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November 2018


The holidays are fast approaching and so is the upcoming SKI SEASON!! Several ski areas have already opened! The first resort to open was Wolf Creek on Oct. 13. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area, and Mount Rose Ski Tahoe followed. In the Northeast, Killington Resort plans to be the first to open Nov. 7. Snowshoe, WV, will open Nov. 21, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we all have a lot to be thankful for this year and I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, filled with family, friends, fun, and good food.

We have a few events planned for November – ? Oak Island Lighthouse climb, Sat., 11/10 (Note: participants must take alternate route- see below); ? Taste of Wilmington, which will be held Wed., 11/14, at The Felix Café; ? As well as the November Happy Hour, scheduled for Fri., 11/30, at Marina Bar & Grill.
See UPCOMING CFSOC EVENTS & OUTINGS below for listings and descriptions.

And, don’t forget the Ski Club Holiday Party, Tues, 12/11, which will be here before you know it! The Holiday Party is in lieu of a December monthly meeting. Dinner is provided as part of your membership however, you must be current on your membership dues to participate. There will be a cash bar and a HOLIDAY GRINCH EXCHANGE, which is sure to be fun. Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend by emailing Dottie Villers, or calling her at 703.217.6986. For further details, see ANNUAL SKI CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY below. As well, the Jan monthly meeting will be held Jan 8th.

On to other news… a group of your fellow Club members just returned from the Crescent Ski Council Fall Conference in Gatlinburg TN where we renewed old friendships and made new ones; met with vendors from a variety of resorts; hiked in the Smoky Mountains; attended an authentic German Octoberfest; and learned about the ski trips for 2020, as well as the 2019 Spring Convention. More on what we learned in the coming months…

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Crescent Ski Council, which will be a year-long celebration, with anniversary parties during many of their planned events and trips. The big Anniversary Party will be held at the 2019 Spring Convention, scheduled Thurs., 4/25 – Sun., 4/28, at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. Formal/semi-formal attire will be required and the Council would like former club presidents in attendance, so if you were a past Cape Fear Ski & Outing Club president, please attend if at all possible. More information on the Spring Convention will be provided in the coming months.

Irene Hathaway President, Cape Fear Ski & Outing Club

November Newsletter:


OAK ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET CLIMB & BONFIRE Sat., 11/10, 4:30 PM Richard Bressler has organized a sunset lighthouse climb and bonfire event at Oak Island for Sat., Nov. 10. This event is limited to 20 climbers.

Details: WHEN/WHERE: Meet at base of lighthouse at 4:30 PM.

300a Caswell Beach Rd Caswell Beach, NC 28465 (east end of Caswell Beach next to the Coast Guard station)

NOTE: The Oak Island Bridge, GV Barbee Bridge, carrying traffic from NC 133 to Oak Island is closed for several months for repair. This means you will need to take the Swain’s Cut Bridge, to get to the lighthouse. Directions from Wilmington/Leland are:

*Take 17 south towards Bolivia. ? Approximately 4 miles past the Route 87 turnoff, turn left onto Old Ocean Highway (there is a Baptist Church on the right just before the turn) to Bolivia.* ? Drive through Bolivia and turn left onto Midway Rd./Route 906. Midway Rd. becomes Middleton Rd. when you cross NC 211. ? Cross the Swain’s Cut Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and turn left at the first light onto East Oak Island Dr. ? Drive through Town of Oak Island until the road ends at Oak Island Dr., turn left onto Oak Island Dr. ? Follow Oak Island Dr. to the Lighthouse at 300 Caswell Beach Road.

*Should you miss the Bolivia exit continue on 17 to NC 211 south or east. Left on 211, then right on Middleton to cross bridge to Oak Island.

300a Caswell Beach Rd Caswell Beach, NC 28465 (east end of Caswell Beach next to the Coast Guard station)

After sunset, cross the street for a hot dog roast and s’mores on the beach.

WHAT TO BRING: Club will supply hot dogs, buns, condiments, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate, paper plates, plastic forks and spoons, as well as roasting sticks.

*Climbers must wear sneakers. No open toed shoes, flip flops, crocs or sandals! ? Bring a small side dish to share with group. ? Beach chair and flashlight to get back to your car.

*Dress for cooler weather as the temperature likely will be brisk, with a breeze from the ocean.

Contact Richard via or 910.278.3285 for questions or to RSVP.

TASTE OF WILMINGTON Wed., 11/14, 6:00 PM
The Felix Café 5226 S College Rd (Monkey Junction) 910.399.8060

Meet at the bar at 6:00 PM; dinner at 6:30 PM.
Our next Cape Fear Ski Club TASTE OF WILMINGTON will be at FELIX CAFE. Newly relocated near Monkey Junction, The FELIX CAFE specializes in American cuisine with an Island style flare and theme... get your FELIX on!! We've been waiting for them to relocate and they finally did. They had a reputation for being spunky and a little different at their last location, so we want to see what they are up to now! We had them scheduled before but deferred until they relocated, and our wait is finally over!

RSVP to Waylon Webbon via email at, call 727.580.1396 or on Meetup

NOVEMBER HAPPY HOUR Fri., 11/30, 5:00-7:00PM
Marina Bar & Grill 18 Harnett Street on the Northeast Cape Fear River downtown 910.769.7974

Join us for drinks, appetizers or dinner – come by car, kayak or boat! – Fri., 11/30, at the Marina Bar & Grill in downtown Wilmington, from 5-7PM. Inspired by the lovely riverfront community, the Marina Grill serves: ? locally- sourced food, ? NC beers & wine, ? kombucha (a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks), ? nitro coffee (cold-brewed coffee infused with nitrogen gas released through a pressurized valve with tiny holes – a.k.a., “on tap” - creating a creamy, stout-like effect), ? And seasonal cocktails.

Details: WHEN/WHERE: Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar 5035 Market Street Wilmington, NC 910.218.2048

COST: ? Dinner buffet included as part of your current membership. ? Cash bar.

WHAT TO BRING: ? Yourself & good cheer! ? If you would like to participate in the HOLIDAY GRINCH EXCHANGE, please bring a wrapped gift valued at $15 or less to contribute to a common pool.
This game is designed to entertain rather than gain…
HOW IT WORKS: ? Those who brought a gift (players) draw a number to determine the order of picking a gift from the common pool. ? The first player selects a gift from the pool. ? Subsequent players can either select a new gift from the pool or STEAL a gift from a previous player. ? Gifts may only be stolen two times.

Holiday Party RSVP to Dottie Villers, or 703.217.6986.
Note: Members who RSVP and do not show will be charged $25 for the cost of the dinner as the Club is still responsible for paying the restaurant according to the head count we provide ahead of the event.

You can also visit the Crescent Web Site for trip information at

Steamboat Springs, CO Sat, 12/1-Sat, 12/8/2018 One hundred fifty skiers will be hitting the slopes soon with the opening of Crescent’s 35th Anniversary year with Steamboat’s Ride and Race Camp. Registration for Steamboat closed November 1st, so hopefully you have made your reservations and travel arrangements already.

Base package price is $1,180, including 7 nights lodging at The Lodge in Steamboat for two or three bedroom condos, 6 day lift ticket, 5 days of lessons, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and much more. Round trip transportation from Denver if needed is $110. Register directly with CSC’s travel agent, Sports America Tours (SAT). All registrations must be completed online at Assistance is provided by calling 800-876-8551 ext. 125. For more details, see:

Crested Butte, CO Sat, 1/12-Sat, 1/19/2019 If you haven’t yet signed up for Crested Butte, you should do so soon, as the Plaza is almost sold out!

The base ground package includes 7 nights lodging in 2bdrm condos at The Plaza (slope side), 5 day lift pass, ground transfers from Gunnison Airport, Welcome Reception, Après Party, Trip Dinner, and discounts on equipment rental for the low price of $1,235 per person tax included (all rooms are priced double occupancy). Trip options include, 6th day lift tickets, Group Air, Snowmobiling, and Trip Insurance. This is a great price for prime time of the year! Epic Pass holders will be able to deduct the lift pass from their trip total. An upgrade to the Grand Lodge is extra. Contact Sara at or 800-876-8551 ext. 125 with any questions and to confirm pricing depending on lodging. For further info, see details:

Several Clubs have some great trips planned for the coming season. Be sure to check them out on the CSC website or Facebook.

Snowshoe, WV Fri, 1/11-Sun, 1/13/2019 After 14 years of organizing a local trip, Al Bishop retired from running the Snowshoe trip last year. However, the Charlotte ski club offers a similar 3 day skiing trip on Jan 11, 2019, beginning at $563 per person. Lodging is at Allegheny Springs Lodge an upscale condo next to the Mountain Lodge, adjacent to the pool and hot tubs as well as the downtown resort. If

interested, contact Tom Grayson at For further details, visit

Big Sky, MT Sat, 2/2-Sat, 2/9/2019 This Charlotte sponsored trip offers base ground packages at $1138 per person, with 7 nights lodging at The Big Horn Condominiums. Many of our CFSOC members have already registered and there may or may not be openings. If you are interested please contact Tom Grayson at as soon as possible to get on the waiting list if no openings exist. Usually someone will drop out. For details visit

Make sure to like and follow the Cape Fear Ski & Outing Club Facebook page, as well as the National Ski Council Federation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Please email any pictures you take during CFSOC’s events to or

The 2018 National Ski Club Confederation’s Virtual Silent Auction is LIVE! The bidding has begun on the second annual auction, which will run until November 15th, when it closes at 12:00 Noon ET. There are some fantastic items up for bid, including Gilson skis and snowboard, lodging packages, lift tickets, ski gear and apparel and more! Auction proceeds help NSCF fund their goals to work with the member Councils as well as the industry to better serve member clubs and influence issues relevant to snow sports.
Please promote this auction to all your skiing and snowboarding friends. Anyone can bid on the items and bidding is easy.
Here is the link to access the auction and make your bids:

August Cresent Ski Council President's Update, CLICK HERE

To see the information regarding the Fall Conference, CLICK HERE

To see the information regarding the 2018-2019 Ski Races Schedule, CLICK HERE