About Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council
The Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council (EPSC) is a not-for-profit organization and the umbrella parent of 38 member clubs representing more than 6,000 skiers and riders. Established in 1972, EPSC upholds a long tradition through the encouragement, improvement and advancement of snow sports. EPSC is a member of the National Ski Council Federation (NSCF), serving the mid-Atlantic states of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Delaware. If you don’t belong to a member ski club, EPSC is here to help you find one. If you do belong to one, EPSC is here to help share information about your club’s winter sports and social activities.
2019 EPSC Winter Carnival at Mt. Bachelor
Here we go! The EPSC Winter Carnival is headed to central Oregon and Mt. Bachelor in 2019!
The resort was in competition with the Big Sky trip for 2016 and it might be good that we held off. This season Mt. Bachelor has installed the new "Cloudchaser" high-speed quad opening up 600 plus acres of intermediate terrain and single Black tree skiing. This new addition places Mt. Bachelor in the TOP FIVE largest ski resorts in the U.S.! With it's location and elevation, Mother Nature blesses the resort with LOTS of snow! Already they have received 61 inches of snow for this season and their opening day (Nov. 25th) was a powder day. We'll stay in the friendly town of Bend with it's many brewery pubs, quaint downtown and extraordinary shopping. If you plan a non-ski day for your club, there is an informative High Desert Nature Center next to Bend, go deep underground into the Lava Tube caves and, off to the South, you can snowshoe to the edge of the breath-taking Crater Lake.
It will have been many years since some of our clubs have been to Mt. Bachelor. We are looking forward to having returning clubs (they know how much fun Bend and the resort are!) and those who have looked at the resort, but have yet to go, sign on for this trip. How unique can a ski trip get? Not very often you get to ski a volcano and all 360 degrees of it, too! Dave and I are hoping you'll add this to your 2018-19 trip list. We'll have more details for you in the near future.
Bob Smith & Dave Schoneker
Winter General Meeting Jan. 18, 2017.
Vintage Wear Fashion Show
If you missed it you missed a good time. We didn’t have everyone dress for vintage night but the ones who did had a great time. We had the Winter General Meeting of the Eastern PA Ski Council on Jan 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Larry Kirschner, the meeting coordinator, called the meeting to order with the program of a vintage ski wear fashion show. Members of the group were asked to dress in any vintage ski wear they might have and Charlotte Griffith of Salter’s Ski and Snowboard Shop and President of the PA SnowSports Museum, supplied some interesting add-ons. She and her husband Harry were dressed in vintage ski sweaters and neon jackets. President Bob Smith and Nordic Chairman, Stu Gillard, had on wonderful vintage sweaters and Lydia Hill from KOP and Buck Ridge Ski Club was dressed in the furry hat and boots of the 70-80’s with the ski sweater and pants to match the era. Sponsors of the night were Kim Peeples of the Martz Group, Stu Metzler of Executive Coaches, and Bob Deluca and his team mate from Elk Mountain. Stu got into the mood by dressing in a sweater and furry hat. Jared Walck from Upper Bucks, Senior Alpine Director, wore a Hard Core multicolor, one piece and was challenged to wear it to the Council Day and Race on Mar 5 at Bear Creek, for fun. Gerit Lewisch, Safety Director from Alphorn Ski Club, sported a yellow cap and red jacket while Ann Russo, Webmaster from KOP, had on a vintage Bogner one piece. Paul and Margie Prutzman, from the Flying Dutchmen and Paul who is VP of the PA SnowSports Museum, were in vintage as well as bringing vintage skis. Dot James from the Philadelphia Ski Club had on a lovely white vintage jacket and Larry Kirschner, Meeting Coordinator from North Penn Ski Club, had on a fleece pullover in teal. Cyndi Fritz, Public Relations Director from upper Bucks, wore an animal print vest. Prizes were awarded to Lydia Hill, Stu Metzler, Ann Russo, and Jared Walck. Salter’s Ski Shop provided the prizes for the event.
Eastern PA Ski Council Carnival 2017.
January 26th thru 29th Lake Placid NY
On the 26th of January, 2017, 132 eager club members boarded buses from various locations around PA and some automobiles, too. They worked their way up to New York’s Adirondack region to enjoy the slopes and activities of Whiteface, Lake Placid and Gore Mt. for the 4-day EPSC Winter Carnival Trip.
The Clubs that participated this year were Lancaster/Merck, Upper Bucks, Flying Dutchmen and Susquehanna along with several other attendees who hopped on neighboring club’s buses from King of Prussia.
The weather was great for skiing and riding! Snowstorms moved through the area on Friday and they made for great conditions. However, they did nothing to hamper conditions on the bobsled track in the afternoon where 29 brave souls had the need for speed. These bobsled riders were so excited you couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces the rest of the day! The Dogsledding, on Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake, proved to be a great late afternoon activity for many. The torch lighting ceremony on Friday evening was exciting for everyone and especially the torch bearers. Standing next to the historic 1936 and 1980 Olympic speed skating oval, two bearers from each club held the torch high and passed it one to another toward the cauldron. Dave Schoneker and Bob Smith made the final steps to take the torch up to light the cauldron. You can check out some great pictures and video on the EPSC’s Facebook page.
Saturday morning Whiteface had almost a foot of powdery new snow for us to play in. It was also time for the annual carnival race with 46 racers, 7 teams, a lot of fun, some crazy crashes and even some sunshine! The Flying Dutchmen “Diamonds” took first place with a time of 199.14 while the second place team was hot on their heels only 1.95 seconds slower. This team was the Upper Bucks “A Team” with a time of 201.09. The third place team was the Susquehanna Ski Club’s “Team SSC” with a time of 234.62. Needless to say, it was a tight race and some really great competition.
The fastest man on the hill was Trevor Gossler from Upper Bucks with a two run time of 41.77 and the fastest woman was Lauren Schoneker from North Penn with a time of 52.67. The best crashes were judged by the race crew and went to MaryAnn Billy and Dennis Coldren both of the Flying Dutchmen. Special thanks to Dory Peterson, Sandy Kelly, Brian Mitchell and Randy Gonzales for helping with registration Thursday evening. Dory Peterson also helped Bob calculate the results in the base lodge and pitched in with Dave and Bob to hand out the medals during the banquet.
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