Crescent Ski Council News

  • Tue, June 30, 2020 6:06 PM | Mary Anne Koltowich

    Hi All - Read about our upcoming CSC 2020 Fall Conference in Gatlinburg, TN October 16-18, 2020. It would be great for KSOCers to come on up and participate. You need to register to attend. See the link for complete information. See yall there, Mary Anne Koltowich, CSC Fall Conference Coordinator and CSC Vice President

    2020 CSC Fall Conference Registration Package MAK 5-17-20.docx

  • Tue, June 30, 2020 5:48 PM | Mary Anne Koltowich

    Happy Summer! While we’re experiencing these sweltering temperatures, it’s time to start thinking of skiing with Crescent Ski Council. Sign-ups started June 15th for both of Crescent’s trips to Steamboat and Telluride. Registrations for both of these great trips are off to a good start. If you haven’t yet signed up, be sure to do so soon. Several Clubs also have some great trips planned for this season. Be sure to check Club Trips on the website. For your information, most tour operators are contracting for a 90 day cancellation policy (minus a minimal administration fee) of groups due to governmental directives or travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 outbreaks. Additionally, many others in the industry, especially lodging properties, have relaxed their policies.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has and is causing unprecedented changes to both health and economy throughout the U.S. and world, with skyrocketing unemployment claims, hotel occupancies less than 10%, hospitals realigning their care areas, restaurants closing, and a host of other impacts not yet realized. The NSAA estimates the direct revenue loss to U.S. ski areas is approximately $2 billion. We don’t really know the lasting impact because we’ve never before experienced anything like this. In his article: Shock, Recovery Trends in the U.S. Ski Industry, Dave Berlin identified five (5) seasons with below average skier visits. These were: the 1980 recession and very low snow year in the Rockies; the 1990/91 recession, Gulf War, and low snow season; the 2001 recession and 9/11; the Great recession of 2008/09; and the low snow season across the country in 2011/12. Each of these seasons experienced between 2.9 million and 9.5 million fewer skier visits. The good news is that skier visits rebounded after a poor year with an average 11.7% increase (NSAA journal Volume 28, Issue 3).

    Speaking of the ski industry, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) published some interesting information related to the impacts of COVID-19 in their Unconventional 2020 edition of the NSAA journal (Volume 28, Issue 3). The NSAA conducted a survey of member ski areas and suppliers between March 27 and April 13 where 172 ski areas and 42 suppliers responded. The majority of respondents reported the following: - an overall loss in revenue between 21% - 40%, and they projected an overall loss of over $7 million in revenue - over 60% of ski areas anticipate that capital projects will be either greatly or severely impacted. This is due, in part because the contractors, suppliers and workforce are too uncertain to proceed at this time - 44% of employees have been laid off and 54% of employees were furloughed (avg. furlough is 8 weeks) - 70% of supplier respondents report cash flow will be severely or greatly impacted - One industry respondent reported a 55% decline in season pass sales for the spring deadline with a 65% decrease in revenue for March.

    Steve Broski and Sara Clemens with Sports America Tours wrote an interesting account of what they are seeing so far with regard to our ski club partners and trip bookings for the upcoming season. It provides a look at where the ski industry was in April, where it is now, and may serve to ease some of your concerns. Here is the article: https://www.sportsamerica.com/insights/covid-impact-on-skiclubs.php? fbclid=IwAR339OQgWLxGZAuY2nmr_zIbOQe_nj1rTs_S-fhBx_F6HhRBDt0rYRJEU7M. It’s

    still too early to tell how this ski season will fare. The data does show that skiers returned to the slopes after a poor year. I hope you will feel comfortable moving forward making trip reservations.

    Please share this Update with your members by including it in your Club’s newsletters and/or placing it on your Club’s website. You can also direct your members to Crescent’s website, https://www.crescentskicouncil.org/, where the President’s Update is posted. Let’s keep communications going to our members so they can be informed! Please add me to your e-list if your Club sends electronic newsletters and emails to your members, and also be sure to send them to Pat Harvey, Social Media Chair. Additionally, Crescent loves new volunteers - you are always welcome to join us! I would love to hear your suggestions and/or recommendations. Feel free to contact me with your interests or to learn more about your Council. Keep the ideas coming to keep Crescent the BEST Council in the country! CRESCENT TRIPS (Lisa Beregi) Registration opened June 15th for both Steamboat and Telluride, and we have had good numbers already sign up! Steamboat is already over 100 and Telluride has 68 so far. Keep up the selling!

    It is also time to bid for 2022 Ski Week - I requested club Trip Leaders to vote for a short list in April, and have asked those that didn't respond again in the June update to vote so we can start the process.

    Not a lot to report at this time, so sell trips and stay safe!

    Lisa Beregi CSC Trip Chair trips@crescentskicouncil.org

    CONVENTIONS (Michelle Shuford) Save the dates and make plans for attending the upcoming 2020 CSC Fall Conference, again at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN. The dates are October 16-18, 2020. Your room rate is $96 + taxes. All the information and registration information is in the attached package. We are working on alternate plans to accommodate COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and guidelines, such as possibly conducting the Trade Show via video conference and using social distancing in the meeting rooms. Tennessee has now opened up restaurants (with 6’ distancing between tables), other public places, and attractions. We’ll see how it goes. As of now, the rate of new COVID cases is decreasing with 55% having recovered. We will stay in touch with you and make alternate plans as situations arise. Since we did not enjoy our time at the beach due to the canceled Spring Convention, we can make up that time this fall. A new policy for registration is that those that sign up late after the published deadlines are at risk of being refused due to space availability, plus it can result in late fees being assessed to your club. It is important to register on time as food orders are finalized 30 days out. Please have patience during this process and stay tuned. We would all love to have a great time in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and finally see each other.

    Mary Anne Koltowich Fall Conference Coordinator fall.conference@crescentskicouncil.org

    Michelle Shuford CSC Convention Chair conventions@crescentskicouncil.org

    RACING (Rich Mead) While the US Ski Team has returned to on-snow training at Copper Mountain, we will have to wait awhile before racing here in the Southeast. To get a jump on planning, the Crescent Race Series schedule for 2020-21 is attached. We will be racing twice each at Appalachian and Sugar and returning to Beech for one race.

    In preparation for racing there are several early season race camps. Two of the more popular camps are Crescent's week long Steamboat Ski & Race Camp, Dec 5-12 and Sugar Mountain's 3-day camp, Dec 11-13. Registration for the Steamboat trip opened June 15. Developmental and training sessions are also planned for Appalachian.

    The NASTAR Nationals, scheduled for March 23-27, is a great culmination to the race season. As in the past, the Charlotte club is organizing a group trip. If interested contact John Gardner. Contact info is on the schedule.

    Most everything I wrote last month about summer race camps at Mt Hood, Oregon completely changed within 2 days of my writing. Such is the world we live in. Stay safe, stay well, stay in shape.

    Rich Mead CSC Race Director racing@crescentskicouncil.org MEMBER SERVICES (Ken Lumsden) If your Club has held elections recently, please make sure to send your updates to Bruce McMurray, Database Coordinator, at database@crescentskicouncil.org, as well as a copy to me. Bruce needs to know your Club’s current officers, board members, webmasters and newsletter editors. Please include their name, mailing address, phone numbers (home, work, mobile), email address and Board position(s). Sue Chadwick (webmaster@crescentskicouncil.org) still seeks help with potential modernizing of the Crescent web site. Contact Sue if you can help. In addition, Sue can help you with promoting your trips or events on Crescent’s website!

    Ken Lumsden Member Services member.services@crescentskicouncil.org

    SOCIAL MEDIA (Pat Harvey)

    Crescent is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag us @crescentski on any of your posts. Crescent Racing (@Crescentskiracing) is also on Facebook. Many of the ski areas are starting to open, with lots of new restrictions, for summer activities. We post all information we see for both the Southeast areas and resorts around the country. We also monitor for other updates on the ski industry and we post updates as we see them. We will continue to monitor the ski industry news and update on our social media pages. Reminder to the Clubs, as you start to plan your trips for the 2020/21 season, and need any promotion or help selling your trips, let me know and I’ll post to the Council’s social media pages. If you have any articles of interest for trips for the coming season, let me know. The more information we have at this challenging time, the better to keep our Clubs as up-to-date as we can.

    Any questions, ideas or suggestions regarding Social Media, please contact me. Keep spreading the word on Crescent’s Social Media pages to your Club members and friends. Pat Harvey CSC Social Media Chair crescentpastpres@gmail.com.

    NATIONAL SKI COUNCIL FEDERATION Crescent is a Charter Member of the National Ski Council Federation (NSCF). There are 29 Member Councils in NSCF across the USA. As a member of Crescent Ski Council, you are also a member of the NSCF. NSCF has some excellent benefits and discounts and more are being added regularly. Please visit the website, www.skifederation.org for member only benefits. The NSCF site allows you to search for all benefits by category so you can find what you are looking for much faster. You must register on NSCF’s website but once you’re signed up, you can take advantage of all the benefits. Please spread the word to your members so they too can take advantage of the many benefits that are available to all of you through NSCF. The National Ski Council Federation (NSCF) meeting scheduled for August in Telluride has been cancelled. As you celebrate this July 4th holiday, please take a moment to reflect on the ideals of Freedom, Justice, and Liberty on which our great nation was founded. Have a great 4th of July holiday, and please stay safe and healthy, and continue praying for each other, our country, and world. I hope to see you in October! Diane Andrews, President Crescent Ski Council

    3107 Myrtle St. Edisto Beach, SC 29438 Phone: (706) 306-4631 Email: cscpresident2018@gmail.com


  • Mon, February 03, 2020 9:56 AM | Kevin Staton (Administrator)

    PRESIDENT’S UPDATE 

    February 2020 

    Fun was had by over 100 people who attended the CSC Ski Week at Sun Peaks. Although it was really, really cold, the conditions were great and the scenery was breathtaking! The snow was so soft and provided great skiing. We discovered that our skis would stick to the snow in temperatures below -10 degrees until speeds of about 3 mph were reached (unless you used phantom wax on your skis). The Sun Peaks Grand Hotel offered nice accommodations with ski storage, ski out/in and was within easy walking distances to excellent restaurants and shops. I also saw something I have never seen at a ski resort – children riding a pommel lift up the slope to school! 

    A lot of Crescent members also skied resorts like Steamboat, Deer Valley, Jackson Hole, Winter Park and Copper in January. On the East coast, Appalachian Mountain had good conditions and fun race courses for us last weekend. Be sure to contact your Club’s Trip Leader, the CSC website or Face Book page for more information on ski trips. 

    I hope you are making plans now to attend the Spring Convention April 23-26th. 

    PAST PRESIDENT (Pat Harvey) 

    Election of Officers for the 2020/21 year will be held at the Spring Convention. Please contact me if you are interested in any of the Officer positions. In particular, we are looking for someone to run for Treasurer. We thank Marge Lafferty, our current Treasurer, for all she’s done. Marge has advised she doesn’t want to run again for Treasurer, so please consider submitting your name for that position. A financial background is recommended. Contact me if you are interested. Thank you. 

    Pat Past President, Social Media Chair crescentpastpres@gmail.com 

    CRESCENT TRIPS (Lisa Beregi) 

    The January Ski Week to Sun Peaks was a COLD one! Although it was the coldest the area had seen in over 50 years, the locals claimed the snow was the best in 20. Even with the -10+ degree days, the 100+ Crescent participants claimed to have learned how to ski in cold temperatures, how to phantom wax skis, use tissue to avoid freezing lenses, and still have a good time. 

    SilverCreek (race finals) is set for March 5-8. Waylon is doing a great job learning how this trip works and working with the resort. The resort is very picky about meeting deadlines - so all rooms that were not requested were dropped last week. If anyone in your club is interested in going on this weekend, please contact him ASAP to add back rooms. Final payment and room list is due February 10th. 

    Crescent will be in Spain in less than 2 months! Trip balances and day trip costs were due by January 15th. Registration for the trip is closed, but if you have an interested party, please contact Sean at Holidaze to see if there are any holes that need filled. 

    Dates for next year: Steamboat Race and Learn to Ski Camp is December 5-12, 2020 and the January Ski Week to Telluride is January 16-23, 2021. 

    Lisa CSC Trip Chair trips@crescentskicouncil.org 

    CONVENTIONS (Michelle Shuford) 

    Greetings from your Conventions Chair! We are deep in the thro's of winter so I know it’s hard to think about the Spring Convention! Looks like the Theme is going to be "The Roaring'20's!" So get your best Flapper Dress, Gangster Suit, or Downton Abbey Attire ready to go! 

    The reservation deadline is fast approaching. (Feb 24th). To date, Margaret and I have reservations from the following clubs in the following order and we are already out of our contracted numbers for 2 bedroom Brighton Towers condos! I'm asking for more as we get reservation forms but at this time I can no longer guarantee the Brighton Towers. They will be added as available on a 1st Come/1st serve basis! If we can't get more Brighton Towers, we will be using the Plantation Villas further inland. 

    If your club is not on the list below, get your reservations in before the deadline of Feb. 24th!!! 1. ETMM: 8 Condos 2. Palmetto: 3 Condos 3. Knoxville: 3 Condos 4. Columbia: 2 Condos 5. Greater Charleston: 3 Condos 6. Raleigh: 9 Condos 7. Augusta: 1 Condo (ExComm) no form from you yet if you need more than the one condo 8. WSSOC: 1 Condo (ExComm) no form from you yet if you need more than the one condo 

    Don't forget all the upcoming DEADLINES: THERE WILL BE A $20 LATE FEE ASSESSED FOR EACH MISSED DEADLINE (3 total) BASED ON POSTMARKS Feb. 24, 2020: Confirmation Form & Initial Club Deposit March 9, 2020: Balance & Condo Drops Rooming List: (Include full names - properly spelled, location choice, # Nights, # People/Unit, & Total Amount /Person...as well as who is representing your club in the capacities of: President, 2 CSC Reps, & Trips). April 6, 2020: Rooming List Changes (PLEASE NOTE THAT MARGARET & MICHELLE WILL BE LEAVING FOR SPAIN ON MARCH 14th, SO DON'T WAIT TIL THE LAST MINUTE!) *Any info not included will constitute a missed deadline so please note what is required for each deadline...Esp. March 9th

    Keep an eye on the crescentskicouncil.org/conventions site for upcoming Golf, Mini-Golf, & Tennis sign-up info as it should be posted by late February or early March. Of course it will be attached to the President's update as soon as it is available. 

    Thanks, and see you in April! 

    Michelle CSC Convention Chair conventions@crescentskicouncil.org

    RACING (Rich Mead) 

    Warm weather at the start of January necessitated cancelling the January 4-5 race at Sugar, though a small group of racers in the immediate area made it to Appalachian January 3rd for a few training runs. The return of cold temperatures had us back on the race course at Appalachian January 25-26 for our second race of the season. Ron Scott and Ken Lumsden are in charge of the Friday night gate training series at Appalachian and the January 24th session was well attended with 25 racers training. Thank yous to Doug MacMilan, Asheville, for coordinating the use of their B-netting along the courses, insuring good protection should a racer lose control and head toward the tress and to all the racers that helped install and remove the netting each day. 

    Looking ahead to February, we have another Development Workshop scheduled at Appalachian on Sunday, February 2nd. The workshop was added due to the strong response to the annual early season workshop in December. This is a great opportunity for new racers to establish their qualifying Crescent handicap and for current racers to receive some additional training time. Yes, that’s February 2nd, Super Bowl Sunday. Training is scheduled from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm so there’s time to be a skier athlete and a football fan all in one day! Our next regular season race is again at Appalachian, the following weekend, February 8 – 9th. The final regular season race scheduled for February 22-23rd at Sugar has been cancelled and by the time you’re reading this report we will know if we will be filling in that race weekend with a race at Ober Gatlinburg. And then it’s on to Snowshoe/Silvercreek, WV for the annual Crescent Cup competition March 6-8th

    At all of our races, winners placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their individual flights receive merchandise awards provided by a number of generous sponsors, for example: Descente products like tumblers, coffee mugs, neck gaiters and gift bags at the last Appalachian race. In addition many sponsors provide merchandise that is given out as door prizes such as Dominator Ski Wax ordered through Artech Ski Company, Komoperdel ski poles, Buff neck gaiters and Rudy sunglasses. Major resorts like Aspen, CO and the Banff, Canada areas provide discounts or free lift tickets and/or lodging packages. Crescent clubs with race teams advertise our sponsors and encourage all Crescent members to patronize them and receive discounts when purchasing their products. Dominator Ski Wax can be ordered through Artech Ski Company for a 20% discount using the discount code 855FISSKIS. Point6 Socks, who generously provides a pair of socks to every participant in the annual Steamboat Ski & Race Camp offers a 25% discount on internet orders at www.point6.com with the discount code CSC. Please support the sponsors who contribute to making Crescent Racing the best. 

    --Rich CSC Race Director racing@crescentskicouncil.org

    MEMBER SERVICES (Ken Lumsden) 

    From Bruce: Remember to send your Officer/Director/BOD/Rep updates to Bruce McMurray, Database Coordinator, at snowdawgasoc@bellsouth.net. Please help us keep the Club database up-to-date. Include name, mailing address, phone numbers (home, work, mobile), email address and Board position(s). 

    From Sue (Website Coordinator): Remember that I can publish any trip vacancies and/or events clubs would like to promote on the website: If you have a trip you’re trying to fill or an event that you’d like to 

    promote to the other Clubs, please let me know at chadwick_sue@yahoo.com and I’ll promote the trip or event on Crescent’s website! 

    NATIONAL SKI COUNCIL FEDERATION 

    Crescent is a Charter Member of the National Ski Council Federation (NSCF). There are 29 Member Councils in NSCF across the USA. As a member of Crescent Ski Council, you are also a member of the NSCF. NSCF has some excellent benefits and discounts and more are being added regularly. Please visit the website, www.skifederation.org for member only benefits. The NSCF site allows you to search for all benefits by category so you can find what you are looking for much faster. You must register on NSCF’s website but once you’re signed up, you can take advantage of all the benefits. Please spread the word to your Club members so they too can take advantage of the many benefits that are available to all of you through NSCF. Make sure also to like and follow the National Ski Council Federation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Spread the word on NSCF’s Social Media pages to your Club members. Tag NSCF @natlskifed and spread the word on the Federation and its Facebook pages. 

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST 

    Please share the monthly President’s Updates with your members, include them in your Club newsletters and/or place them on your Club’s web site. Keep our communication going to our members so they can be informed! If you don’t publish a newsletter, direct your members to Crescent’s website, www.crescentskicouncil.org. The CSC President’s Updates are posted on the website monthly. If your Club sends electronic newsletters and emails to your members, please add me to your e-list and also be sure to send them to Pat Harvey, Social Media Chair. Keep the ideas coming to keep Crescent the BEST Council in the country! New volunteers are always welcome! I would love to hear your suggestions and/or recommendations. Feel free to contact me with your interests or to learn more about your Council. 

    Diane Diane Andrews, President Crescent Ski Council 3107 Myrtle St. Edisto Beach, SC 29438 Phone: (706) 306-4631 Email: cscpresident2018@gmail.com 



  • Tue, January 07, 2020 2:37 PM | Kevin Staton (Administrator)

    PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

    January 2020

    Did you know the 2018-2019 ski season was the fourth most successful on record for U.S. skier visits and the best ever for number of U.S. participants? In the Early Winter 2019 NSAA Journal, Lucy Harbor and Dave Belin report in their National Demographic Study that over 1 million more U.S. residents skied or boarded in the U.S. last season than did the previous season. In numbers, the 2018—2019 season saw 10.3 million skiers/boarders while the 2017-2018 season had 9.1 million people. This is a significant result, as the growth in skier visits is attributable to the same people skiing more days and to more people skiing overall. These findings are encouraging for the ski industry and are critical to the overall long-term health of the industry.

    Of interest is the shift in generational patterns. Harbor and Belin report that while the number of skiers from baby boomers is declining and Generation X is stable, the number of skiing millennials has declined over the past 15 years from about 42% in the 2004-05 season to 26% this past season. Meanwhile, Generation Z (ages 22 and younger), has plateaued over the past six (6) seasons to about 31%. Even though Generation Z is the largest generation skiing, they are no longer replacing the decline seen in the millennial group. This finding stresses the critical need to engage Generation Z in skiing and snowboarding to a greater degree.

    I pulled the 2018-2019 season generational percentages from Harbor & Belin’s article and compared it to Crescent Ski Council Racing percentages (thanks to Rich for the racing demographics). Our racing demographics demonstrate Crescent’s Racing program is doing a good job attracting skiers/boarders in the Gen Z category. I hope our Racing Directors and club members will continue to attract this age group.  The Youth Recruitment Fund that was established last year is one incentive that may help in this endeavor.

    Percent of Skiers/Boarders by Generation

    Gen Z (22 & Under) Millennial (23-38) Gen X (39-54) Boomers (55 - 73)

    U.S. 31.50% 26.20% 25.90% 15.50%

    CSC Racing 35% 12% 25% 28%

    The beginning of the 2020 season is off to a great start in Crescent skiing! Many of us enjoyed great conditions and lessons at Steamboat, where we had fresh powder most days. This group closed out Crescent’s 50th anniversary celebration! Appalachian even had good conditions for our racers last weekend.

    I hope you are making plans now to attend the Spring Convention April 23-26th. This celebratory gala will have several special events you don’t want to miss!

    TREASURER (Marge Lafferty)

    I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and time with friends and/or family. Thank you to all the clubs that have submitted their membership dues and rosters. The responses were much better than last year! I’m still waiting on 2 clubs. Please check with your club treasurer and submit your dues if you have not done so to:

    Marge Lafferty
    Crescent Ski Council Treasurer
    treasurer@crescentskicouncil.org

    PAST PRESIDENT (Pat Harvey)

    Election of Officers for the 2020/21 year will be held at the Spring Convention. Please contact me if you are interested in any of the Officer positions. In particular, we are looking for someone to run for Treasurer. We thank Marge Lafferty, our current Treasurer, for all she’s done. Marge has advised she doesn’t want to run again for Treasurer, so please consider submitting your name for that position. A financial background is recommended. Contact me if you are interested. Thank you.

    SOCIAL MEDIA (Pat Harvey)

    Crescent and Crescent Racing are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag us @crescentski on any of your posts. Tag Crescent Racing (@Crescentskiracing). With all the snow falling this season, it’s been hard to keep up but we’re regularly posting updates. We posted pictures from the December Steamboat trip (and what a trip that was!), and will be adding pictures from the January trip to Sun Peaks and the Spain trip in March. We follow all the Clubs and will be posting pictures from their trips as we see them.

    Reminder, Crescent can help you sell your Club’s trips and events. As you start selling your trips for the 2019/20 season, we’d be happy to promote your trips to the other Clubs’ members. If you have a trip you’re trying to fill or an event that you’d like to promote to the other Clubs, please send me an email with the trip information, and we’ll list the trip or event on Crescent’s Facebook page and help you fill any open spots from the Crescent Club members.

    Any questions, ideas or suggestions regarding Social Media, please contact me. Keep spreading the word on Crescent’s Social Media pages to your Club members and friends.

    CRESCENT 50TH ANNIVERSARY, 2019

    Crescent Ski Council was initially formed in February 1969. Our last celebration was held on the Steamboat trip and Olympian Deb Armstrong was there to help us celebrate. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us at our 50th Anniversary events throughout the year. Here’s to another 50 years!!

    Happy New Year everyone!!

    Pat Harvey
    Past President, Social Media Chair
    crescentpastpres@gmail.com

    CRESCENT TRIPS (Lisa Beregi)

    Steamboat 2019
    From the pictures and stories it appears that the 2019 Learn to Ski and Race Camp was a huge success! Three Hundred and Eighteen participants had a fun filled week in Steamboat. Thanks to everyone who participated and those who helped make it happen: Sara Clemons, Cathie Mulgrew and Ron Scott.

    Sun Peaks 2020 Ski Week
    The first international adventure is just around the corner. One Hundred and Thirteen participants will be traveling to Canada to experience the beautiful ride from Vancouver to Sun Peaks, BC. They will then enjoy all the normal CSC Ski Week activities in the ski-in/ski-out village. Many have already signed up for the First Tracks and Fondue dinner, remember to do so before you travel!

    SilverCreek Race Finals
    This annual weekend is for all Crescent members, not just those racing. It offers 2 or 3 nights at SilverCreek Lodge at Snowshoe, WV. Waylon Webbon is our coordinator this year, and deposits and club confirmations are due January 6th. That is just around the corner, so make sure your club is set up for this trip, or your racers have lodging for the weekend. All paperwork has been sent to club Trip Officers.

    Spain 2020
    Registration for the March Spain trip has closed. We will be updating Trip Leaders of any holes/cancellations that will need to be filled. If you happen to have someone interested, please contact Holidaze before saying "no". The pre-trip to Lisbon is sold out. Final balances including day trip option payments are due January 15th.

    Lisa Beregi
    CSC Trip Chair
    trips@crescentskicouncil.org

    CONVENTIONS (Michelle Shuford)

    The 2020 Spring Convention will be held April 23-26. All lodging is at Brighton Towers at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach and all rooms are ocean view. Each club needs to have ONE Rooming coordinator with whom your members communicate. Make sure to get your Club’s form in ASAP. Registration forms should be sent to Margaret Crum at the address printed on the forms. Please send any questions to Michelle. The Club Registration Form, Rooming List, and Lodging Information Form are posted on Crescent’s website.

    Be sure to email the Committee with theme ideas!

    Michelle Shuford
    CSC Convention Chair
    conventions@crescentskicouncil.org

    RACING (Rich Mead)

    The race season is in full swing! Appalachian Mountain hosted a Development race December 8 for racers to get in some gate training and for new racers to establish a qualifying handicap. The strong response to this event has led us to offer a second Development race event at Appalachian on February 2. Details are forthcoming and will be sent to all club Racing Directors.

    A number of racers spent the week of December 7 – 14 in Steamboat tuning up their technique and tactics, while others stayed closer to home and participated in the Sugar Mountain Race Clinic, Dec. 13-15, to perfect their racing with the help of World Cup and Olympian skier, Andrew Weibrecht. Then it was on to our first race, Dec. 21-22 at Appalachian. Snow conditions and weather were very favorable and we experimented with having the non-racing division gatekeep for the racing division. Wow!! We finished the races in record time and there were abundant positive comments. Definitely an improvement we’ll be looking to implement at future races. And a BIG thank you to the Division 2 race workers who pulled double duty and worked both divisions to cover for Division 1 workers who were unable to attend. Unfortunately, unusually warm temperatures have taken their toll and we were forced to cancel the second race of the season, Jan. 4-5, at Sugar Mountain.

    This year, we are working to more prominently feature one of our sponsors at each race. At Appalachian, it was Base Performance supplements, who provided the podium prizes both days. The generosity of our sponsors is greatly appreciated and, in return, it is important that we say “Thank You”. We can extend our thanks through any or all of these methods: by purchasing sponsored products whenever possible, communicating directly our thanks back to the sponsor via emails, and mentioning our appreciation in our social media posts: crescentskiracing on Facebook and Instagram.

    Another great sponsor is Point6. For both racers and non-racers alike, they are offering a 25% discount to ALL Crescent Ski Council members and their friends. Use the code “CSC” and receive a 25% discount off internet orders at www.point6.com. Free shipping is offered on all internet orders over $50. The quality, comfort, and fit of Point6 socks is better than what people reported from other wool socks. And Point6 now offers base layers, too.

    --Rich
    CSC Race Director
    racing@crescentskicouncil.org

    MEMBER SERVICES (Ken Lumsden)

    From Bruce: Remember to send your Officer/Director/BOD/Rep updates to Bruce McMurray, Database Coordinator, at snowdawgasoc@bellsouth.net. Please help us keep the Club database up-to-date. Include name, mailing address, phone numbers (home, work, mobile), email address and Board position(s).

    From Sue (Website Coordinator): Remember that I can publish any trip vacancies and/or events clubs would like to promote on the website: If you have a trip you’re trying to fill or an event that you’d like to promote to the other Clubs, please let me know at chadwick_sue@yahoo.com and I’ll promote the trip or event on Crescent’s website!

    NATIONAL SKI COUNCIL FEDERATION

    Crescent is a Charter Member of the National Ski Council Federation (NSCF). There are 29 Member Councils in NSCF across the USA. As a member of Crescent Ski Council, you are also a member of the NSCF. NSCF has some excellent benefits and discounts and more are being added regularly. Please visit the website, www.skifederation.org for member only benefits. The NSCF site allows you to search for all benefits by category so you can find what you are looking for much faster. You must register on NSCF’s website but once you’re signed up, you can take advantage of all the benefits. Please spread the word to your Club members so they too can take advantage of the many benefits that are available to all of you through NSCF.

    Make sure also to like and follow the National Ski Council Federation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Spread the word on NSCF’s Social Media pages to your Club members. Tag NSCF @natlskifed and spread the word on the Federation and its Facebook pages.

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST

    Please share the monthly President’s Updates with your members, include them in your Club newsletters and/or place them on your Club’s web site. Keep our communication going to our members so they can be informed! If you don’t publish a newsletter, direct your members to Crescent’s website, www.crescentskicouncil.org. The CSC President’s Updates are posted on the website monthly. If your Club sends electronic newsletters and emails to your members, please add me to your e-list and also be sure to send them to Pat Harvey, Social Media Chair. Keep the ideas coming to keep Crescent the BEST Council in the country! New volunteers are always welcome! I would love to hear your suggestions and/or recommendations. Feel free to contact me with your interests or to learn more about your Council.

    I hope that each of you enjoyed the Christmas season with family, friends, and loved ones. Blessings to you in the New Year.

    Diane

    Diane Andrews, President
    Crescent Ski Council
    3107 Myrtle St.
    Edisto Beach, SC 29438
    Phone: (706) 306-4631
    Email: cscpresident2018@gmail.com



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