Ausblick September 2020 Newsletter

Temperatures are moderating, Fall is in the air and I’m certain there’s a lot of curiosity regarding our club as we prepare for the upcoming season. We’ve decided to not get ahead of all the seeming weekly changes on the current pandemic in hopes that by this point it may be possible to determine where the public governance will be at the opening of our upcoming season. With that in mind, it appears there will still be authorities issuing guidelines to be followed which Ausblick will need to prepare for. We also recognize that these guidelines frequently change as time progresses. Our personal opinions and experiences may or may not be helpful as we here at Ausblick adapt to the pandemic and strive to find a bit of the good old days in our lives. Please understand that our club will do it’s best to achieve a reasonable balance in embracing the recommended safeguards to insure the health and safety of our membership and employees. Our goal is for you to experience as much as possible of a near-typical Ausblick season. We’re all in this together; hopefully we can all participate in making the transition to ensuring another SnowSports Season.

Ausblick has been monitoring industry decisions for the past couple months and while we are different than the commercial industry offerings, there are a few themes that appear a certainty; two of which we all have months of experience with, face coverings & social distancing. Other areas that modifications are under consideration for are within SnowSports Instruction, Kitchen availability, locker accessibility, lodge capacity limitations, social events, etc. Potential solutions under consideration are a separate area for those preferring to avoid the lodge and simply boot up to ski, outdoor grills available (weather permitting), sanitation stations, etc. Lift expectations at this point will be 2 per chair unless from the same household and separation within lift lines. As we continue forward on our commitment to provide our membership as near a normal experience this season as possible under the guidelines set forth, we will keep you informed via constant contact communication. Who knows what might change in the next 10 weeks!

Many of you have been asking about the annual Ski Sale typically held in the coming weeks. As you might have guessed, pandemic social distancing obviously prevents us on a practical side from offering the event as in the past. So this year we’ve decided to open the parking lot to Sellers & Buyers on Saturday, October 10th (rain date: October 17th). The event will be similar to a flea market offering, so mark your calendars. Selling of items will be restricted to Members, buyers are open to the public.
Sale begins at 12-noon either day. Please watch for more details from Dennis in the near future.

Our club Board of Directors has experienced some changes at our Annual Meeting in August. Leaving our Board are long term members John Siepmann, Mike Wichert and Rick Jansky. All three should be recognized for their contribution and commitment to Ausblick over the years and the Board certainly Thanks them for their service. It’s been a pleasure working with them and incorporating their contributions and guidance into Ausblick’s direction over the years.

New members joining our Board include Abby Horn, Dan Johnson and Scott Robertson; affording experience and relationships representing the National Ski Patrol and the Ausblick Race organization. We look forward to their input, perspective and ideas going forward from here. Thank You all for your willingness to serve.

Lastly, our membership openings are filling very quickly. There are under 50 remaining available memberships remaining before we must close membership per our ByLaws restrictions. Our concern at this point is previous members who may be waiting to renew. They could possibly miss the opportunity to get back into the club if the remaining openings are exhausted before they act. Please contact Dennis Evinrude, Membership Chairman if you may have questions prior to making a decision to renew your membership.

Please watch for updates via Constant Contact on the latest activity for our Ausblick community. Our goal is to achieve as normal of a season as possible given the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in. I would hope that by working together, adapting as we can and understanding that we’re in this together; our time at Ausblick will remain a club to enjoy family, make friendships and offer memories to be shared for years to come.

Bob Turowski – President

Ausblick Spring 2020 Newsletter

I hope everyone is managing the COVID-19 adjustments as well as possible under the circumstances. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide everyone with an update on the activities at our club and to offer you some insight into our perspective of what lies ahead for us as a club. Relative to the COVID-19 situation, you may rest assured that our Membership safety remains on the forefront. We will integrate reasonable changes if needed into our operations until which time it’s no longer necessary (restrictions are easing every month) so that our club can reopen with confidence for the 2020-21 SnowSports Season in December.

Our Board of Directors and Club Management are in the process of planning the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year which begins July 1st. Under the circumstances, we feel the prudent path to take is to prepare for a typical season at this point and adjust if necessary given any limitations placed upon the club as we near the 2020-2021 snowsports season. The Board has already decided that Membership Dues will remain the same as last season, and with that in mind please note your Membership Renewal Invoice will be coming your way shortly. Please watch for a Constant Contact notice asking for interest in receiving your invoice via e-mail rather than through the mail. Respond accordingly and if you suspect we may not have your most current e-mail, please notify Dennis at DEvinrude@ausblick.org to make any adjustments.

Our Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 19th @ 7pm. Proxy votes for the election of three Board Members will be mailed out to all members 10 days prior to the meeting. You must have renewed your 2020-2021 membership for your ballot to be counted either by proxy or in attendance at the meeting.

In closing, I’d like to offer a huge Thank You to Dennis Evinrude, Kyle, Lynn, Amber and all the employees working at Ausblick the past several weeks to accomplish tasks in preparation of our upcoming season. Our Lodge has been painted, grounds refreshed and seasonal maintenance is well ahead of schedule. While we remain cautiously optimistic going forward, our enthusiasm grows daily by the progress gained in our overcoming the pandemic.

Bob Turowski

Ausblick Feb 2020 Newsletter

This past weekend featured our Ski Patrol Carnival, accompanied by 7” of new snow and a blowout attendance by Ausblick Membership and Guests. For those who were able to attend, it was obviously an incredible combination of a welcomed snowfall, enthusiastic parents, children & guests. Our Ski Patrol works hard to plan and execute this annual fundraising event and it all came together just perfectly this year, thanks to the weather, attendance and your generous contributions. On behalf of your Board of Directors, I congratulate the Patrol on an outstanding event and to the Membership for their financial support of our Ski Patrol.

And as long as we’re mentioning events, keep in mind we have several still planned and upon us. Wednesday Feb. 12th is the beginning of our Wednesday Evening Adult nights with live music from 7-10pm. We’ll have live music for a total of five weeks this season. Our 2nd. Men’s and Ladies Day events are scheduled for 2/13 & 3/3 respectively. Looking further out, GM Dennis Evinrude will do his best to determine the opportune time to schedule our Membership Appreciation Deck Party. Our Deck Party is most enjoyed by sunny skies and mild temps, so please watch for a short notification via constant contact and Website announcements. While we have a substantial base which we’re confident can get us through most unexpected weather changes, it’s always advised to check our website announcements and camera to get the latest updates.

In closing, I call your attention to two important additions to Ausblick this season which you may have noticed. First, our new YURT which the Snowsports School has transitioned to. This generous contribution on behalf of Bob & Kathy Kuelthau has made a substantial improvement our ability to provide snowsports activities and to provide much needed space within the lodge during peak periods. If you’ve not seen it, please stop in for a look. And secondly, we have an incredible influx of families with young children joining Ausblick, we are so fortunate! The carnival and most weekends make that obvious. Along with our good fortune, we need to remain aware of driving safely through our parking lot at all times and along Mary Hill Road.

The second half of the season at Ausblick is always the best! Enjoy your club, bring friends, meet more friends and make memories here at Ausblick.

Bob Turowski – President

Ausblick Yurt Newsletter

The season is almost upon us at Ausblick; and so a quick update seems to be in order.

First is an update on the Yurt mentioned in previous newsletters. It gives me great pleasure to announce the construction of the yurt on November 9th by volunteers of the Ausblick Membership. This project will host our Ski & Snowsports Team throughout the season, thus making additional space available within the lodge for members and guests. Championed by Members John Siepmann and Mike Wichert and constructed under the direction of John & Mike, along with volunteers: Brian Bence, Dave Denton, Scott Grady, Scott Robertson, Paul Woldt, Dennis Berg, Jeff Buth, David VanTheil, Bob Kuelthau, Bill Bruss, Bailey Wichert, Michelle & Andy Minor, Mat Weber, Pat Barney whom also supplied the TeleHandler, Bob Turowski and from the Ausblick Management Team, Dennis Evinrude and Kyle Martola.

Special Recognition goes to longtime Ausblick Members Robert & Kathleen Kuelthau for their generous donation which covered the cost of the Yurt.

More pictures and a time-lapse video can be found on the Ausblick website “Ausblick.org” under the History and Photos tab.

Regarding the weather and snow……………….
While some area Ski Area’s have recently opened, it’s important to understand that Ausblick’s snowmaking budget is fixed, based upon this season’s membership dues revenue. As such, we have historically targeted the first week in December as the most reasonable probability the base we put down will not be lost due to a warmup. Currently we have approximately 40% of our target base, however there’s a warm spell forecast, so Dennis and staff have decided to cease making additional snow until the weather trend co-operates again. On the positive side, our second high capacity snowmaking pump is about to be placed on-line and with the new gun operational we should be able to make snow faster than previous years.

One final reminder to the families that are new to Ausblick this season. The New Member orientations are Nov. 20th. (6:30-8pm) and Nov. 24th. (1-3pm). If you’ve not signed up for one of the sessions, please contact Dennis Evinrude to reserve your place for your selected date.

Thank You for your time and attention, and a special Thank You to all who made the new yurt possible for the upcoming season.

Bob Turowski
President – Ausblick Ski Club

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