticket will be half-price.

August 2015 – Editor’s Musings

Here’s a blast from the past! I found some pictures of my NSC skip trip to the Canyons, Utah in 1999. There was a lot of snow on that trip. The skiers really enjoyed fresh powder that went up to the knees.
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The El Nino watch is on for Utah. It’s not clear what El Nino will bring for Utah in the winter. Regardless of whether the snow is great or not, the NSC camaraderie is always tops. Check out this picture of happy NSC’ers.
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NSC 2016 Weeklong Trip to Park City/Canyons UT

park city 2016Jake the Ski Fool says “follow me to Park City/Canyons for our 2016 ski week trip.” For the 2015-16 season, Park City is combining with The Canyons to bring you over 7300 acres of skiing. NSC has not been to Park City since 2001 and it’s time to make a return trip. There’s a new gondola that will take us to Canyons for additional skiing at no extra cost.

Dates: February 20 – 27, 2016
Price: $1375 (Senior – $1310)

Trip price includes:
• Roundtrip airfare from San Francisco to Salt Lake City on United Airlines
• Roundtrip charter bus from Salt Lake City to Park Station Accommodations
• 7 nights stay at the Park Station condominiums (one block walk to Town Lift)
• 5 of 6 day lift ticket (6-day optional, senior (65+) also available) for Park City and Canyons
• Farewell Dinner
• NSC Souvenir
• Mid-week activities at additional cost:
o Winter Zip Tours
o Heliskiing
o Sleigh Rides
o Guided Snowshoe Tours
• Price does not include Baggage Fees. See United Airlines current baggage fees
o Baggage fees as of May, 2015: $25/first, $35/second. Boot and ski bag are considered a single bag.

Price and availability guaranteed for 40 seats only. 28 sign-ups received as of August 1, 2015!

Sign up now. Link to flyer and sign-up form: Park City 2016 flyer.
Sign-up deadline: October 10, 2015

Benefits for Nisei Ski Club Members

Sandy Kiyomura

Have you ever thought about skiing at more resorts, even internationally? Nisei Ski club is a member of BAC. This is the Bay Area Snow Sports council, which is comprised of over 20 ski clubs. Since BAC is a member of the Far West Ski Association, they are able to offer travel packages at great discounts. As a member of Nisei Ski Club, you can participate in any of the BAC or FWSA travel programs. This year, BAC is going to Telluride and FWSA is going to Cortina, Italy (site of past Winter Olympics). This trip also includes an after-trip to Florence and Rome. If you don’t care to ski, you can join the group for the week in Florence and Rome.

I have traveled and skied in Japan, France, Germany and Austria through Far West. It’s a great way to travel to places that you may not go to otherwise and meet other skiers. Everything is well organized, from your flight to your hotels. Most breakfasts and dinners are included. Japanese food was “oishi” (delicious). They also have “happy hours” and offer side tours (extra cost for tours).

If you’re interested in more ski-related travel, check out the enclosed flyers. The Far West International trip will be to Cortina, Italy. Cortina was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics and the Dolomites are known as the “Italian Alps”. You may go to www.skibac.org. I heard that Armand will be going on the Cortina trip and I might also. It should be fun; definitely worth doing if you’ve never skied Europe or just want to ski the Dolomites.

Link to Telluride trip (January 30-February 6): Telluride 2016 trip flyer

Link to the Cortina trip (March 5-March 12): Cortina 2016 trip flyer

Cortina town center

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Thanks to our Mountain View Obon Volunteers!

Karen,
Please thank all the volunteers who helped out at the bazaar this year. As always I appreciate their time and efforts in helping to make the Beer booth a resounding success. Sadly, I am retiring as chairman of the beer booth this year. I really appreciated all of your help over the past years in being able to get volunteers from the Nissei Ski Club. Take care and I will see you.

Thanks,
Grant Joo

A big thank you to our volunteers: Alex Kami, Bill Lee, Curtis Otaguro, Wes Kawase, Brian Hess, Ken Kato, and David Uyeda who manned the beer booth on July 18-19. Here’s a picture of David Uyeda on duty at the booth.
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Stairway Hike in August

SF Stairway Hike #7 – St. Francis Wood/Mt. Davidson area

Sunday, August 16, 2015 – The forecasted temperature for Sunday, August 16 is a high of 82 degrees and dropping. The hike is a GO for Sunday.

Hoyt Nelson and David Schultz will be leading this hike. This is a new stairway hike in a new area of San Francisco for NSC. The hike explores the area between Mt. Davidson and Stern Grove and covers posh neighborhoods, mountain trails, fabulous panoramic city views and of course, lots of stairs. Link to flyer: Stairway Hike #7 – St. Francis Woods/Mt. Davidson. For more information or to sign-up, send email to stairs7@niseiskiclub.org.

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Meet at Ulloa Avenue and Kensington at 10am on August 16

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Pizza Social at The Garret

Our president is inviting you to a pizza social on August 27 at 6:30pm. The place will be The Garret in Campbell. The purpose is for members to sit around the table, talk about skiing, have a drink or two, and enjoy the NSC camaraderie. We’re hoping to start a new NSC traditon. An Evite will be going out later this month to remind you of the event. P-s-s-s-s-t, I hear that the president is paying!

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Looking for Summer Time Fun – how about dragon boat paddling?

The Live Love Survive dragon boat team is open to all who are interested in dragon boat paddling and not limited to cancer survivors. Practices are on Saturdays in Foster City. Dragon boating is a 2,000 year old sport and is great fun and exercise.

It was founded in 2005 by veteran dragon boat racer Jennifer Eng. The Live Love Survive Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team has devoted its energy to creating awareness of cancer, supporting people living with cancer and their caregivers and welcoming everyone affected by cancer to join our cause.

For more information, contact Tina Woo or visit www.livelovesurvive.org.

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July 2015 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

President Armand on Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

Summer has arrived with warm-to-hot temperatures, depending on where you live, and CA is officially in drought-mode. I’m trying to stay within my allotment of water usage (as dictated by SJ Water) and hopefully everyone else is on the same bandwagon. Once again the weather forecasters are calling for an El Niño for this year but only rains in November and December will prove that true.

Our annual Membership and Luau Picnic was well attended and everyone had a great time. There was plenty of food, the weather was very nice, and there were new faces that hopefully will become members.

Here’s a call for all you super-athletic types that would like to participate in a very worthwhile cause – Live Love Survive Dragon Boat Races. The Live Love Survive group is looking for strong-armed athletes to join the Dragon Boat team. Originally this was event was for cancer survivors but it is open to anyone that would like to support the Dragon Boat team. See the flyer for details, or contact Tina Woo (twoo1@aol.com)

SF Stairway Hike July 12th

Hoyt Nelson and David Schultz are leading the SF Stairway Hike on July 12th. This is a very popular hike so be sure to gander at the flyer for details.

 Mt. View Obon Festival July 18th and 19th

This festival is right around the corner and we still need a few more volunteers for Saturday and Sunday. Contact either Karen Soo (tripdirector@niseiskiclub.org) or Judy Hom (newsletter@niseiskiclub.org) if you’re interested in participating in this fun and worthwhile event.

Park City/Canyons Ski Week 2016

I’ve been receiving applications for the Park City ski week so if you haven’t signed up yet then what are you waiting for? Members of the Asian Ski & Board Club Los Angeles (ASBCLA) have sent in sign-ups and I’m not quite sure how they found out about our trip, but they’re more than welcome to join us. Southwest Airlines has opened up bookings for February so there might be airline changes depending on what Southwest can offer so stay tuned for the latest updates. And, it’s not too late to get the Tahoe Local Pass (http://www.skiheavenly.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes/season-passes-explorer.aspx), which will be good for five days of lifts at Park City/Canyons as well as Heavenly Valley, Northstar and Kirkwood. And if you ski a sixth day then your lift ticket will be half-price.

 

July 2015 – Editor’s Musings

Food is an important part of our NSC events. Last month, we had the annual Thank You picnic and an abundance of food. Coming up July 18-19, there is the  Mountain View Obon  and its delicious foods: tempura, manju, udon, and more! Next month on August 22, there is the BAC fundraiser, pre-game BBQ, and Dennis Heffley’s famous chocolate chip cookies.

Speaking of food, the Dragon Boat Festival is one of my favorite Chinese food holidays. Did you notice that the Live Love Survive Dragon Boat team is open to all interested paddlers?

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated with zongzi (sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and of course, dragon boat racing. The origin of the festival is attributed to the great Chinese poet Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC), who drowned himself to protest government corruption. The local people raced out in their boats to retrieve Qu Yuan’s body and zongzi was thrown into the river so the fish would eat the zongzi and not Qu Yuan’s body.

The festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. The lunar calendar is based on a 28 day  month. It does not match the Western calendar and lunar dates fall on a different date each year. Before the days of the internet and its instant information, I used to page through the special calendar with Chinese dates to find the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. Nowadays, I just search for “Dragon Boat Festival 2015″ and the answer is June 20, 2015!

Western calendar with Chinese dates

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Zongzi

Zongzi are sticky rice packets with delicious fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves. Fillings will vary from region to region. My favorite fillings are the ones that my mom put in her packets, which included dried shrimp, peanuts, chestnut, salted egg, lop cheung (aka Chinese sausage), fatty pork, and ham. Below is a picture of her beautifully wrapped zongzi.

Making zongzi is time consuming and requires lots of preparation. However, the results are worthwhile and delicious.

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So, where am I going with this? Everybody likes good food and NSC events always have good food. So, attend an upcoming NSC event and enjoy the food.