Archive—2005

The following are club activities and photos that occurred in 2005.

Articles & Photos from 2005

2004-2005 Racers

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Dale S, Timberline
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Jim M, Timberline
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Joe H in gates
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Mark D, Sugar Mountain
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Michael & Mark Mabry, Silver Creek
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Michael M in the gates
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Robbie B in the gates
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Stan M in the gates
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Tony G, Sugar Mountain
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The team still placed 2nd each day and is 3rd overall – out of 1st place by 2 points. Great start to the season compared to the last few years, so I am looking for big things again and maybe another Southern Division Championship to add to our other 6.

Crescent Ski Week — Telluride

by Mark Mabry
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The Crescent Ski Council took ~290 skiers & boarders to Telluride the week of January 15 – 22 and ETMM was represented by a dozen skiers. Many of us had never been to Telluride but I think we would all go back after a wonderful week of skiing and fun. The mountains are majestic and beautiful; the photos can't do them justice. Telluride received ~2 feet of fresh snow just before we got to the mountain so there was plenty of base and snow early in the week. The rest of the week was spring like conditions causing us to go through several bottles of sunscreen and enjoy our afternoon lunch breaks basking in the sun.

Several of us took a bump lesson early in the week which brought us into some of the most beautiful runs (and hairy situations) of the week. Our instructor saved the best run for the end of the day and took us down Dynamo; a double black diamond that narrowed into a chute that looked like something from a Warren Miller movie. Instead of jumping off the 50 foot rock face, we bailed out and took the "cat track" thru the woods to the nearest marked slope. The "cat track" tuned out to be what our instructor called "extreme traversing" which is not an exaggeration, it was extreme. Areas on this cat track were a few feet from other 50 foot rock faces with nothing between you and the cliff but your edges and not-so-sturdy knees. A few of us tumbled into the 2 foot deep powder during this trek and luckily did so away from the cliffs. All skis and body parts were found and safely returned to the condo for the evening.

Some of the most fun was had with what Dale Kennedy calls the "Wild bunch" doing some tree skiing in the "Log Pile". The Log Pile dumps into the West Drain and all together was probably a drop of 1,000 vertical feet thru aspen and pole pines surrounded by powder and packed powder snow. I am sure we looked like novice Eastern skiers wading our way thru the trees, but we had big smiles the whole way down. Another scenic area was off of lift 10, nick named the real estate run, where most of the slope side homes were located. There were plenty of beautiful log and stone homes along the groomed trails and if you have a spare $3 or 4 Million in pocket change you to can own one of them and invite all of your ETMM friends out for a visit.

There were plenty of other actives on and off the snow, such as a scavenger hunt on the mountain, pub crawl, NASTAR race, wine and cheese party, Crescent lunch at Gorrono's on the slopes, shopping in the rustic town of Telluride and hiking up to Bridal Falls. ETMM was part of the winning team for the pub crawl with Lisa B and friend Petra joining forces with Francis, Terry, Linda, and Mike to answer the most trivia and have the most fun during the crawl from pub to pub.

If you haven't had the opportunity to go on a Crescent Western trip, you have missed out on some magical moments and great times. I highly recommend these trips and will go back to Telluride the next chance I get.

Special Olympics

by Rick Lott
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This year's Special Olympics team was not unlike some UT football teams. It was definitely a rebuilding year. Not one of the skiers from previous years was returning. We had 5 new skiers, one new snow boarder as well as a rookie (not Rookie Sliger) snow board coach. After lacking a volunteer for a snow boarding coach for several years, I was hoodwinked into doing it. This was made possible by Dale Strother obtaining his ski coach certification and he and Caroline Echerd (Dobyns-Bennett Special Education Teacher) taking over the skiing.

Our first practice session was quite an ordeal with all new athletes. The first challenge of the day was outfitting the crew. This year we had mostly girl athletes and some of them were big girls. After an early morning panic by Caroline concerning large enough bibs for the girls, I opened my trunk and the used gear that Alan Stevens had donated helped outfit a few of the girls. The remaining required gear was quickly provided by Alpine Ski Center. Mike Thomas can always be relied upon to help out in a pinch. With everyone now properly outfitted, we headed to Ski Beech.

I had some previous concerns that morning whether Ski Beech would be open that day or not. This practice day was on about the 10th day of 60 degree weather. A quick call to the marketing director in the morning confirmed that they would be open. In fact, after arriving, I believe they stayed open just for us that day, since we were the only ones there. After obtaining our lift tickets and ski rentals (compliments of Ski Beech, thanks guys) we ventured out onto the snow or should I say snud. I must say, I have skied under some poor conditions, but I believe this day took the cake. All that was left was a 20 yard wide path of snow down Freestyle (beginner slope) with mud at bottom and top of the lift. A "Rock Ski" day for sure. Although it looked bad, the soft snow was all that these athletes required for learning on the first day. Dale and Caroline did a great job of getting most of the skiers lift chair capable and snow plowing down. Dustin, the snow boarding athlete, picked up the sport very quickly and was rapidly outpacing my skill set to coach him. All in all, we had a good day and didn't get too muddy.

The next practice at Ski Beech went much smoother and the slopes were well covered this time. Just about all the athletes were linking snow plow turns by the end of the day. We were now ready to compete.

We arrived at Gatlinburg mid afternoon on Sunday. The athletes first got outfitted with the correct sized boots and then we ate a few snacks and headed up to the motel rooms at the Holiday Inn. After getting settled into our rooms, it's off to dinner at the convention center. The first night's dinner is always hosted by the American Legion Post in Gatlinburg. They do a great job. The funniest thing is that the elderly gentleman that is always directing the seating every year obviously must have been a drill Sergeant in the army. If you even think about sitting somewhere other than where you were directed, "You would probably be taken out to the firing squad." After dinner, we go to the opening ceremonies which are much like the regular Olympics where each team marches in with their area's sign while the Olympic anthem is playing. There are typically a few UT football players that come and sign autographs and pose for pictures. The kids love it. After the ceremonies, we head back to watch a movie, eat some more snacks and try to convince the kids that they need to be in bed by 11:00 PM if they (and the coaches) are going to survive a full day of practice.

Next morning, we eat breakfast, don our ski and ice skating gear and catch the trolley and tram to the top. Some of the kids love the tram and others hug the floor not wanting to look out. Once we pick up our equipment, we head to the bottom of the slopes to catch the torch parade. The Olympic torch is skied down the mountain and is preceded by a group carrying flags. Dale got to be in the torch parade and carry a flag this year. The official Olympic torch is lit and the games get started. We basically pair athletes off in groups of 2‑3 according to ability and just work on techniques in the morning. After lunch, we actually start running some gates and learning that competition is not just going straight down the hill as fast as you can in a snow plow. After a full day of practice, the kids are whooped and it's back to the motel. Dinner this night is provided by the Smokey Mountain Ski Club and they let you sit anywhere you want to. After dinner, we do a quick trip up the Space Needle (compliments of one of Dale’s friend that owns it) and then it's back to the motel for more snacks and movies. Getting the kids in bed the second night is a lot less of a problem than it was the first night.

Dawn comes early and today its show time. The athletes make a few free ski runs and then it's qualifying time so that you get placed in flights much like we do in Crescent racing. The flights usually consists of 3‑5 athletes so that all get either medals for 1st‑3rd places or ribbons for 4th & 5th. Once qualifying is done, the racing begins. There are basically three division race courses that run on the bunny slope, on a green slope and on an intermediate slope. The bunny slope athletes do a 10 meter glide and then do a 20 yard, 3 cone slalom. The other athletes make one GS course run and then two slalom course runs. The GS is usually not a problem, but the first 2‑3 gates on the steeper part of the slalom courses take their toll. If the athletes fall, they must be able to get back up and put skis back on without any assistance from the gate keepers. After the competition is over the medal ceremonies begin. You would not believe how proud these kids are of their medals. Some of the kids will even wear them to the dinner and dance that night.

After a shower and clothes change into dressier attire, we're off to the dinner and dance. Some of the kids have been plotting strategy for the dance for the past 3 days. They have been scoping out potential dance partners and making prearranged dance plans. Once the dinner is over, the games are declared over and the torch is past on to the next hosting area for the spring games. Now the D.J. breaks out the music and partying begins. This is usually my cue to sneak out and head back to the Tri-Cities and work the next day. One of these days, I am going to have to stay and dance.

All attending had a great time. No injuries the whole competition. Ober Gatlinburg does a great job of hosting the Special Olympics and keeping the kids safe. Try skiing there sometime. When the temps have been cold, they have one of the best mogul runs in the area.

Beach Music Festival

by Debbie Bays and Buddy Ball
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Once again, we had beautiful weather, great music and a ton of fun with good friends. The bus was full of the regular beach music-lovers and several newcomers this year. Fellow Mogul Mashers in attendance were – Lisa B., Betsy, Roy, Buddy, Wayne & Debbie. This was a first for Roy, but I can guarantee it won’t be his last. He even tried to pay me when he got off the bus so he would have a reserved spot next year. Upon our arrival at Wayside Park, one of Wayne's old classmates met us and presented him with a "Birthday" shirt that said "It’s Great to be 53" on the front and on the back had "Wayne’s World Tour, Bus Trip to Stuart, Virginia Beach Music Festival, June 11, 2005". About 30 minutes later, one by one, these same shirts started popping up on the bus crew members, much to Wayne's surprise. Everyone got a big kick out of this. We had people we didn't even know coming to us asking for a "now-famous" Wayne's world t-shirt. So if you were lucky enough to get one, hang on to it, I'm sure it will be a collector's item. The rain held off, as always, until on the way home. Then it poured part of the way. However, we were serenaded (if that's what you want to call it) by Marsha and Ed...all the way home...non-stop!!! A good time was had by all! You can check out this year's pictures on the Beach Music website at www.beachfestival.com. You may see some familiar faces!!!! Next year's date has already been set for Saturday, June 10, 2006, so mark your calendars and Don't Miss it!! ~ Debbie Bays

 

On June 11 we once again made the annual trip to Stuart, VA for the Beach Music Festival. For those who have never been before, Wayne Bays arranges a bus to take us there as well as providing ETMM-type refreshments. It had been several years since I've been on the bus trip and I had forgotten just how much fun it is.

Having never been much for details when I'm on vacation, I don't remember the names of all the bands that were there or the order in which they performed but one thing I do remember is that ALL of them were excellent! The weather was perfect and there was a huge turnout at the festival. I divided my day up by dancing in the crowd, standing next to the stage for a few sets, strolling through the crowd, and even sneaking in a long nap in the sun. The people at the Festival are a unique group as they treat everyone as if they were old friends.

For a one-day trip, the Beach Music Festival can't be beat! We had the perfect mix of people on the bus, which made the trip itself a big part of the fun. We even got to drive right thru downtown Mayberry. Mark your calendar for next year's trip, and be sure to send your money in early as the bus fills up quickly. ~ Buddy Ball

4th of July Party

at the Mabry's by Lisa Morgan
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Sunday July 3rd was the annual 4th of July celebration at the Mabry's household and a great time was had by all! We spent the afternoon gathered in the Mabry's backyard enjoying great food and conversation as the kids splashed in the pool. Everyone brought their favorite dish to share and Mark and Lisa manned the grill serving hotdogs, hamburgers and the best blackened tuna you have ever tasted! The night ended with a bang as the group held their own fireworks celebration. The Mabry's hospitality was fantastic as always. We appreciate them opening their home to us and look forward to doing it again next year.

Captain for a Day

by Betsy Pearce
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On July 15, with the sunshine, the Mogul Mashers took 24 Dawn of Hope residents and 6 counselors to Boone Lake. This event named CAPTAIN FOR A DAY is an annual community service project for our club. The Dawn of Hope is a facility located in Johnson City, TN. The members are mentally and physically handicapped adults. These residents are transported to the facility each day and depending on their capability some residents actually work and earn a paycheck. (Several businesses use their services. An example would be a pizza parlor hiring them to put together boxes.)

Captain For A Day was a great success. For those residents who wanted to be captain of the boat, they were given the opportunity to steer. They laughed and showed so much enthusiasm. At lunch we docked at the Bays’ lake house. Some of the residents stayed on the boat and ate their lunch while others got off the boat and sat on the grass to eat. The residents are wonderful individuals and make the most of this trip. One counselor told me how much the residents look forward to us taking them to the lake. As for the counselors, they show so much care and patience for each and everyone of these special people. They are true blessings in the lives of these residents. At the end of the trip, each resident was given a gift bag filled with different types of goodies.

For us Mogul Mashers, I think we got as much out of this outing as the residents themselves. We had a good turnout of Mogul Mashers. For those of you who have never gone on this trip, you are missing a great time. It makes you so appreciative in a variety of ways.

Thank you to Wayne for all your hard work, to those who contributed time and came to help, for donating your boat, and items for the gift bags. Also thank you to Sonny's Marina for letting us use their facilities. All of us came together for this worthwhile cause.

Hope to see you next year!

Thank You Note received from the Dawn of Hope

Dear Mogul Mashers:

On behalf of the Board, Clients and Staff at Dawn of Hope, thank you for allowing us to spend a wonderful day at the lake with the Mogul Mashers. It was a fun day, and everyone had a great time! Thank you for making the clients' day so special. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year!

The mission of the Dawn of Hope is to provide high quality, caring, individualized services to enrich the lives of adults with mental retardation in Northeast Tennessee. We are grateful for your willingness to help us fulfill our mission with your contribution.

Sincerely,

Paula Bridges, Director of Developmental Services
Misty Hawk, Director of Development and PR

Mogul Mashers Golf Scramble & Lake Party

by Rookie Sliger
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Roan Valley Golf Course welcomed us with open arms to their course. A very hot day to play, but we were glad we were in the mountains. Plenty of liquids were available. I appreciate all for coming out and playing at a course that is little further than most but the nice thing we were a smaller group this year so play was faster. We had 16 players.

The 19th hole was held at the Sliger's Watauga Lake Cabin. First place went to Jo and Judy Blackburn, (each got $20) second Place went to Mark Mabry and Rookie Sliger, (each got $15) Last place went to Mark Dison and Jim Maerder. Each golfer got to go to the “table” to select their prize for their "winnings". Longest Drive for men went to David Sliger, Longest Drive was new comer Shari Andrew's, closest to the pin, #4 was Judy Blackburn and #11 went to Stan Mosley.

Thank you to the following folks who donated items for the tournament: Roan Valley Golf Course, Tri-Cities Golf Course, Pine Oaks Golf Course, and Bayneberry Golf Course; Smyth Wholesale, ETMM, Debbie Bottomlee, Rookie Sliger, Essie Rinn; hopefully I do not leave anyone out.

Until next year!

NSCF Meeting

in Crested Butte, CO
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The National Ski Council Federation’s annual summit was held on August 26-29. Our own Lisa Beregi and other Crescent Ski Council members attended this meeting to work on way to improve ski councils; ski clubs and the industry communicate and interact with each other. ETMM is a member of CSC and CSC is a member of the NSCF. If you would like more info on NSCF ask Lisa Beregi.

Pool Party

at Lisa Beregi's by Mark Morgan
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On a beautiful Sunday afternoon Lisa Beregi had ETMM at her home and pool. About 15 to 20 members came and brought side dishes to go with the dogs being served from the grill. I want to thank Lisa for a very relaxing and enjoyable evening.

Fall Beach Trip

by Buddy Ball
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In the tradition of the annual Fall Beach Trip several Mogul Mashers traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC, for a little sun and fun from September 22 - 25. In all there were 10 of us and everyone had a good time.

The water and the weather were great, if not a shade too hot (90+ degrees). Mostly we just chilled-out on the beach but Stan Mosley did go deep sea fishing. Unfortunately the fish weren't biting but everything else went well. On Friday night we had dinner on the pier and later walked to Studebaker's and danced the night away. A few of us ended up an eventful Saturday evening in the pool but anything further falls under the 100-mile rule. After a spur of the moment "tattoo party" we had dinner at the Key West Grill and ventured back to Studebaker's later that night.

September is still great beach weather and the rates are low after Labor Day - less than $150.00 per room for all three nights. Definitely planning on doing it again next year.

Gooberfest

by Barb Lang
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Thank you so much to Dale Strother for hosting the annual Gooberfest this past October 15th at his beautiful home! We all had a wonderful time. It was a gorgeous night, clear and cold (at least for me) and the bonfire was blazing with various ski items being sacrificed to call forth the new ski season. I'm sure Uller (the winter God) was listening and will send lots of snow. Thanks also to everyone who came to enjoy the festivity and for all the wonderful food. In fact, the food was too good...by at least a couple of pounds. For those who couldn't make it, we missed you and you definitely lost out on a great celebration. Let's all keep enticing Uller for a snowy ski season so we can get out there and get that first place trophy!

Hey ETMMites,

I just want to thank everyone that came tonight. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. We've done three of them here, and I think this was our best so far.

I was really happy to see our friends Krista and Ann drive all the way over from Sugar Mountain. Is there any rule that says a former Olympian can't join our club and race for us. With a little work I think we might pull that one off.

My buddy Tim and Celeste had a great time, and told me what a good bunch you were. Thanks for making them feel welcome. Most of you know that Tim and I were in the Marines together. As 19 year old Marines, we got into more than our share of trouble all over the Mediterranean. We literally traveled from Morocco to Turkey together. Naples and Barcelona still have scars from some adventures we got into. Tim went on to finish a career in the Marine Corps retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant. During that time he saw combat in Granada, Lebanon, and Panama. I think he was in Dessert Storm as well. Tim carries a scar from a Russian bayonet he got a little too close to in Granada. If any of you saw the Clint Eastwood movie (I think it was called) Heartbreak Ridge about the Granada Invasion, well you were swapping SEC stories with the real guy.

Christine is very interested in getting into the race program. She has never raced, but she loves to ski, and I'm sure she'll catch on to racing very well. I think she will be an asset to the team, and the club. I know she had a good time, and plans to be at the next meeting.

Again to all who came, thank-you. For those that could not, we missed you, and hope you'll try to be here next year. As far as next year goes, unless God or the bank run me off this place, we'll do it again in 12 months.

Ride, ski, drive, and fly safe, and we'll see you on November 1st in Kingsport for the November meeting.

Dale, AKA Goobermeister

CSC Fall Conference

by Barb Lang and Stan Mosley
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The weekend of November 4-6 a few of us ETMMites ventured to Asheville for the Fall Crescent Ski Council Conference. It was a fun-filled weekend, starting off with a much needed Happy hour at a local ski shop. We browsed the pre-season ski equipment specials to gear up for race season, had plenty of finger foods and beverages, and got to mingle with the other Crescent members. Some of the ski industry representatives who help us with our trips and racing were there to join us for the weekend as well. On Saturday, there were plenty of workshops to attend; a great presentation was given by Jim Cottrell of the French-Swiss Ski School to help us with our skiing technique. He definitely enlightened many of us with the "new" way of skiing on shaped skis. We even got to attend a workshop on waxing and sharpening our skis to hopefully reduce our race times. For those interested in long distance trips, a presentation of the upcoming Australia/New Zealand trip was given leaving no doubt that it's the trip to attend for some great adventure and beautiful sights. Later that evening, Ullerfest was in full swing with live music, dancing, wonderful food and drink, plenty of company, and an inferno of skis. There's no way that cold weather and snow can't come our way after that celebration fit for a God!

Sunday was a day for our officers to get together to plan events, Thanks to all of them for their hard work and dedication! Without them our winter season would just be cold. Meanwhile, the hot tub bubbled for one more moment of relaxation prior to the drive home.

Season Kickoff Party

by Mark Morgan
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The Race Party at the Mabry’s home on the 18th of November was a cool brisk night, a good sign of things to come for the race season. Here’s hoping. If you missed it, you missed excellent food and fellowship and best of all was the surprise 50th birthday party for Rick Bates. He got several gifts that any old fart could use, a walker, cane, and an assortment of other gifts. If you did not get signed up for racing you can sign up with Mark Mabry. The form can be found on the web site under racing or you can get one from Mark Mabry at the Christmas party.

Bays & Potter Big Orange Tailgate Crew

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Congratulations 2005 Food City Tailgater of the Year!!!

Over 1800 votes were cast and the winner of a trip for ten to the SEC Championship game was announced at the UT vs. Vanderbilt game on Saturday, November 19th.

Christmas Party

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Appalachian Race

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Joe H in the gates
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Lisa B in the gates
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Madison's first race
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Matt C taking it easy between runs
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Richard in the gates
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Alan Stevens
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Barb & Stan
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The team still placed 2nd each day and is 3rd overall – out of 1st place by 2 points. Great start to the season compared to the last few years, so I am looking for big things again and maybe another Southern Division Championship to add to our other 6.