Approval of minutes
Ski Safety Award
2001 Winter Carnival
Crystal From Arlington Hall starts her 1st race
BLUE RIDGE SKI COUNCIL
Minutes of Fall1999 Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Columbia, MD
Sunday, September 26, 1999
Peter Porton, President; Wayne Homens, Vice President; Candy
Levin, Treasurer; Steve Peirce, Assistant Treasurer; Nancy Cruise,
Secretary; SMSC: Bob Gray, Barbara Flynn, Jackie Imes, Frank Gormas;
Pentagon: Joel Gardner,
Cheree Emory, Pat Riggs, Dave Olsen; PVS: Serge Trian; Baltimore:
Charlie Saunders, Christopher Pukalski, Robin Dodd; HQAFWSC:
Dave Gurtner, John LaJeunesse; SCWDC: John Veen, Sharon Cavallaro, Pam Fountain; Columbia:
Kitty Imdahl Linda Bain, Bill Schrodel, Ted Dietz, Richard Kreu,
Gary Prestianni; Fredericksburg: Rae Ehlen, Michael Redding, Bob Cote; Little Heiskel:
Blaine Weaver; CGS: John Mathews; Richmond: Maynard Dalton; Salisbury: Ed
Torbert; WSI: Sam Mantis;
BARS: Kate Hayes;
Killington: Barry Speare
Peter Porton called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. He welcomed
everyone to the meeting.
Candy reported that $3175.72 in savings account and $3049.09 in
the checking account. She
said that there was a $147.40 excess in the 1999 Western Carnival budget
and for Winterfest it was $425.00.
Candy said she received a letter from Jack Gravenmeyer, formerly
of PA Area Racing Association (PARA), returning an outdated BRSC
honorarium check. Jack
state that the region had split, and that VA and WV are now part of the
Southern Area Racing Association (SARA).
Dave Olsen moved that BRSC give a $100.00 honorarium to both the
PARA and SARA organizations. Charlie
Saunders seconded. All in
favor. Candy also said that a National Ski Council Federation was
forming and that in order to remain a member, BRSC must remit $100.00
charter fee/dues. Peter
said he paid the dues out of his pocket and that the annual dues amount
had not been established but Peter estimated that it would be
approximately $50.00. He
stated that currently the dues are being used for mailings.
Wayne Homens moved that Peter be reimbursed the $100.00 for dues
to the Federation and to continue paying yearly dues not to exceed
$75.00 per year. Dave Olsen seconded. Candy
reported she that received a note from the Baltimore Adaptive Recreation
and Sports organization thanking the BRSC for its honorarium.
The money will go towards the purchase of a pair of super light
outriggers used by individuals who ski either in a bi-ski or mono-ski.
Ski Shows. On
behalf of Fred Zedeck, Peter reported that the ski show would be
November 5-7 at Ballston Commons with a Warren Miller movie.
Ski Patrol. No
PSIA. No report.
addressed the issue of a BRSC directory.
Peter said if the council would like him to, he would look into a
BRSC directory where each club would have a page which could contain
club logo, web page, officers, official address, etc.
Would be put together for free, paid for by advertising. The council concurred for Peter to look into concept of
putting together a BRSC directory.
Peter said he would report on progress at the spring meeting.
Mantis reported that copies of the past seasonís race results and the
year 2000ís schedule were available.
He stated that at the spring banquet they had two speakers, the
ski column writer from the Washington Times who spoke on helmets and
Greg Gorsman racing director at Ski Liberty who talked about racing and
Ski Libertyís race training program.
Dave Olsen reported that the racing was set for Steamboat and
Western Carnival. Dave
proposed that on the Steamboat Bash trip because of composition of
participants that BRSC dispense with the club participation award, to
make it more of an event of if you want to race, okay.
Dave asked for input from the floor, none voiced.
Dave reported that NASTAR had changed its name to NASTAR.COM and
also changed the structure of the awards with the handicapping system,
that they had gone to 5 year vice 10 year age groups, e.g. if a person
is in later half of the 10-year age group, they would receive a 2-3
point handicap advantage on the medals over the first half of that age
group. Dave stated that the
current BRSC racing program is tied to the NASTAR system and that if
BRSC switched to the new system it could mean an increase in number of
medals to be awarded and more time would be required to tally results.
Discussion followed. Dave
said it would be a very modest effort on his part to change to the
5-year format; that merchandise did not really factor in since it could
not be counted on every year; and the cost for the additional medals
would be minimal (approximately $50.00) and would be included in the
$5.00 fee added on by the broker and returned to the Council. Candy
stated that an increase in cost for awards for racing would mean a
faster decline in the treasury balance.
Peter said that the bid packages sent out in last couple of years
asked for a participantís rebate back to Blue Ridge of $5.00. and also
to make $300.00 available for racing awards.
Thatís what he sent out for 2001.
Bids came back either way. Kitty
moved that BRSC keep race program tied to the new NASTAR program.
Robin second. All in
web address is www.skicouncil.com.
Wayne reported that in July there were 235 visits to the BRSC site. In August there were 407 visits and so far in September, 676
visits. Wayne handed out a
questionnaire asking for info on each of the Clubís web pages and
asking for recommendations for the BRSC site.
Wayne said that if there were clubs that did not have a web
presence and would like to get minimal info out on the web, he would be
willing to do it on the BRSC site for gratis.
The National Ski Council resides at snowski.com.
Wayne recommended that clubs search out sites that list clubs,
three of which are: snowskiclub.com, skicentral.com, and dcski.com.
Wayne asked the clubs to report to him at the next meeting how
many people went on their clubís trips because the participants found
the club through BRSC.
addressed the Council on the concept of a BRSC Europe trip.
He said that no one had volunteered to coordinate a 2001
Winterfest or Ski O Ree and had only received one bid (and two proposals
for areas not selected by BRSC) from a broker for 2001 Winterfest.
He recommended that Ski O Ree be turned over to SCWDC to run as a
learn to ski/ski performance enhancement trip.
It would still be a BRSC Ski O Ree but run by SCWDC.
SCWDC had agreed with the concept.
Kitty Imdahl moved that BRSC drop Winterfest 2001, replace with
Ski O Ree run by SCWDC and a European trip.
Serge Trian seconded. Wayne
moved the motion be tabled to the afternoon session to give people time
to discuss the issue. Nancy
Cruise seconded. 17 in
favor/13 opposed. Motion
Cruise, 2001 Western Carnival Coordinator, and Peter presented the bids
received from the brokers. The
two areas under consideration were Whistler and Telluride.
After extensive discussion, the Council voted unanimous for
Telluride. The selection of
a broker was tabled until after lunch.
Council broke for lunch at 12:00 and reconvened at 1:00.
said that SCWDC would come back to the Council at the spring meeting
about the concept of SCWDC running Ski O Ree.
Kitty Imdahl amended her earlier motion to: eliminate Winterfest
2001 and replace it with a March European trip.
Pat Riggs seconded. 21
in favor/6 opposed. Motion
approved. The Council discussed possible locations for the
Europe trip. The Council
decided to leave location up to the brokers and be the 1st
week in March. Dave suggested that clubs look for volunteers to be the
coordinator for the Europe trip. Charlie Saunders moved that bid
packages be sent to GTU, JTM, Ventures on Skis and K&M. Ted Dietz seconded.
All in favor.
Council voted and accepted the bid from JTM for the 2001 Western
Carnival at Telluride. Dates
are February 3-10, 2001.
Council broke into groups at 1:55 and reconvened at 2:30.
presented Salisbury Ski Clubís membership application to the Council. Charlie Saunders moved that the Council accept Salisbury Ski
Club into the BRSC. Rich seconded.
All in favor.
MD volunteered to host the spring meeting on April 30.
Wrap up. Wayne
reported that the internet work group recommended that the BRSC clubs be
added to main BRSC web page and that the sanction page format be date
meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Ridge Ski Council