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November 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

Seems like October was more summer-like than fall. Tahoe did experience some rainfall but all of the resorts are bare to the ground and it hasn’t been cold enough to fire up the snowmaking machines. Does this mean a late winter start? And the weather forecasters haven’t made up their collective minds on whether it’s going to be an El Niño or a La Niña year. Nobody guessed the ski resort in the photo, and the correct answer was Sierra-at-Tahoe.

 

 

Upcoming Events

SnowBomb Shows in October/November

At the end of October the Snow Bomb show was held at the Santa Clara Convention center. Although I was planning on attending I wasn’t able to make it due to a slight illness. Karen Soo and Curtis Otaguro usually attend the San Francisco event but Curtis was out of town and Karen was unable to attend.

Warren Miller Movie Night – November 11

Warren Miller is famous for his exciting ski/snowboard movies that take you all over the world in search of perfect snow conditions. Showtime is 6pm at the Heritage Theater (Campbell) on Saturday, November 11th.

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is fully booked with 62 signups. Thanks to all that made their final payments on time, and to those of you that needed a reminder. Karen Soo is updating the sizing chart since the one on the signup page was for Marmot apparel and the new chart is for Port Authority. Not much difference but do check to see if you have any changes and reply to Karen’s email. There is a waiting list so do let me know in the event that you may have to cancel (hopefully not!).

Editor’s Musings – Ski history and defunct resorts

Judy Hom, Newsletter Editor

My husband Winston pointed out an article in the San Jose Mercury News about defunct ski areas, which mentioned long gone resorts like Powder Bowl, Echo Summit, Edelweiss, Donner Ski Ranch, Tannenbaum, and Iron Mountain. He learned how to ski at Dodge Ridge and Echo Summit. Dodge Ridge is still operating but Echo Summit is long gone. How many of you remember these old resorts?

Organized ski racing in California started in the 1850s. Gold miners strapped 14-15 foot edgeless skis on their feet and raced for cash prizes. It is said that skiers reached speeds of 80+ miles per hours and carried a long pole to act as a brake.

Snowshoe Thompson was an early California long pole skier. Originally from Norway, he came to California during the 1850 gold rush. Between 1856-1876, he delivered mail twice a month between Placerville, California and Genoa, Nevada. He covered the distance in 5 days, 3 days up and 2 days down.

Olympic Hill was the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and opened in 1924. It is still open but now named Granlibakken. I googled it and it is a very small hill with only 1 run and 2 lifts.

Sugar Bowl opened in 1939. Sugar Bowl got its name because the founder thought the snow looked like sugar. It was the first resort to use chairlifts.

There was a proliferation of ski resorts through the 1970s. 82 resorts opened from 1940-1950. 107 opened in the 1970s. The great California drought in the mid-1970’s took its toll and many resorts closed. Now, there are only about a dozen resorts in the Lake Tahoe area.

Resources

Mercury News – Defunct ski areas why healing is so hard
History of Skiing Lake Tahoe
History of California Skiing
Facebook – Lost Ski Areas and Ski History of California
Experience Skiing History in California Gold Country
Snowshoe Thompson

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks that the American system of checks and balances is holding. Remember that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

John F. Kennedy – We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

October 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

To everyone’s surprise it snowed up in Tahoe and in numerous resorts in Colorado and Utah in September (the 21st). Although the early snowfall only resulted in a slight dusting of that fine, white powder at least it’s a start for what hopefully will be a good winter season. If you’re a seasoned ski veteran then perhaps you can identify the ski resort in the picture (hint: it’s in California). Drop me a line (president@niseiskiclub.org) if you think you know the answer.

 

Upcoming Events

NSC Paint Night in San Jose – October 28

This event will be held on Saturday, October 28th, at the Grill-em Steak House in Campbell. See the flyer for all the details.

 

SnowBomb Shows in October/November

Coming up in October and November are the annual SnowBomb ski shows in Santa Clara (used to be San Jose) and San Francisco. I usually attend the San Jose event and Karen Soo and Curtis Otaguro attend the San Francisco event. We’re looking for additional volunteers to support the BAC booth at both locations. As a volunteer you get free admission to the SnowBomb event, talk with people about the various clubs that are part of BAC, and do some self-promoting of NSC. Arrive early, or stay later, and visit the other ski-related booths or perhaps pick up something at one of the retail booths that have discounted prices on ski gear. The Santa Clara event is October 28-29 and the San Francisco event is November 4-5.  If interested then drop me a line (president@niseiskiclub.org) or Karen Soo (tripdirector@niseskiclub.org).

 

Warren Miller Movie Night – November 11

Warren Miller is well-noted for his exciting ski/snowboard movies that take you all over the world in search of perfect snow conditions. Showtime is 6pm at the Heritage Theater (Campbell) on Saturday, November 11th.

 

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is moving along smoothly and we currently have 55 signups (out of 64). If you haven’t made your 2nd payment then go find your checkbook and send it in, plus your final payment. If you’re still sitting on the fence about going and haven’t signed up now is the time to do so. Deadline for signups is October 10th, which is also when the final payment is due.

 

CMH Preseason Heli-Skiing Celebration

CMH (“Canadian Mountain Heli-Skiing”) is holding its annual preseason heli-ski celebration in San Francisco and Menlo Park. In attendance at both events will be CMH Guide Brodie Smith from the Bobbie Burns Lodge as well as past guests, like-minded powder hounds and big mountain lovers. The evening will include ski film stoke and a chance to win a free heli-skiing trip.

CMH’s Signature Annual Event in San Francisco

When: Thursday, October 12th, 2017 6-8pm
Where: Begerac
316 11th Street, San Francisco
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served
Space is limited –- please RSVP here or directly to Anne.

CMH in Menlo Park for the First Time!

When: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 6-8pm
Where:Dutch Goose
3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park
Beer and appetizers will be served
Space is limited — please RSVP directly to Anne.

Just a reminder if you’ve skied with CMH in the past: any friends you bring to either event who book a trip any time in the future will earn you credit for your next trip. Feel free to forward the invite!
I hope to see you in October!

Anne A. Trott
CMH Heli-skiing and Summer Adventures
Regional Sales Rep, California
T: 484-802-0664 | E: atrott@cmh-rep.com
#cmhheli| cmhski.com | cmhsum mer.com
217 Bear St; Box 1660; Banff, AB; T1l 1J6

October 2017 – Paint Nite in Campbell

Paint Nite takes place at the Grill ‘Em Steakhouse in Campbell. The cost from Groupon is $25 per person versus $45 without a Groupon. The ticket price includes the supplies needed to paint your masterpiece. No food or beverages are included.

If you are interested, please contact Karen Soo (tripdirector@niseiskiclub.org). Please RSVP by Saturday, October 21 to reserve your spot.

Link to flyer: NSC Paint Nite in San Jose

19 Pairs of Legs = Centipede Riding Power

Karen Soo

Nineteen NSC members and friends met on a beautiful Sunday morning at the Emeryville Marina parking lot where we rode the Bay Bridge Pedestrian Bike trail. To many, it was their first-time riding across the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge to Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island.

We departed from the parking around 10:30am and as soon as we got on to Powell Street, one person had a flat tire. Curtis O took the liberty to ride as the sweeper and took time to see what was the problem. Apparently, there was a slow leak in the tire and within10 minutes, we were ready to roll again.

We rode through Bay Street and enter the bay trail where we started the slow climb on to the bridge. The faster riders led the pack and others on their mountain bikes took their time.

The weather was beautiful with blue skies and sunshine. There was a nice cool breeze in the air. You can tell that Fall was just around the corner.

We took a few group pictures along the way and regrouped at Yerba Buena Island. There were 2 options to Treasure Island. Either ride down hill on a single car lane or take the free shuttle van that can take up to 10 riders and their bikes. Safety First…

We gathered for more group pictures and admired the San Francisco skyline from where we were standing. We continued riding with views of the city and a lot of abandon buildings.

By the time we finished our ride, it was time for lunch. We found a nice spot facing the San Francisco skyline. Everyone wolfed down their trip tip sandwiches. Our part time vegetarian NSC member, Jim T was treated to a grill vegetable sandwich. Food was provided by Taste Soo Good Catering.

People ate their lunch while talking to fellow riders and enjoyed the good weather and the view.

After eating lunch, it was time to go back and people had the option to ride up the hill or take the shuttle back. Riding back on the bridge was easier. Mostly it was coasting all the way back downhill.

We all met back at the parking lot, where we had drinks and snacks. A big thank to those who brought snacks to share.

One minor mishap: David T had 2 flat tires on the same tire. We were only 2 miles from the parking lot. It was Amy to the rescue. She road back to get the car to pick up her man. GO AMY.

We rode about 15 -17 miles. It’s a short ride but it was a beautiful day to be outside to enjoy the view. By the way, the rider with the slow lead tire made it back also.

Giving rules of the road

 
   

Riding through Treasure Island

 

Free shuttle van

 

View of the Bay Bridge heading west

 

Lunch time

 
 

Flat tire

 
   

Group shot on Treasure Island

September 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

It’s September and it’s been HOT these past few weeks. But despite the heat your focus should be on the upcoming ski/snowboard season. Why? Because it’s just around the corner and the next thing you know it will be time to trek up to Tahoe to get your first days of skiing in, possibly in November and hopefully in December. There are quite a few September events coming up so take a look at them and decide which ones you want to attend. Since I’m not a bicyclist or painter there is really only one for me to choose.

Upcoming Events

California Ski Company September Offers

Did you know that California Ski Company in Berkeley has NSC members as employees? And they have a reputation as being the best boot-fitters in the state. Looking for new gear? This month they’re having discounts on 2016/2017 snow gear in their massive parking lot sale. Go to their website (http://www.californiaskicompany.com/index.html), click on “coupons” and snag some coupons for a free pre-season wax. Yes, I know it’s only September but now is the time to start getting ready for the upcoming ski/snowboard season.

September Pizza Social – September 10

This event has been canceled due to a lack of sign-ups

It’s FOOTBALL Season and let the games begin! Our September Pizza Social will be on Sunday, September 10th at The Garret (Campbell) so we can gather around, quaff a few ales, dine on outstanding pizza, and watch the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys battle it out on the turf. Game time starts at 5:30pm but you can arrive later if you’re stuck in traffic. If you’re planning on attending then please respond to the Evite that has been sent out. And yes, el presidente is buying the beer.

NSC Bay Bridge Bike Ride – September 17

Due to construction at the Bay Bridge there have been some changes to the NSC Bike Ride. I won’t say “Bay Bridge Bike Ride” because that route might get changed if the Bay Bridge construction isn’t completed by the scheduled 16th date. With that in mind, check out the flyer for the latest dates and Karen Soo and Sandy Kiyomura will keep you informed of the latest changes.

NSC Paint Night in San Jose – October 7/8 or October 14/15

This event is still scheduled for October but the dates have yet to be confirmed. Karen Soo is back from vacation and will be finalizing the dates. Stay tuned.

SnowBomb Shows in October/November

Coming up in October and November are the annual SnowBomb ski shows in Santa Clara (used to be San Jose) and San Francisco. I usually attend the San Jose event and Karen Soo and Curtis Otaguro attend the San Francisco event. We’re looking for additional volunteers to support the BAC booth at both locations. As a volunteer you get free admission to the SnowBomb event, talk with people about the various clubs that are part of BAC, and do some self-promoting of NSC. Arrive early, or stay later, and visit the other ski-related booths or perhaps pick up something at one of the retail booths that have discounted prices on ski gear. The Santa Clara event is October 28-29 and the San Francisco event is November 4-5. If interested then drop me a line (president@niseiskiclug.org) or Karen Soo (tripdirector@niseiskiclub.org).

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is moving along smoothly and we currently have 44 signups (out of 64). Thanks to all of those that made their 2nd payment on time (August 10th). If you haven’t made your 2nd payment then go find your checkbook and send it in. Still deciding to signup for Vail? What’s to decide? Everyone knows that Vail is a world-class resort with plenty of great skiing, shopping, and dining. If you’re not yet signed up then take a look at the flyer and make that all-important decision to be on this trip, and you can get the Tahoe Local Pass through Sports America (http://www.sportsamerica.com/epic-nisei), which will be good for five days skiing at Vail, plus skiing at Northstar, Heavenly Valley, and Kirkwood, and a 6% discount on the Epic Pass (~$31) if you sign up for the Vail trip.

Editor’s Musings for September

Judy Hom, Newsletter Editor

Did you watch the solar eclipse on August 21? Everybody in my office did. For awhile, all work stopped while we watched this extraordinary event.

It wasn’t Oregon where they experienced totality but it was still fun to watch it in the Bay Area despite the cloud cover. I used a welder’s helmet (courtesy of my husband) so I could safely watch the moon eclipse the sun.

For information about the solar eclipse that we just experienced, visit the NASA website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how. The next solar eclipse will occur April 8, 2024.

August 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

Squaw Valley kept their promise and had skiing on the 4th of July. I saw film clips on the news and there were plenty of people in shorts, tank tops, and a few bikini-clad girls. Not the greatest skiing, but more of a happening just to be on that single run on the slopes on Independence Day. Will there be a repeat next year?

60th NSC Anniversary in 2018

NSC 50th Golden MemoriesNext year NSC will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. Yes, the club was established in 1958 to serve an Asian community interested in skiing and social events. During those initial years the club grew to 300+ members and there were busloads of skiers heading to Tahoe for racing and skiing. As time passed the club got older and our membership has dropped to fewer than 100 members. I recall going to Vail in 2008 for the 50th anniversary, and that’s why we are returning to Vail in 2018. In June 2008 the club held a 50th Anniversary Celebration “Golden Memories” held at the Holiday Inn in San Jose. The evening consisted of dinner, officer introductions, past president introductions, a silent auction, dancing, and Curtis Otaguro was president.

For our 60th anniversary it would be great if we could have another celebration. However, putting on a celebration requires manpower, and this is where you come in. This is a call for volunteers to form the NSC 60th Anniversary Committee. This committee will be responsible for coming up with a venue, task assignments, and whatever else needs to be performed. If you are interested in helping make this celebration come to life then drop me a line at president@niseiskiclub.org.

Snowbound Magazine

As president of NSC I often receive a variety of email promoting products, services, or notices from various ski resorts seeking our business for future trips. One particular email, from Snowbound Magazine, asked me to complete a short questionnaire on group travel tips. After completing the questionnaire I was contacted by the editor requesting my photograph and that my responses were going to be used for the next edition of Snowbound. Although my “mug shot” was not used in the article they did use several of my travel tips. A copy of the magazine is available on the Snowbound website.

Mountain View Obon Festival – July 15th and 16th

The Mountain View Obon Festival was a great success and I would like to thank the following volunteers: Bill Lee, Brian Hess, Ken Kato, Alex Kami, David Ng, and Tamara Liang. Once again NSC has stepped up to the plate and volunteered for this event.

Upcoming Events

September Pizza Social – September 10

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL! Yes, it’s getting to be football season again. Our September Pizza Social will be on Sunday, September 10th at The Garret (Campbell) so we can gather around, quaff a few ales, dine on outstanding pizza, and watch the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys battle it out on the turf. Although the game starts at 5:30 we can meet at 6:30 and still catch most of the game. If you’re planning on attending then let me know at president@niseiskiclub.org. And yes, el presidente is buying the beer.

NSC Bay Bridge Bike Ride – September 16

Get your bikes ready for a bike ride from Emeryville and across the Bay Bridge towards Treasure Island. Karen Soo and Sandy Kiyomura have laid out the route and are sponsoring this bike ride. See the flyer for details.

NSC Paint Nite in San Jose – October 7/8 or October 14/15

Are you the next Monet or Gauguin? My hidden talent definitely is not in painting, unless it’s paint-by-numbers. I’ve never heard of Paint Nite but apparently it’s quite the popular event (along with Escape Rooms). Check out the flyer for details on this upcoming event.

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is moving along smoothly and we currently have 34 signups (out of 64). Take a look at the flyer and make that all-important decision to be on this trip. There’s still time to get the Tahoe Local Pass through Sports America (Epic Pass – Nisei Ski Club), which will be good for five days skiing at Vail, plus skiing at Northstar, Heavenly Valley, and Kirkwood.