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EPSC Seeks Volunteers for Board, Committees

 

Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council is looking for volunteers to fill positions on their elected Board, as well as committees. Job descriptions are at the end of this article.

Elected Officer positions are:

  • Vice President

  • Recording Secretary

  • Corresponding Secretary

Committee positions are:

  • Trip Planning (East, West and International)

  • Discount Programs

  • Meeting Coordinator

  • Membership

  • Historian/Parliamentarian

  • Public Relations

  • Publications

EPSC is the central organization for 38 ski clubs in the tristate area with clubs as far west as Harrisburg, as far north as Scranton, as far east as the South Jersey shore, and as far south as Baltimore. The Council’s primary goal is to promote winter sports and provide help, services and skiing-related opportunities to their member clubs. It offers programs including a local racing program, annual Western Carnival ski trip, discount lift tickets, and annual golf tournament – all of which are open to all ski club members.

 

If you have a little extra time and are interested in helping EPSC continue its efforts to grow with the changing times within the ski industry, please contact one of the following:

Mitch Bower

EPSC President

president@easterpaskicouncil.org

973-722-4229

 

 

Lydia Hill

KOPSC’s EPSC Representative

LHill99@comcast.net

 

Council job descriptions:

 

Officers

  • Vice President assists the President in running board meetings in the President's absence. Technically is supposed to run the general meetings; it's largely a familiarization with the Council for the possibility of becoming president in the future.

  • Recording Secretary takes minutes at Board and& general meetings; it is preferred they be present at meetings, but we can record for later transcription.

  • Corresponding Secretary uses website Constant Contact to maintain communications and send notes/emails to the clubs/officers or other target audience. This requires no experience with Constant Contact. It would be helpful if they are moderately computer-literate and are comfortable with programs like Microsoft Word

Committee Chairs/Members

  • Website (currently maintained by current President and Corresponding Secretary) will be trained to learn how the site works. It is built on the WordPress platform, which user- friendly in creating and updating posts. President will continue to update the advanced-level items unless someone with WordPress administrator skills comes along. Secretary currently handles posting updates, articles and club news submitted by each club.

  • Trip Planning (Committee Members for East, West and International trips)

Volunteers will assist our committee chairs in reviewing club feedback regarding selection of trip locations, tour operators and trip concepts for Western, Eastern and International trips. International is in its infancy and won't run until at least 2024, so this is the time to get in at the ground floor. Eastern is a simpler trip to run and we've done many in the past. Similar to the Western Carnival without the flights and large scale events. In other words, trips for clubs to select to run themselves based on info provided by EPSC.

  • Discount Programs has traditionally been a matter of running the lift ticket voucher program, which came to a close last season. The biggest function of this position now is to compile (or better yet seek out) discounts from various local and regional mountains. Those get placed on the calendar on our members’ area of the website for clubs to take advantage of.

  • Meeting Coordinator for EPSC’s two general meetings each year. Meeting coordinator contacts the venue(s) for these meetings and handles registrations.

  • Membership has traditionally meant processing club applications, which is simply reviewing and presenting to the Board for approval. We would like this position to also be involved in seeking out new clubs for membership, as well as visiting existing clubs to communicate the benefits of EPSC membership

  • Public Relations involves keeping the “media guide” current, which requires using Adobe Photoshop/Illustration and other publication-type software. This person also will place ads for events like our auction or golf outing.'

  • Historian/Parliamentarian maintains order in meetings, ensures the meeting follows basic Roberts Rules of Order.

  • Publications person compiles and designs the annual “Snowdrifts” newsletter for print or online distribution at clubs, resorts and ski shops.

  • Fundraising person helps plan events such as our annual golf outing as well as our annual auction if the event returns post-pandemic

EPSC Seeks Volunteers for Board, Committees

Ski Industry News

 

Indy Pass adds 12 ski areas, including the first in Eastern Canada; Salt Lake City and County governments vote against proposed little Cottonwood Canyon gondola; Pacific Group Resorts completes its purchase of Jay Peak; and lots more ski industry news available on the National Ski Council Federation’s Newsbeat page. See the latest at https://skifederation.org/november-newsbeat-3/.

Ski Industry News

As the winter season quickly approaches, and many athletes are starting to get excited for the season ahead, there is no better time than now to ensure that your equipment is as ready for the season as you are.

 

One of the most important aspects of having a successful season of training and racing is to ensure that your equipment is in excellent shape and that your skis have had a stone ground if needed. A stone grind ensures that your ski bases are flat and true, that your base and side edge bevels are set correctly, and that your skis have the correct structure to match the type of skis you are using (SL, GS, SG, DH) as well as to match the conditions that you plan to be training and racing in.

 

Before each season, it's a good idea to inspect your skis for the following 4 signs, which may indicate you could use a stone grind.

 

Check for significant rock damage to your bases and edges. Rock damage to your edges can cause case hardening, leaving you unable to sharpen that section of the ski. This will undoubtedly cause you to lose grip while skiing and should be addressed with a stone grind right away. Similarly, significant rock damage to your bases may cause excess drag, slowing you down and holding you back.

 

Even if your skis still look like they are in excellent condition, but it has been a season or more since you last had a stone grind, there may be hard-to-see wear to the ski that will drastically affect the ski's performance. Ski bases are made from polyethylene plastic; over time, this material slowly wears down due to the friction caused by snow when skiing. Additionally, skis will warp and bend slightly due to the forces of skiing and from the heat of an iron. To check for wear and deformation to the bases, use a Toko Prisma Straight edge held against a ski base that is scraped and brushed. Next, hold the skis up to a light and look along the base. While moving the Toko Prisma Straight Edge down the base, look for light to escape either in the middle or on the sides of the skis. If you see light in the middle, it means that your bases are concave. If you see light on the sides, it means that your bases are convex. In either case, your skis need to be stone ground.

 

Look for salt damage on your bases that may have been caused by skiing in salted courses during the summer and spring. Salt damage can also occur simply from side slipping a freshly salted course. A good indicator that your bases have salt damage is minor scratches roughly 1-2 inches long that run widthwise across the base of your skis. Salt damage can drastically reduce the top speed of your skis and should be addressed with a stone grind.

 

Another sign that your skis need to be stone ground is if they behave unpredictably. If anything is off with the geometry of your base and side edge bevels, the ski may behave unpredictably and reduce your ability to train with consistency and predictability. When getting a stone grind, request the specific angles you need from your favorite ski shop. For example, you may ask for a 0.5º base edge angle and a 3º side edge angle. Be sure to have a conversation with your coaches so that you can choose the best side and base edge angles for you and your skills. Too much base bevel and your skis will take longer to engage in the new turn; too little, and your skis may feel too twitchy in the snow.

Identifying damage during the pre-season allows you to address any potential issues and ensures that your equipment will not get in your way. Keep an eye on the Wax Room this season, as we at Toko will be bringing you tips and tricks that will help bring out the most speed and reliability from your equipment. Next up, how to shape and prepare sidewalls on new skis.

 

**Pro Tip: Having all of your skis ground, whether new or old, at the same ski shop will add a level of consistency and reliability throughout all of your skis. This will result in better and more predictable training, where your skills are allowed to develop without your equipment getting in the way.

Four Telltale Signs That Your Skis Need a Stone Grind

Reprinted from Toko US to New York Metropolitan Ski Council

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Four Telltale Signs That Your Skis Need a Stone Grind

 

EPSC Race Schedule for 2023

(From Jared of EPSC Snow Sports Activities senioralpine@easternpaskicouncil.org)


After much deliberation, along with overcoming a bit of depression due to a difficult start to the season, all while watching the west get pounded, the 2023 EPSC Race Tour is finally set! 

 

This year, we have a total of eight stops, with the possibility of more to be integrated as they become available. This year will be comprised of two major “EPSC only” events and six public NASTAR piggyback events. New for this year, we have the help of a trained score reporter and Microsoft Excel programmer. With these two skills combined, we expect to provide you with the most accurate and expeditious results! Times and overall participation will be used in the tallying of the results at the end of the season.

1.  Kicking off the tour will be our first “EPSC only” race at Montage Mountain Resort on Sunday, February 5th! Registration will close at 8 PM on Friday, February 3rd, so be sure to sign up now! 

Registration Link: https://www.skireg.com/2023-epsc-race-tour-kick-off---montage-mountain. This event is currently only open to racers, but we are working with Montage to see about a discounted non-racing lift ticket option. Information to follow as it becomes available.

The piggyback race registration will run a little differently this year, as there is a $5 registration fee. Registration is required for your scores to count towards the tour. There will not be any refunds for these registrations, but you can register until 11:59 PM the night of the race. (That means you can race, go après and then register for the race!) Please note: this does not include your lift ticket or NASTAR registrations for each day/location. All NASTAR races are subject to typical host mountain procedures. 

2. Night Ride NASTAR Piggyback (Mod. GS-1) at Bear Creek Mountain Resort on Tuesday February 7th from 6:45 – 8:45 PM.

EPSC Registration Link: https://www.skireg.com/2023-epsc-race-tour-night-ride-mod-gs-1---nastar-piggyback-bear-creek-mountain-resort.

See Bear Creek’s website for more details: https://www.bcmountainresort.com/activities/ski-snowboarding/nastar/.

3. Night Ride NASTAR Piggyback (SL-1) at Bear Creek Mountain Resort on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:45 – 8:45 PM.

EPSC Registration Link: https://www.skireg.com/2023-epsc-race-tour-night-ride-sl-1---nastar-piggyback-bear-creek-mountain-resort.

See Bear Creek’s website for more details: https://www.bcmountainresort.com/activities/ski-snowboarding/nastar/.

4. Day Ride NASTAR Piggyback (GS) at Shawnee Mountain on Saturday February 11th from 10 AM – 2 PM.

EPSC Registration Link: https://www.skireg.com/2023-epsc-race-tour-stop---nastar-piggyback-shawnee-mountain.

See Shawnee's website for more details: https://www.shawneemt.com/learn-here/development-programs/.

5. Day Ride NASTAR Piggyback (GS) Montage Mountain Resort on Sunday, February 12th from 10 AM – noon. 

[To be confirmed – possible scheduling conflict.]

See Montage's website (bottom of page) for more details: https://www.montagemountainresorts.com/ski-snowboard-lessons/.

6. Night Ride NASTAR Piggyback (Mod. GS-2) at Bear Creek Mountain Resort on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:45 – 8:45 PM.

EPSC Registration Link: https://www.skireg.com/2023-epsc-race-tour-night-ride-mod-gs-2---nastar-piggyback-bear-creek-mountain-resort.

See BCMR's website for more details: https://www.bcmountainresort.com/activities/ski-snowboarding/nastar/.

7. Night Ride NASTAR Piggyback (SL-2) at Bear Creek Mountain Resort on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:45 – 8:45 PM.

EPSC Registration Link: https://www.skireg.com/2023-epsc-race-tour-night-ride-sl-2---nastar-piggyback-bear-creek-mountain-resort.

See BCMR's website for more details: https://www.bcmountainresort.com/activities/ski-snowboarding/nastar/.

8. The EPSC Race Tour will conclude Sunday, March 12th with the Council & Shaker Cups at Elk Mountain (assuming winter holds on long enough for us!)

EPSC Race Schedule for 2023 ​

Ski Councils Offer Discounted Lift Tickets, Appreciation Days

 

Didn’t buy one of the multi-mountain ski passes this year, but would still like a few days on the slopes? Here are a few ski areas offering discounted lift tickets and/or reduced-price appreciation days to ski club members through the Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council:

  • Shawnee Ski Area (PA)

  • Montage Mountain (PA)

  • Killington/Pico (VT)

  • Magic Mountain (VT)

  • Stratton (VT)

 

You can access the specifics on the discounted tickets and appreciation days through the EPSC website: www.easternpaskicouncil.org. As these discounted savings are a benefit of belonging to a ski club, you need to register to get access to this ticket information. On the home page of the council’s website, click on “discounts” at the top of the page, then click on “everyday savings” or “appreciation days.” This will take you to a log-in page where you can register. If you already have an ID and a password, just sign in. If you do need to register, you will be sent an email to confirm that your registration has been verified before you can enter the site. The turnaround for the confirmation is usually within 24 hours. If you have any problems with the registration, you can contact the EPSC webmaster at webmaster@easternpaskicouncil.org.

 

The Metropolitan New York Ski Council, of which we are also a member, has Appreciation Days at Berkshire East and Catamount Mountain Resorts in MA , Killington/Pico in VT and discounted mid-week lift tickets at Butternut Ski Area in NY. See dates and prices at http://www.metnyski.org/specialdiscounts.html.

Ski Councils Offer Discounted Lift Tickets, Appreciation Days
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