Archive for January, 2012

Free Transportation !!

January 17th, 2012

Our  February trip is coming up; we usually average around 8-10 students, and 20-25 instructors.  We would REALLY like to increase the student count closer to 20.  To help with this goal, we have a donor that’s willing to pay for the transportation expense.  This is a great opportunity to get up to Mammoth, and let us worry about the driving! Let’s make it happen, and sign up! Attached is the TRIP form.


***just a note*** if you’re planning on attending the trip, please reserve your spot by sending an email to Do not use our Facebook group page to reserve your spot.  FB should only be used to make comments on the upcoming trip, or coordinate carpooling.  All reservations need to go through the email address.  Better yet, attend the general meeting coming up on January 25th at the REI in Tustin to turn in your trip form, pay for condo, and coordinate rides with others.


On the last trip, Mark Jankowski found a pair of Men’s XL Head ski gloves near our trailer.  They’re fairly new, if these are yours, Mark will bring them on the next trip, just let me know and I’ll pass the message.


Lastly, there’s a big storm brewing from the Pacific Northwest, and it’s going to pound Mammoth  with fresh snow this weekend, so put away your rock skis.   Snow Baby Snow !!


Message From The President

January 12th, 2012

There are times when our worst fears, the things that scare us the most, are realized. There are also other times, perhaps most of the time, when through luck, design or the simple grace of God, they are not. That may sound strange, but it is the best way I can describe how this last trip went for me. Prior to the trip we were very concerned about snow conditions, combined with the potential for a lot of traffic on limited terrain affecting our ability to be safe on the mountain. After Brent consulted with both Mammoth administration and DSES, and a “Go / No Go” e-mail vote with the board, we determined that is was indeed safe to go ahead with the January trip.

 I am so glad that we did. We ended up with 8 students, 25+ instructors and enjoyed another perfect Mammoth week-end. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the efforts of our students, their families, our instructors and all of the good people who work for the mountain. The trip went off virtually without a hitch (Sorry Darryl). It was probably one of the quickest and most efficient jobs we have ever done in getting everyone safely geared up, dialed  in and on the mountain in my nearly twelve years as an instructor.

     Special Thanks to:

  • Patrick “The Leprechaun” Moynihan, Anna Glenn and Steve Kovach for turning a bunch of outriggers that looked like a pile of toothpicks into a well organized rack of riggers inside the trailer.
  • New student Alexander Lee and his family for their understanding with a housing snafu.
  • Brent and Karey Kusuhara for another stellar job of working with and improving the quality and competency of our instructors.
  • All of our instructors. I continue to be amazed at the level of your dedication, your caring and your skill. You never forget that safety is, and always will be, our number one concern in this organization. I can also say with absolute confidence, that for the students on this trip, a significant level of fun was had by all.
  • Karey Kusuhara, for a great ski lesson on Sunday with the President, and coming up with, in my eyes, the best four words to describe the week-end. Borrowing from our friends at the ETC, the outfit who took some of us white water rafting over Labor Day week-end, those at the pot-luck were asked to summarize their day in four words or less. Her words: “Do This, Do Anything”.
  • Reo Kobayashi, for saying significantly more than four words. All of them inspirational and worth listening to, with wisdom beyond your years.
  • Finally, to everyone else who had anything to do with this trip.  It makes me smile to see so many people do so many “little things”; selfless acts of caring and kindness that not only make this noble enterprise of which we endeavor possible, but also a total kick in the head to be a part of.

As your President, I am trying to learn how to be a better one. I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. Individuals dedicated to sharing the joy of snow skiing with others. During my tenure with this organization, I have, with many others, placed a lot of my time and energy into the group. If it were somehow possible to quantify the value of that work against what I have received in return for my efforts, I would still feel very much in debt. For my reward has been of such magnitude, and of such significance, that it is in a quantity that is without measure.


Our next general meeting will be pm January 25th, at the REI store in Tustin. Our next trip will be February 3-5. I have an ambitious but attainable goal of having 20 students on a trip this season. So beat the bushes, twist arms or do whatever is necessary and appropriate to recruit both students as well as instructors. If you are aware of any barriers, particularly financial ones,  that might keep a student from participating, please let myself or any board members know. We will do all that we can to make it happen for any qualified student and their family.

And above all else………………THINK SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And remember……………….

Do This, Do Anything!

Gary Konecne

Pictures from the trip are posted on our Facebook Group Page.

New Year Trip

January 1st, 2012

Hello Achievers,

We have close to 30 members going on the January trip (6-8th), looks like the club is ready to SKI !!   If you’re not aware, Mammoth hasn’t gotten much snow; but fear not, they’re making plenty of snow at night.  Who knows, we might get a miracle snow dump sometime this week.

For those staying at Viewpoint, condo assignment was emailed to you, and it’s also on our Facebook page.  Also, we’ll have our Saturday potluck at the usual location at Grace Community Church.  217 Sierra Manor Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

Below is the potluck assignment:

Main Dish


Side Dish/Salads




If you have any questions, let me know. Safe travel.

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