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Ausblick Nov 2021 Newsletter

Snowflakes have been seen, the Holiday preparation season is upon us, another “opening day” is quickly approaching and this snowsports season will be like no other Ausblick has experienced to date. This season marks TWO huge milestones, that of our Ausblick Ski Club and our General Manager Dennis Evinrude, both celebrating 50 YEARS serving our Membership. Once we’re underway, we’ll be “Sliding through the Decades” with activities, memories and memorabilia to mark the occasion leading up to what everyone anticipates will be Aublick Ski Club’s most memorable celebration and honoring Dennis Evinrude’s 50 years of guiding our development and influencing the experience we all enjoy at our club.

As one might imagine, planning an event as important as our 50th is no small task and to dovetail the uncertainty of mother nature when it comes to scheduled events might prove risky at best. With that in mind, I’ve been informed everyone should watch for communications of events, fun “pop-up” activities, opportunities to purchase Ausblick 50th memorabilia and also how you can provide personal pictures as the season evolves. Our communication channels will be e-mail/constant contact, so please insure we have your correct contact information on file. Social Media will also be a source for some interesting flashbacks over the years, so if you’re not following Ausblick, you might check us out.

Anyone interested in the Ausblick Ski Club history should visit our Webpage at “ausblick.org/about/ausblick-history-organization/” for an in depth appreciation of our club’s Interesting beginnings. And while our Ski Club’s story is interesting enough, realizing that General Manager Dennis Evinrude was here from the beginning truly exhibits a dedication to the commitment of building The Finest Membership Ski Club in the Midwest. For generations we have all created Friendships and Memories here at Ausblick and this season I suspect many of the memories will be viewed and talked about as we Slide through the Decades this season. Watch for details coming your way throughout the season.

Bob Turowski – President, Ausblick Ski Club

Ausblick October 2021 Newsletter

Dear Ausblick Member,

Fall is in the air, cooler weather is refreshing as the leaves are about to burst into a landscape of natural beauty. Mother Nature is hard at work preparing for the transition into winter; as is the staff at Ausblick wrapping things up in preparation for our 2021-2022 snowsports season. This newsletter is to inform everyone of how this upcoming season’s shaping up.

Let’s begin with our social schedule already determined. While notices have been sent out, I’ll remind everyone that our Annual Ski Swap will be held Sunday, October 3rd, at 12-noon (rain date: Oct 10th). Formats the same as last year, so if you’re interested, please contact Dennis Evinrude at DEvinrude@Ausblick.org.

Next up is the Badger Tailgate on November 6th, please RSVP to Mike Wichert at wickski@me.com. Both the Ski Swap and Badger Tailgate notices have been published on the Ausblick Ski Club Facebook page and via Constant Contact to your e-mail of record.

For those of you who like to schedule out, this year we will not be holding an “RSVP New Year’s Eve Event” as in the past. Ausblick will be open December 31st to all members and guests. We encourage everyone to personalize their own celebration, bring guests and simply enjoy your club! Our lifts will close at 11:30pm, followed by our lodge closing at 12:30am.

Men’s and Ladies Day events will once again be held this season. Dates are still under consideration and details will be announced as they become available.

March is always a special month at Ausblick when it comes to events, and this March 13th. has been selected to Celebrate General Manager Dennis Evinrude’s 50th. Anniversary at Ausblick Ski Club. The party’s already being planned, so please “save the date” and watch for an E-Vite in your mailbox as we finalize approach our season opening.

If you might be interested in becoming involved in the planning and organizing of events at your ski club, please contact Lynn Mallach at skischool@ausblick.org and ask her for details. It’s a great way to meet members and begin new friendships.

If there’s any curiosity out there about activity at your ski club this off-season, I’d encourage a drive-by to check it out. The staff and contractors have been working diligently at completing the remaining snowmaking infrastructure, lighting additions, and a new building at the base of Race Run for electric requirements. Our pond at the top of the hill is now abandoned and plans are to be completely on the new upgraded system for the season. This has been a very busy season, so don’t hesitate to offer your Thanks to Kyle and his staff & contractors for all the efforts in making this a huge step forward this summer.

In the August Newsletter I mentioned our Membership renewal rate was significantly ahead of previous years. I’ve been informed that we’ve reached our 400 voting memberships limit and therefore membership for Family, Associates and Single memberships are no longer available for the 2021-2022 season. Please contact Dennis Evinrude our Membership Chair regarding the availability of corporate memberships.

While we recognize the good fortune in filling our membership limits at a record pace, we also are sensitive to the clubs growing Wait List. Applications continue to come in and as a result, our SnowSports Director Lynn Mallach has decided to offer snowsports packages those on the Wait List. These packages will have include cost for lift tickets. Lynn’s goal is to offer limited program access to those waiting to join Ausblick, so if you’re on our Wait List, please watch for details coming your way.

In closing I’d like to remind everyone that our primary method of contacting you is via e-mail. Social Media is used for social notices, however it’s very important to ensure we have your current e-mail to afford getting information to you. Having pointed that out, I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Fall Season, get out there and enjoy it!

Bob Turowski, President

Ausblick August 2021 Newsletter

Summer’s nearly over, some mornings you can feel Fall is in the air, as the saying goes. I hope everyone has been enjoying your favorite summer pastimes and the warm weather we’ve had the past few months.

There are a few items of interest that I believe may be worth passing on at this time. Our Annual Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, August 18th. at Ausblick; during which both Scott Grady and Mike Guetzke were re-elected to the Ausblick Board for another three year term. Elected to backfill the vacant opening as a result of Mark Wierman’s decision not to run for re-election, Mike Senkbeil has now joined the Ausblick Board. The Board is sincerely Thankful to Mark for the 6 ½ years he has contributed as a valued board member. Looking forward, I’m confident Mike’s broad business experience will certainly be an asset to the Board.

Possibly of more interest may be the rate at which members are rejoining Ausblick and the growth of our Wait List for new members. Comparatively looking at last August (20-21) membership renewals rate, verses this August (21-22), renewals are coming in much faster pace than previous years. Here’s the process; Members of the previous year are invoiced before anyone on the Wait List. Our By-Laws and Conditional Use Permit restrict us to no more than 400 Family, Associate & Single memberships in total. Currently there are only 33 available remaining for the 21-22 season, so if you’ve been invoiced, please consider securing your membership before they’re all filled. Once renewals of last season’s members stop coming in, we start invoicing those on the Wait List. Our Waiting List currently has 163 applications as of my writing this newsletter. Wait List applicants respond quickly once invoiced. Please be aware.

Questions regarding membership can be directed to Dennis Evinrude at DEvinrude@ausblick.org.

Many of our long tenured members have experienced the slow progress made in working towards the completion of our clubs Long Range Plan. Since most of the past few years work has been underground snowmaking infrastructure, it can be difficult to recognize. I’m excited to announce that work is currently underway that should complete the replacement and upgrade of our entire snowmaking system, positioning us to abandon the cooling pond at the top of the hill. Further, the addition of a third pump will significantly increase the volume of our snowmaking during optimal temperatures. Along with this summer’s project will be replacement of wiring to the lights and the addition of several additional lights on our ski hill. After this season our focus will be to obtain enough material to backfill the abandoned pond and progressively work towards expanding our ski runs, ultimately wrapping up Phases 3 & 4 of the Long Range Plan. Phase 5 will require a lot of fill material prior to placing that new chairlift we’ve talked since the completion of our Equipment Building in 2010.

Dennis, Kyle and staff have been very busy this summer getting everything ready for the 2021-22 snowsports season. My sincere appreciation to all of them for their efforts and dedication to our Ski Club.

In closing I’d like to remind everyone of our annual ski swap scheduled for Sunday, October 3rd. Watch for details to be sent out during the month of September.

Bob Turowski, President
Ausblick Ski Club

Dennis Evinrude’s 50th Anniversary Milestone!

On Wednesday evening the Ausblick Board presented our General Manager Dennis Evinrude with a plaque commemorating his 50th anniversary at Ausblick. What many may not understand is that Dennis has been at Ausblick since its inception, a remarkable achievement.

Dennis’ having been here for 50 years says it all. His vision and determination has made Ausblick Ski Area a unique brand; one where family and friends gather, wonderful friendships are developed, lasting memories are made and all while enjoying our love of snowsports.

Word of it has reached social media, prompting my sending this announcement out so that everyone is aware we decided to postpone the “Ausblick Celebration” into the 21-22 season due to any impact the pandemic might have had in limiting attendance while honoring Dennis’ milestone.

There will be a celebration, I expect a huge celebration sometime during the upcoming season.
Please watch for future announcements and along the way, give some thought on how Dennis may have played a small role in your life over the past 50 years. I’m thinking a very large Guest Book may be in order.

Bob Turowski – President, Ausblick Inc.

Ausblick June 2021 Newsletter

Summer seems to have finally arrived. Dennis, Kyle and crew are engaged in off-season club maintenance and preparing for what we all hope is a typical 2021-2022 snowsports season. This past season influenced many families to seek activities outdoors because of related pandemic restrictions. As a result, many guests were introduced to Ausblick Ski Club and the impact to our Waiting List was significant. Furthermore, we experienced 48 Ausblick Memberships that elected to choose Leave of Absence which, for the 2021-2022 Membership renewal, gives them the same re-enrollment status as last season’s active members. I point this out because it presents a potential issue with managing the filling of memberships for the coming season.

Our club By-Laws limit our Family, Associate and Single memberships to 400 active memberships which, along with the 48 Memberships that chose to go “Leave of Absence”, are typically the first wave of invoices sent out the first week in July. To further complicate things, we have 141 applications on the Wait List to join our snowsports club. The purpose of this correspondence is to make everyone aware of the potential that some members may not gain re-entry into the club for the upcoming season if a commitment is not acted upon in a timely manner.

After reviewing what we hope are reasonable options, we’ve decided upon the following to facilitate securing one’s membership for the 2021-2022 snowsports season.

  • All of the previous season’s 400 memberships and those 48 who elected to choose “Leave of Absence” for last season will receive e-mail invoices during the week of June 21st. To secure your membership, a minimum 30% deposit will be required by July 30th, with payment in full invoiced in September and due by October 1st.
  • September 1st, invoices to those on the Waiting List will begin to be sent out on an application date basis, to fill what remaining memberships are still or become available.

While we cannot predict the outcome of our membership renewal drive, we do see the possibility of getting back into the club potentially becoming an issue for those who delay their decision to secure a spot. The 48 on the Leave of Absence List represent nearly 100% of our typical annual turnover. Once we start invoicing the 141 on the Waiting List, available openings will fill quickly.

All invoices will be initially sent out via e-mail. Those that bounce will be sent their invoices via USPS. Invoice payments can be dropped off at Ausblick or by check mailed to Ausblick Inc. P.O. Box 207, Sussex, Wi. 53089. Payment dates will be determined by USPS post mark or date received at Ausblick.

We’re assuming a typical season at this point. The SnowSports School will fine tune programs for further enjoyment, Social Programs will be available and with some good fortune, last season’s pandemic will be simply a conversation among family & friends enjoying our club for yet another snowsports season.

Questions can be directed to Dennis Evinrude, Membership Chair @ 262-246-3090.

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer.

Bob Turowski, President – Ausblick Inc.

Ausblick LOA Renewal Notice 2021

To those Memberships who chose Leave of Absence Status for the 2020-2021 season

Summer seems to have finally arrived. Dennis, Kyle and crew are engaged in off-season club maintenance and preparing for what we all hope is a typical 2021-2022 snowsports season. This past season influenced many families to seek activities outdoors because of related pandemic restrictions. As a result, many guests were introduced to Ausblick Ski Club and the impact to our Waiting List was significant. Furthermore, we experienced over 40 Ausblick Memberships that elected to choose Leave of Absence; which gives them a priority re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 Membership renewal. I point this out because it presents a problem with managing the timing of filling memberships for the coming season.

Our invoices of the previous season General Membership are usually sent out the first week of July for the upcoming season, with payment due by the end of the month. Given the unique situation at this time, our priority re-entry memberships could fill nearly all of our historical annual turnover if everyone rejoined. This information is intended to help you understand an offer we are making to insure your priority is honored, but you must act to insure your membership in the 2021-2022 season.

Your invoice will be e-mailed in the coming days. E-mails that bounce will be mailed paper statements. We’ve implemented an on-line payment option this season to afford our receiving your payment quickly. Payment by check via mail will still be an option. Invoice payment due dates will be 30 days from invoice generation. Last season’s General membership invoices will be sent out the first week in July via e-mail and on-line payments will be afforded to everyone receiving invoices.

It’s important to understand our club is limited in the number of memberships we can have annually. Our intention is to do everything reasonably possible to insure you can rejoin the club if that’s your decision. Once the general membership invoices are released, vacancies will renew quickly.

If there are any questions, please call General Manager / Membership Chairman Dennis Evinrude at 262-246-3090.

Bob Turowski
President – Ausblick Ski Club

Ausblick Spring 2021 Newsletter

I find it interesting that last season COVID dictated our last day of snowsports was 3/16/20, and that this year our final operational day was just 5 days later due to unseasonably high temperatures impacting our conditions. Historically speaking, the second half of March each year is generally questionable and often limited to weekend operations only. Sadly though this season, we weren’t afforded more “spring deck time” with family and friends as was the case in many previous seasons.

And so we look forward to another summer, optimistically with relaxing pandemic concerns and opportunities to return to a near normal. At your ski club routine maintenance operations will continue along with finalizing our efforts on the next step of Ausblick’s Long Range Plan. Our goal is to secure the Capital Funding necessary to complete the snowmaking & electric infrastructure, allowing us to abandon and fill the cooling pond at the top of the hill. Several efforts need to fall into place, however if they do our snowmaking capabilities should be significantly increased.

If the above didn’t get you excited, maybe looking forward to General Manager Dennis Evinrude’s Anniversary Celebration will. Yup, 2021 marks 50 years at Ausblick! Plans are to hold a celebration sometime late in 2021, details will be sent out as soon as they’re available.

On behalf of the Ausblick Club Board of Directors, our sincerest Thank You to all members and guest for everyone’s patience and consideration of one another during the season as we all had to adapt to pandemic guidelines. It wasn’t a perfect situation, however it was much more than many thought would be possible. Our “Wait List” of families submitting applications for membership increased by over 90 during our December-March 20/21 snowsports season. Thank You all for introducing your friends to the Ausblick experience.

In closing, I’m certain our entire membership would express their appreciation towards General Manager Dennis Evinrude and his Leadership Team this past season. Lynn-SnowSports School Director, Kyle- Snowmaking & Grooming Operations, Reid-Front Office & Lift Operations; along with their respective teams as they all worked so diligently to afford Ausblick’s Membership and Guests the best possible 20/21 snowsports season. Special Thanks to the Ausblick Ski Patrol for their dedication to service our club during the “pandemic” season, and to all those members who financially gave support during the modified Ski Patrol carnival.

Bob Turowski – President
Ausblick Ski Club

Ausblick Jan 2021 Newsletter

It’s been just over two weeks since Ausblick has opened for the 2020-21 snowsports season; the holidays are behind us now and with some luck we’ll return to knowing what day of the week it is upon wakening each morning. Holidays have that effect on many of us.

Race camp is over as our Ausblick Race Team begin their competitions, our SnowSports Instructors are on track for a record season and ski terrain and conditions have been outstanding as usual here at Ausblick. Two months ago there was a lot of uncertainty looking forward, however after meeting with staff and spending time at the club myself, there’s no doubt everyone’s working together to make this season as typical and enjoyable as possible. Staff, Leadership and fellow Membership all appreciate everyone’s co-operation. Guests are impressed and have told us so.

Looking forward into January the forecast is much kinder than previous years, which if it doesn’t change will certainly make our lodge limitations less of a potential issue. Within the lodge the table limitations appear to be manageable thanks to our considerate membership. One area needing attention is for everyone to refrain from leaving personal items and boot bags under or on tables while out on the hill. Members looking for an open meal table assume it’s not available and may not have another option. Please store personal items in the cubby storage located by the restrooms or under the benches along the wall while out on the hill.
Luggage tags on boot bags, etc., will be helpful in locating any bags left under tables if they’re stored by management to free up unoccupied tables. Also, placing name & address stickers on equipment is helpful in recovering anything misplaced or mistakenly taken home by someone.

Lift operations are improving as the season progresses. While lines may seem longer, realize that we eliminated the “singles” line, therefore the remaining two lines absorbed those individuals. As the season progresses, the novice skiers & boarders asking for the lift to be slowed should learn to load without the accommodation. Also, there have been a number of younger skiers losing their skis upon loading the chair. If this repeatedly happens, please have the bindings checked. Lastly, it’s important to remind everyone that our policy is to bring down the lift chair restraint bar upon loading. Please inform any guests of the practice.

In spite of the unusual circumstances our snowsports season is faced with this year, one can’t overlook the number of families with children enjoying our club this season. Some of them will be future parents of our club, we already have multi-generational families. With that in mind, please use caution when driving in our parking areas.

Best of Luck to our Race Team in the weeks ahead and Thank You to our Membership and Staff for all your co-operation this season.

Bob Turowski – Club President
Dennis Evinrude – General Manager

Ausblick December 2020 Newsletter

A reminder as we approach opening day

Opening day is nearly upon us and understandably, we’re all excited to have our favorite winter activity available to us, especially this season. Leadership and staff have worked tirelessly to prepare the club; more-so than ever due to the pandemic. The purpose of this newsletter is to remind everyone of a few important issues as we open for the season. General Manager Dennis Evinrude will be sending out more specifics in another message.

Our COVID-19 Plan is posted on the Ausblick.org webpage for complete details. I would encourage asking guests to review the document prior to their coming out to the club and having them stop at the front desk to sign our Health Agreement upon arrival. Members whom have already obtained their annual I.D. card should have already executed the document.

Regarding our health, please elect to stay at home if you or a member of your immediate household may be displaying symptoms of COVID. While this may be difficult, keep in mind our staff potentially could be infected and the impact might have serious operational consequences. We need enough healthy staff to remain open so we have a season.

Everyone by now is familiar and hopefully accustom to wearing face coverings, social distancing, using sanitizing stations, etc. Snowsports in itself is a good fit for compliance. Furthermore, while the initial few weeks of the season may be challenging for everyone, we need to keep our eye on the weeks ahead as the temperatures warm and most of us welcome spreading out onto the deck and spend more time on the hill. If we can manage to stay open, our time at the club might become more like a typical mid-late season by late January.

I’ve asked our Ski Patrol to assist lift operations staff in reminding those in line about maintaining social distancing. I’d ask everyone to please understand Patrol and staff requests are intended to keep everyone safe and healthy. Those individuals not willing to comply with our COVID protocols while at Ausblick will be asked to leave the premise.

Social Events will need to be evaluated as we experience the season. Men’s & Ladies Day may be possible with limited attendance, other events might prove possible as we see how effectively the season progresses. We’re committed to have an enjoyable season because we’re optimistic that together we as a club, can adapt, co-operatively keep everyone healthy and safe and add to the friendships and memories we all enjoy as Ausblick Members.

On behalf of the Ausblick Ski Club Board, have a wonderful Christmas Holiday Season,

Bob Turowski – Club President

Ausblick Thanksgiving 2020

Let me begin by welcoming all the new members who have joined the Ausblick family this year.

New Member Orientation

As I look to the December weather forecast, it appears as though seasonal temperatures may be finally approaching. I understand everyone’s looking forward to our opening day, especially this snowsports season. Kyle and his outside Operations Team are anxiously awaiting cold enough weather to fire up the snow system, Lynn has been busy booking SnowSports lessons and our Front Office/Lift Crew Manager Reid is readying his staff for opening day. All we are awaiting is reasonably consistent nighttime temps in the low 20’s for approximately a week.

Our Operation Plan appears to be consistent with other ski areas relative to COVID-19 Guidelines. Nearly everyone by now has a lot of experience in social distancing, wearing masks, awareness of COVID symptoms and the expectation of refraining from exposing fellow members if you might be symptomatic. We’re all in this together and together we’ll make the most of the forthcoming season.

Ausblick has taken several measures to afford social distancing. We’ve added two 20’ x 30’ tents as alternatives to capacity issues within the lodge. We’ve also added several outdoor grills as optional cooking space which I’m certain will be popular as the season progresses. We’re cautiously optimistic that we may still be able to schedule our Men’s and Ladies Day social events with attendance limitations, and possibly other events yet to be determined as guidelines evolve.

So even under the often frustrating circumstances we have endured this past summer, there is always something to look forward to, such as another season at Ausblick. I personally am so thankful to our leadership team of G.M. Dennis Evinrude, Manager’s Kyle (Outside Operations), Lynn (SnowSports Programs), and Reid (Front Office/Lift Ops), along with their respective Teams. They have work so diligently so that we can have another snowsports season.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I sincerely wish the entire Ausblick Family of Members the most enjoyable Thanksgiving possible. Be Safe; I hope to see everyone at the club in the near future.

Bob Turowski
President-Ausblick Ski Club