The Capital Golden Skiers Club

 (Formerly Over the Hill Gang International, Chesapeake Chapter)

A Ski and Recreation Club for People 50 and Over

Capital Golden Skiers is a non-profit social and recreational sports club uniquely geared to people who are 50 years and older.  Our purpose is to bring together those from the Washington, DC area, who wish to participate in skiing and other group activities, and enjoy the camaraderie derived from their participation. We are one of about two dozen ski clubs belonging to the Blue Ridge Ski Council, This provides our members a wide range of opportunities to participate in all affiliated club ski trips and a variety of other year round activities.

We have about 100 members who reside in the greater Washington, DC area. Each year we plan, organize, arrange, or participate in western United States and European ski trips and also get together for local trips. The non-ski season time is a mix of hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, golfing, dining, concerts, theater, cultural tours, and bridge. Our social activities include potluck meals and parties in members’ homes and restaurants.  

Come join us! Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy skiing and other activities with new friends from all over the Washington, DC area.

Guests are welcome to attend any social event to get acquainted with us before joining.

Click here to check out our Capital Golden Skiers JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2006 NEWSLETTER

Events – At a Glance*

Events in Detail

Local Ski Events

Unscheduled Activities

Year 2006 Ski/Travel Trips

Member Matters

Newsletter Notes

Capital Golden Skiers and How To Join

Executive Committee

Also, you may call our president, Don V.; 703-256-0728, or send an e-mail to John S;, to get our newsletter by mail and for more information.








        Our new club’s formation has continued to progress. Capital Golden Skiers now has an employer’s identification number from the IRS and has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have developed bylaws. Our former president John Storm has been appointed the fifth member of our Board of Directors. Many thanks to treasurer Bunny Ball for obtaining our EIN from the IRS, to member Gayle Parker for obtaining our articles of incorporation, to member Elly Doyle for opening her home for the holiday party, and to the sponsors of our various activities.

       The next planning meeting will be held on Monday, February 6th. Any member is welcome to attend. People interested in more weekend activities are invited to suggest and lead such activities. As is typical during ski season, there are fewer non-ski activities scheduled for January and February than for the rest of the year.

        Please join us in next year’s activities so that we may enjoy your camaraderie. This is your club and it should be what you want it to be.


--Don Vierimaa, President


Events – At a Glance*


Local Activities:

January 2 (Mon.): Skiing at Massanutten                     January 19 (Thur.): Hike: Billy Goat Trail        

January 10 (Tue.): Bridge                                            February 6 (Mon.): Planning Meeting

January 12 (Thur.): Hike: Eakin Park, Fairfax              February 14 (Tue.): Bridge               

January 13 (Fri..): Kreeger Museum Tour                    February 16 (Thur.): Hike: To Be Determined   

January 14 (Sat.): Luncheon: Clyde’s, Rockville


Ski/Travel Trips:

January 21-28: Sun Valley                                            March 11-18: Aspen

March 3-11: Val Gardena, Italy                                        May 28 – June 4: Mediterranean Cruise

March 11-16: Add-On European Trip                


*Ski trip and travel schedule begins on page 4.


Events in Detail


Monday, January 2, 2006 – SKIING AT MASSANUTTEN

Come ski into the New Year with us at Massanutten in Virginia, about 2.5 driving hours from DC. Lift tickets are about $40 per person; seniors 70 and older ski for free. A happy hour with beverages and finger food is included. We’ll meet at the Massanutten home of Sam and Inge Lesjak. For more information or overnight accommodations, please contact Sam or Inge at 703-913-0759 or (Directions on next page.)

Directions: Take the Beltway to Route 66 and exit from Route 66 at Gainesville (Route 29). Stay on Route 29 until about 10 miles past Madison and turn west on Route 33 toward Elkton. After Elkton you will see signs for the Massanutten Ski Area (Exxon station). Turn right and go to the guardhouse. From the guardhouse drive about 2 miles uphill to Palmer Road (Fishing Lake should be on your right). Make a right onto Palmer Road and continue uphill. The third street on the left is Nicklaus Lane. Inge and Sam live in the first house on the right, #4986. Their phone number in Massanutten is 540-289-3917.


January 10 (Tuesday) – BRIDGE – 7:30 p.m.  (Please note that this is the second Tuesday of the month.) If you would like to join the evening bridge group at Gerda Picco’s, call Gerda at 703-527-7782 or e-mail her at


January 12 (Thursday) – HIKE: EAKIN PARK, FAIRFAX10:30 a.m.

We’ll meet at Jean Mielczarek’s house in Fairfax and hike along the trail behind her home, which follows Accotink Creek. The hike is about 4-5 miles long on a flat, wide trail. We’ll eat lunch either at a Chinese restaurant or have the food delivered. If you plan to join us, please call Jean at 703-280-1007 for reservations, detailed directions, and parking instructions.

Directions (call Jean for more details): From I-495, exit onto Route 50, Arlington Boulevard. Turn left on Guysborough Drive, which is just before Nutley Street. On Guysborough you will be in a townhouse development. Turn onto Readsborough Court and proceed to the end. Jean’s house number is 3181 Readsborough Ct.


January 13 (Friday) – KREEGER MUSEUM TOUR – 1:30 p.m.

Tour the Kreeger Museum at 2401 Foxhall Road, NW, in DC. This is the Philip Johnson-designed former home of GEICO founder David Kreeger and his wife. The museum displays its collection of Impressionist and other 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture, as well as traditional African art. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 years of age and over. For further information, call the museum at 202-338-3552. To reserve a place on the tour, please call Nina Sebastian at 703-549-6826.


January 14 (Saturday) – LUNCHEON: Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge, Rockville12:00 p.m.

We’re planning another of our popular luncheon meetings at Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge, a charming, rustic restaurant in Rockville, MD. Accommodations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will begin at 12:00 p.m., and prices will be in the $10 to $15 range. For reservations and further information, please call Paul Levy at 301-881-4081 or e-mail him at

Directions from I-495: Take Route 270 North to the Montrose Road East exit (Exit 4A). Keep left on the exit and follow the Tower Oaks ramp until you come to the traffic light. Make a left on Tower Oaks Boulevard. Then make a right onto Preserve Parkway. Take Preserve Parkway almost to the end and the restaurant will be on your left.


January 19 (Thursday) – HIKE: BILLY GOAT TRAIL – 11:00 a.m.

Meet at the parking lot across the road from the Old Anglers’ Inn on MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac, MD. We will tramp along this popular trail and enjoy some of the best river views in the Washington area. Wear sturdy hiking or running shoes. We’ll end up back at the parking lot and then decide where to have lunch. Please call Dietrich Roesler (703-768-2456) a day or two in advance if you plan to attend.

Directions: Take the Beltway and get off at Exit 41. Go north/west on Clara Barton Parkway about a mile and a half to a “T” intersection with MacArthur Blvd. Go left (west) another mile and a half to the Old Anglers’ Inn. The Inn is on the right but parking for us is on the left. Note: In case of slippery conditions on the Billy Goat Trail, we’ll take a walk along the C&O Canal to Great Falls and return.


February 6 (Monday) -- PLANNING MEETING – 10:00 a.m.

Join board members and activity planners to discuss club issues and plan activities for the coming months. All members are invited to attend. We meet at Gerda Picco’s home at 3745 30th Road North in Arlington, VA.  Call Gerda (703-527-7782) to let her know you’re coming and to get directions. And feel free at any time to contact the executive committee with activity ideas and suggestions.


February 14 (Tuesday) – BRIDGE – 7:30 p.m. (Please note that this is the second Tuesday of the month.) If you would like to join the evening bridge group at Gerda Picco’s, call Gerda at 703-527-7782 or e-mail her at


February 16 (Thursday) – HIKE: Time and Location To Be Determined

The time and location of this hike will be determined a week before Feb. 16 based on weather conditions. Please check your e-mail and call Dietrich Roesler at 703-768-2456 if you plan to come.



Local Ski Events


Our club will have a weekly ski excursion, weather permitting, to Ski Liberty or White Tail each Wednesday or Thursday. Decisions on ski trips will be made by Monday or Tuesday. Those interested should call Dietrich Roesler at 703-768-2456. Carpooling is encouraged.  [“Early bird” skiing: If anyone is interested in skiing at a local area early in the morning when the slopes open, contact member Freed Friedricksen at 703-979-4688.]


Unscheduled Activities


January 18-20 (Wednesday-Friday) -- Potomac Valley Skiers Trip to Wisp. The following item is suggested by Ray McKinley of the Potomac Valley Skiers, who has proposed joint activities of CGS with his group: PVS is hosting a “Demo Day” at Wisp. Lift passes are $2 and you may rent various skis. The cost for overnight is $91.21 per person plus $6 to cover snacks. For more information and reservations, contact Jan Marx at or 703-451-9158.


Wednesday Hikes With PATC and Potomac Valley Skiers.  Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., take a short (4-5-mile) hike/walk with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Potomac Valley Skiers. For information on the hikes, contact Caroline Maurer at 703-370-4865.


Thursday Bike Rides With Potomac Valley Skiers.  Every Thursday at a time to be announced, take an easy to moderate bike ride with the Potomac Valley Skiers. For more information, contact Marvin at (preferred contact) or 703-751-4731.


Ice Skating.  Take a fling at ice skating at the Mount Vernon (Alexandria) Recreation Center. On most Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., the recreation center, just south of Alexandria, sponsors adult-only ice skating. The cost is $5 for Fairfax County residents, $5.50 for nonresidents, and only $3 for those over 60. If you don’t have your own skates, you can rent either figure or hockey skates for $2.50. Occasionally the rec center schedule does change, so if you plan to attend you may want to call them at 703-768-3224 to make sure there’ll be skating on a particular Monday.

Directions: Take the George Washington Parkway south past Old Town Alexandria and exit right at Belle View Boulevard (second right turn after leaving Old Town). Continue for about three blocks past the traffic light at the intersection with Fort Hunt Road and turn left into the parking lot just after the light. Parking is available on two levels. The stairways from the lot lead directly into the Center lobby area. For more information, please contact Gary Lance at 703-780-5982 or


Army and Air Force Band Concerts.  The Army and Air Force Band concerts have been popular with many of our members. The Army Band is hosting a tuba-euphonium conference at Brucker Hall at Fort Myer on January 25-28. The Army Chorus is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a concert at Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax on February 1, and the Army Blues jazz ensemble is playing February 19 in Rockville. For concert details, see or call 703-696-3399. The Air Force Band is continuing its free Guest Artist Series at Constitution Hall, with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan on February 5, concert pianist Abbey Simon on February 12, the San Juan Children’s Chorus on February 19, jazz group Spyro Gyra on February 26, and country balladeer MarkWills on March 5. For more information, call 202-767-5658 or see



Year 2006 Ski/Travel Trips


Saturday, January 21 – Saturday, January 28 – SUN VALLEY, IDAHO

Come ski with us at Sun Valley! The Sun Valley Resort, at 6,000 feet, is a complete walking village with free shuttle bus service to the ski slopes and the nearby town of Ketchum. Sun Valley’s two mountains, Baldy and Dollar Mountain, offer something for skiers of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, there are 40 km of groomed cross-country trails and 6 km of designated snowshoe trails, and the on-mountain lodges offer plenty of amenities for weary skiers.

7-day ski package price: $1,248 per person with two per room. We are now able to confirm lodging at the Sun Valley LODGE instead of in 2-bedroom condos. This package includes roundtrip air from Washington Dulles to Boise, Idaho; roundtrip charter bus from Boise to Sun Valley; 7 nights’ lodging at the Sun Valley Lodge; a 5-of-7-day lift pass (the pass value  may be exchanged for other activities or services); all current taxes; baggage handling at Sun Valley; and a welcome party, après ski party, and dinner dance. If you are interested in this trip or if you have questions, please contact Inge Lesjak at 703-913-0759 or as soon at possible.



There is still room to go to Italy. We are staying at Hotel Christeinerhof in Santa Christina, Val Gardena, in the heart of the Dolomites. The ski pass is valid for all 12 Dolomiti Superski areas. Price: $1,555 per person, double occupancy. The price includes: roundtrip air on Lufthansa from Washington Dulles to Munich, including departure taxes, airport fees, and fuel surcharges; roundtrip transfers from Munich airport; 7 nights’ lodging, double occupancy, at the Christeinerhof, Santa Christina, Italy; breakfast and dinner daily; and a welcome reception and group events. Not included are ski lift passes, rental equipment, and $30 group trip insurance. Note: Add-on fares from most U.S. states are available at $80.00 – if you would like to bring a friend. You can also book an extension to this trip to Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, or Munich or continue to travel with our group to Slovenia via Germany and Austria from March 11 to March 16 for under $700 per person. The trip includes roundtrip transportation from Munich to Slovenia; 3 nights’ lodging, double occupancy, at the Hotel at Lake Bled; Slovenia; 2 nights’ lodging, double occupancy, at the Hotel at Lake Tegernsee, Bavaria; breakfast and dinner daily; and a tour guide. For more information and to reserve your space, contact Inge Lesjak at 703-913-0759

or and send her a deposit of $250 per person as soon as possible. Make your check payable to OTHG Chesapeake Chapter and mail to: Inge Lesjak, 8123 Kingsview Court, Springfield, VA 22152. Treat yourself to an extended European visit, and bring a friend!


Saturday, March 11 --  Saturday, March 18 – ASPEN, COLORADO

This is the second trip with the former OTHG Eastern Chapter – see the previous Vail trip write-up. We will have six days of skiing and will stay at the Mountain Chalet. Prices are $568 per person double occupancy for economy rooms and $662 per person double occupancy for standard rooms. The price includes a full sit-down breakfast, taxes and gratuities, and three happy hours. Each participant provides his/her transportation and lift ticket. Special prices for ground transportation and lift tickets can be obtained. If you are interested in this trip or have any questions, please contact Paul Levy at 301-881-4081 or as soon as possible.



Join our young-at-heart group, Capital Golden Skiers, on a 7-day Mediterranean cruise and discover the Dalmatian Coast and the most beautiful Greek islands. The cost starts at $2,500 based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip international airfare from Washington, DC (Dulles), to Venice, Italy; seven nights aboard the Italian cruise liner MSC Armonia, all onboard meals and some beverages, entertainment, and a June 1 cocktail party. Ports of call include Venice; Bari, Italy; Santorini,  Mykonos, Greece, Piraeus (Athens), and Corfu, Greece; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

       Choose your travel plan: Option 1 – Ocean view stateroom, Deck 3: $2,980 per person (double occupancy, travel insurance, roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles, port transfers, and government taxes). Note: Ocean view staterooms (approx. 140 square feet) have queen beds that convert into two beds; bathroom with shower; hair dryer; satellite television with radio; and minibar. Option 2 – Interior stateroom, Deck 3: $2,500 per person (double occupancy, travel insurance, roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles, port transfers, and government taxes). Note: Inside staterooms (approx. 140 square feet) feature twin beds that convert into a queen-size bed; bathroom with shower; hair dryer; satellite television with radio; and minibar. Option 3 – Ocean view cabin, single occupancy: $3445.

If you make your own flight arrangements, DEDUCT $1,145 for flight cost and transfers and $80 for airfare taxes if you make your own flight arrangements. Very important: Please make your own roundtrip taxi or limo arrangements to the port and back to the airport if you book your own flight.

       Deposits: $250 per person. You can pay by credit card (on request) or by check, payable to Capital Golden Skiers, and mail to Inge Lesjak, 8123 Kingsview Court, Springfield, VA 22152. Final payment is due on March 10, 2006, 75 days prior to sailing.

       Cancellation policy: Up to 75 days prior to departure: No penalty, full refund; 46-75 days prior to departure: the full amount of the deposit is lost; 16-45 days prior to departure: 50% of the total amount is lost; 15 days or less prior to departure: the total amount is lost.

The MSC Armonia offers fabulous entertainment – theater, cabaret, disco, casino, Internet café, health and fitness center, Jacuzzi, sauna, bars, restaurants, etc. Italian language lessons, cooking classes, and more are offered for those ready to learn a new trick or two. Hope we can welcome you on board.

For more information, contact Inge Lesjak, or 703-913-0759.






Member Matters


Member “Bio’s.”  We welcome brief “bio’s” of both our new and not-so-new members--three or four sentences about interests, background, etc. If yours has not been published, please send it to the newsletter editor, Laura Sheridan, 1806 Lansing Court, McLean, VA 22101, or e-mail her at: (Phone: 703-556-0197).


Growing Our Membership. We would like to increase our membership, and request that all members look to friends, acquaintances, and others they meet socially or casually who might be interested in our activities. Their names and addresses can be provided to our membership/roster chairman (John Storm), who will send them information, a copy of our latest newsletter, an application to join, and an invitation to one of our social get-togethers to meet us. Forward your contact information to John by e-mail at or by regular mail to 6145 Manchester Park Circle, Alexandria, VA 22310.


Keeping in Touch.  We would like to ensure that the club is aware of member concerns like illnesses or accidents. Information on these concerns can be provided to the newsletter editor, Laura Sheridan (see above).  More important, perhaps, if anyone needs assistance in this regard, please contact a board member.


Club Activities on Weekends

Several members have said they are unable to attend weekday activities of the club and would prefer activities on weekends. We’d like to accommodate them but need to know what they’d like to do and whether they’d like to lead an activity. Send your suggestions for weekend trips or activities to Don Vierimaa (703-256-0728) or Paul Levy ( or 301-881-4081). 


Potluck Dinners: Potluck dinners are among our most popular events. We love

to eat! If you would like to host one in your home (or party room if you live in a condo or apartment), please contact our president, Don Vierimaa, at 703-256-0728.



Newsletter Notes


E-Mail Address Changes.  For members receiving this newsletter by e-mail, please remember to notify  Vice-President Paul Levy at of e-mail address changes. In addition to the newsletter, we periodically send out alerts to save time, make corrections, etc. In doing so, we often encounter invalid addresses and spend considerable time correcting address files. If you change your Internet service provider (ISP) or e-mail address, please inform Paul Levy (address above).


Newsletter Access on the Web. We want to remind members that the newsletter can be accessed on our Web page,



Capital Golden Skiers and How To Join


Capital Golden Skiers offers unsurpassed camaraderie; comfortable, worry-free trips; and other superior benefits to skiers aged 50 and over. For membership information or an application, please contact CGS President Don Vierimaa at 703-256-0728 or the membership/roster chairman, John Storm, at  






Executive Committee


President                        Donald Vierimaa                   703-256-0728                

Vice-President               Paul Levy                              301-881-4081                       

Secretary                       Gary Lance                            703-780-5972                        Treasurer                                      Bunny Ball                             703-533-0757                    

Membership/Roster      John Storm                            703-924-2394        

Ski Trip Director         Inge Lesjak                             703-913-0759                                                

Hiking                            Dietrich Roesler                     703-768-2456                   

Bridge                          Gerda Picco                           703-527-7782                      Newsletter Editor                            Laura Sheridan                       703-556-0197