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A publication of the OC Ski Club, the coolest ski club in the valley!

LIFTLINE I’m f o Out ol tr Con

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august 2013

Volleyball tournament Biking tips end of summer activities

become a ski bus trip leader summer fun!

41st annual

Volleyball tournament Saturday, September 21st

Maple Ridge Ski Area

LIFTLINE OC Ski Club, Inc. P.O. Box 13901 Albany, NY 12212-3901 OC “Hotline” Number: (518) 475-7553 Web Site: Facebook: OC Ski Club, Inc.

Officers | Gretchen Riley Vice President, Admin | Erin O’Brien Vice President, Skiing | Eileen Finn-LeMatty Secretary | Dave Simonian Treasurer | Mark Wilder President

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Board of Directors

Beth Conrad | Rich Stella | Fred Haefeli | Kim Carey Richard Hennan | Jeff Kenton | Matt Quackenbush John Hyde | Cynthia Ward | Bobby Domanico




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Committees | Chantal Couture Alpine Buses | Sylvia & Fred Haefeli Alpine Bus Assistant | Kathy Howard Alpine Trips Chair | Joan Savage Ambassador | Gloria Quackenbush & Mike Koutelis Applicant | Gail Marotti-Hossan Applicant / Membership Assistant | Stephanie Talbot Elections | Dave Higgins Family Liaison | Matt Wakefield Finance | Bob Hossan Fund Raising | Jill Hayes & Teddi Winn History | Gary Phillips House | Arline Welch Membership | Chad Calhoun NYCDSC Council Reps | Dave Higgins & Cynthia Ward Publications | Greg Bockis Public Relations | Jill Bryce Racing | Nicole Bouchez Snow Sports Instruction | Jeff Kenton Technical Director of Snow Sports | John Dowling Treasurer’s Assistant | Matt Quackenbush Volleyball | Sandy Misiewicz, John Verba, & Jan Verba Web Master | Bill Culihan Activities/Entertainment

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President’s Corner

is V-ball Tourny teers n u l o v ! 13 1/ 2 / 9 are needed!

Gretchen Riley President

Hi everyone, Summer is certainly here. With the hot, humid and hazy weather, I’m sure we all are looking forward to ski weather. Well, in just a few months, the first bus(es) will be kicking off the start of our ski season. Contracts for most of the multi-day ski trips have been signed and applications are being taken for those interested in being a trip leader. Check the web site for further information on both trips and the trip leader application. There are still a number of activities continuing for the rest of the summer. For those who attended the summer picnic, it was a good time with great weather, good food and the opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow ski

Activities & Entertainment Friends Doing Things With Friends OC blizzard in august!

Thursday, 1st al august 8th nnu $17 for Members A & Applicants $22 for Non-Members/ Guests Come to see the ValleyCats! Troy Bruno Stadium! A fun family evening includes an ALL- YOU - CAN - EAT- BBQ, Box Seats, Baseball Cap, & more including half time participation! ALL for only $17 per person! For large family rate, email Chantal at VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to come and sing the National Anthem before the first pitch! Bring your singing voices.. Don’t have one? Come support anyways! PRIZES - T-Shirt giveaway to the first 2000 people! - OC Raffle get there by 5:45p.m.! BBQ starts at 6p.m., ends at 7p.m.. Fans are encouraged to wear white and help create whiteout conditions! It’s Thirsty Thursday! Buy a large beer for the price of a small! (Excluding Brown’s and import beers)


august 9TH, 10TH, 11TH CAMPING ON THE BATTENKILL, VT A fun weekend of food -floating -favorite beverages! You DON’T need a boat for this event! Bring your floating coolers on this one! We will float down the Battenkill River on tubes, kayaks & canoes are optional. Campfire Party & BBQ on Saturday night! We will be camping at the “Camping on the Battenkill” campsites. Keep an eye on the website for details or see Maureen Kline.

OC Happy hour Wednesday, August 28th dinosaur BBQ, Troy

club members and guests. Don’t forget the volleyball tournament will be held September 21st. Volunteers are needed. A new club web site is in the works and will be launched soon. Stay tuned for more details. An ad hoc committee has been formed to draft criteria for lifetime member award and two or three additional individuals would be a welcome addition. If anyone is interested, please send me an e-mail ( Please refer to Committee articles in this edition of Lift Line and the club’s web site for information of upcoming events and activities. Remember, also, everyone is welcomed to attend the board meetings.

Gretchen almost sold out !

the oc Annual Hampton beach seafood festival party bus! September 7th (First Sat after Labor Day) SIGNUPS ARE GOING ON NOW!

A fun-filled bus adventure to the ocean beach of New Hampshire doesn’t stop there! The Hampton Seafood Festival offers a variety of entertainment venues, lots of craft vendors, tremendous and sumptuous seafood galore from vendors in huge tents, and incredible sales from area shops that are open for the last time before closing for the season! Of course a great day on the ocean beach with volleyball & OC Friends > all for ONLY $45 includes: Transportation (the OC Way!) T-Shirt Festival Entry Prizes - Raffles - Games & FUN! LIMITED SEATING! Sign up at any OC Happy Hour or Meeting. (See our website). Members / Applicants and their one guest only prior to Aug 24th. After Aug 24th non-members with no membership sponsors & Paypal is available if there are any seats left. Sign up early!

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paintball adventure SATURDAY, sept 28th 2pm until 6pm Coopers Cave Games and Paintball 3960 Route 4 NEW Kingsbury, NY DATE 518-745-4263 Price: $45, for 4 hours + We will be having an OC Paintball event. This will be a private party for us OCer’s, if we get at least 8 people to join. I was thinking we can all meet at the Clifton Park and ride exit and go from there. Price: $45 for the day. This includes rental gun, paintball mask, ammo belt, all day air refills and 500 paintballs. Extra paint @ $15 per 500 balls. (paint washes out of clothes) About an hour north from Albany. $90 deposit to hold our reservation, which I will take care of and get refunded later. They have woods fields, urban setting, and speedball fields with bunkers. LINKS: Waiver: wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2012waiverform.pdf Any questions contact Tom: Facebook 315-720-3905

Let it Snow! Eileen Finn LeMatty Vice President Organized Skiing


et it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!! I thought if I start the chant now, maybe it will help us achieve a new record, or at least more snow than last season! Chime in anytime people! It is August. July was far too hot for me!

When will winter come? As much as I love to swim and waterski etc. I do not like the heat. It kept me from enjoying the traditional OC Track Day breakfast and day of wagering! I was, however, in a pool for a good portion of the day, so I survived. Hopefully some “Opening Day” photos will be shown. The picnic photos show some great fun was had at Moreau State Park. Summer activities are in high gear, though Monday volleyball saw it’s share of rain outs. There are still Happy Hours, The “Battenkill” float/camping, Baseball at “The Joe”, Golf Scramblin’, NH Seafood Festival, and various “FWF” things happening. Keep your eyes peeled on the website and join the fun! Ok, Ok, Winter stuff! The Alpine Bus Committee is still coordinating with the resorts for the season schedule. It probably will not be published until October though. The trips- I know, you want that info…well…here it is- and, there it is, and everywhere it will be so you can begin to plan! The Trips info is on the web and in the Lift Line. Trip Leader application forms are available also and need to be completed asap! The August 21st meeting will have more info for you. Leaders will be chosen shortly thereafter and we will open some trips in late September as we have the first ever, “OC Trip Preview Event” to provide information and answers to questions you might have about the upcoming trips. The trip leaders will be there to describe the trips in greater detail. Budgets are not complete, but close. Yes Colorado 3 times - but, they had the BEST cost air rates and travel itineraries for our group. I will simply list them here for those who read this article. Please be prepared with your first and second choices. We anticipate that these trips will sell out. If there are more people at the start of the trip sign up than spots available, a lottery will be conducted. Please check the OC web site for updates – including the prices, trip opening dates, along with the number of trip spots. The limitation of number of trip spots is very often related to the number of airline seats for our trips out west. There are many excellent opportunities to ski out west – OC memories to be had! All trips will be offered as is, so please check the fine print. If you have questions, you can email the VP of Skiing, Eileen Finn LeMatty, or Trips Chair, Joan Savage. If you wish to complain, you may complain to me. Maybe you’ll feel better.


2013/14 weekend trips: December 13 - 15, 2013 Okemo, VT Lessons & Luxury (Never Evers too) January 17 - 20, 2014 (MLK) Smugglers Notch, VT Family FWF! March 13 - 15, 2014 Stowe, VT

2014 longer trips: January 25 - February 1, 2014 Telluride, CO February 9 - 14, 2014 Sunday River, ME February 15 - 22, 2014 (Prez Week) Winter Park, CO February 22 - March 1, 2014 Breckenridge, CO March 8 - 15, 2014 Park City, UT March 27 - 30, 2014 Sugarbush, VT (most likely as I type)

Administratively speaking

Summer is in full Swing! Erin O’Brien Vice President Administration


ello all, I hope you are enjoying your summer. The track is in full swing and Alive at five is winding down. The club is in full swing too! We had a great time at the summer picnic - it was a great day to be in or on a body of water. The food was great and the company even greater! Thank you Chantal for putting it together! You certainly have planned many fun activities for the club. This month we can attend a Valley Cats game, camp and float on the Battenkill, participate in a paintball activity, and get happy at the Dinosaur BBQ. Friends having fun with friends - it doesn’t get any better than that! Keep your eyes peeled on the web site for updates. Enjoy your August and your sharp new Lift Line! Thank you Greg Bockis! See you out and about.


er fun: lots of summ aintball Battenkill, P & Dino BBQ!

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: s h t y M About getting e around by bik

Remember the freedom of riding a bicycle? Has it been years since you’ve ridden a bicycle? Don’t let MYTHS about biking steer you away from the simple joy and convenience of using a bike to go shopping, run errands, get work, or just for fun!


You should ride facing traffic

FACT: It is illegal to ride your bike against traffic, unless marked otherwise. Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.


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MYTH #10

Biking in traffic is

FACT: Being predictable,

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It’s expensive to buy & maintain a bike.

FACT: It’s actually way cheaper than buying and operating a car. A car costs an average of $8,946 each year to operate (based on 15,000 miles). Whereas it’s only about $120 to maintain a bike!


Biking takes way too long.

FACT: For shorter distances between 1 & 4 miles, biking is usually much faster than driving


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when you consider traffic and the time it takes to find a parking spot.


Biking requires too much gear.

FACT: You don’t need snazzy gear to ride your bike; all you need is a bike, a helmet and YOU!


You have to be in really good shape to ride a bike.

FACT: Almost anyone can ride a bike - it’s only as hard as you make it! Actually riding a bike can improve your health and get you in shape.




You can’t carry much stuff on a bike.

FACT: Bikes can be equipped to carry pretty big loads with attachments like a front basket or rear rack and you can always carry a backpack or messenger bag as well.


My commute is too far to bike.

FACT: You don’t have to ride your bike the whole way - you can combine different modes of transportation to shorten the bike trip. For example, drive to a place that’s closer to work and bike the rest of the way, or ride your bike for a non-work related trips that are close to home.


I’ll get sweaty.

FACT: Riding slowly casually keeps exertion low, while giving you that natural breeze. Layering your clothes properly helps your body temp just right - it’s an art you will master with time.


My work clothes will get wrinkled.

FACT: Fold or roll your clothes neatly to reduce wrinkles. You can also try leaving clothes

at work.

MYTH #11

Riding on the sidewalk is safer than riding on the street.


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ng predictable, alert and lawful (remember: PAL) will ve your safety on the road. Remember to indicate your be aware of your surroundings and follow the traffic rules.

FACT: Sidewalks cross driveways and road intersections where

drivers don’t expect to see a fast moving bicycle. There is often not enough room to share the sidewalk with pedestrians as well.

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41st annual

Volleyball tournament Saturday, September 21st

Maple Ridge Ski Area


ake a walk on the “Wild” side! Our annual volleyball tournament is one of the largest outdoor volleyball events in the Northeast. Your entry fee is the ticket to lots of volleyball, plenty of tasty food and beverages, and lots of fun and excitement. Competition levels for 6-person teams include Recreation 1-3; (continued...)




Saturday, September 21st (Gates open at 8am – fun continues all day long ‘til 10pm)

Maple Ridge Ski Area 2725 Mariaville Rd., Schenectady NY 12306

Welcome to the Jungle

c ome to the Jungle!

y es, we do have fun ‘n games. WE NEED YOUR HELP to put this event together!!

Advanced 1-3; and Power. We will also have Recreation and Advanced levels for 4-person teams. A note for Club members: This is the Club’s LARGEST EVENT, as well as being our largest PARTY and fundraiser. The fundraising part is important to you because it helps to subsidize our ski bus programs.


To Volunteer: Contact Paula Moir 423-4138 or

Set Up Day: Friday, September 20th (9am-7pm) Event Day: Saturday, September 21st (7:30am-10pm) Tear Down: Sunday, September 22nd (10am-1pm) Do you have a truck or trailer?? If so, please help us on Fri or Sun.

For Tournament Inquiries: Chris Phillips: 439-0113 or Gail Marotti-Hossan: 439-5842 or


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On-line Registration is open at or use form in this issue (Look towards the back of the Liftline). Players

6-Person or 4-Person Teams ($37/$39 per player)

Non Players

Admission is free for Spectators

(Meal and Beverage Tickets available for Sale at Event)

Note: Deadline for Registration is September 15th… so act fast and register today!!


Location → Time →

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Players: $ 37 in Advance OR $ 39 if paid in September (Includes Tournament Play, Meals & Beverages) Visitors: Admission is free….Meal tickets available at event Maple Ski Ridge - 2725 Mariaville Rd., Schenectady NY 12306 Gate opens at 8:00 a.m. Play begins at 9:00 a.m. SHARP!

USA Volleyball Outdoor rules will apply to all divisions in this Tournament, except where modified by the tournament organizers. Teams should select their level according to standard USA Volleyball practices. The organizers will make final determinations of team division assignments.

6-Person Team Divisions

1) Choose a Division:

Recreation – 6’s

Advanced – 6’s

Power – 6’s

4-Person Team Division* Co-ed 4’s

(Mark an “x” under division of choice)

2) Enter a Level – Enter 1, 2 or 3

(3 is the highest level within the division)

*NOTE: Co-ed 4's (men's height net); 1 female min per team; limited availability …so sign up soon !! Applications are due by: Saturday, September 14th All team players must recognize that volleyball is a sport which inherently involves an element of risk. All players voluntarily assume that risk and will not hold the O.C. Ski Club liable for any injury arising out of the normal play associated with competing in this sport/tournament.

Team Name: Team Captain’s Name: Email Address:

Daytime Phone # Evening Phone #

TEAM MEMBERS: Enter names of team players (including captain) in table below ***A minimum of 4 players required for valid registration.*** (5) (6) (7) (8)

(1) (2) (3) (4)

Designate one team member as Referee and enter name here: Enter Total number of All-day tickets


→__________ at $37 each (if postmarked by Aug 31st) = $ __________ →__________ at $39 each (if postmarked in September) = $ __________

Mail Tickets / Confirmation of Registration to: Name: Address: City/State/Zip: Note: Please advise your players that they must present their tickets on the day of the event….or they will be required to buy another one.

O.C SKI CLUB, INC. Make check or money order payable to the → (Phone number and address are required on all checks. We will not be responsible for cash.) Returned checks will require payment in cash/money order + a $15 fee. Mail to: OC Ski Club Volleyball Tournament 61 Gullane Drive, Slingerlands, NY 12159

Presorted Standard US Postage PAID Albany, NY Permit No. 68

OC Ski Club P.O. Box 13901 Albany, NY 12212-3901

Get Your Golf Team Ready! Or let us team you up. OC Annual Golf Scramble is coming. Don’t miss this year’s tournament. Everyone will tell you last year’s was great. This year could even be better if you attend. What it’s all about: • 4 Person scramble – Shotgun start • Saturday August 24th, Tee time 1:30 • Après-Golf dinner included • Team and individual prizes included • Greens fee & cart • Briar Creek Golf Course – Rotterdam, NY

This is a FUN event not a PGA outing so we want all golfers regardless of skill level. The idea is to get out with fellow OC Club members to laugh and enjoy the outdoors. This golf scramble is open to all OC members & applicants. You can also invite any number of family, friends & guests to join in. So there are no excuses not to sign up. Get a foursome (or 2) together or we will team you up. Cost is $65 for OC members & applicants and $70 for non-members. Oh did I mention that this includes one hour of beer after golf?!

Send checks to me at – 160 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180 Or pay online on the OC Web site thru PayPal Please sign up early as this makes my life easier to organize this event. This event requires a minimum of 40 players to run (Refunds if canceled) If you are interested please email me at Thanks and looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces.

– Fred Haefeli, OC Golf

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