2010-2011, January 18

January 18, 2011

A newsletter from John LaPlante, NASJA Midwest secretary

Last Chance for Winter Regional Meeting

Our regional meeting is on! It’s at the Otsego Ski Club, near Gaylord, Michigan. Mike Terrell says we may have the chance to meet some Olympic athletes, as some international snowboarding teams may be there. I believe five of us press folks are planning on coming. You can, too, but act quickly: Send an e-mail to Kevin@fusionmediastrategies.com by January 21. Meeting dates are January 27-30. If you have any questions, contact Mike: mjterrell1@aol.com.

Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the NASJA national meeting, to be held in Alaska at the beginning of March. For more, see this page.

Our Facebook presence

NASJA Midwest has a page on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, please “like” our page. As the spirit moves, add some comments and photos. Frida and I are the administrators, so if you have a question, ask one of us. The “Favorite Pages” section of that page includes all the pages for our corporate members that I can find–a little membership perk, if you will. (Aside: If you’d like to “friend” me, I prefer that you send a request to my “nom de snow,” which is “GraysOn Trays.”)

News from or about press members

Frida Waara spent some time in Antarctica. I’m hoping we will soon hear some great stories from what is truly “down under.”

Greg SnowFrida Waara, and Alice Williamson represented us at the Interim Board Meeting, held at Lake Tahoe. Photos and more forthcoming.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association (via the National Ski Area Association), 20 percent of snowboarders also ski, and 18 percent of skiers also snowboard. Our resident snowboarder John LaPlante recently returned to his roots by skiing and snowboarding on the same day at Afton Alps. Some people who teach at Wild Mountain (and probably elsewhere) call this “cross dressing.” Whatever you call it, switching up equipment keeps modest Midwestern terrain more interesting.

If you some interesting news about your work or travels on the snow, please send a note to graysontrays@gmail.com for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter.

News from corporate members

Here’s a quick introduction to some of the events that are happening at our corporate members.

BUCK HILL, Minnesota
Buck Hill continues its tradition of breeding world-class ski racers. According to ski coach Erich Sailer, “The Buck Hill Ski Team has had racers qualify for the Junior World Championships and International Children’s races in the past but it has never had success like this year on the junior international circuit! Three of our Buck Hill racers – Michael Ankeny, Matthew Strand, and Maisie Ide – have qualified to race in the upcoming Junior World Championships in Crans Montana, Switzerland from January 31 – February 5.”

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Michigan
Brian Lawson reports on an exceptional skier: “At 100 years old Lou Batori is still hitting the slopes several times a week at Crystal Mountain. Shortly before the holidays Crystal presented him with his own parking space right next to the Lodge, just steps away from the Crystal Clipper chairlift. It’s the only parking space at Crystal Mountain dedicated to a specific person (not even our CEO or COO have reserved spaces). NASTAR has now had to create three new divisions because of Lou. When he turned 80 Lou asked them to create a new division because it wasn’t fair for him to compete “against those youngsters in their 70s.” NASTAR created additional divisions when Lou turned 90 and then 100 this past July. Quite an inspiration.”

GIANTS RIDGE, Minnesota
The Residence Club at Giants Ridge is a new, fractional-ownership project involving single-family homes. The first of 27 residences have been completed.

GRANITE PEAK, Wisconsin
Vicki Bauman reports on an anniversary: “We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year!  We are offering rollback prices to the year 2000 on the weekend  of January 22-23.  The price will be Adult 2-day $59.00 and Child (age 12 & under)  2-day $31.00.  These are spectacular rates!  We are having a wonderful season full of lots of snow!  We have all 74 runs open, 45 acres of tree skiing, 6 terrain parks and 2 mogul runs!”

Winter’s still going strong. Go enjoy it!

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