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NSCers can buy discounted lift tickets as a BAC racer

Sandy Kiyomura

BAC has 8 races this year. On those dates, resorts offer BAC racers and their family and friends discount tickets. Each area has its own meeting area for racers. Tickets are normally sold before 8:30am. Look for the racers’ registration area. Last year, Northstar sold the discounted BAC tickets at the regular ticket office (inside). Mention that you are a BAC racer. This year, I’m not sure what is planned. There will be races on January 21 and January 22 at Northstar. Tickets are $66 and $50 for Seniors (over 65).

Date Location Event Description Lift ticket prices
Sat. Jan 21 Northstar Giant Slalom Senior(65+) $50
Adult(20-64) $66
Teen(12-19) $50
Child(5-11) $34
Sun. Jan 22 Northstar Giant Slalom same as above
Sat. Feb 11 Sugar Bowl Slalom Senior(>60) $45
Adult(23-60) $57
Teen(13-22) $45
Child(<13) $21
Sun. Feb 12 Sugar Bowl Slalom same as above
Sat. Feb 25 Squaw Valley Slalom Adult(19+) $67
Teen(13-18) $52
Child(<13) $20
Sun. Feb 26 Squaw Valley Giant Slalom same as above
Sat. Mar 18 Heavenly Slalom Senior(65+) $50
Adult(20-64) $66
Teen(12-19) $50
Child(5-11) $34
Sun. Mar 19 Heavenly Giant Slalom same as above

January 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

It looks like 2017 is off to a good start with new snowfall up at Tahoe, and more is predicted in the upcoming weeks. I had planned on getting in a few days of skiing in early December but conditions just weren’t good enough due to limited lift operations and very few open runs. Now that I’m back from spending Christmas with family in New York (actually, Long Island), I’m ready to make up for some lost time. Conditions up at Tahoe look a lot better so I’m planning on getting in my first trip after the New Year’s crowd returns home.

Ski Instructor Course

Ever thought about becoming a certified ski instructor? Well, here’s an opportunity that’s coming up in January for you to take a week-long course on how to become a ski instructor. The course is January 8-13 at Heavenly Ski Resort and total cost is $707. If you’re interested, then you can contact

Heidi Ettlinger, PSIA/AASI-W Education Chair and Course Leader
Phone: 530.318.8661

Snowmass Ski Week 2017

The Snowmass trip is at the end of this month so hopefully everyone has had a chance to get their “ski legs” and be ready for a week of skiing. Aspen Snowmass has been receiving a lot of snow and the majority of lifts are open. By the time we arrive lifts should be in full operation and all runs open. The Snowmass Orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, January 7th so mark your calendars. This will be an opportunity to meet other members on the trip, socialize a bit, and pick-up the souvenir gift. If you didn’t receive the Evite then let me know so you won’t miss this event.

January 2017 – Trip Director’s Messsage

Karen Soo, Trip Director

A very Happy New Year to you and your family! Over 2 feet of snow has fallen in the Lake Tahoe area this past Christmas holiday and we are gearing up to a start of good a ski season.

There is just another month to go before 65 NSC members heads out to Snowmass where they been getting a steady snow fall.Armand will be having his orientation this month and I am planning the Snowmass pot luck for our trip.

NSC is planning its bus trip to the North Shore Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, dates: March 3 -5, 2017. The sign up form is now available on the NSC website. We were able to keep the same cost as last year. If you’re on the Snowmass trip and have the Mountain Collective pass, you will be able to use your pass on the weekend trip. Please send in your money early so we can plan this trip. We need 35 people to make this trip happen.

Date with Warren Miller

Curtis Otaguro, Greg Wong, and I had a date with Warren Miller’s new movie called Here, There & Everywhere, which was shown in Cupertino. We didn’t win any grand prizes but we did get our 2 for 1 lift tickets to Squaw Valley/ Alpine.

Amazon Link

If you need something from, click on the Amazon link, which is located on our Nisei Ski Club website (right hand side). Our club will get a small percentage from your purchases.


Looking for some discounted outdoor gear?

Are you looking for some discounted outdoor gear? All you have to be is 50+ and sign up at Senior Skiing. On the right side of their website, you can sign up for the Promotive deals.

promotive is the online community for industry experts and influencers. It matches qualified ski members such as yourself with top brands offering exclusive discounts on all your favorite gear.

We’re looking forward to a great season. If you have ideas for a great season, let me know.

Karen aka Trip Director for how many years now?

Discounted Lift Tickets for Mt. Rose for 2016-17 Ski Season

Sandy Kiyomura

Nisei Ski Club is affiliated with the Bay Area Ski Council. One of the benefits is that our members can purchase lift tickets at the discounted corporate price. You can buy tickets at corporate price of $84.15 instead of the at resort price of $109. That’s a $24.85 savings! For information on how to buy your Mt. Rose tickets, check out the flyer on how to buy your Mt. Rose tickets at the Bay Area corporate price.

December 2016 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

Ski Season Officially Opens
ski-dogs The ski season has officially begun with numerous resorts opening during the Thanksgiving weekend thanks to a series of snowstorms to hit the Tahoe area. Of course, these resorts have limited lift operations and perhaps only 5% of open terrain. But still, that’s better than no skiing. Let’s pray to the Snowgods for more snow in December.
Mystery Ski Spot
resort Congratulations to Andrea Stewart and Judy Hom for correctly identifying our Mystery Ski Spot as Sierra-at-Tahoe. It’s been a real long time since I’ve been to Sierra so I couldn’t say where this photo was taken.
Snowmass Ski Week 2017

The Snowmass trip is almost here and hopefully you’ll get in some skiing before the trip. Please send in your final payments no later than December 10th. The Snowmass Orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, January 7th so mark your calendars. This will be an opportunity to meet other members on the trip, socialize a bit, and pick-up the souvenir gift. An Evite will be sent out later in December.

Ride Sharing Service

Last year, Sandy Kiyomura set up a ride sharing service for NSC members to facilitate getting to the slopes with other members. The service is called rideNSC and members can make a post to the group to either offer a ride-sharing opportunity or make a request that you’re interested in joining with somebody that might be going skiing. For information contact Sandy at (

Christmas Greetings

This has been a good year for NSC with the popular Park City/Canyons Trip, numerous hikes, the Week 1 Football pizza social, and what looks like the start of a good ski season. On behalf of the NSC board, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Hidden Gems found on Carmel-Monterey-Big Sur Trip

Hoyt Nelson, NSC Vice President

Eight of us met up at the Carmel Safeway and drove about 6 miles south to the Soberantes Canyon trail leading to a bluff that overlooked dramatically crashing waves. Next, after a stop for lunch at the north end of the Bixby Bridge, we sampled a bit of the old dirt road that everyone used before the 2 big bridges were built and drove south to at great view of McWay falls at the Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park. A few miles north of there we finally rediscovered the charming Tanbark trail that lead up Partington Creek (closed for about 10 years due to a forest fire in the area). By the time we reached our next hidden trail off Ribera Road just sout of the Carmel Valley Road, it was too dark to continue. So, we went back to the Safeway shopping center and ate dinner at the Rio Grill. Hopefully, people will find this and another gem in downtown Carmel in the future. Maps were handed out at the start.


Sad News – Ernie Handa (1926-2016)

Ernie Handa passed away on November 19. He was the NSC President during 1970-1971. His memorial service is Sunday, December 11 at 11am. It will be held at the Willow Glen Funeral Home, 1039 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA. For more information and photos, see Ernie Handa’s obituary on Dignity Memorial.


November 2016 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

October ended with some long-needed rainfall and now it’s up to November and December to continue that trend. Unfortunately, the recent rains are the product of a leftover typhoon that contained a lot of moisture but not the cold mass of air required for producing snow at our local ski areas. So, let’s hope for a Polar Express, low-pressure system to come in and bless us with snow in the upcoming weeks. Nobody guessed the ski resort in the photo, and the correct answer was Kirkwood.


So, here’s another opportunity to check out your ski resort knowledge by identifying this location.


For those of you that are planning on some early skiing here are the latest opening dates:
Heavenly – November 18
Northstar – November 18
Kirkwood – November 18
Squaw – November 23 (Tram rides only)
Alpine – No date given

Snowmass Ski Week 2017

The Snow mass trip is full with 66 signups. The second payment is due November 10th so be sure to remit your payment if you haven’t already done so. And while the checkbook is open, go ahead and get ahead of the game and make the third payment as well and be fully paid up!

Hidden Monterey to Big Sur Hike – November 13

Hoyt Nelson will be leading a hike on Saturday, November 13 to explore hidden places from Monterey to Big Sur. Carmel and Monterey are quite pleasant in the fall and we will explore a number of lesser-known sights in the area. The club last did this hike in March 2009 but some sights were closed at that time.

We meet at my place in Campbell at 9:30. Bring the usual layered clothing, strong hiking shoes, camera, snacks, liquids and lunch. Bathroom facilities are limited to my place, the shopping center at the Carmel Valley Road, and gas stations in Big Sur. Total hiking is less than 3 mi. but at least 100 miles driving. If we all eat in Monterey, we will probably be back to San Jose about 9pm. Due to logistics, this trip is limited to 15 people. Sign-up early so we can figure out car pooling and parking at various stops.

For more details, download the hike flyer.

For more information, contact Hoyt at


McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

November 2016 – Editor’s Message

Election Day is November 8

If you’re registered, make your vote count. Vote on or before Election Day.

election-day-2016 vote
Happy Thanskgiving

I particularly like this Thanksgiving Day thought from Dan Lew, your previous newsletter editor. Happy Thanksgiving.

Give thanks for what you have,
Hope for what you don’t have,
Be kind to others,
Help those who are less fortunate than you