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Fall Line - January 2022


Newsletter of the Knoxville Ski & Outing Club, Member of Crescent Ski Council

Editor: Jeannine Dunn

January 2022

 Jeannine Dunn,


By Bill Schwenterly - KSOC President

Happy New Year to all! I and the Board hope you had a great holiday season. Sadly, Steamboat had only a few runs open with mostly machine-made snow for the Race Camp trip in early December. Crescent is considering moving the dates of this trip a week later in the future. But now things are looking up, and Steamboat has nearly 60" total snowfall and 127 out of 169 trails open! For our other trips, Sun Valley has 74" at the top with 74 of 120 runs open, Winter Park got 19" last week with 85 out of 161 runs open, and Big Sky has over 2900 acres open with 11" snowfall the last week. There are still a few spaces left for Steamboat and Winter Park, but Big Sky has a wait list. Some of the local areas are open with machine-made snow. At this writing,, Ober Gatlinburg and Beech are still closed, Cataloochee has 4 of 18 trails open, and Sugar has 10 of 22 runs open. When Ober Gatlinburg is able to open, they will again offer their learn-to-ski/snowboard Winter Sports Discovery Program, as well as offering KSOC members discounts on season passes and day tickets. See below for details and links to their website. Local Trips Chairman Kevin Staton proposes to use the Meetup app to organize local ski trips on short notice. See his article belowKevin will be monitoring local ski and road conditions and will post local trip announcements on Meetup and the KSOC website. The January Happy Hours are scheduled for January 14 at Walk On's and January 28 at Finn's Irish Restaurant & Tavern, details are below. See also signup details on the Crescent Ski Council Spring Convention, which will be held in-person April 21-24, and will again be at Kingston Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. It's not too early to begin thinking about this!




April 21– April 24, 2022

Kingston Plantation 9800 Queensway Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC

Come join us for a fantastic beach weekend trip with the Crescent Ski Council! We are staying right on the beach in Brighton Towers near the Embassy Suites with 2 wonderful ocean front/view condos available that can sleep 6-8 people. There is a master bedroom (king) and guest bedroom (2 queens), and 1 queen sofa bed. KSOC can take 8-12 people easily to enjoy the sun and fun. This is a great opportunity to take your grandkids for some ocean-side time. You can get to the beach in under 7 hours from Knoxville!

There is a Tanger Outlets, Wal-Mart, and other shopping venues very close by. Many restaurants are only a short driving distance away.

The condos are nicely furnished with a wonderful ocean view, outdoor balcony, full kitchen and dining area, along with a clothes washer and dryer. You only need to bring your clothes, water toys, bicycles, food (when not eating out), paper towels, and dishwashing soap.

You lodging fees include the CSC registration fees. You get DJ parties on Friday and Saturday nights with dancing, wine, and beer included free. Enjoy the Trade Show on Friday night, and then a themed party on Saturday night. You can also purchase bar drinks. There will be an optional Thursday evening/night Early Bird Party onsite with a $15 extra fee.

You will have complete access to a pool, hot tub, and the beach just steps away.

More information is available at https://www.kingstonplantation.com/

See the attached form for condo rates and sign-up information.

Thanks, Mary Anne Koltowich, KSOC Crescent Representative and CSC Vice President, kolsmithma@gmail.com

CSC Announces Dates and Location for the 2022 Fall Conference – SAVE THE DATES

Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30, 2022 are our conference dates. While this is Halloween weekend, these are absolutely the best rates we can get when compared to other weekends. We are pleased to announce preliminary plans for our 2022 CSC Fall Conference. Once again, we will be at the Glenstone in Gatlinburg, TN. The standard room rate is $109 + taxes. This is only a $10 increase from past years and represents a huge discount from normal Glenstone rates. There maybe a few other type rooms available – Front Balcony, Junior Suite, and Executive Suite (sleeps 4 with two beds and two baths) depending on availability at reduced rates also. Be looking for details later on registration and schedule information. So hope we can get together and COVID is mostly behind us.

  • Mary Anne Koltowich, CSC VP and Fall Conference Coordinator

Link to Crescent Ski Council President's Update


On January 14, we will start off the New Year with a Happy Hour at "Walk-On's", 7621 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, 37919. This Sports Bar is located across from West Town Mall; from Kingston Pike, turn onto Leonard Roger's Road, and Walk-On's is on your right. Their Happy Hour prices start at 2 PM until 7PM; we will meet at 5PM.

We will meet on January 28th at Finn's Irish Restaurant and Tavern, around 5PM for Happy Hour. Finn's is located on the corner of 9000 Kingston Pike and Peter's Road in the Cedar Bluff area. This used to be the Baker Peters Pub, and is a very popular restaurant. See you there Luv!

Vaccination will be required for this activity. You may be asked to show proof of your vaccination status. Masking will be required indoors (except when actively eating or drinking) or when social distancing is not possible outside.





By Carole Mustaleski

KSOC Winter Ski Trips and Spring Trip to Ireland

The sign up for ski trips has been excellent in spite of concerns regarding the Covid Virus. The KSOC ski trips are just about full. Act soon to grab one of three spaces available on the Steamboat trip. All trips are great values and will surely please skiers of all ability levels.  The snow is starting to fall out west so we should have some good skiing conditions.

Many people may be hesitant to sign up for an International trip right now.  Please note that the included travel insurance will cover Covid related cancellation.  Complete trip information can be found on the KSOC website at www://knoxvilleskiclub.org.

All KSOC ski trips include 7 nights lodging, roundtrip air from Knoxville, 5-day lift ticket, airport transfers at destination, parties, and travel insurance.

You must be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 to participate in a KSOC ski trip.


Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland, April 4 – 16, 2022

Trip Update - Knoxville Ski and Outing Club and Collette Tours

Pricing bases are $4297 double occupancy, single supplement $5,197; triple $4,247 (normally standard room with 2 beds). There may be a cost increase for airfare for those signing up after November 1, 2021. Work with our Trip Leader to obtain updated flight costs.

Full COVID-19 vaccinations are required by our tour operator for international destinations from 9/1/21 – 4/30/22. There are plenty of “Lucky Charm” spaces available.

The pricing includes round trip air from McGhee Tyson Airport, ground transfers, lodging, transportation, trip insurance and air taxes/fees. The included trip insurance is Cancel-or-Any-Reason up to the day of departure with no existing medical condition restrictions.

Refund if cancelled is total trip cost minus trip insurance cost ($399 per person)

Highlights of this trip include:

  • 13 days, 17 meals
  • Attractions: Dublin welcome dinner, Dublin city ride or walking tour, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal factory, Medieval museum, Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park car ride, Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Irish family visit, Donegal town visit, Inishowen Peninsula, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast guided tour and the “Titanic Experience,” and a Ceili (Irish music, singing, and dance) in Belfast
  • Planned lodging includes 2 nights Dublin, 1 night Waterford, 2 nights Killarney, 1 night Ennis, 1 night Enniskillen, 2 nights Derry, and 2 nights Belfast.
Optional Tours:
  • Limerick Medieval Banquet (4 hours) - $110
  • The Spirit of Derry evening of storytelling, music, and song with 3-course dinner (3 hours) - $80
  • Dublin Guinness Storehouse and Pub Dinner (4 hours)- $100
Optional Extensions:
  • 5 days 3-night London Pre Tour Extension with 3 breakfasts ($749 double), requires additional air segment purchase
  • Optional 4 days 3-night Edinburgh Post Tour Extension with 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner ($799 double), requires additional air segment purchase
Payment Details:
  • $600 initial deposit along with $399 for trip insurance
  • Signups are on Collette’s website and may be made with a credit card at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

For Information, contact:

Trip Leader: Mary Anne Koltowich, 865-368-2737 cell or kolsmithma@gmail.com

Sign-up at:  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1050972



Winter Park, CO 

January 22-20, 2022

Lodging at Vintage Hotel in Studio Suites

$1840 per person double occupancy

This trip is currently full.  Cancellations could happen so put your name on the waiting list.

Trip leader is Kevin Staton:  865-679-8352

Sign up at http://ksoc-winterpark.sat.tours


Steamboat, CO

February 5-12, 2022

Lodging in The Bronze Tree Condos ski in/walk out

Space for a single male in room with twin beds in a 2BR condo.

$2110 per person double occupancy.

One MBR to accommodate 2 people in a 3BR condo.

$2000 per person double occupancy

Trip Leader is Jennifer Emch:   text her at 865-466-7483

Sign up at http://ksoc-steamboat.sat.tours


Big Sky, MT  -  FULL

March 12-19, 2022

Lodging in The Summit Hotel in 2 Queen rooms

$2890 per person double occupancy

Trip is full.  If you want to be on the waiting list for this trip, register at:    http://ksoc-bigsky.sat.tours

Trip Leader is Carole Mustaleski:  865-693-6426


Crescent Ski Council January Ski Week


Sun Valley, ID

January 15-22, 2022

Lodging in Deluxe Lodge Apartments or Sun Valley Inn

Price begins at $1450 per person and varies by lodging choice

Trip price includes 7 nights lodging, 5-day lift ticket, airport transfers, parties and more. Airfare is not included.

Sign up deadline was November 15, 2021

Contact Sara Clemons at Sports America to see if there are spaces available.    Sara@sportsamerica.com

---Epic and Ikon Pass- - -

You must be a current member of the Knoxville Ski and Outing Club to sign up for one of our ski trips for 2021-2022 or for the Adventure Non-ski trip to Ireland in March 2022. Our new membership year runs from August 1, 2021 to July 31. 2022. 

You may renew your membership on the Knoxville Ski and Outing Club website at knoxvilleskiclub.org.  You can pay by Credit Card with NO fee.  This is an easy way to pay your club dues and save a stamp.

Carole Mustaleski, EXT. Vice President

Kathy LaFollette, Membership Chair


When KSOC calculates the cost of insurance, we do not include the price of the lift ticket. Lift tickets can be refunded prior to the trip. Also, lift ticket refunds are generally given if you become ill/injured on the trip AND seek medical care at the resort. What this means is the price you pay for your trip is not the price we insure.  Example: Total trip cost with lift ticket $2890.  We insure the trip for up to $2500 (Insurance is calculated in ranges of $500). This information applies particularly to those who are purchasing CFAR directly from Travel Protector (Myra Altschuler). We realize that this causes some confusion when you contact Myra. Myra always contacts us to find out what portion is insured. If you have questions, please contact Carole Mustaleski aat 865-414-5526 or email at skigalcarole@gmail.com for further explanation.



By Kevin Staton

For the upcoming ski season, we will be trying something new for our local trips.  We'll be using the MeetUp app to coordinate our trips.  We're going to wait until a little closer to the trip date to announce a destination and exact date so we can be sure to get the best snow!

We are also looking to have at least one overnight or longer trip.  We are checking on a couple of destinations to see which will offer the best bang for the buck.

If you have friends that ski but are not members of the club, please encourage them to get the MeetUp app and join us on one of our local trips.  People are allowed to join us on one local trip before becoming members.

Start thinking about where you want to go for a local trip and let us know.  I'll be adding some polls to the website to get your input.

Kevin Staton

KSOC Local Trips



By Tom Cressler

The hike is sponsored by the Tennessee Trails Association and Knoxville Ski and Outing Club. This joint sponsorship of hikes has been to the benefit of both groups and provides more flexibility for hikes and leadership of the hikes.  

The hike is described below – be sure to bring a facemask even if you have been vaccinated. We want to do everything we can to not catch the virus or to not spread it to our families and friends.  

Jan 15 This hike will be at Whitestone Inn in Roane County.  We will start in the parking lot next to the church at Whitestone.   (Our usual place). On this hike, there will be rolling hills and not much elevation gain.  The total miles will be five or six at the most.   We will take a break in the middle of the hike if everyone wishes to.  Be sure to dress warmly since it will be really cold.   

Meet at Food City in Loudon off Exit 72 on I-75.  If coming from Knoxville, take a left at Exit 72 and go two miles.  Food City parking lot is on the right.  Meet at 9:00 a.m.
Carolyn Reeves  (865)399-2972  

---NOTICE: Effective February 2, 2021, the NPS issued a statement about mask wearing, "Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes."


By Jeannine Dunn

The Southeast offers very few opportunities to ski in several inches or feet of snow, so when the opportunity arises to ski excess amounts of fresh deep powder, we often struggle and fall or wear ourselves out! I was determined to figure how to ski the powder so took a lesson in skiing powder at Schweitzer Ski Resort in Idaho. The instructor, a ski bum and definite hippy from the 60’s, led the small group of us. He demonstrated in effortless fashion how to navigate through what appeared to be some very challenging terrain and helped us be able to see how doable and fun it actually was, no matter how difficult it appeared. He taught us how to adapt our stance to the fluffy terrain and bounce into turns all the way down the mountain. We all followed his directions and in no time were able to float down the mountain with similar ease on the soft billowy snow. It was a totally gnarly experience!

So, in case you do not have a ski bum from the 60’s to show you how to ski, Ski Magazine offers great tips for skiers in their clinic section every issue. One article published last season offers four tips to help readers have more fun and float on the magical white stuff we love on a powder day!  The first tip is to adjust your turn shape. You do this by maintaining your speed and adjusting your turn shape to make your turns more open down the hill. The second tip is to bounce into your turns which makes it easier to change direction. The third tip is to adapt your stance. While on groomed terrain, we use our edges to grip the snow, but in powder you need to spread pressure more even to keep from driving yourself into the snow. The last tip is to be patient. If you put too much pressure on your skis in powder, you will only descend deeper into the snow and will need to work harder to stay afloat.

I hope these tips help you have more fun on powder day during your next trip!

Happy Skiing!

Source: Ski Magazine December 2020.

KSOC RACE TEAM 2021-2022

By Ramon Davila

Racing for all age groups and all ability levels

Racers ready…GO!!!! The 2021-2022 race season is on! Next race is at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort January 8 &9. Racing is a great way to improve one’s ski skills and a great reason for participating with KSOC’s Race Team, along with the fun and team camaraderie. If you would like to get involved with the race team, we would love to have you. Knoxville Ski and Snowboard Alpine Race Team races in the Crescent Ski Council Racing Program at Appalachian, Sugar, and Beech Ski Resorts.

We welcome skiers of all ages and abilities to come take part in our race clinics and race events! We have 5 regular season races every year before Nationals. Come join the KSOC race team and help us grow! We would especially invite young racers, beginner skiers, and families who have not been involved previously and of course all previous racers. Please spread the word as our team greatly depends on you and our other club members’ referrals.

Knoxville is poised for another great season and I am hoping that others will join us! We encourage all skiers from all abilities to join and help us win the Crescent Cup.  If you would like to qualify for Nationals, then you must do so by racing a National Qualifying run before mid-February!

There are lots of opportunities to be involved and every one of them will help you be a better skier or snowboarder, so why not come out and join your KSOC Race Team for some of them?  Contact Ramon Davila at info@knoxvilleskiclub.org for more info. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes! 

2021-2022 Race Schedule


KSOC continues it Partnership with Ober Gatlinburg!

By Jennifer Emch

Don’t give up on Mother Nature, she surely has some surprises left for us this winter.  All we need are cold temperatures as Obergatlinburg has the ability to magically make snow! Sooo It’s still not too late to sign up to learn to ski or board through The Discovery Program that begins on January 8th. See you on the Slopes!  

HALF OFF LIFT TICKETS (excluding holiday periods)

Additionally, KSOC gets half off on full rate sessions lift tickets excluding holiday periods. These are substantial savings only if you are carrying your Knoxville Ski and Outing Club membership. Be sure to go to the KSOC website, place your membership and print your membership card as proof of your association with the club!  

If you have never learned to ski or board, Ober Gatlinburg offers the opportunity to mark this off your "Bucket List" through the Discovery Program. Once you catch snow flake skiing/boarding fever you will experience the most fabulous vacations of a life time as you take your winter sports activities to the High Country level.

The Winter Discovery Program is conducted on set dates during Ski Season. Typically it includes 4 Sundays.

Investment $185 

What is included:·        

  • 4 lessons with an experienced instructor
  • 4 Ski-Area Passes for the days of your lessons
  • Equipment Rentals included for all lessons
  • 4 Aerial Tram Tickets
  • Total walk-in/separate Value of $532 – $604 (depending on age)

Lessons Available:

  • Level 1 – No Experience
  • Level 2 – Beginner – Have skied or snowboarded 1 or 2 times, but cannot stop on demand ; have skied or boarded, but it’s been a long time
  • Level 3 – Novice – Can ski/ride Beginner/Green Slopes with ease and ride chairlift comfortably
  • Level 4 – Can ski/ride Intermediate/Blue Slopes
  • Level 5 – Can ski/ride Black Diamonds/Advanced
  • Level 6 – All mountain Skier/Rider in all conditions


By Kevin Staton

Are you headed to Gatlinburg to ski?  KSOC members get a discount on lift tickets!  All you have to do is show your membership card at the time of purchase to get the discount.  Membership cards are available to all current members on the KSOC Website as an image that you download to your phone.

To get your membership card:

  1. Go to http://knoxvilleskiclub.com
  2. Click on the "Log In" link in the upper right of the homepage to be taken to the login page
  3. Enter your email address and password and click on the "Log In" button
  4. When successful you'll be taken back to the homepage
  5. Click on your name at the top of the screen to be taken to your profile page
  6. Click on the "Image optimized for smartphones" link to get an image of your membership card that you can save to your phone



Exciting news from Lifestyle Pocket Saver!  Here are a few updates including some of our NEW restaurants for 2022. To start with…Mahoganny’s at the Crowne Plaza is doing their awesome “Thanksgiving Brunch”!!!!   You can use your Lifestyle card!!! This year...On Thanksgiving Day, you can go to Mahoganny’s and use your LIFESTYLE CARD.  GET $25.00 off your Thanksgiving Brunch! Thanksgiving lunch will be served between 11:30 and 2:30.  Alcohol is available including Mimosas and Bloody Marys. (This is a one time value ONLY at Mahoganny’s…as Lifestyle is not valid on major holidays!) Mahoganny's is close to bringing back their much loved Friday night Steak & Seafood buffet!!!

  • The Walnut Kitchen is in the 2022 edition with a $50.00 dining value!!! 
  • Bistro By The Tracks is in with a $30.00 dining value!!!
  • Bluetick Tavern in Maryville is in with a $25.00 dining value!!!                                 
  • The Melting Pot is also in with a $25.00 dining value!!!  (Valid Sunday thru Thursday Only).
  • The Marble City Kitchen/The Firefly restaurant located at the Hilton Downtown is in with a $30.00 value                                                  
  • Gavinino’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurants— Two locations,Turkey Creek & Beardon, have a $20.00 value to each.  One of my favorites for true Italian style pizza and pastas. 

*** The Blue Heron, Tanasi Bar & Grill and Toqua Sports Bar & Grill are ALL IN FOR 2022
I am working hard to finalize added restaurants for this to come out before the holidays. If you haven’t already ordered for 2022…go to www.LifestylePocketSaver.com and place your order!

You can also reach us at 865-357-7488.            —Dennis-Lifestyle Pocket Saver


20% off tuning at$$ -- KSOC MEMBER DISCOUNTS -- $$

20% off tuning at Alpine Ski Center

Point 6 Socks is offering all Crescent members and their friends a 25% discount onPoint 6 socks. Simply use the code “CSC” on internet orders at www.point6.com. Plus, orders over $50 receive free shipping.

National Ski Council Federation (NSCF) Discounts are available at the NSCF website, www.skifederation.org.

20% off DeBooter. Use code SKICOUNCIL.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort: 50% off lift ticket and ski rentals. (Holiday periods, night session and snowboard rental not included.)

20% off Rapid Expeditions river tours.

Stolt Bootski 10% off with promo code DEBINFL15 - link www.stoltsports.com

Alpine Ski CenterPoint 6 Socks is offering all Crescent members and their friends a 25% discount onPoint 6 socks. Simply use the code “CSC” on internet orders at www.point6.com. Plus, orders over $50 receive free shipping



Please click on this link to sign up: http://www.knoxvilleskiclub.org/membership-form-s.

Membership Dues: Family $60.00

Couple $55.00 

Single Parent $50.00 

Single $45.00 

Associate $35.00 

Student $15.00

KSOC Officers


President: Bill Schwenterly

Internal Vice President: Jennifer Emch

External Vice President: Carole Mustaleski

Treasurer: Mary Anne Koltowich

Secretary: Robyn Ulrich

Internal Committees

Publicity: Jackie Dutton

Membership: Kathy Lafollette

Publications: Jeannine Dunn

Programs/Special Events: Open

Asst. Programs/Special Events: Jo Vaccaro

Social: Claudia Ritchie

Webmaster: Kevin Staton

Crescent Representative: Mary Anne Koltowich/Carole Mustaleski


External Committees

Local Trips: Kevin Staton

Distant Trips: Carole Mustaleski 

Asst. Distant Trips: Open 

Non-Ski Outings: Jo Vaccaro

Ski School: Jennifer Emch

Racing: Ramon Davila, Race Director

Youth: Mike Morgan/Jackie Dutton

The Fall Line Disclaimer: The Fall Line is the official newsletter of the Knoxville Ski & Outing Club (KSOC), Inc. The KSOC reserves the right to edit all copy and to refuse ads that are not acceptable to the Editor. The publication of any advertisement by The Fall Line is not an endorsement of the advertiser or of the products or service advertised. The KSOC is not responsible for any claims made in advertisements. Advertisers may not, without prior consent, incorporate in a subsequent advertisement that a product or service has been advertised in this publication. Information regarding advertising and closing dates should be directed to the KSOC, Publications Chairman.

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