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  • 12/16/2017 12:38 PM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    Quickly find out what Forums are available and which ones have Recent postings on the Forums Summary web page.  To access it, click 'Forums' from the main menu.

    Once you click it, you will see a list of all OSC forums.  Scroll down to see recent posts and the forum they have been posted to.

  • 12/05/2017 3:52 PM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    Have you subscribed to a Forum?  If you have and would like to receive regular email updates from the Forum, you can go to your Profile (click your Name in the upper right hand corner of the web page after logging on) and select the settings you'd prefer.

    Once you are in your Profile, click Email subscriptions.  A screen will appear to tell you what forums or groups you are subscribed to as well as the emails you have chosen to see.  Click on images below to see larger view.

    Once you click 'Edit', you will be able to set how frequently you want to receive Email from the Forums.  The choices are Immediately, Daily or Weekly.  If you select Immediately, you will receive an email within an hour after the Post is made to the Forum.  Daily means you will receive it the next day and Weekly is once a week.  You can also choose to not receive emails and simply monitor the Forums as you choose.  Once you make your selection, be sure to hit 'Save' at the bottom of the page.

  • 11/24/2017 8:38 AM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    The website theme that has been chosen for the website is mobile friendly.  To log on, click the arrow on the top right of the Home Page and a screen will appear to log on with your email address and password.  See example below.

  • 11/07/2017 3:41 PM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    If you can't find what you're looking for on the website, use the Search function at the top of each web page; type in a keyword and you will get a list of where the item is listed.  

    You can also click on the three bars to the far right of the menu and then click 'Site Search' to find the layout of the website and a specific web page.  Once you find it, click it and you will be taken directly to that page.

  • 10/23/2017 7:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is a new feature on the website - you now have access to a printable copy of your membership card in your profile.  This will provide everyone with a replacement membership card should they need one over the course of their membership term. 

    Just access your profile, click 'Printable PDF', print and cut out your card.  You can also access from your smartphone. 

    If you've lost your card and need one with the New Jersey Ski & Snowboard Council sticker, you will have to contact our membership registrar.

  • 10/05/2017 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each members profile is based on the information entered on the application form.  If there are changes to this information, a member can logon with their email and password and update their profile.

    Once logged on, click your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  If using a smartphone, click on the icon that looks like a person in the upper right hand corner.  

    Once you access the information, click 'Edit Profile'.  Make changes to any field that needs updating.  Once complete, click 'Save' at the bottom of the page.

    Note: County has been added as a field in the database.  Please enter your county of residence before leaving this page.

  • 09/12/2017 3:53 PM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    Note: Before you change your privacy settings, you must go in your profile, click 'edit profile' and add your 'County' of residence to your information.

    Depending on who you want to view your personal information, you can change privacy settings in your member profile.

    To change these settings, follow these steps:

    1. Log into your account.
    2. Click your name in the upper right hand corner of the page.
    3. Click the Privacy link.
    4. Click the Edit profile button to enter edit mode. 

    5. You can now choose who can view your personal information. If a lock icon appears beside a field, you cannot change the privacy setting for that field.

    6. Once finished changing your privacy settings, click the Save button.

  • 08/31/2017 7:48 AM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    On the new website, people have the ability to join or renew online.  Just click the Join or Renew button on the Home page, select a membership level and click 'Next'.  You can also renew by accessing your member profile and clicking 'renew now'.  Please note that your memberships cannot be renewed unless it is 45 days or less from the member expiration date. 

    Payment can be made by check - paying at the General Meeting or mailing to our membership registrar (see General Contacts on the About Us menu).  Credit card payments are also accepted.  If you use this option, you will be directed to PayPal where you can use your PayPal account if you have one or by credit card and entering your credit card information.

    There are 3 classes of membership, Adult Member, Past President and Junior Member.   Membership status is either Active or Lapsed.  An Active member is one who has paid their dues and can enjoy all the benefits of OSC.  A Lapsed status indicates the member's expiration has passed a 14 day grace period and they can only log onto the website to renew their membership.  If a member is in a Grace Period, they still have all the benefits of an active member.

    When a membership is activated, the website will automatically send a letter with a temporary membership card. If paying by check, an invoice will be sent with the amount due to OSC.  The membership will not be complete until the check is received.  If the check is not received within the 14 day grace period, their status will go from Active to Lapsed.

    The website will automatically send renewal notices for pending renewals and notices of a lapsed membership if the member doesn't renew on time.

  • 08/29/2017 3:04 PM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    With the release of the new OSC website, it's necessary that all members have a unique email address.  It's no longer possible to share email addresses with this site.  Your email will become your login to the website along with a password set by you.  

    A unique email is required for members to:

    • Renew your membership
    • Sign up for events and activities
    • Update your contact information on your profile
    • Receive reminders from the club on activities and renewal date.
    Several free email services are available including Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and others.  If you need assistance with setting up an email address, notify us at

    If you choose not to provide an email, membership renewals can be done at the General Meeting.
  • 07/13/2017 1:24 PM | Onondaga Ski-Club (Administrator)

    We arrived at Hancock Airport Sunday morning  February 12, at 4:30 a.m. for our 6:00 a.m. flight to start our trip to Steamboat.  Things got off to a scary start when the line to check luggage got backed up and the counter agents said they were going to cut check in off at 5:15.  Eventually we all got our bags checked, and departed on time. The weather cooperated and we arrived in Denver on time for our 4 hour bus ride to Steamboat.  There was a movie to watch on the bus that got many different reviews… any hoo moving right along.

    After a long trip all 53 of us, including travelers from California, Illinois, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ontario Canada, arrived in Steamboat at 6:00 p.m. ready to party and ski/snowboard.  Later we met for a cheese and wine party that included a special “surprise” guest to meet.  A few of us noticed a new person that started to mingle around and ended up at the bar to speak with a few of us.  A few moments later we were all introduced to Nelson Carmichael, an Olympic bronze medalist in 1988 and 1992 Freestyle mogul.  A few of us thought he looked a bit too young to win at that years mentioned.  But to our surprise he is actually 51 yrs old.  Skiing is a great sport and keeps you young and vibrant!  After welcoming us to Steamboat Mr. Carmichael spent time talking, signing autographs, and posing for pictures with everyone. 

    After a good nights rest, we were ready for Steamboat.  What a week we had!  We had a full week of skiing on some great trailswith a wide variety of greens, blues and blacks.  There was something for everyone.  Unfortunately, we had to trade champagne powder for Blue Bird days. We had beautiful sunshine and ideal temperatures for skiing every day.

    On Monday, more than a half the group took advantage of the Mountain Masters Tour for skiers and boarders over the age of fifty.  The all-day tour provided an opportunity for us to become familiar with the mountain.

    With almost 3,000 acres of skiing, 165 trails and 16 lifts, we needed all the help we could get.

    On Tuesday, the trip leaders arranged for a Mountain Round -up (Poker Run) organized by the Steamboat staff. Envelops with playing cards were located at five locations on the mountain.  Participants had to go the five locations on the mountain and retrieve an envelope with the playing card.  A prizes were awarded for the first, second, third best and the worst poker hand.

    Happy hours and more.  Our Trip leaders didn’t let us get bored. They arranged for après ski activities every evening.

     For those who dared, a clothing optional after dark, trip to Strawberry Park Hot Springs was held on Tuesday evening.  The ride to and from was exciting.  The unpaved road had pot holes that could swallow a Volkswagen Beetle. We may have driven over a couple.  Thank goodness the driver knew his route well and got us to the top of the mountain where the springs were located.  With flashlights and headlamps we made our way to the water’s edge and quickly got undressed and into the water.  Some of us had our suits on underneath our clothes.  Each of the pools had a slightly different temperature; some relaxed in  the pool that was about 103 degrees others spent time in the 106 degree pool.  It was very relaxing after a day of skiing and felt good on the tired muscles.  Then there were a few adventurous ones that wanted to go into the cold water on the other side.  That was quite a shock to your system but worth doing.  Your legs tingled when you got back into the hot springs.  The stars were bright and you could see the Milky Way.  Oh yes, everyone in our group wore a bathing suit, we think - it was dark.

     On Wednesday, on the BC Ski Way trail, a few from the group encountered a moose on the side of the trail just munching on the trees and whatever he could reach.  He didn’t seem too interested in the skiers that were about to pass by.

    The Wednesday evening Retro party, held at party central, was sensational!  The camaraderie among our club members, without doubt, outshines any other club I have been a member of.  The fun and creativity abounded among us!   When our assistant trip leader came riding in on his green dinosaur, wearing a white cowboy hat, we knew we were at the right party!   Without doubt, he won the Funniest Costume medal for the night.  The zaniest costume by far was one of our former club presidents, he figured out how to wear the OSC red Steamboat bandana in a most inconspicuous place; however, it didn’t take long before everyone discovered the hiding place!  I think he won the Scariest Costume medal!  Linda Vanderhoof won the Most Creative Use of the OSC Steamboat Bandana, she made a cute boutonniere by folding it in an artistic manner, very clever!  Diane Clark was the Most Fashion Challenged person of the evening by showing up in a stylish, chic-flowered dress and snappy hat, she was the height of fashion for sure!  Virginia Lee was awarded Best Racer Imitation, check out her hat, good for her!  The Best Retro costume was awarded to Cheryl Bloomer, she wore a tie-dyed shirt that had Guns N’ Roses stamped on it, a black mini-skirt and red/white/blue knit boots.  The era of the 60’s was obviously evident!   This was truly a party to be remembered!

    On their day off from skiing, many of the group enjoyed browsing the quirky downtown area of Steamboat Springs. A couple people even went on an all-day guided snowmobile adventure.  Another enjoyed a guided snowshoe tour followed by a gourmet lunch at the Hazie’s Restaurant in the Thunderhead Lodge 

    Thursday was Sunset Happy Hour at the Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola.  The sunset did not fail to impress us.

    Friday our group took the gondola up to the Thunderhead Lodge for a Western BBQ.  A great dinner followed by dancing to a live band.  It was amazing how the Steamboat staff transformed the cafeteria for an evening of fine food and entertainment.

    On Saturday there was a sighting of a dinosaur on the mountain.

    Unfortunately, all good trips must end.  On Saturday, after a great day of skiing and boarding we needed to clean out our condos.  The leaders bought pizzas and salads and everyone contributed their leftovers for one more party. 

    To keep the excitement going the trip leaders presented trophies for:Rod & Linda

    Most daily vertical skiing or boarding: Tom Hotaling,Peter Davis,Gary Prestianni

    • Gary P (personal best) 47,000' in one day (chairlift assist...... No helicopter) Way to go Gary!

    Iron legs, for the most vertical skiing or boarding for the trip: Gary Prestianni

    Ladies vertical: Laura Powers ,Peggy Hotaling                                                                               

    Most improved: James Root                                                  

    Bark Eater, for a close encounter with a tree: John Sonne                                                                          

    Greatest Horizontal, for the person spending the most time lying down: Rod and Linda Ward                                                                                                                          

    Greatest Yard Sale: Cheryl Bloomer      

    Raccoon Look Alike: Larry Howard                            

    Horses Ass, person who does or says the most embarrassing, bone headed thing:  Scott Powers       

    Party Animal: Susan Fisk                                                                                                               

    On Sunday morning we boarded the bus to return home.  After a three-hour trip back to Denver, we boarded our plane to Atlanta then on to Syracuse. Again the weather cooperated and we arrived on time in Syracuse at 11:30 p.m., exhausted but content after a great week in Steamboat CO.

    Everyone can’t wait till next winter to see where we will be heading next!

    Thanks to Cheryl Bloomer and Kathy See for contributing to the article.

    Steve Davis and Eric Ludewig

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