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Raleigh Ski and Outing Club is a charter member of the Crescent Ski Council and the National Ski Council Federation. By being a member of RSOC you are automatically a member of these organizations.
Crescent Ski Council
National Ski Council Federation
Umstead Coalition


Whitefish, Montana, Ski Trip recap — February 24 to March 3, 2018              by Paul Santrock


RSOC sent 41 enthusiastic participants to Whitefish, Montana (36 official participants, plus 5 tag-alongs), on February 24. Our group flight took us from RDU to Denver and then on to Kallispel /Glacier National Park Airport. 

The second leg of the flight got interesting. After taking our seats, there was a long delay. Finally, the Captain announced that the plane was overweight and luggage needed to be removed. After more delay, he announced the plane was still overweight and two travelers needed to take the next flight (with incentives!). After further delays, he announced that two more had to take a later flight (more incentives!). Finally, we backed away from the gate over an hour late.

The late departure resulted in us barely checking into our rooms before the welcome reception began. The reception was nice with a variety of beer/wine and some light hors’doeuvres.  Just as the resort hosts started to speak, the two people who took the first later flight arrived. Their flight departed on time and arrived not that much later than the first flight. (The other two arrived around 11 p.m.)

On Sunday, a large group of RSOCers boarded the bus for the short ride to the mountain. On the ride up, it became obvious Whitefish had been getting lots of snow recently. In fact, the resort claimed to have the deepest base in all of North America, with well over 100-inch base. When we arrived, I was in awe of the beauty — the mountains, trees and deep snow everywhere! There had been several inches of snow overnight and it snowed off and on throughout the day.

For the first half hour they’re open, the only lift running takes you about 2/3 of the way up on the “front side” of the mountain. Here, we had a nice variety of groomed slopes, plus one mogul run. I was a quickly reminded of the difference of “Big Mountain” skiing versus anything we have here in the southeast! Unlike the Southeast, the runs there stay on a steep pitch for a very long time!

     At 9:30, the #1 Chairlift opened and we were on our way up to the top of the mountain! The higher we went, the deeper the snow got and the harder it fell from the sky. Trees had become “Snow Ghosts”, fully encased in snow! As we neared the top, it got quite foggy, which we were told is quite common for this mountain. From the top, there were many more lifts and trails to choose from, most which were ungroomed with deep snow. Once we got below the fog line, conditions were fabulous! 

Several of us took a free mountain guide tour. We were divided into groups of similar skiing ability and gave us a two-hour tour of the mountain. There’s a lot to explore! Tours are offered twice daily and many folks said they really enjoyed them. Some from RSOC even took it twice. The food on the mountain was quite good and we couldn’t believe how affordable it was! Most meals were much less than $10.

I could give a daily recap of the ski days, but the other days were very similar — lots of snow, beauty and great skiing! A couple of days even had very little fog. However, we didn’t see the sun all week. Having a bluebird day would probably have been the only thing else we could have asked for. Several folks who go out west every year said conditions on this trip were the best they’d ever experienced.

Some folks made side trips to Glacier National Park to snowshoe. Others rented fat-tire mountain bikes for trail riding. Of course, there were many trips to town to visit the shops, restaurants and breweries. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake where we stayed had very nice condos overlooking the lake and with a nice restaurant/lounge. The outdoor hot tub also overlooked the lake and up at the ski trails. The staff and shuttle drivers were all very nice and helpful.

Before we knew it the week was over. On March 3, those on the group flight boarded the bus for the airport at 4:30 a.m.! Thankfully, nobody experienced any serious injuries and the flight home was uneventful. I can’t wait to return!


Beavercreek Ski Week!   

RSOC joined Crescent Ski Council this year for a week of skiing in Beavercreek, Colorado, January 14-21. There were over 200 members from the Crescent Ski clubs, with the strongest showing by RSOC, with 36 members attending. Skiing was great, with a few inches of new snow the first few days. On Tuesday, buses took us to Vail, where we enjoyed the back bowls and beautiful scenery. In addition to great skiing, we had plenty of opportunities to socialize. Our Coordinator, Ken Schuster, hosted a great pre-trip party where new people got a chance to meet fellow trip participants. At Beavercreek, Crescent hosted a welcome party Sunday night, an appetizer apres-ski on Wednesday, and a fajita lunch on Friday. On Thursday night Crescent hosted a dinner, followed by a band and dancing. As RSOC dominated the dance floor, the snow began falling. We finished out the week with 4-6 inches of powder our last day!


21 RSOC members enjoyed the CSC Spring Convention in Myrtle Beach from April 22-24, with good-spirited competition at the Beach Olympics, and excellent dance parties on Friday and Saturday.

At the Beach Olympics, and we congratulate:

Mini Golf: Charlene Flahiff Third, Women. 

Beach Run: Charlene Flahiff  Second, Women. 

Ladder Ball: Tom Garrett and Sharyn Kloster Second.

Tennis: Tara Griffin Second.

Golf: Ron Scott’s team Second.

Volley Ball: EJ Secola's Team (mixed club team) First.

RSOC also earned a top prize for the costume contest at Saturday night’s theme party “Wild, Wild West”, with Sharyn Kloster and Tom Garrett awarded Best Couple.


Scenes from the RSOC 50th Anniversary Pig Pickin’

More than 100 current and former RSOC members had a terrific time reconnecting and reminiscing with long-time RSOC friends at the 50th Anniversary Pig Pickin’ on October 3. Our thanks to Rick Butler for providing and preparing the delicious pig; to Susan Nicholas for preparing the rest of the delicious meal with the assistance of Ernie Braasch, Charles Pulley, Viline Cherlinczuk, and Vicki Fels; and to George Rucker for providing the music. This commemoration reminded us all of how important being a member of  the RSOC has been in establishing our wonderful friendships.

Jimmy Buffett

ConcertlessTailgate Party #9

September 19, 2015

It was a perfect, sunny day for 125 Buffett Concertless partygoers (a record!) to enjoy their journey to the shrine of the parrot god, good friendship, and much laughter. Thanks to all who attended for making the party such a wonderful time, and for  their contributions totaling $520 for the  party’s charity, The Umstead Coalition.


Many thanks to Vicki Fels, Alicen Cisco, Paulette Walters and Jackie Finckenor for providing the photos.



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