Ausblick September 2019 Newsletter

The Farmers’ Almanac, which provides 16 months of weather forecasts for 7 zones in one compact book, is predicting that winter will be……….

While the forecast above is only “one” opinion, there have been a few early mornings here at Ausblick where the autumn air has caught our attention. A great number of you must also be paying attention to the weather as our Membership renewals appear to be well ahead of our typical pace. With that in mind, it’s important to note that if you haven’t received your membership renewal yet, please contact us so we can ensure you’ll be part of the fun this season. Unanswered renewal opportunities will be offered to families on our Waiting List in the near future. For those renewing, please update your contact information as you renew your Membership.

Our Annual Membership Ski Sale will take place Sunday, October 13th from 12/noon until 2:00pm. As in the past, Sale items can be turned Friday, Oct. 11th (4:00-6:30pm) and Saturday, Oct.12th (1:00-3:00pm) only.  As a reminder, items for Sale can only be checked in by current 2019-2020 Members. Opportunities to purchase are available to everyone Sunday, October 13th, starting at 12-noon. Doors close at 2pm.  Our Ski Sale event relies entirely upon Member Volunteers, and while those with former experience are asked to return on a priority basis; often we’re in need of a few replacement volunteers to backfill openings.  If you might be interested, please send Dennis Evinrude an e-mail stating your interest and we’ll get back to you as the need presents itself.

General Manager Dennis Evinrude and his staff continue to prepare for the upcoming ski & snowsports season, and in the event that the above forecast may be slightly off, they’re working on the installation of a second high capacity pump to our snow-making system to step up the volume of snow we can make should Mother Nature decide to simply gives us the cold shoulder.

And on another note, this is the time of year we begin advertising the employment opportunities we have for the coming season. While it is our policy not to employ immediate family of Ausblick Members (SnowSports School is the exception), we realize that your high school and college age children may have friends interested in working at Ausblick during the season. We offer a competitive wage and the opportunity to ski & snowboard at Ausblick with their friends. For more information, have them contact G.M. Dennis Evinrude.

In the next few weeks the Board and Dennis will be finalizing the upcoming season’s events to be posted on the website calendar.  Our spring survey results indicated our website is the most popular means of staying current with membership.  We do appreciate knowing that and will continue to post important information for your availability and reference, along with sending out periodic Constant Contact Messages for distribution.

Remember, the Ski Sale will be here soon. It’s time to start sorting out those items to pass on down throughout the Ausblick Family.

 

Bob Turowski

President – Ausblick Ski Club

Ausblick’s Newsletter Pre-Season 2018

I’m pleased to announce that Ausblick intends to open for the 2018-19 season on Sunday, December 2nd at 10 am. G.M. Dennis Evinrude, Kyle Martola, Lynn Mallach, Ian Mortimer, and all their support staff have been working diligently and hoping to set another Ausblick Opening Day RECORD and we’re optimistic it’ll happen. Check the website for confirmation before heading over on Sunday morning and while you’re there say hello to our staff leadership, give them a high-five and a smile for a job well done.

Our club has reached its maximum number of memberships and for those who were on the waiting list and unfortunately didn’t receive an opportunity to become members this season, be assured your name will remain on our wait list for the 2019-20 season.

Orientation Meetings for new members is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, December 1 st. If by chance you’ve not signed up for a presentation, please contact Dennis Evinrude ASAP.

Early in November, you should have received a booklet from Tamarack Resort in Idaho. Please note that this resort is offering Ausblick Members and Guests free Lift tickets with paid lodging during the months of January-March. Additional booklets should be available at the lodge in the near future.
Lastly, General Manager Dennis Evinrude updates the web page almost daily with important information throughout the season. It’s advisable to check in often for conditions, webcam viewing, and our Calendar of events (currently posted). The website is also where you register for most social events and to contact Dennis. We’re also on social media for anyone unaware of it. And for those who plan on booking lessons with our Snow-Sports Team, please take the time to sign up early. Lynn has several new offerings this season and it’s common to have those programs fill quickly.

On behalf of your Board Members, Welcome to another fantastic season at Ausblick.

Bob Turowski – President

Ausblick September Newsletter and Announcement

Special Offer for AUSBLICK MEMBERS

WILL SOON BE ARRIVING IN YOUR MAILBOX!

If you’ve read the August Newsletter, you may recall a reference to Tamarack Resort in Boise, Idaho. Well as promised, in the near future you will be receiving a 24-page brochure mailed directly to your home by the resort.  The information will familiarize you with Tamarack, plus outline the special offer afforded to Ausblick Members and their Guests while visiting Tamarack between January 2nd. and March 31st, 2019.

While I have your attention, please note our 2018 Membership Ski Sale will take place from 12-noon thru 2 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018. As in previous years, we will be accepting items for the sale on Friday, Oct. 19th. (4:00 – 6:30pm) and Saturday, Oct. 20th (1:00 – 3:00 pm). Please contact Dennis for material to pre-tag your items if you have several to be checked in for the event.

Lastly, if by chance you’ve not responded to your 2018/2019 Membership renewal notice, I would urge you follow through by October 1st.  Any vacancies afterward will be offered to those families on our Waiting List as a matter of fairness to those interested in becoming Ausblick Members, and the remaining vacancies will be filled on a first payer basis as has been our policy in the past.

Dennis and Kyle have been working diligently this summer towards getting everything ready for another great Snow-Sports season at Ausblick.  Last season we set a new record for the latest closing date in our history and while I’m not even going to suggest we will eclipse that April 22nd. date, I will remind everyone that we’ve upgraded our snowmaking system a couple years ago, so I guess we’re prepared to do our part if necessary.

 

Bob Turowski

President – Ausblick Ski Club

President’s Message August 2018

Ausblick President’s Message

August 2018

Our annual Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, August 22nd at the lodge and for those unable to attend, I thought you might like a brief recap of the highlights.

After determining we achieved the required quorum, I provided a summary of the past season, plus board activities since the close of our longest season ever. As a reminder, our last day on the hill was April 22nd, at which time we closed the season with a fantastic closing day party.  Pictures of the event are posted on our website in case you weren’t able to attend.

Financially speaking, our club remains fiscally sound as we enter our fourth year of our five-year note. Last fiscal year, ending June 30, 2018, we reduced our debt by $155.K, ending the period with $959.K outstanding. Our current budget plan is to further reduce our debt by another $160.K during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

I briefly spoke of results of last year’s ski sale and mentioned that this year’s Ski Sale is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 21st., Equipment turn-in will be Friday, Oct. 19th (4:00-6: 30 pm) and Saturday, Oct. 20th. (1:00-3:00pm) providing we have enough volunteers to staff accordingly.

There was a significant amount of Board energy spent on the results of the Membership Survey. After reading through the 134 responses and 465 comments, we decided to make the following changes:

  • Lots of complaints on dirty dishes and utensils being left in the kitchen, so all will be eliminated with the exception of wine & bottle openers, plus pizza cutters. Please be advised that you will need to bring your own plates, cups, and silverware this coming season.
  • Crowded conditions within the lodge and on the hill on Tuesday & Thursday Race practice nights also stood out. The Board is looking into options that might allow our SnowSports Instructors to relocate making additional lodge space available. Also, we have thoughts on making space available within the lodge on Tuesday & Thursday Race practice evenings. Further, we have already removed several trees on Long Chute (Woods Run) to afford the Race coaches to relocate a practice run on race nights, thereby opening up more space on Main for General Membership access.
  • Saturday Adult nights verses Continuous Hours on Saturdays also surfaced as a topic. After recognizing that Saturday Adult night attendance seems on the decline, our Board decided to only schedule two Saturday Adult evenings this coming season (1 in January, 1 in February) and to adopt continuous skiing hours on Saturdays this season.

Now for a bonus!  Your Board has been working on options to increase the value of your Ausblick Membership. I’m pleased to announce that we have an agreement with Tamarack Resort, north of Boise Idaho, for the January-March 2019 period. Ausblick Members and their Guests will receive FREE lift tickets when booking lodging directly with the resort.  We’re finalizing the details and will publish them when available.  And for a local boost, Wildwood Lodge in Pewaukee will be offering a preferred rate for Ausblick Members and their Guests. Details forthcoming.

And as always, I reported on our Club’s Membership status.  The 2018-2019 invoices were mailed out a bit late this summer due to our transition upon Vivian’s retirement. I apologize for any inaccuracies as we manage our way through the transition.  The process is improving. With regards to the Membership, 507 invoices were mailed out in early July. As of the annual meeting, 359 members renewed their membership while the remainder are pending.  It’s important to understand that if you haven’t followed through on sending in your membership renewal, there are 54 pending applications on our Waiting List. Reminders will go out in the near future to those pending, however, if we don’t hear from you, the next step is to send invoices to those applicants waiting to join Ausblick.  Our previous season may have renewed interest in Ausblick because we’re receiving applications during the summer months which is very unusual and yet optimistic as we hope for another great snowsports season.

Lastly, three directors were re-elected to another three-year term on the Ausblick Board. Congratulations to Scott Grady-V.P., Mark Wierman-Director, and Mike Guetzke-Director. Congratulations to Abby Horn, our new Ausblick Ski Patrol Representative for the next two seasons replacing Scott Robertson. Thanks, Scott for all your leadership; welcome Abby.

In closing, I appreciate those voting members who sent in their proxy ballots and those who took the time to attend our meeting in person. I personally thank and appreciate our Board Members for their time, efforts and guidance in managing Ausblick over the past year. Most importantly is the recognition General Manager – Dennis Evinrude, Lynn Mallach-SnowSports Director and Outside Operations Manager-Kyle Martola deserve. It’s their leadership along with their respective staff that affords our Membership the experience we enjoy every Snow Sports season, often in spite of the weather.

Bob Turowski
President-Ausblick Ski Club

Click Here: President’s Message August 2018

Ausblick’s May 2018 Newsletter

Ausblick Newsletter

May 2018

 

 

What an incredible snowsports season, in several ways. Most notably we set a new “closing day” record by nearly 2 weeks! Further, this season was almost a month longer than last season.  Let’s hope we’re finally reversing the weather trend of the past few years.

To truly appreciate our historical closing day achievement I suggest you visit our website (“www.ausblick.org”) and click on the Photos tab to view over 100 pictures posted capturing the event. Due to the number of pictures, the gallery is split between “Party and Event”. If you participated, there’s likely a photo of you to prove it.  For those whom have disbelievers that anyone in your family would “pond skim” in alpine skis, …. well, you just have to check out the Event pictures.

Aside from the opportunity to celebrate a record season, Dennis and his staff have expanded our social activities this season in hopes of providing more value to your membership. You may have attended the Wine Tasting, enjoyed Ryan McIntire’s music on a couple Adult Nights, or noticed Ausblick’s increased activity on social media; complete with those great video’s Jordan has been posting. On the snow during the season, you just may have found more variety in snow features, a tunnel with lights (seriously), and Kyle’s Pond, which may become an annual event, weather permitting. And let’s not forget our Snowsports School Program adjustments, Ski Patrol Carnival, Deck Party and all the other events Ausblick hosts for you and your Guests.

The purpose of this newsletter is to recognize Dennis and his staff for another incredible season and to make you aware of a Membership Survey to be sent out in May.  Please take the time to respond.  The last survey was responsible for changing our Saturday schedule and while we cannot implement all suggestions, we are sincerely interested in your input.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed your membership this season.  Our Ski Club certainly has evolved into a Snowsports Club to better define our Membership personality. However, our commitment to Membership Families, Friendships and making lasting memories remains as one of our strengths.  We have several multi-generational families within our membership and that speaks for itself.  Check out those website photo’s and you’ll see what Ausblick is all about.

Bob Turowski-President

 

 

Ausblick February 2018 Newsletter

Ausblick’s February 2018 Newsletter

 

What a gift it is to have a “typical” season so far this year; we simply needed a reversal of the past two seasons.  At this point in the season the hill conditions are great, we escaped the occasional “January thaw/rain” and looking forward, everything looks optimistic.

This newsletter serves as a quick update of activities of interest, hopefully.  Beginning with social events, we’ve had several to date, with more on the schedule.  Since our season opening, we’ve held our New Year’s Eve Party, the January Men’s and Ladies Day outings, our Ski Patrol Carnival and our Valentine’s Evening and Wine Presentation Event.  Pictures can be found on our website, along with a drone video of Carnival thanks to Jordan and Kyle.  Going forward, our social schedule includes another Ladies Day (2/20), Men’s Day (2/22), Music by Ryan McIntire Wednesday evening (2/28) and our awesome Membership Appreciation Deck Party, to be announced for a selective (best 🙂 weekend in March. Watch for an announcement from Dennis based upon weather forecasts.

Also of interest will be a Membership Survey currently under development.  Expect to receive it in April.  Our last survey was done in 2012, and was responsible for initiating our current alternate continuous Saturdays and a few other subtle changes.  We ask that as you enjoy the remainder of the season and give some thought to possible input for the upcoming survey.

As always, we encourage all our members to introduce their friends to Ausblick by inviting them out.  The vast majority of our new members were guests of current members, which just may be the Prize Winning Recipe to maintaining our membership “family” for over 40 years. We’re all part of Ausblick, the families, friendships, all the memories and our Ausblick brand which includes our awesome Race Team and Ski School.

In closing and on behalf of your Board of Directors, we all want to recognize G.M. Dennis Evinrude for all his guidance in providing us an incredible facility and experience while at our club. Same kudos go to our Ski Patrol and their Leadership,  Kyle our Outside Operations Mgr., Lynn our fantastic Ski School Director, Jordan our Front Desk Mgr., and Ian our Director of Chairlift Operations., along with all their respective staff who’s efforts are focused on our enjoyment while at Ausblick.  Special Thanks to Ausblick Members Mike & Tiffany Becker (NYE Party + January Ladies Day), Mike Wichert, Kyle & Lynn, Andy Portale (Men’s Day), Tracy Breitzman & Jenny Talbot (February Ladies Day) and Amy Bruss & Kelly Bradford (Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting); for planning and organizing our social events to date this season.

Enjoy the remainder of the season and don’t forget to schedule those social events.

 

Bob Turowski

President – Ausblick Ski Club

 

 

Fall Newsletter 2017

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well……..

…….. Let’s hope for that trend reversal everyone is talking about.

In preparation for an optimistic season ahead; G.M. Dennis, SnowSports Director Lynn and Kyle along with their support
staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming season. Keep in mind, while the “natural snowfall” is good, all we
need is cold enough weather to make all the snow we need to enjoy everything Ausblick has to offer.

Two pre-season events have already been held within the past couple months. The first ever Ausblick “Bash-in- the-
Grass” was held at the end of August. Designed as a summer event for Members and Guests; 226 people showed up for
the summer outing; pictures are available on the Ausblick web site. Many Thanks to Mike Wichert & Lynn Mallach for
their idea, planning and execution of the event. It was so successful that my guess is there will be another next summer!

The second, our annual Membership Ski Sale was held on October 1st. Weather was awesome, as it typically turns out.
This year we had 64 Members checking in hundreds of snow sports items to be available. In the end, over $16,000
exchanged hands between Members and Guests. My sincere Thanks to all the volunteers, mostly all repeat volunteers
from past season sales. They include: Board Members, Bob Kuelthau, Mark Wierman, Scott Grady, John Siepmann, Mike
Wichert, Mike Guetzke, Rick Ludwig & Jim Stein. Obviously G.M. Dennis and Manager Kyle we’re a large part of the preparedness. Those volunteers whom really make everything run flawlessly include: Lisa Kvool, Ann Phillips, Maureen & Jeff Minor, Megan Mitschrich, Lisa & John Rader, Barb Ludwig, Kathy & Phil Laning, Julie Lawrence, Doug Dralle, Tori
Skaggs, Kristin Kuelthau, Craig Sweinhart and Peter Bartos. And a Special Thanks to Badgerland.org for making
refreshments available during the event. Thank You all and I sincerely hope you’ll be back in the fall of 2018.

In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that has yet to respond to their annual Membership renewal, that our club is
limited to 400 memberships and available openings are filling up. If you wait too long, you may not get in because we
need to close our membership in enough time to have our directories printed, hold new member orientations, etc.
Think snow…… or at least cold weather.

Bob Turowski,
President – Ausblick Ski Club

Spring Newsletter 2017

Ausblick 2017 Spring Newsletter

 

Well Mother Nature decided how long our Ski season would be and it is hard to argue with her.  While December was quite normal with an opening on the 17th (exactly our long term average), January February and March were anything but normal. The National Weather service acknowledged that this winter’s weather was record breaking.

Dennis related to me and others that in his 46 years at Ausblick he has never seen such extremes. In spite of the weather our new snowmaking system helped us make the best of it. When we did have temperatures suitable for snowmaking, we were able to double our previous output until we exhausted our water supply.  After refilling both ponds and continuing our snowmaking, we were able to enjoy our opening day on the majority of our trails with a comfortable base.

 

Kyle worked hard to get us to that comfortable season start, however the weather did take a toll on our event attendance. Ladies and Men’s days, as well as our seasonal guest receipts, ended up substantially below a typical season’s expectations.  A bright spot was Lynn Mallach and the performance of our Snowsports School. For the third season in a row she has presided over a record number of lessons.  Our Ski and Snowsports team is a testimonial of a responsive organization, one that continues to provide opportunities and enjoyment for our membership.  My sincere appreciation goes out to Lynn and her staff for another awesome season serving our membership.

 

And it goes without saying the same feelings are extended to General Manager Dennis, Kyle (Snowmaking & Grooming Operations), Ian (Lift Operations) and our front office staff for all their contributions in making an unusual 2016-2017 season as reasonable as possible.

 

In closing and on behalf of the Ausblick Board of Directors, I’d like to thank our membership and guests for their understanding that “unusual” weather conditions happen on occasion.  This past season shouldn’t be perceived as an indication of next season’s weather, but rather that the odds of two similar seasons back to back, are very unlikely.  And with the optimism of a great 2017-2018 season just eight months in the future, I’ll close with wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

 

Bob Turowski
President – Ausblick Ski Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Newsletter 2016

Ausblick’s Membership Letter

June 2016

Spring weather wasn’t anything to be fondly remembered and Summer is almost upon us, hopefully.  Looking back to the past ski season, I can only comment that the weather wasn’t co-operative and that unfortunately, we experienced the second latest opening since we’ve opened our doors in 1973 as the Ausblick Ski Club.

 

The intent of this newsletter is to share some optimistic news that should help mitigate what we’ve experienced last season. As you may know, we need weather below 28 degrees to make snow; ideally below 23 degrees. Given the required temperatures, our snowmaking systems require approximately 5 days to cover enough ski terrain to open for skiing.  Snow quality is greatly affected the closer it gets to the upper boundaries of 28 degrees. Temperatures last December were a huge limiting factor.

 

Now for some good news. As many of you know, two years ago we took steps to advance our Long Range plan by replacing the old snowmaking infrastructure along the bottom of the hill.  This “first step” in the total replacement goal offers a huge advantage in our snowmaking capabilities. We started the project in May and will complete the “piping” work by the end of June. A new pond (4.7 million gallons of water) at the northwest end of the property should be complete by the end of July and the first high capacity pump that’ll feed the new snowmaking system will be installed and tested in October. We’ve added a few additional snowmaking guns, lights, etc and when complete by next ski season, Ausblick will have two independent snowmaking systems serving our skiable terrain.  The new system will cover the open area from the new pond, down to the lodge, affording the handle tow and terrain area to be covered in half the time as previously required. We’ll still require the optimal temperatures to make snow, however with two systems making snow we should be in a better position to deal with mother nature’s surprises.

 

Over time as we continue to manage our clubs finances responsibly, we will advance the Long Range Plan further by building out the new snowmaking capacity to cover the Big Dipper, Racers Ruin and the ski runs through the woods. Additional piping and pumps will be necessary as we extend the new snowmaking infrastructure into a total replacement of our 37 year old system currently in place.

 

This newsletter has been enclosed with your invoice hoping that it’ll provide a bit of optimism for the coming season. Further, your club Board has decided to keep Membership Dues level for the coming season because the shorter season last year afforded us the ability to save some operational costs.

 

Ausblick’s Ski Sale is scheduled for Sunday October 23rd. Also, our club’s Annual Meeting is set for Wednesday August 17th. at 7pm and held at the lodge as usual. Please make your calendars for these events. More information will be forthcoming.

 

Lastly, our membership list continues to grow. We’re still receiving applications in May!  If you know of anyone interested, it might be worthwhile suggesting they get on the list soon. Applications can be downloaded off our website or by contacting Dennis Evinrude at the club.

 

Welcome back to the Ausblick Ski Club, the Midwest’s finest private ski & snowboard Membership Club.

 

Bob Turowski

President-Ausblick Ski Club

Fall Newsletter 2015

On behalf of the Ausblick Board of Directors and General Manager Dennis Evinrude, Welcome to the upcoming ski season at Ausblick.

 Fall has arrived and Ausblick is in the process of preparing for our 2015-16 Ski Season. Events throughout the season have been scheduled and should be posted on our website calendar soon.

Our annual Ski Sale is scheduled for Sunday October 25th this year. Sale doors open at noon and the sale will close at 2pm this year. For Members dropping items off for sale, please note the Saturday and Sunday drop-off hours on the flyer previously sent out.

If you’re one of our new members this season, Welcome to the Club. I’m certain you’ll find the experience everything you’ve hoped for, possibly more? As a reminder, we require all new members to attend an Orientation session to familiarize you with important aspects of the club. It also provides you an opportunity to meet a few Board Members and representatives from Ski Patrol, Ski School and the Race organization. Orientation dates are: Wednesday, December 2nd (6:30-8:30PM) and Sunday, December 6th. (1:00-3:00pm) New Members are asked to contact Vivian Clark or Dennis Evinrude to schedule either session for attendance.

As we approach the season, watch for updates via e-mail and Constant Contact. It’s very important to ensure we have current e-mail addresses on file. We do our best to refine our list as we are able, so please e-mail General Manager Dennis Evinrude with any change of e-mail.

Bob Turowski
President – Ausblick Ski Club