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May 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

May is upon us and that means it’s time to bring an end to the NSC 2016-2017 season. Like last year NSC had a pretty good season highlighted by a variety of accomplishments:

  • Volunteer participation at the annual Obon Festival in Mountain View
  • Volunteer participation at the annual Snowbomb Ski Shows
  • Coastal Cleanup at Crown Beach
  • Various hiking and picnic events
  • A very well-attended ski week to Snowmass

June marks the start of the NSC 2017-2018 season, and beginning this month you can take advantage of the $5 membership discount if you sign up and submit your membership form before May 31st. Please submit your applications to Greg Wong (Membership Chairman).

Since it’s the end of the ski season it’s time to start having our spring NSC events. Coming up, we have our annual Post-Season Annual Membership meeting and picnic on Saturday, June 24th. Be sure to gander at the flyer in this month’s newsletter for details.

Nominations & Elections

The nominations process has been completed and the next step is elections. The elections chairman tells me there were no nominations therefore the slate consists of the incumbents, and we’re fortunate that everyone on the board has agreed to serve again. However, voting is important and although there were no nominations you can still vote for a write-in candidate. Whether you’re voting for the incumbents or a write-in candidate, it’s important that you do vote. You will be receiving an email informing you to vote online using SurveyMonkey.

60th NSC Anniversary Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail ski week is in progress and details will be announced soon. There is a preliminary contract but it includes airline pricing for United Airlines. Southwest hasn’t released their pricing yet but that would be the preferable airline. Quite a few people took advantage of purchasing the Tahoe Local Pass, which is good for five days skiing at Vail, plus unlimited skiing at Heavenly, Northstar (excluding Saturdays), and Kirkwood. It’s still not too late to get the Tahoe Local Pass at a great price. Go to the Sports America link: The Vail date is January 27 – February 3.

Renew Your Membership

Greg Wong, Membership Chairperson
The ski season is not yet over and Squaw Valley summit still has 246 inches of snow. They will be trying to stay open until July 4 but many other ski resorts have closed.

The Nisei Ski Club season has also ended. It has been a great year for those who went skiing with record snow fall and great conditions. The club’s only bus trip was canceled due to a lack of sign-ups. However, our trip director Karen Soo made the trip a go but without a bus. We went to Tahoe by car pooling and stayed in at Sands Hotel in Reno, our familiar lodging. The trip was a great adventure! We laughed, we talked, and we skied. We learned a lot about our fellow members.

This year, I went to Lake Tahoe 3 times with Nisei Ski Club members. We drove up just as the club did originally. This club has brought us skiers together and will keep bringing skiers together just as it has done for the last 60 years. So, now is the time to sign up for next year. We have the Vail Resorts week trip planned for next year. Karen Soo will try to schedule some weekend carpool trips again. We have our non-ski events in the planning. This is our anniversary year. Sign up before June 1, and there is a $5 discount.

NSC Picnic

thank you picnic-2017

Who: NSC members/ families and invited guests. Look for your Evite invitation in May.

What: Wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirts and Muu Muus and join us at our Annual meeting combined with a Luau picnic. NSC will fire up the grill with a BBQ luncheon. Soda, beer, and water will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring side dish / dessert to share. Please email Karen Soo at and let her you know what you are bringing.

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Picnic area #1 in Las Palmas Park, 850 Russet Drive, Sunnyvale. For exact location and parking location, here’s the link to Las Palmas Park

Why: To update our membership on the club and its future plans and to enjoy a pleasant day together.

Cost: No $$, Just Bring (3) – $1.00 bills for our game of luck and chance

BAC Annual Oakland A’s Event – August 12, 2017

Sandy Kiyomura
BAC is hosting its twelfth annual Oakland A’s event. All proceeds over cost go to Society for disABILITIES. It’s Coliseum fireworks night. The seats are in field level, first base side, and great for viewing games and fireworks.

Date: August 12, 2017

  • $36 seats – Game starts at 6:05pm
  • $14 for TailBBQ + Raffle prize – Barbeque from 4-5:30pm

Deadline:July 10, 2017

For more information, click BAC A’s Event Flyer to download the flyer.

April 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

Sad to say but April is here and that means the ski season is coming to a close. Most Tahoe resorts will be closed by the end of April (Northstar and Heavenly), and Mammoth is planning on staying open until July 4th (weather permitting). Squaw Valley usually offers the same closing date but it hasn’t been officially announced yet. Due to the abundance of snowfall this has been an extraordinary season. Hopefully you had a good ski season this year, whether it was at Tahoe or the Snowmass ski week.


Election-buntingWell, it’s that time again for holding our board nominations and elections for the 2017-2018 season. By now you’ve received an email for making your nominations for the board. As you know, volunteers run this club, and without them this club would cease to exist, and it’s been in existence for almost 60 years! You are encouraged to take this opportunity to nominate an individual for one, or more, of the board positions. All individuals that accept the nomination(s) will go through an election process in May, and final results will be announced at the annual June picnic. Ask any of the current board members and I’m sure they will tell you that by volunteering they get back more than they ever gave. By volunteering you will experience social benefits as well as provide a greater sense of self-worth, trust, and lots of fun. Many of you have served on the board in the past, and your efforts were greatly appreciated and perhaps you would like to join the board again. For those that have never served then perhaps now is the time to consider a board position and provide new ideas and useful experiences.

60th NSC Anniversary Vail Ski Week 2018

Yes, 2018 will be NSC’s 60th anniversary and Vail has been selected for our NSC ski week. Our last visit to Vail was in 2008, so I’m hoping to start an NSC tradition of visiting Vail on our ten-year anniversaries. If you’re considering Vail for next year then you might also want to look into getting the Tahoe Local (Epic Pass), which will be good for five days skiing at Vail, plus unlimited skiing at Heavenly, Northstar (excluding Saturdays), and Kirkwood. Tentative date is January 27 – February 3.

It’s Election Time Again

Hoyt Nelson, Vice-President

Every year we ask the membership to nominate prospective members to fill the board of directors for the next  fiscal year (which starts 1 June).  The offices are president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, trip director, membership director, newsletter editor and board member(s) at-large to act as “floater” to help the board as needed.   Do you know another member who has not volunteered, but who would be a good candidate?  See if they are willing to run, or let us know and we will be glad to talk with them.   You can also nominate yourself.    We are looking for people just like you who can make this club even better.  It doesn’t take all that much time since the process of running the club has recently been streamlined.  The board decides when to meet (about 10 times per year) and rotates meeting locations to spread travel evenly.  Also note that annual dues are waived for all board members.

Are you a bit cautious to step up?  Here’s a chance to break out. Do think you have nothing to offer to the club?  Be assured we can find many worthwhile opportunities for you to help.

The duties of board members are as follows:

NSC President

The President presides at all meetings to supervise and direct the club’s affairs, appointing committees as necessary. He/She maintains inter-club relationships, prepares the annual club budget, and administers club operations of club matters via budgets and policies.

NSC Vice-President

The Vice-President advises the president and stays current on administrative matters so that he can take over all duties of the President when necessary, He is an advisor member of all committees and assists in the transition of the new board at the end of the fiscal year. He supervises the election of the NSC Board for the new fiscal year. He/She also promotes and coordinates non-ski events and ensures they meet the club requirements

NSC Treasurer

The Treasurer is the custodian of the club funds. He/She keeps an account of receipts and disbursements. The Treasurer shall disburse funds and bill accounts receivable as ordered by the Board of Directors, render whenever requested, the financial condition of the club, prepare a financial report and submit the necessary reports to the State Franchise Tax Board and the Internal Revenue Service

NSC Trip Director

The Trip Director shall coordinate transportation, lodging, Tour Leader selection, and trip cancellation with the club’s “Travel Arranger”. The Trip Director shall plan and administer all club weekend ski trips. Tour Leader Guidelines and all club winter equipment and supplies shall be maintained by the Trip Director. The Trip Director shall maintain and update Tour Leader Guidelines.

NSC Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor shall coordinate the publication and distribution of the newsletter and SPAM to the membership. The Editor prepares a budget, sets up guidelines for submission of flyers and articles, and publicizes club events through the newsletter and emails. The Editor coordinates email distribution and web publication in coordination with the NSC Webmaster.

NSC Membership Chairperson

The Membership Chairperson shall be responsible for coordinating activities that promote membership in the club and for maintaining the membership roster. This includes contacting other organizations, updating the membership brochure, coordinate sending of the welcome letter to new members, maintain a list of non-members who have attended past events or non-renewed members to publicize club events, and advise the Board on matters relating to membership.

NSC Board Member

The Board Member represents the club in voting on club matters, promotes, supports and assists at club events, and shows hospitality to all participants of events, especially those new to the club.


In a few days you will receive an e-mail from SurveyMonkey with a link to an election ballot form (unique to you, so please don’t  share your ballot with anyone else). Filling out the form should be intuitive. SurveyMonkey will remind you if it doesn’t receive your timely response.  Please look for this e-mail and think about who to nominate. Send any questions to  We look forward to hearing from you.

March 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

March is upon us and it appears that our major snowstorms are behind us. Of course, Mother Nature is always unpredictable and she may surprise us with a few more storms this month. With all the snow in Tahoe, Heavenly Valley and Northstar have extended their season by one week to April 23rd. Haven’t heard anything about Squaw or Alpine yet but I’m sure they will be extending their season as well.

Just to give you an idea of how much it snowed in at Tahoe take a look at the two pictures. The boys digging out the ski lift are at Homewood, and the man-in-blue is at Northstar.




March NSC Weekend Trip

Although there’s plenty of snow up at Tahoe there weren’t enough signups for Trip 1 to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Our trip director, Karen Soo, did come up with a car-pool effort with eight people making a trip for a weekend of skiing/boarding.

Snowmass Ski Week 2017

The Snowmass trip was a great trip and everyone had a great time. Based on comments received, the Crestwood Condominiums received top-notch points for their service and amenities. There was plenty of snow at Snowmass, Aspen, and Aspen Highlands (don’t know if anyone went to Buttermilk), and it did snow 1”-2” on Thursday. The Potluck Dinner was one of the highlights of the week. Instead of roaming around in search of condos with food, everyone gathered in the Independence Room at Crestwood feasting on endless tables of food. I would like to thank everyone for coming on this trip, as it was a lot of fun for everyone, meeting new friends, and exploring the various resorts.



Board Nominations

Now that it’s March it’s time to think about Board Nominations for the 2017-18 season. If anyone has an interest in joining the board for the next season and has questions about what it entails then just drop a note to any of the current board members, or perhaps you have someone in mind to nominate for the board. Please keep in mind that the Nisei Ski Club relies on volunteers to be on the board and undertake the running of the club. It’s not all work and no play. Board meetings are fairly informal and afterwards we usually go out for lunch and talk about skiing or upcoming club events.

February 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

Happy Chinese New Year!

roosterWelcome to the Chinese Year of the Rooster! Yes, the Chinese New Year started January 28th and if you were born under the sign of the Rooster, then you are an unpredictable person. Roosters are intelligent, bold and are also self-assured. Have you ever seen a rooster strut his stuff? Roosters are very positive and thoughtful, and at times they are very conventional and exaggerated. Do you know anyone in the club that fits the characteristics of a rooster?

March NSC Weekend Trip

2017 is off to a great start with an outrageous amount of snowfall up at Tahoe, and this is the beginning of the ski season! I’ve been tracking the snowfall at Heavenly and the Comet Express chair (Nevada side) is still not open due to the lift being buried in snow. With so much snow at our favorite resorts in Lake Tahoe now is the time to sign up for the NSC weekend trip to Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley on 3-5 March. Our trip director, Karen Soo, has been making arrangements for this trip and now all we need is for YOU to sign up and make this trip a reality.

Helmet Safety

Recently I received a request to review an article about helmet use on the slopes and the top reasons to wear a helmet. I know that most of the club membership do wear helmets, but if you’re sitting on the fence about wearing one then perhaps this article will be helpful in your decision. As usual, ski safely by knowing your limits and always be in control of your speed.

The Top 4 Reasons to Wear a Helmet on the Slopes

by Deanna Power

While the number of people opting to wear a helmet on the slopes has increased significantly throughout the last decade, there are still many people who don’t wear helmets. While most resorts do not make wearing a helmet mandatory, medical professionals recommend wearing a helmet on the slopes because of the impact it can make on the outcome of an accident. There are several advantages to wearing a helmet when skiing or snowboarding, so there is no reason for you to not wear one when participating in alpine sports.

The Statistics

While there is an excellent safety record for snowboarding and skiing overall, there are inherent risks that comes with any dangerous sport. When you wear a helmet, you can improve your safety and decrease the risks of you being seriously injured in an accident. The most recent data provided from helmet studies reveal that skiers and snowboarders are understanding the benefits of wearing a helmet. According to a study conducted by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), 67% of those who ski or snowboard wear helmets while participating in alpine sports.

The study shows that the use of helmets reduces the risks of suffering a head injury anywhere from 30% to 50%, but that decrease is usually limited to the less serious head injuries. Just because you wear a helmet, you shouldn’t participate in risky behavior because there has not been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities on the slopes during the last 9 years.

Four Reasons Why You Should Wear a Helmet

There are multiple advantages to wearing a helmet. Here are just a few:

1. Safety. Research shows that while helmets may not completely prevent head injuries, they can significantly impact the severity of the injury and the outcome of the accident. Most injuries occur when a skier strikes an inanimate object, such as a rock, tree, or the ground. Helmets can play a significant role in reducing the severity of the impact and reduce the trauma that your head suffers.

2. Warmth. Being out on the slopes can be cold. Because the body loses most of its heat through the head, a helmet can be beneficial in keeping you warm. Helmets act as insulators and will keep your head warm.

3. It can hold your goggles in place. When you are skiing, you want to wear goggles to protect your eyes. A helmet can help you keep your goggles in place so you can see better when you are out on the slopes.

4. There are many reasons to wear a helmet, but an important one is that you set a good example. When children and adults see other people wearing helmets on the slopes, they pay attention. You wearing a helmet can lead others to wear a helmet and protect themselves as well.

Choosing a Helmet

When you select a helmet, you want to choose the right helmet for your needs. You want to get a helmet that properly fits. This means that when you strap it on, you don’t want it to shift when you tilt from side to side. There are helmets of different styles and designs. Some helmets are more lightweight than others, but they are usually more expensive. Select a helmet that feels comfortable so you can get a lot of use out from it. If you choose to wear a helmet, you’ll be going a long way in protecting yourself while skiing or snowboarding.

*This article was not written by an attorney, and it’s always your choice as to whether you want to wear a helmet. Just keep in mind that if you wear a helmet, you could be saving lives!

February 2017 – Use rideNSC to find or offer a ride to Tahoe

Newsletter Editor

This is to remind everyone that NSC has established a Yahoo Groups for ride sharing called The purpose of rideNSC is to connect people who need a ride with people who can offer a ride. So, you can offer a ride or ask for a ride. You must be subscribed to the rideNSC Yahoo group.

It’s simple. When you offer a ride, send an email to and state:

  • preferred dates
  • ski areas
  • where you might be staying
  • what the costs will be

Anyone who is part of rideNSC and is interested can respond to you.

Subscribing to rideNSC

Getting added to the group is simple, click on the link – Request to join our email group: rideNSC. You can find it on the right hand side of the NSC home page.

Sandy Kiyomura is the moderator and will approve (or disapprove) your membership. All members of the Nisei Ski Club can join the group. We ask for standard on-line etiquette. That means you should be “adult-like” in your postings. That means no offensive language or say anything that your mother would not approve of.

Questions? Send email to