Welcome to the 2014/15 ski season with the Gray Wolf Ski Club, your premier, over 50, socializing, snow loving group of people at Wolf Creek Ski Area. The mountains are turning white and skis are getting waxed. We have a new lift, called Elma that is under construction. This new lift will open up new terrain and make it easier to return from the Alberta area. Our ski club’s schedule is mostly unchanged from last season, with lots of parties. I will mention some events, and you can find further, more detailed information below in this newsletter, on our website, and in the emails that we send out regularly.
The Board is very pleased with all of the thanks and appreciation that we have received concerning the club’s parties and events. However, we also like to receive constructive comments when something is not going well. Due to technical difficulties some of our new members did not receive emails from the Club. While this is very regrettable, and the problem has been corrected, we can correct such problems sooner if members who are not receiving their emails will notify the club via the website. The website has all of the current information, usually updated monthly, and we usually send out email notices at least once a month. Please let us know if you are not receiving them.
The Oct. issue of Ski Magazine awarded Wolf Creek as the #1 ski area for “Snow Quality”. I wonder why that doesn’t surprise me. Some folks may prefer that Wolf Creek did not get the publicity, but when the ski area does well, we are all better off, and the major flow of tourists only happens a few times during the year.
The Senior Ski Clinics at Wolf Creek are now called the Baby Boomer Clinics. These are for all levels of skiers, so don’t hesitate to join those who are looking to take their skiing to the next level.
We have many local merchants offering discounts to GW club members, including several hotels for out of town members. Check out the list.
We now have GW shirts – short and long sleeve emblazoned with a wolf wearing ski goggles. See more information on the next page of the newsletter.
Once again, our annual Tail Gate Party and ski swap was enjoyed by about 150 people. The party takes place in the parking lot of Wolf Creek Ski Area on the day that pre-season passes go on sale. We had plenty of beer, brats and fantastic pot luck side dishes, along with music provided by our own Mike Hayward - DJ Dude.
The Christmas party is scheduled for December 16, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. We are limited to only 150 attendees, so please order your tickets early. We are working hard to prevent running out of appetizers and desserts. Join us to celebrate.
The January GW Luncheon will take place on Tues. Jan 13, with the Club covering $5 of your lunch purchase at the Lodge at the ski area. There will be the usual email notices and we are working on a sign up procedure for the website.
The Gray Wolf Theater Nights at the Pagosa Center for the Arts will continue. The first show opens on Oct. 10. The club will receive a discount and reserved seats on a selected night for each show. Many of the shows are a lot of fun, and some are cutting edge drama – something for everyone. The first show this season is an intense Irish play that will have its US premier in Pagosa Springs, going then to Denver and on to NYC. Join us on GW Theater Nights at our local Arts Center which in only 3 years has achieved a national reputation for excellence.
In addition to our GW Tuesday free drink at the ski area, we now have GW Tuesday ‘R&R at RR’ (rest & relaxation at Riff Raff Brew Pub) with half price beer and appetizers. Many of us have been meeting during the summer and we will continue during the winter. We meet at 3:00 for “Hoppi Hour” in the summer and we have arranged to have “Hoppi Hour” start at 2:00 on Tuesdays during ski season for those who show up with that day’s lift ticket still on their ski jacket.
Join us for a terrific snow year and fun events.
Ron Chacey, Pres.