Minutes of the Spring BRSC 2008 Meeting
BLUE RIDGE SKI COUNCIL
Minutes of Spring 2008 Meeting
Maggiano’s Restaurant, Tyson’s, VA
Host: Pentagon Ski Club, Peter Porton
BRSC: Judy Burlbaugh, President & SCWDC; Peter Porton, Vice President & PSC; Steve Peirce, Treasurer & PSC; Kitty Imdahl,
Secretary, CSC & SCWDC; Baltimore Ski Club: Mike Jones,
Sheldon Hyman, Christopher Pukalski, Joe Mihalovich; Capital Golden Skiers: Inge Lesjak; Columbia
Ski Club: Gary Prestianni, Tom Donohue,
Robert Foard, Wayne Homens, Jerry Poley; Crabtowne
Skiers: Molly Hochman, Arean Amato-Chase, Patricia Kirby, Patrick Kirby; Fagowees: Sam Mantis, Nancy Cruise; Fredericksburg
Ski Club: Michael Redding, Robert Schwab, W. Wallace Morton; Goddard
Ski Club: Harvey Walden; Little Heiskell
Ski Club: Darrin Bragunier; Peninsula
Ski Club: Sonny Short; Pentagon Ski Club: Dave Olsen,
Christina Anderson, Jim McDonough; Potomac Valley Skiers:
David Lerner, Charles Huggins; Richmond Ski Club: Iwin McClellan, Noble McClellan, Pat Crowley; SCWDC:
Sue Miller, Beverly Ashcroft, Livingston Johnson, Frank Peñaranda;
Sun, Snow & Surf Ski Club: Jacqueline & Tom Zmurko, A. Thomas. Also: Group Trips Unlimited: Judy
Miller; Sportours of
President Judy Burlbaugh called the meeting to order at and welcomed everyone. She discussed the National Ski Council Federation meeting that she attended in August and presented a written report (more below).
Date and Host of Fall ‘08 Meeting
Fall 2007 Minutes
A correction on page 2, Sonny Short – not Sunny Short. Minutes Approved. Judy B. proposed that the Minutes be available 30 days after the meeting. A motion was made and seconded, but after some discussion it was defeated.
Treasurer Steve Peirce presented
the Treasurer’s Report with a balance as of May 15 of $10,283.13 in our
checking account and $8,684.83 in CD’s (no change in that since the Sept.
report). There was total Income from
There are about 18 clubs as members. We need to find out how many clubs are members and update our website. Right now the fees are $0.15 per member – but not less than $5.00 nor more than $35.00. Sanctioning fees to be discussed later. Discussion on changing membership fees – possibly raising for big clubs and lowering for small clubs. It was mentioned that we have too much money so we should not raise fees, and the small clubs seem to think the fee of $0.15 is OK. Frank Peñaranda suggested that more analysis needs to be made on the appropriate scale of dues, and moved that the issued be tabled till next meeting. ISSUE WAS TABLED. Treasurer stated that it is difficult to keep track of individual club’s membership dues and sanctioning fees because of old software.
Homens made a recommendation and proposal that some
of the extra money in the treasury ($500) subsidize the Treasurer and Secretary
to attend Western Carnival unless that individual is a trip leader. Judy B. appointed
Elections for President
Molly Hochman introduced the two candidates, Wayne Homens and Kitty Imdahl. Both talked about their experiences and left the room for the voting to take place. Molly initiated a round of applause for Judy B’s service to the Council as president for the past two years.
B. made a motion that no sanctioning fees be charged for summer non-ski
events. The fee is $10 per ski trip
right now. The measure was passed – no
sanctioning fee for summer non-ski trips.
Webmaster Frank Peñaranda reported that this
year there were 68 trips by 18 clubs sanctioned, compared to 56 previously.
Frank asked the clubs to copy him on sanctioning requests sent for approval
to expedite posting. He also indicated that all sanctioning requests must be
submitted by a club’s appropriately authorized person, not just any trip
leader. Judy emphasized that a club’s 2008-09 BRSC dues
must be paid for them to list any trip sanctions. There was a
discussion during the BRSC Trip Breakout session where all agreed there
should be no fee for a BR sponsored trip. However, no official decision on
this matter was made during the meeting. Group Trips paid $60.00 for the BR
confirmed that, as approved at the Fall 2007 meeting, Laura Harley, the
Pentagon Ski Club’s webmaster, had been engaged to redesign the BRSC website
and make it more user friendly, at a cost Not to Exceed $750. Peter distributed a printout of the new
homepage design proposed by Laura, which included a new BRSC logo. Dave Olsen said that Laura had changed the
logo because she had been unable to obtain a crisp image of the current council
logo; the one on our website is too fuzzy.
Judy thanked Frank Peñaranda for taking over as Webmaster during her presidency and for his very prompt and effective manner in providing those services to the member clubs over the last two years.
Judy B. went to the Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) meeting
and brought back a lot of information about
Judy showed a slide show of
There was a discussion of the possible 2011 Western
Carnival sites. Steve Peirce mentioned
Snowbird. Judy B. said she would like
us to go to another Vail Associates property staying at
It was mentioned that when considering a site for a BRSC trip, we also need to consider the airport and airlines we will use, and many other factors, in addition to the resort itself, because they may be factors that would prevent a good Western Carnival or Eurofest.
Western Carnival - Steamboat
B. said she sent out a report to all BRSC clubs about the Steamboat trip but
people said they hadn’t received it.
Judy pointed out several problems: the air was cancelled for the
Capital Golden Skiers and they ended up having to pay their ground
transportation themselves, arriving at
and some not until later the next day.
The Welcome Party was changed at the last minute because the gondola
closed at due to too much snow
and wind, and was rescheduled to the middle of the Super Bowl several hours
was mentioned that at past
There were 411 participants. There were complaints about not having a premium beer at the parties so Judy B. used BRSC funds available from the 4th Tour Operator comp to purchase a keg of premium beer. We also lost a member of the Fredericksburg Ski Club, Dennis Chin, who had a massive heart attack and passed away.
McClellan gave a report on
Olsen distributed a report of the Steamboat race results.
Eurofest – Davos
Imdahl gave information about
Operator Judy Miller gave information on which clubs are participating. Pentagon will probably be taking somewhere
in the 40’s. Peter said he has 15 to
20 signed up with lots of single supplements.
He will know more about his numbers in July. The mini refrigerators at the Sunstar are stocked with free beer and some other free
drinks but not free wine. Capital
Golden Skiers and
Western Carnival - Keystone
Pukalski provided information on Keystone,
explaining the lodging options and location to various ski resorts and BRSC
events. He also said that
Lodging: Keystone is a four-star destination, with a
base elevation of 9,280 ft. The food is high-end, as is the lodging, with
four distinct areas. One is called
River Run which is where the Summit Stage will depart for Breckenridge and
A-Basin. River Run is a mall location
with all kinds of shops and lodging.
The lodging in the Mountain House area is about a five minute walk to
the lifts. Keystone Lodge is a very
beautiful high-end property with available shuttle. The Lakeside Conference
area is a great area as well and some of the BRSC events will be there, but
you will have to take the shuttle to the lifts. River Run will house
Welcome Reception will be on Sunday, Feb 8, at the Keystone Lodge. The Après Ski Party will be on Tuesday,
February 10, also at the Keystone Lodge.
The Farewell Dinner/Dance will be on Thursday, February 12 at the
Jill Canning with Vail Associates gave a short presentation on what’s new at Keystone. There is a new Independence Bowl, cat skiing, and the gondola has been changed so that it is longer. There are all kinds of activities at all these venues and we’ll have a “Meeting or Special Event Coordinator” working with each club to coordinate the trips to various resorts or places. Judy Miller said clubs should decide on special day trips in order to get a special bus to the other ski resorts. A-Basin is only 10 minutes away and is served by a free shuttle. Clubs could start skiing Vail on the 3rd day. Keystone to Vail takes 1 ½ hrs. You can use the Summit Stage or you could get a dedicated bus to other resorts if you make arrangements through GTU. The Intra Keystone bus runs every 10-15 minutes. Judy needs each club to let her know where they want to go, on which days, and how they want to do it.
The BRSC race is on Tuesday at Keystone. Some clubs have contacted Christopher or Judy saying that their club will not participate in the race. All of the clubs are flying on Saturday and every club will have a grocery stop opportunity without incurring an extra fee – as part of their package.
Carnival at Heavenly/
Pat Crowley, Richmond Ski Club, was selected as the BRSC Trip Coordinator at the Fall 2007 meeting. Judy appointed Dave Olsen, Pentagon, as Race Coordinator. Selected vendors: Judy Miller - Group Trips Unlimited; Effie Rubinstein –Sportours-NJ; Dan Ellis - Winter Ski and Sport.
and voting on candidate vendors for this trip: Some discussion on the previous bankruptcy
of Ski Europe and also that Holidaze does not
include the surcharges, taxes, etc. just the basic price. Ski Alpine Experience (SAX) also came under
discussion. Peter recommended GTU.
Future - Possible Trip Sites
B. recommended a trip to
sites for 2011 Eurofest and Western Carnival were
discussed earlier. Snowbird and Snowmass were selected as contenders for the
Homens was elected as the new Blue Ridge Ski
Council President. Congratulations,
Club Membership Fees
Steve mentioned the possibility of a flat fee for small clubs with under 100 to $20 and $35 or $40 for big clubs. Judy B. opposed raising the fees for the big clubs. Frank made a motion that it be tabled and David Lerner, PVS, seconded. The motion was tabled.
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