OSC VP Blog

A running report from the OSC Winter VPs (and Summer VPs, in season.)

Road conditions – good advice – bad jokes – whatever we want you to know about.

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  • Correction to 2024 Work Party Sign-ups

    June 22, 2024
    Thank you to all those who have signed up for a work party so far this summer.

    Unfortunately I made a mistake with the sign-up forms and forgot to include a field for members to insert their names, emails, and dietary restrictions. So I have a bunch of anonymous responses that I can’t do anything with!
    The July 4 work party is now considered full. If you have not received an email from Ken Howard or Sylvan Ludewigt, you are not confirmed. There is space remaining for the August and Labor Day work parties.
    You will find corrected sign-up forms below. Please fill this out again if you filled out the previous one, or email summervp@oaklandskiclub.com.

    July 5-7: FULL

    Labor Day (8/31-9/2): Fill out amended Google form here
    If you are interested in an alternative work credit, please use this form: OSC 2024 Alternative Work Credit
  • Summer 2024: Important Dates, Reservation Info, and more

    June 11, 2024
    Hello OSC!
    The snow is melting and it is Summer at OSC! The days are long, the hiking trails are clear, and annual maintenance work is right around the corner. There is a lot of work to do and fun to be had. Below you will find a list of important dates for the summer months. Please note that there are days in June and July that will be off-limits for member reservations. Email summervp@oaklandskiclub.com if you are interested in attending a work party and/or being the weekend lead.
    June
    Board Approved Exclusive Rental: 6/21-23
    Group arrives Friday 6/21 and departs Sunday 6/23.
    All members must depart the lodge the night of 6/20. Reservations will resume Monday 6/24.
    July
    – Work Party #1: 7/5 – 7/7, Lead: Ken Howard.
    – Summer Camp Exclusive Use: The Woods Project
    We have agreed to have the Woods Project campers use the lodge for one week this summer. Campers will arrive 7/15 and depart 7/22, then return for one day on 7/27 after a backpacking trip.
    All members must depart the lodge by 7/14. Reservations will be available for 7/23 – 7/26.
    The camp will hire professional cleaners that will arrive 7/28 and clean for about half a day.
    Reservations will resume for members the evening of 7/28.
    August
    – Work Party #2: 8/3 – 8/4, Lead: TBD.
    September
    – Work Party #3: 8/31 – 9/2, Lead: TBD
    – New Member Weekend #1: 9/14 – 9/15
    – New Member Weekend #2: 9/28 – 9/29
    Reminder that volunteer work hours are a recurring membership requirement. The simplest and most enjoyable way to get credit for this is through work party participation. However, credit can be earned by assisting board members with important jobs or through something more creative. Please email me (president@oaklandskiclub.com) if you have ideas or projects you would like to complete.
    Lastly, please note that there is a 2 guest per member limit. Please talk to the SummerVP if you are thinking of bringing large groups of guests to the lodge during summer. For anyone planning to bring PM’s, please note that summer stays do not count towards the membership requirements. I recommend you encourage PM’s to sign-up for the New and Prospective Member weekends in September.
    I hope to see many of you up at the lodge this summer!
    Cheers,
    Sylvan Ludewigt
  • Donner ski ranch is only $25!!

    May 4, 2024

    https://www.donnerskiranch.com/tickets-pricing

    If you have a 23/24 season pass anywhere else, DSR is honoring that by offering $25 tickets to ski at DSR for the rest of the Season!!!

  • Making Summer plans?!

    April 28, 2024

    So we have some firm, and some tentative dates for Summer Work parties, as well as a few rentals which will provide welcomed income and good relations with the community. If we want to see less rentals, I would encourage you to use the Lodge more in the summer! Fill up June and August! Use the Shoulder season of spring and fall! Remember, you won’t get a confirmation email from a VP unless it is a work party, until Sugar Bowl opens again! (VPs will keep an eye on things and if we get so busy that emails need to be sent out, they will be.) You still should only make reservations within a week or two (at most) of when you want to go up so it is easier to keep track of who is going up.

    Work Party dates are currently (subject to change):

    • 7/5 – 7/7 – Historically, you can count on a work party around the July 4th Holiday.
    • 8/3-8/4
    • 8/31-/9/2 – Labor day is another weekend we historically like to hold a work party.

    We will most likely have additional work parties. Do not reserve this early for them!! The Summer VP will put out notices that will direct you to plan your Work Party obligations.

    Summer Rental dates, with exclusive use (no members may go to the Lodge for these dates, except the host):

    • 6/21-23 (wedding)
    • 7/15-7/22 (Camp)
    • 7/27 (one night, and they will have cleaners come afterwards – so not available until much later in the day of the 28th.)

    For now, you can plan your summer vacations at the Lodge with these in mind. For now, remember that we will VERY likely plan more August, and maybe September, Work parties.

    In the fall, we will probably have a New Member/Prospective Member weekend in Mid-October.

    See you up there!

  • General Meeting

    April 24, 2024

    The General Meeting is May 19th in Moraga:

    Sunday, May 19th, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., setup at 11 a.m.

    Place: Moraga Commons Park, North picnic spot near sand volleyball court 

    1425 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 

    https://www.moraga.ca.us/249/Moraga-Commons-Park

    What to bring:

    Last name begins with A to L – side dish

    Last name begins with M-Z – dessert (cookies, mini cupcakes, small items/finger food)

    Bring a reusable water bottle for Water Station 

    Club will be providing BBQ (veggie burgers, polish sausages, and burgers)

    Discuss 2024/2025 OSC Club calendar year, voting, work parties, suggestions, socializing!

    Who can come: Member inactive and active, guests of inactive/active, and prospective members

    RSVP by May 15th to Julie: 707-227-9937;  juliefalk@hotmail.com  I will need volunteers for clean up crew!

     

  • End of the season?!

    April 21, 2024

    It is hard to believe but we are nearing the end of the season and I want to remind you about how we shift from Winter to Summer and also update you about the status of the Lodge!

    The OSC aligns it’s self with the operations of Sugar Bowl – when Sugar Bowl opens, that is the start of our Winter season and when our Caretaker starts cooking meals. When Sugar Bowl closes for the season, we also change over to Summer operations and the Caretaker no longer cooks meals – on that note, we stop providing food provisions at the Lodge. We will have VERY basic necessities there such as toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, oil, salt, etc. You will need to bring up what you want for eating and drinking. You will need to take your leftovers and garbage away with you. You will need to clean up after yourselves and leave the Lodge in better shape than you found it! PLEASE email the summervp@oaklandskiclub.com with any concerns, if items need to be restocked, or if something should be reported.

    Reservations will be necessary, but you will NOT receive a confirmation. You may make a reservation the day you wish to arrive, but we ask that you give a bit more notice. You MUST check the calendar as we will have summer work parties scheduled and there will be a few times when the Lodge has been reserved for exclusive use by Summer Camps and a party.  As usual, please don’t make very early reservations as they are hard for anyone to keep track of and aren’t needed. Those dates will be posted soon.

    Our Caretaker Aaron does not plan on returning to Caretake for us next year! We are sad to see him go, but expect he will go on to fabulous adventures elsewhere! This coming weekend will be his last hurrah with us.

    We will be looking for a new caretaker – we have a few leads already. However, if you think you know of a perfect person for the job, please contact wintervp@oaklandskiclub.com.

    Don’t forget we have our Member Business Meeting this May 19 from 11:30-2 in Moraga.

    If you are wondering about skiing still… YES! There is still skiing! Sugar Bowl is open through April 28th. There is still a ton of snow and conditions are full on fun spring skiing! Palisades is planning on being open through Memorial Day. Don’t forget NOW is the best time to get your season pass for next year – prices will only go up (they already have!) The road to the Lodge is pretty good – not that muddy! You should be able to drive any car on it. Please don’t drive fast in the few potholes – that only makes them bigger.

    Simone

  • Some of us are done

    April 12, 2024

    Just a reminder that that Sugar Bowl is still open for the season – will be through April. Reservations for the weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) are REQUIRED BY WEDNESDAY at 6 pm. DO NOT ASSUME that the people that have been making it work all winter are still feeling fresh and eager to answer emails all week and will bend over backwards, and maybe bend rules to accommodate your poor planning.

    Someone needs to step into this of reservations for next year – MANY of you need to contribute your time and energy to the club in order to make it work. It should not be the same people who have been doing it only. ALL OF US have other jobs and responsibilities too.

    I am really not ok with continuing requests that are outside of the narrow guidelines for reservations. DO NOT ASK. I am done.

    Simone

  • General Meeting date set!

    April 1, 2024

    The Oakland Ski Club General meeting will be on Sunday, May 19.

    Place and exact time tbd. (will likely be in or near Oakland)

    This is quasi-mandatory. It is when the Board of Directors is voted in, new rules are discussed, Budgets explained, and grilling is done. Fun should be had!

    We do expect all members, or at least 1 person per family, attend!

  • Board meeting and needing Board Members!

    March 26, 2024

    Hello OSC’ers

    The Board will have a board meeting this Tuesday, April 2. We encourage everyone to join. You don’t have to stay for the duration. You can find the log-on information on the OSC website on the Calendar – on the 1st Tuesday of each month you will see “7:30” – click on that and you should get the link.

    We ARE LOOKING FOR BOARD MEMBERS! Everyone should be thinking about how they can contribute to the Club! We definitely would like people to volunteer to be President and Winter Vice President.

    Winter Vice President has been given to two people in the past. It involves running the Lodge and operations during the Winter Months when Sugar Bowl is open. One person has been doing the reservations – emailing – reviewing payments (this is all easily done in the evenings and just requires a little bit of organization skills – I use a ledger book to keep track of everything). The other person is more of the building supervisor and keeps thinks working that are broken, need fixing, & working with more behind the scenes actions. Both would be involved in choosing and hiring the Caretaker. The Current Winter VPs (who have been doing this for years) would be happy to assist you in learning how to do the jobs. Neither are hard!

    PARTICULARLY people who come up regularly should be volunteering – though I will mention that there are Board Members who haven’t been up in years! Being on the Board means you don’t have to do summer work parties! Feel free to email wintervp@oaklandskiclub.com if you are interested in any of the positions.

    Simone

  • Myth Busting!!

    March 24, 2024

    Contrary to the belief that some people apparently hold, your reservations manager is NOT waiting by the phone/computer for your changes from Friday through the weekend. I would like to remind you that the Board is made up of volunteers with active lives outside of the OSC. Therefore, when you cancel last minute on Thursday evening through Sunday for your weekend stay at the Lodge you DEFINITELY have affected other members/prospective members and MOST CERTAINLY our Caretaker. Hoping that someone else can take your room is wasted hope as getting that message to the needed people would require affected parties to send a flurry of emails or texts and the intended recipients must also check their devices. Our Caretaker buys food on Wed through Friday and should not have to worry about wasting food nor money.

    When the Lodge is busy (every winter weekend) you can assume that your reservation did keep someone else from coming up. We don’t have a wait list because we don’t have staff to manage this. For weather cancellations – If you aren’t paying attention to the weather your cancellation is on you and you are expected to pay even if you couldn’t make.

  • Road is plowed – though narrow

    March 23, 2024

    Take care driving – bring chains and a shovel.

  • A new post!

    March 20, 2024

    Well it is that time of year when you want to bring shoes that can get muddy – unless a foot of snow is predicted – which it is for Friday into Saturday! Yay for powder!
    Don’t forget to bring chains and a shovel! Don’t be the person who gets stuck on our driveway! If you park at Summit Haus – you must put a paper with your Name, phone #, and OSC on the windshield or dash!

    NOW is the time to buy season passes for next year. I am getting a Sugar Bowl pass again, and I think I might splurge on an Ikon as I would use the 7 days at Alta/Snowbird and would love to get more spring skiing in – also who doesn’t love KT?!

    Speaking of skiing – Sugar Bowl announced they planned to stay open until the 28th of April!! Yippie!!!

    Here are some fun pictures of a smaller person with some taller people. Selfies are hard when you aren’t even close in height!!

    That’s Sylvan, Simone, and Eric!

  • Tires, chains, & no race this weekend

    March 12, 2024

    It is that time of year when the temperatures can vary wildly – leading to major ruts in the road and then the road can freeze over. It is super important to remember to have good quality chains/cables suited to your car so that you don’t get stuck in the road. While it is always nice for members to help each other out when cars get stuck, it is not their responsibility to do so. EVERY time you come to the Lodge you should be sure your tires are in snow-worthy condition, you have chains, a shovel, the ability to dig yourself out, any other tools (kitty litter/rugs). You don’t want to be the person who blocks the road preventing people from coming or going.

    PLEASE do your best to avoid creating the ruts – drive around them as much as you can. Drivel slowly on the slush and mud – avoiding splashing.

    Also, in case you missed the news, the race for this coming weekend was canceled. Not enough interest (mostly not enough from other clubs, but we were lacking too).

    Finally – I have reports so I need to remind you… children should not be left unattended at the Lodge without adult supervision. Particularly younger, curious children who want to touch buttons, the thermostat, and perhaps touch the fireplace. Non Members are not welcomed to stay in the lodge when a member isn’t present (this is why you want your spouse to become a member!) Asking other members to host your guest is actually not nice – as it puts the member in a bind if they should want to leave for some reason.

  • Road Plowed on Saturday 3/9/2024 – Thank you Ken!!!

    March 12, 2024

    Here the before and after pictures of the work done this weekend with Ken’s help. Thank you!

  • Road will be plowed Saturday 3/9

    March 8, 2024

    Well – the Board decided to approve a one time plowing from an independent plow company to get the road cleared. Norm reported he wasn’t able to get it done as it was too much for his equipment. This will cost quite a bit and is not sustainable.

    We expect the road to be plowed Saturday morning around 9. It could take 4 hours to be done – so be sure to stay off the road in that time frame. Be prepared to back out, or hike in and check it out if you want to try to drive down tomorrow afternoon. Depending on how long it takes, we may have to wait for Norm to get to the parking spots. Our main goal is to get driving to at least the upper parking spaces.

    Please remember our wonderful Lodge has historically been a hike-in lodge in the winter. You should never take for granted the fact that Donner Summit gets massive snow falls and we can’t assume we can always bring out cars with us. If and when Norm retires – we are not sure where we will get plowing, and if we do, it could easily be twice as expensive, or even more.

  • update

    March 6, 2024

    It was reported to me today that adults walked with just boots to the Lodge from the road. While it is obvious that this can be done without consequence, it is still important to recognize that veering off track into deeper powder can be dangerous and deep. Your first walk down the road should not be when it is dark.

    Moreover, parking will be limited. Norm plans to make some parking spaces, but they will certainly fill up. Summit Haus will be available I believe, and hopefully the Train Tunnel lot.

  • Race will be cancelled on the 16th. & updates

    March 6, 2024

    There should be SOME parking at the top of the road by the weekend! That does not mean there will be parking for everyone! Hopefully the train tunnel lot will be plowed and we can park there overnight. I’ll update as I get more information.

    Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough interest in the inter-ski club race (mostly by other clubs) and the race will be cancelled for March 16.

     

  • plowing news

    March 6, 2024

    We are trying to get the road plowed, but it looks like it will cost extra and we need to evaluate the situation. Norm’s equipment is not up to the task of removing the 10 feet of snow that fell – it got compacted by snow cats driving across it, making it way more challenging. He started the task, but had to stop. We may have to hire a company to get us access.

    The walk in IS CHALLENGING and you probably need snowshoes and/or skis. USE poles. Go with a person in case you fall over in the snow. Better to arrive during the day to see what you are doing.

    Powder days are so fun, but they lead to difficult access at our lodge.

  • March 4, 2024

    Who doesn’t love before and after pictures of digging a car out?!

  • 10 Feet of snow at the Lodge!?

    March 4, 2024

    This is our driveway!!
    Obviously it is NOT drivable. Hopefully it will be passable by the weekend. No guarantee.

    Member Ken is working with Sugar Bowl and Norm to create parking spots for us at the top of our road. Currently, we have permission to overnight park at the Summit Haus – Sugar Bowl property on the top of the summit on Old 40 (.8 mile from our cabin). You MUST leave a name and phone number & OSC visibly on the windshield /dash in the event someone needs to contact you. It might not be well plowed – so you will need a shovel to make space!

    For those of you that want to come up you NEED a few things: Chains!! A shovel! Snowshoes/poles or skis. If you fall over in a deep spot and it is this deep, it is incredibly hard to get back up (sometimes it can be deadly!)

     

    Also, Some of you are leaving things in the laundry room fridge  – that is not ok. You must take home the things you leave there. If it is beer – people won’t mind and will drink it. But your casserole, or uneaten Trader Joes entree – that is not nice to make other people throw it out and bring it down the hill. (So yes, anything left is fair game – but you shouldn’t leave anything!)

    ALSO, please don’t start a 2nd jug of milk or OJ. Finish the 1st one, then open the 2nd one. Please do not send your children into the kitchen to grab things from the fridge.

  • Very sad and important letter posted in the Upski.

    March 1, 2024

    https://www.upski.org/post/2024-february-presidents-note-sad-one

     

    Simone and Bernhard in Alta, Feb 2023

  • Spring Skiing!!

    February 26, 2024

    It appears we have a doozy of a storm coming this weekend! Arrive on Thursday for the best action!

    also see https://opensnow.com/location/sugarbowl/snow-summary

    Currently, I only have 4 people reserved for Saturday night – so there should be room.

    You do need to know that I know of Two members families that are making reservations AND I AM NOT getting the confirmation emails, despite the reservation showing up in the Recent Reservations tab and the family getting the Reservation received automated email. This is obviously very concerning, and we aren’t sure of the solution. It appears the makers of these reservations all have been using Safari/Mac products to make the reservations. I will ALWAYS email everyone who sends a reservation request for weekend reservations – these normally go out on Wed night. If you reserved and have not heard from me by Thursday – EMAIL me asap! I will try to confirm my reservations with what I see on the Recent reservations tab, but as you know, it’s not super easy to wade through. Feel free to email me directly @ reservations@oaklandskiclub.com with the automated reservation receipt if you want to be sure I get it – that IS working!

    ALSO:

    The road is doing ok – it’s snowy but packed and some dirt coming through. Soon it will be very rutted – which happens after big snows, or when it melts a bit. PLEASE avoid driving the the ruts! We don’t want them bigger!

     

  • Tuning/Wax station at the OSC – Check it out in the Tool Room

    February 20, 2024

    We now have 2 ski/snowboard vises and 5 waxing irons, including a ton of edging tools and files and file guides/sharpening stones. Also there is a lot of general use wax. The vises are installed on the workbench in the Tool Room and all edging/waxing/iron tools can be found in locker #3. Please do clean up after waxing and wipe bench/floors, leave it as you found it and put everything back in locker #3 after use, except for the vises. Enjoy!

  • President’s Day week is kinda busy!

    February 18, 2024

    Just wanted to let you all know I just am realizing the Lodge will be moderately busy this week at the Lodge. 4 to 5 or even more rooms will be used each night this week. This is great! There is still plenty of room for members to come up this week if you can get away from work or what keeps you away from the snow. You must make a reservation and pay. As usual, weekend stays require your reservation BEFORE Wed at 6 pm. The Lodge IS filling up completely on many weekends… don’t wait until Wednesday for your reservation if you actually want to go up.

    A few reminders. I do NOT confirm mid-week stays. This is not a meal night week! You need to cook for yourself and clean up after yourself – that is not a chore! You DO need to work on snow removal/laundry/ and chores from the chores list while you are there.

    I am keeping an eye on things – so if I think there won’t be room I will email you! People MIGHT have to double up and share rooms. Right now your larger group can spread out – but you might need to move back into one room if needed. I might need to assign rooms if this coming weekend looks like a madhouse!

    Simone

  • Places to park when the road is impassable… MAYBE

    February 18, 2024

    This handy map above shows the Lodge, the Train Tunnel parking area, and Donner ski Ranch. Norm has been plowing our road as needed and I get reports that it usually happens around 9 am. That can vary depending on the amount of snow, and other obvious factors. We don’t really have a perfect answer to this issue of the road not being plowed. HOWEVER, we might be able to park in the Train Tunnel lot, at the Sugar Bowl Rd by the entrance to our drive/road, or even at the Donner Ski Ranch – you MUST ask at the bar, and they may have a $20 a night spot for cars. The OBVIOUS thing here is you MUST move your car quickly in the morning to get out of the way of plows. None of this is official OSC parking, we might be able to do this by the graces of people trying to be kind, cooperative, and understanding of the difficulties of parking on the Summit during storms. NEVER abuse generosity here! I didn’t say you could! It just might be possibilities. I would appreciate knowing if it works or if it causes you trouble.

  • Cones and key codes…

    February 17, 2024

    Just want to let you know that you may find orange traffic cones blocking our driveway on busy Saturdays and Holidays. I assume Sugar Bowl puts them there to keep visitors going to their lot by the tunnels. We are, of course, free to head past them; just be sure to replace them so we don’t have randoms parking on our driveway and our lots.

    Also, I assume you know the key code to get in the front door. If you don’t, which is entirely reasonable, you will want to email to get that information or simply include it in your notes that you will need it. Please remember we do NOT share it with our guests or with prospective members. Guests/PMs are not supposed to stay at the Lodge without a willing member present.

    The code hasn’t been changed recently, and to get to the numbers, you just press the Yale button on the pad.

  • Holy Moly, we got 52 reservations requests for this Saturday!!!

    February 7, 2024

    Holy Moly, we got 52 reservations requests for this Saturday!!! We only have beds for 40! (And there are 3 more hours to make reservations!)

    What does it mean?! We are back to being busy! Expect crowded weekends and that you will probably be sharing a room with someone other than a family member! In order to fit all of the requests – I sometimes have to move people around – it might look like Teens in a room, then adult women in another room, adult men in a room, a mom/kid with another mom/kid. I won’t put your 5 year old somewhere without at least one parent – BUT if there are only 3 of you, I might take a parent away and add another younger kid. I might have to put a teen/tween with 3 adults.
    It is super important to follow lodge rules!

    I do recommend making your reservation a week ahead of time if you really want to be sure to get a spot. Guests are not advised for Saturday – I bumped a bunch of them already this weekend. Don’t be surprised if I email you denying your request for multiple guests – it IS easier if you only have one. Also, if you haven’t been up in a while – I will especially try to get you in.

    Reports are that Norm is plowing pretty regularly around 9 am. That might change, don’t rely on it. Just the observation so far this winter.

     

    Lastly, Aaron saw this recently. I do not have any word on how it works, so would love feedback if anyone has used it. Please let me know! Remember to be super thankful if they have this set up!

  • RACE ANNOUNCEMENT

    January 27, 2024
    Hello OSC Members,
    This winter we will be racing against the other great ski clubs on Donner Summit. The event will be a giant slalom race on a nice good run at Donner Ski Ranch.
    We have selected the weekend of March 16th with a backup of March 30th.
    Please fill out this poll if you are interested in signing up for the event:
    https://forms.gle/JPeSkAH1Mq7Rz5917
    Filling out this poll is not a reservation for the race weekend or a guarantee that you will get a spot. Just gauging interest.
    Reervations will be made available before the normal 2-week period, but we are still working on the finer details. More info to come soon.
    We expect the lodge to be full on the race weekend and reservations will be prioritized for active member participants. There will be no guests allowed the weekend of the race.
    We are still figuring out the finer details so more information will be coming soon.
    Our hope is to have 100+ participants total from OSC, Alpineer, Peninsula, Marin, and Viking. FYI, Marin Ski Club has already signed up 25 racers.
    Please contact Sylvan at syludewigt@gmail.com and Simone at reservations@oaklandskiclub.com if you have any questions.
  • What to expect – a return to dorm style accommodations

    January 27, 2024

    It happened! And based on the reservations I am getting – it will continue to happen on Saturdays…

    In order to maximize the number of people coming up – I am getting creative with who sleeps where – For example – I put 8 tween/teen boys in 2 rooms – I put 4 women in one room and I put 4 men in another. I did this to family groups of 4 and 3. You should expect this to happen!

    Please expect that your guests may NOT be able to be accommodated – I love to have guests up, but members and prospective members come first in priority.

     

     

  • Packed house and other news!

    January 24, 2024

    Well, it finally happened – this weekend I got about 40-something reservations – Final count for Saturday night is 38 beds taken. You should not expect to have your own room if you want to come up on a Saturday night! You should not expect to share a room with a family member.

    You MUST use the form https://oaklandskiclub.com/reservation-cancellation-or-changes/ to make any changes to your reservation including cancelling.

    When paying for reservations – Be sure to put the correct date in the form so your payment can properly be credited to your stay. Keep the confirmed payment emails.

    Norm is plowing – he comes when he can. The road is packed snow – and will get squishy as it gets warmer. Be prepared with a shovel – chains – kitty litter in the event of getting stuck. Don’t be that guy who blocks everyone else.

    Aaron is great, but he doesn’t get to decide who can stay and who doesn’t. He appreciates it if he gets word that you won’t be there for a meal – but really you should use that form if you can’t get up.

    Last weekend we had about 8 people not make it for dinner. Only one group made the requested cancelation – and it was pretty last minute so I wasn’t able to get word to Aaron.

    You may notice the Front door lock has changed – the code is the same – but you need to press the “Yale” button to get the keys to light up.

  • A few thoughts on sharing rooms at the Lodge…

    January 18, 2024

    We are getting some good snow up there and being in a post-covid-emergency – well – it means we are back to sharing rooms! The lodge sleeps 40! It has never been that full in the years since I’ve been a member and doing reservations!

    If your reservation is for 1 or 2 people – you might be sharing a room! However, that isn’t entirely fair to the singletons – so families – I might split you up to make the reservations work!

    Kids might be sent to Dodge or Rose to be with other kids! We’ll ask them to keep the partying down!

    I might have a group of men in one room, and a group of women in another.

    Sometimes I might put a couple with another couple. Or, a singleton might join a couple!

    Dads with daughters and moms with sons might get split up – the younger kids will stay with their parents of course.

    Best to state in your reservation if splitting up would be a problem.

    I’ll do my best not to get creative with rooming to the same people week after week – let me know if you are ok with it… or prefer it! (Sorry single guys – you will probably always be first to get paired up – plus, many of you don’t fit in Dodge or Rose.)

  • Your responsibilities when making reservations!

    January 12, 2024

    You should be aware that the only person getting paid at the Lodge is the caretaker. He doesn’t get emails about your thoughts about your plans nor questions as it is not part of his employment. When you email Reservations it fills my inbox with information I don’t need and can’t always get to as I have a full time job, a family, and a life outside of responding to your reservations requests. I am happy to make reservations, however, I don’t have time to have a conversation about your plans for the weekend. If you have to cancel, that is fine. You MUST use the change using the form https://oaklandskiclub.com/reservation-cancellation-or-changes/ . The official policy is to cancel before Wed at 6 pm, but as I recognize my email serves as a reminder I recognize that Thursday morning may be a better benchmark – but if done repeatedly, I can make it Wed at 6.  If you cancel for a weekend after Thursday morning, you are going to have to at least pay for your meals if the Caretaker has purchased food. If you cancel even more last minute – you have to pay for the room you requested and denied another member/prospective member/or guest. Remember, you are supposed to pay as soon as I send confirmations. Your guests are your responsibility to pay for/make changes.

    I am not particularly concerned WHY you need to cancel – but the request MUST be using the form so everyone gets it who needs it. I am sorry if you are busy, but it is absolutely YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know the weather forecast for the weekend BEFORE Wednesday evening. There are so many ways to check this. I like opensnow.com.

    If you do need to change or cancel, and you think you should get a refund or not have to pay, you are welcome to explain that in the notes section in the form. I do not want to get a separate email unless it is an emergency of some sort.

    Thanks for following instructions,

    Simone Winter VP/Reservations

    Cancellations

    Members are responsible for their guest’s cancellations. 

    No Fee Cancellations

    • Winter weekend cancellations can be made prior to 6 PM Wednesday without fee. 
    • Holiday/meal stays must be canceled at least 48 hours before arrival to avoid a fee . 

    Cancelation Fees

    • Cancel 48 to 24 hours prior to arrival: lodgers pay for booked meals. $15 dinners, $9 breakfasts
    • Cancel less than 24 hours prior to arrival: lodgers pay for 1 night stay for the entire group. 
    • No-shows/no-calls will be charged for the whole stay.
    • Members will also be charged for their guests. 

     

    Meal Fees for Road Condition or Weather Cancellations 

    • If food has been purchased for lodge meals and lodgers leave for weather reasons, they will be charged for booked meals. 
    • The cancellation fee amount will be determined by the Vice President and must be paid prior to subsequent reservations

    Reservation Cancellation or Changes

  • New Snow!

    January 9, 2024

    Well I am happy to report the storms that came through last week and weekend really made a difference on the mountain! SO much fun to ski soft cold snow!

    We are looking for things to finally take off at the Lodge as well. Last weekend we were almost full, and even Sunday and Monday nights had 8 rooms being used! This MLK weekend will be about full as well, we are moving to need to share rooms if we get more reservations for Sat and Sun – dependent on # in party and if parties are guests or members.

    Please keep in mind that I consider us full when each room is used – I can always double people up as we share rooms if needed, so don’t fret, I can almost always add more people if reservations come in on time!

    The best time to make a reservation for a weekend stay is about a week ahead of time – anywhere from 7 to 10 days. Of course you can make it 2 weeks ahead up until the Wednesday at 6 pm beforehand. Please try to use the forms on the website instead of sending separate emails to communicate concerns or questions. You can add notes in reservations or changes/cancellations.

    The road is getting plowed it is hardpacked snow covered. Plowing happens when Norm can get to it. It usually happens in a way that works for most of us.

  • An update from Bernhard (the OSC president)

    January 1, 2024

    about skiing at Sugar Bowl the last few days…

    “Well, there is little snow but skiing at SB was surprisingly good. The groomed runs were nicely done and even some off-piste was skiable. No lift lines and sunny. If the predicted foot of snow this week actually falls, skiing will be quite ok.”

    Yeah, you read that right – a foot expected on Saturday!

    an oldie but goodie picture!

  • Happy New Year!

    December 30, 2023

    I am really not sure why more people aren’t coming up – we know the conditions could be a lot better, but skiing is skiing! It is the best thing ever!

    There is PLENTY of room at the lodge! Come up, get your legs working. Get the kinks out.

    There are plenty of runs at Sugar Bowl to ski on!

    PLEASE know, there is a new key situation – the door has a key code to get in! No more risking dropping the key down below!

    Just press the “YALE” button and the key pad will be exposed. It is the same combination as before!!! (Combination only to be shared with members – not guests or prospective members)

    https://www.sugarbowl.com/conditions

  • Parking at the Lodge in winter

    December 22, 2023

    We have a guy who plows our road for us and we pay him for the work. We share the payment with the Alpineers club next door. Our plow guy is named Norm. He plows for a lot of the people who live on the Summit. Earlier this fall, member Ken Howard communicated with Norm and this is what he was able to tell us:

    Norm has asked that we let you know a few things

    This is what Norm prefers for a communication plan:

    ·        In general after a normal size overnight storm Norm will come through usually between 9:00am to 11:00am.  He has to take care of his other smaller customers first.

    ·        If a storm is coming in and if you need to leave earlier, you must get your car out the evening before.

    ·        Norm is an early bird, goes to bed early evening and is up in the middle of the night to plow.  He requests no calls after 3:00pm in the afternoon.  If a storm is coming in, you’ve checked the road and you can’t get out at that time, he will come and plow that afternoon to enable cars to get out ahead the storm.

    ·        Norm requests that we limit the people who call him, currently we’ve talked about:

    o   OSC-Valerie Vincent or a designated weekend VP, Aaron Frankel, Ken Howard

    o   Alpineer Club-Kent or anyone they may designate

    o   Neighbor-Craig Custer

    ·        Norm is going to clear all parking areas the same as last year, though he is going to plow down Old Donner Summit Rd  a bit past the Alpineer’s lot and maintain two dedicated spots for Craig Custer’s house.

    Winter parking and driving etiquette:

            In high snow conditions especially later in the season when the snow banks are high, we are attempting to create two drive-by locations at third points, instead of the one we had in the middle last year.  When coming upon someone in the opposite direction, the car facing up-hill should backup or wait.  If the car is going downhill and is just past the drive-by, then it’s best if the downhill car backs up if they can.  This is opposite of Cal road regulations, but is recommended by Norm.

    ·        In the parking areas when the lot is close to full and a storm is coming in, please have members parallel park relatively close to each other.  This enables Norm to plow more empty spots, and makes it easier for digging out individual cars.

    ·        In the parking areas when there is only a few cars in the lot and a storm is coming in, park separately from each other but stay parallel.  This enables Norm to clear next to cars, which is less digging out while providing more open spaces to be cleared.

    ·        During muddy times, please avoid driving in rutted tire tracks. Drive to the left or right slowly if you can.  Doing this in addition to keeping drainage culverts clean along the sides will dramatically improve the integrity of our recently improved access road.

     

  • Xmas and New Year’s fun in Truckee

    December 21, 2023

    https://www.visittruckeetahoe.com/blog/2023-truckee-holiday-guide

    Sounds like there is a lot of fun stuff to do for the holidays

  • 5 inches!

    December 19, 2023

    Yay! This storm brought snow instead of rain! A nice solid base! More is on the way!

    I’m so glad I have my Opensnow.com account and can see the forecast!

    Still all open for reservations through the new year!

  • December 18, 2023

    Still accepting reservations for this week – Friday is looking a bit busy, but we still have room! Don’t be shy – right now everyone is getting their own room with a little to spare! The next two weeks have plenty of room as well. Get those reservations in! We have plenty of room every night right now!

    DO NOT PAY UNTIL CONFIRMED!!

    I was at Sugar Bowl yesterday – there is plenty to ski for a few hours. Lincoln had decent snow! This storm is problematic but things will look up soon!

    I am not sure why so many of you are doing this… do NOT pay until you have a confirmation email from me! You don’t pay for hotels before you stay – you don’t pay for the OSC lodge until we tell you you are good to go! (unless mid-week later in the winter – and even then – those early payments have a way of causing trouble when you then cancel your reservation!) We do not have the capacity to do credits.

  • Reminders!!

    December 12, 2023

    A few reminders that really help the club and the board manage the Lodge!

    • DO NOT PAY for weekends or holidays – aka anything with a meal night – until you get a confirming email from reservations@oaklandskiclub.com. If you have any questions about what/how to pay – email reservations, wintervp@oaklandskiclub.com, or membership!
    • EACH and EVERY change to your reservation MUST be done using the OSC website https://oaklandskiclub.com/reservation-cancellation-or-changes/ (number of people – leaving a day early – staying an extra day) (a full change in weekends, for example is a cancellation and needs a new reservation)
    • If you must cancel and can’t get to a computer/internet to get on the form, an email/text will suffice for a short time (we can get Aaron the info so he doesn’t buy food for people who won’t show) – however the form needs to be used so all of the people who need to know get the information.
    • While refunds cost the OSC fees to Paypal, it is preferable to do this over asking reservations to keep track of your credit. We do not have a method for keeping track of your credit. Please do not ask for credit if you didn’t even bother to let us know that you cancelled your stay.
    • If you do seek a partial refund, you should include in your request what you have already paid and what you believe you should have refunded.
    • Please actually read the instructions for making reservations – 99% of the information is there – and if it isn’t clear, please email one of us.
    • The people who make this run are volunteers and spend a lot of time making this work. Please do your part to keep it running smoothly.

    Reservations for any reservation including a meal night MUST be made at least by 6 pm on the Wednesday beforehand or 3 days ahead for Winter/Xmas holiday break. Confirmation emails will be sent out no earlier than 7 and possibly early the next morning in the event that reservations had something fun to do that evening. You shouldn’t worry about getting a spot if your reservation was timely. The only reason you might not is if a ton of people make last minute reservations. In the event that it looks like things are filling up – I will announce that here or I will email you to let you know it might be a problem.

    The VP Blog is the best way to know news of the club! Also check the members-only Facebook page – I can update that where ever I am at any time. (I can only update this when at my PC)

    Simone

     

    One final thing – if you are coming up mid-week when it isn’t a holiday… there is absolutely ZERO need to make reservations well in advance – we see this lead to cancellations and needed refunds. Just make it within a few days of coming up – even day-of reservations are usually fine for stays that are Sunday – Thursday! Just be sure to pay then. IF it gets busy, then I will announce it/send emails if I can. If you are up there and it is getting full – be prepared for other last minute arrivals and make sure some beds are free. ALWAYS write your name on the room assignment board & erase when you leave.

  • Winter break (Aka Xmas break) reservations needed!

    December 11, 2023
    Members! All three weeks of the Xmas/Winter Break are open for reservations. If you have made a reservation already, you can be sure you’ll get a spot. There are still a lot of spaces available, but that could change once the dates near. The earlier the better!
    Plus, as I will be doing this for 3 weeks, it is REALLY helpful for me for you to do it asap.
  • Come on up!

    December 5, 2023

    Hey! Don’t be shy! We’re getting some snow this week and early season is great for getting the kinks worked out of the legs…

    There is some snow coming in before this weekend! I bet more of the mountain opens up! Fingers crossed!

     

    To join the board meeting tonight

    Topic: OSC Board Meeting
    Time: Dec 5, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 829 5371 7521
    Passcode: 464820

  • Winter is the best season!

    December 4, 2023

    The conditions are not that atypical for the beginning of the season. There is snowmaking – allowing 2 runs to open at Sugar Bowl. It felt GREAT to make some turns. The quality of the snow was perfectly fine!
    Aaron made his first meal of the new season and as usual, it was delicious. The fire was fantastic – come up to see the new layout and super-comfy new chairs and couches! It’s SO COZY!

     

    I’m happy to report that a number of you are already making reservations for Dec 17 – 30th. Thank you! (earlier than that is open as well of course!) Please don’t pay until I instruct you to do so with my confirmation email. If you are reserving at this point, you may assume that you’ll get a bed! As stated before, I will assign people to share rooms if the numbers require it. Rest assured I will make all attempts to be mindful of who is sharing! It may not even be necessary! If you see a friend is coming up – let me know in the notes or an email that you would share with that person (if needed).

    Pray for snow (and check https://opensnow.com/location/sugarbowl/snow-summary for the forecast – it’s worth paying for Opensnow!!)

    Simone – reservations and winter vp reservations@oaklandskiclub.com

     

    The next Board Meeting is 12/5 at 7 pm on Zoom. Email a board member if you would like to attend

  • Please take this survey before mid December – as soon as you can please!

    November 10, 2023

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/75YBGC8

     

    Copy and paste if you need to.

  • Please take this Survey!

    November 10, 2023

    Happy Autumn OSCers!

    I am excited to start thinking about the winter season and I see that the Winter (Christmas) holidays are soon approaching. Maybe we’ll even get a great chance to ski in November as well. Thanksgiving weekend can be a fun time to be at the Lodge!

    I write hoping that you take a look at the calendar now, especially if you have kids who will be on a 2 week winter break. This year the weeks kids are out of school appear to span 3 weeks:

    • December 18 -22
    • December 25 – 29 (I think all schools have this week off and many ski passes are restricted), and
    • January 1 – 5

    Assuming the snow is decent, I am asking you to let me know if you might want to visit the Lodge during any of those weeks and if you are able, to say when you might be want to visit. I won’t hold you to it but would love to get a feel for who might be coming up. Feel free to click on as many dates as you think may apply to you. Answers are anonymous. Please only take the survey once – unless you wish to add dates. I’m just trying to get a feel for how many people might be up.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/75YBGC8

    WHY? Aaron, our caretaker, is contracted to work for 2 weeks and I need to know which nights we should have as meal nights.

     

    ****I also want to be clear that I am opening up reservations for these weeks starting 3 weeks ahead of time. *****

    For the week of the 18th – you may make a reservation starting on November 27th.

    For the week of the 25th – you may make reservations starting on the 4th of December.

    For the week of January 1 – you may make reservations starting on the 11th of December.

     

    I will be working and visiting with family in this time period – that means I will be busy and will confirm reservations approximately every other day as I am able – so you can hope confirmations to be emailed 3 ahead of your stay – I expect it to be busy and if the Lodge is filling up I will send emails earlier.  If it looks like I will not be able to accommodate you, I will email you as soon as I suspect a problem. The earlier you reserve, the more likely it is that you get a bed.

    *****The board voted to suspend the covid-era 1 family per room policy and return to shared rooms.  You WILL probably be sharing rooms this year unless you are a group of 4!

     

    XOXO Simone, your reservations goddess and winter VP.

    Look for an email with this information as well!

  • End of Summer Update and a BIG Thank You!

    October 28, 2023

    It feels like winter is right around the corner with cold temps and a little snow on the summit this week. As ‘summer’ comes to an end I wanted to highlight some projects that were completed and give some shout-outs to some key people who volunteered their time to make our lodge better and more beautiful with every visit.

    All four work parties ran as scheduled and had good turnout, thank you to everyone who came out. New people step into volunteer roles of UPSKI editor and membership coordinator.

    The new member weekends wrapped last week so a major shout-out is in order for our Membership Chair Vicki Luibrand, and her husband Rich for being amazing hosts and charming the socks off the 40ish people who attended. Get ready to meet some new people and make new friends this winter!

    Project Highlights:

    – New fire escape and smoke/CO detectors

    – Snowblower repair

    – New 6 burner gas stove

    – New electric water heater

    – New caretaker refrigerator

    – New paint in the bedrooms and dining room

    – 5 new pieces of living room furniture

    – Locker name plates

    – Men’s shower glazing

    – Foyer floor replacement and walkway railing extension

    – Road snow-stake setting

    – and much, much more…

    Shout-outs (I’m sorry, I can’t name everyone!)

    – Ken, Rick S, Wayne, Keith, Ramon, Bob P, Carrie, Rosalie, Valerie, Cindy, Julian, Bernhard

    It was so great meeting so many new people and seeing many old faces this summer up at the lodge. I am really looking forward to skiing with you all!

     

  • Board meeting tonight log in

    October 11, 2023
    Topic: OSC Board Zoom Meeting
    Time: Oct 11, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87267002231?pwd=Gaxxk12cXLp48rNesmORXYaK6KbFMS.1

    Meeting ID: 872 6700 2231
    Passcode: 221797

    See you,
    Bernhard
    Preliminary agenda
    • SummerVP report
      • Work parties and lodge status
    • Membership report
    • Treasurer report
    • Finance report
    • Upski
    • Winter Covid rules
    • Updated lodge guidelines
    • Other
  • Hello from one of your Winter VPs!

    October 8, 2023
    I am pretty sure the Lodge got filled this weekend with members and their guests! What fun! A number of reservations were made last minute – which is 100% acceptable in the non-winter seasons.
    Please be prepared to double up last minute, and you DEFINITELY want to check the recent reservations tab on the website! Do this before making a reservation, as well as when you are up there, or about to go up. This will give you an idea if other members are coming up.
    Please email any board member to get the password if you don’t already have it!
    I feel VERY STRONGLY that the Lodge will be VERY MUCH in demand this winter and on the weekends we will either definitely be sharing rooms or a lot of people will be denied reservations! Obviously, the snow conditions could change this prediction.
    This weekend as well as the next two will could be full – the New Members and Prospective members weekends will take place over the NEXT TWO weekends – pretty sure the spots are full for the 1st one, or a few spots left for weekend 2.
    Our next Board Meeting is this Wednesday, Oct 11 at 7 pm. Please email a Board member if you would like the zoom link.
    Simone, Winter VP / Reservations
  • August! Work Party’s! Other summer things!

    August 14, 2023

    Work Party #3 has wrapped and was another success. Bedrooms all have a fresh coat of paint, as well as the dining room, and the exterior (south and front ramp) has been scraped, sanded, primed, and painted. We have one more work party coming up Labor Day weekend, where we will focus on snow stake setting and wood splitting. We could use a few more hands for this one.

    Thank you to everyone who has spent time at a work party so far this summer or who has volunteered for other needed roles in the club. If you have any good photos from a work party you attended, please email them to me at summervp@oaklandskiclub.com so I can add them to this blog and forward them to our new Upski Editors, Camille and Shura!

    The lodge has been quite busy this summer, so please check the recent reservations tab on the website, or email me, to see what the space looks like if you are bringing a large group. I just did a small restock of basic kitchen, bathroom, and pantry items. I will be doing another by the end of September.

  • Summer reservations and big groups = fun!

    August 13, 2023

    Greetings! I noticed a bunch of people are making reservations for large groups! That is super fun and I am glad to see you sharing our amazing cabin with your friends!

    I do want to make a few points!

    1. ALL guests (and members) should sign Releases of Liability in order to use the Lodge. There might be some up there at the Lodge in one of the Binders near the check in spot.
    2. Be SURE to check the Recent Reservations tab in the OSC website so you know if there is room for you and your guests. https://oaklandskiclub.com/members/recent-reservations/- Larger groups should not take all of the rooms and should be prepared to double – triple up if other members come up.

    Kids younger than 5 should always stay downstairs – the upstairs is not childproofed.

    So you know how to read the reservations – the number that shows up at the very end of their reservation – after some names are listed – should tell how many people are reserved in that group (this is why it is so important to list the total number of people coming up.) Cancellations and changes do NOT get listed on this site.

    Cheers!

    • Simone
  • July Updates

    July 20, 2023

    Summer at the lodge is amazing! The weather has been fabulous and the snow is now clear from all the main hiking trails in the area. Even the PCT hikers are up and moving through the mountains again after a long, snowy winter. Last weekend I went on an amazing hike down into the gorge of the North Fork of the American River and will share more about it in a future VP blog, but for now here are some updates:

    Summer Camp
    The Woods Project campers will be leaving later today for a week long backpacking trip, and will return for one night on Tuesday July 25th. The lodge will be available for reservations again starting now (minus the 25th), and the camp staff will be cleaning the lodge all day today and then again on the 26th. Thank you to Cindy Chudy, Rosalie Frankel, and Bernhard Ludewigt (I also did a few days) who volunteered to be our OSC hosts for the last 2 weeks. Cindy logged one week as host and helped solve some plumbing and appliance issues. Thanks all!

    Work Parties
    Our next work party is coming up soon from July 28-30. I have sent a confirmation email to all those who have already reserved. There is still some space so please make a reservation if you would like to attend this one. The remaining work parties are scheduled for the following dates: August 11-13, and September 1-3. Attendance/sign-up’s for these work two work parties have been good, so let’s keep up and get the lodge in tip-top shape for the winter.

    Invoices
    Invoices were sent out on 7/3 and are due no later that 8/3. Please check your emails carefully and pay your dues promptly.

  • Mid-May updates

    May 15, 2023

    I just got word that the road is totally drivable – with some potholes and ruts. Take it slow and avoid splashing puddles please! People are heading up for Palisades skiing and general fun! MEMBERS – Don’t forget – you may make a reservation the day you want to go and just pay immediately after – you won’t get a confirmation from the Summer VP unless it is work party related!

    Email any Board member for the lockbox key code.

    The General Meeting is coming up – you should have gotten an email from the OSC with the details! Check your spam box! Please include in your rsvp if you can help with set up/tear down/grilling!

    Sunday, May 21st, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., setup at 11 a.m.
    Clarewood Townhouses Association Pool and Club Room
    68 Clarewood Lane, Oakland, CA
    Drop off people and things first at 68 Clarewood Lane then park outside the complex on Clarewood Drive .
    Walk back to the pool on Clarewood Mall.
    What to bring:
    Last name begins with A to L – side dish
    Last name begins with M-Z bring a dessert
    Swimsuits, towel
    Club will provide: meat, drinks, etc.
    All Inactive and Active Members, their guests and perspective member(s) are invited to attend.
    RSVP to Julie: 707-227-9937; juliefalk@hotmail.com

  • SUMMER is coming!!!

    May 1, 2023

    5/2 at 7 pm will be the next Board Meeting. Email one of the board for a Zoom link.

    Someday, we don’t know when, there will be grass up at the Lodge… for now… we still have so much snow! In fact, OpenSnow says Palisades could get a foot of snow over the next week! Palisades plans on closing on July 4th.

    Alas, Sugar Bowl is done so now Summer Rates are in effect. ALSO you may reserve up to the day you wish to arrive – you MUST pay immediately after making the reservation. You will NOT receive a confirmation email from me, however, you should still look for the auto-reply email and make sure your reservation went through by checking the Recent Reservations tab of the OSC website. https://oaklandskiclub.com/members/recent-reservations/

    Aaron may or may not be at the Lodge when you are there so you should assume you are alone. Please follow opening and closing protocols – lists of what to do can be found by the sign in sheets and on the cork board next to the kitchen door. Please report any problems to the board or the Summer VP.

    You are expected to do your dishes and keep an eye on the laundry while there. Please don’t leave any more than a dish or 2 as it isn’t fair to ask others to do your dishes (if there is enough to fill a rack – it is worth running the sanitizer). Please don’t leave wet laundry in the wash or dryer.

    Don’t forget:

    The Board has set the tentative date for the General Membership Meeting for May 21st from 11:30 to 2 in Oakland. This is the most important meeting of the year that ALL members are encouraged to attend. We will be discussing the budget (including fees & assessments), electing new board members (maybe you!), changes to by-laws, and other such issues. Plus it’s always a really fun event and BBQ with all of your favorite club friends. This will be a pool party too!
    We also tentatively set Work Party dates!
    July 1-3
    July 29-30
    Aug 12-13
    Sept 2-4
    All the work running this club is done by members and one of the duties of each member is putting in 8 hours of work each year. The summer work parties are a fun and sunny way to meet those obligations, plus get some warm time up at the amazing place that is Donner Summit. But they’re also very necessary as it gives us a decent sized crew to do the things we can’t or don’t want to do during the slide-on-snow-season.

    We’ll be doing some major repairs due to this winters AMAZING SNOW, but we’ll also be doing the simple things like paint touchup, firewood, organizing the kitchen, downstairs, storage, deep cleaning–and there’s always something for everyone to help with, no matter their age or skill level… well, they should probably be old enough to stand up on skis or a board ;)

    Seriously, these parties are really fun. You’re also welcome to come as a prospective member and that will count towards your membership as one of your social events.
    We always try to book many work parties. We wanted to get the dates out as early as possible so people could plan their summer with the parties in mind.
    We have to put in the caveat that work parties will might move and some might be cancelled due to fires, leadership, or other issues. If so, you still need to fulfill your club work obligation. If you can’t, you’re on the hook for paying a fee instead… so please try to plan how you’ll contribute to the club this year, and allow for flexibility.
    Also, there’s no lodging fee for the work parties, so that’s good! Members are responsible for their own food, but ordinarily there is a potluck BBQ, so bring food to share or pitch in for groceries!
    We’ll be taking reservation for the individual parties later this summer, but if you haven’t fulfilled your 8 hour work requirement in some other way, please plan to attend at least one.
  • That’s a wrap… almost

    April 27, 2023

    Well folks, that was a winter wasn’t it!?

    This weekend is the last weekend for Sugar Bowl, so therefore it is the last weekend Aaron will be cooking and acting as caretaker. (He won’t be cooking breakfast) He may be staying at the Lodge over the summer, but paying rent. He will NOT be there as caretaker.

    As of today – no more reservations will be confirmed until the fall – probably Thanksgiving weekend. You now must always pay immediately after reserving. Please don’t feel the need to reserve far in advance – you will probably need to change your reservation and one of the volunteer board members will have to refund. Just reserve and pay when you KNOW you are coming up – good bet to do it a week (or closer to the date/day of) ahead of time. DAY OF reservations are FINE!!!! The summer is a great time to head to the Lodge!

    Please email a VP/President/Board member if there are concerns about the Lodge – we need to know. board@oaklandskiclub.com works as does summervp@oaklandskiclub.com . I don’t know who the Summer VP will be yet – they should get those emails over the summer… Will YOU be the Summer VP!? Summer VPs don’t even need to do reservation confirmations!!!

    Simone

  • Winding down…

    April 17, 2023

    What a season!

    Sugar Bowl is almost closed – they are open through this weekend, then are doing an encore weekend at the end of April – then, that is it for this year. Once Sugar Bowl closes – Aaron is done cooking for the season. He has done a fantastic job this year!

    Check with each resort – dates could change….

    Palisades will be open until July 4th!

    Kirkwood everyday until the 30th, then Fri, Sat, and Sun for the 1st 2 weekends of May.

    Heavenly until May 7.

    Northstar is only open for the next 2 weekends.

    Soda Springs & Boreal close  4/23

    Donner Ski Ranch is open only on weekends (Until ??).

    Mt Rose until the 30th.

    Tahoe Donner is closed.

     

    OH! Craig and Ken temporarily got the internet running – we still need the actual company to come and replace the wires, but hopefully, we have something quasi-reliable until then.

    The snow is melting FAST. The road is clear for the most part, but the water will create huge ruts so drive carefully. There are about 5 – 7 spots at the Lodge to park – otherwise you may park on Sugar Bowl road. Leave a note with your number, name, and OSC on it.

     

  • Wednesday afternoon post

    April 12, 2023

    WIFI/Internet at Lodge – is NOT available at this time. Someone came out today – but no one was able to be there to greet him, so he wasn’t able to get in to try to fix it. Without internet – we also don’t have much by way of phone service as we all get pretty spotty cell service at the lodge. I don’t know when it will be fixed.

    There should be enough parking up there. Mostly up on Sugar Bowl road. The Lodge itself has 4 or 5 spots – only people with high clearance and 4wd should venture that way – the road has major muddy/slushy ruts. WEAR BOOTS THAT CAN HANDLE MUD!

    If NEEDED – we may park in the overflow Sugar Bowl lot – but ONLY for the night – gotta move that car pronto in the morning.

  • Updates on road and internet at Lodge

    April 10, 2023

    Internet report for Monday morning – continued outage caused by the provider. Nothing we can do at this time.

    Road report – The drive up and down is VERY sketchy with big uneven ruts, full of slush and lots of mud. We still recommend walking in, despite the difficulties. PLEASE keep your muddy boots out of the lodge! Change downstairs, and be mindful you may need to clean up muddy foot prints as an additional chore! The road is still barely wide enough for a car to drive down – side mirrors and lights risk shattering!

  • No Internet at the lodge – Optimum outage

    April 8, 2023

    Hi all,

    The internet has been down at the OSC since yesterday morning, we have called Optimum our provider and there seems to be a larger outage and they are working on it. Cellular is spotty and best near the road so please be aware and prepared of any issues in communications due to the wifi outage.

    Your Winter VPs

  • Update from Vicki…

    April 6, 2023
    The road is REALLY narrow into the lodge. Most people are parking out on the Sugar Bowl/Mount Judah Road and walking in. Pack in backpacks and if you have a little sled that could be really helpful. It’s not a far walk about half a mile and very flat-takes 10-15 minutes.
    We have a Subaru outback and needed to put chains on the get out on the road  due to ice. You don’t want to be the person who gets stuck. We had to help a member put their chains on because he couldn’t get up the road. Otherwise, it’s beautiful up here! The snow heights are beyond belief!
  • Current Road to OSC – from Vicki

    April 6, 2023
    Vicki would not recommend driving to the lodge as of now please read her first hand experience yesterday.
    “The road is REALLY narrow into the lodge. Most people are parking out on the Sugar Bowl/Mount Judah Road and walking in. Pack in backpacks and if you have a little sled that could be really helpful. It’s not a far walk about half a mile and very flat-takes 10-15 minutes.
    We have a Subaru outback and needed to put chains on the get out on the road  due to ice. You don’t want to be the person who gets stuck. We had to help a member put their chains on because he couldn’t get up the road. Otherwise, it’s beautiful up here! The snow heights are beyond belief!”

     

  • Weekend edition!

    April 5, 2023

    Parking: We have 3 or 4 spots to park at the Lodge… FOR NOW!!! There are small lots by the Lodge!!! A few cars will fit in each – BUT, you need to know that the road is so narrow – you can easily take out a side mirror or a light.

    The road is super duper slushy and slippery. There are big ruts – the ruts can push your tires over. Use caution! Cars without a lot of clearance might bottom out – best to have more clearance. Best to also feel very comfortable driving down it. It will harden over night.

    There is parking along the Sugar Bowl road = best for 2wd cars. There is also a smaller area to park on our little road below the Sugar Bowl overflow lot.

    If you have questions when you are up there about the parking / road situation – Aaron is willing to assist.

    Friday will snow a bit more. Everything could change!

  • Parking & Lodge update for this coming week & Weekend

    April 4, 2023

    A few people moved their dates around (THANK YOU!!!) and there is room at the Lodge for the foreseeable future. We also seem to have a few spaces AT the Lodge to park! The road is squirrely, so don’t attempt to drive down if you can’t handle super slush and ice – alternatively. It is still VERY NARROW and you probably need the skill to back up for a long time because there is NO getting around another car. I suggest sending a scout to make sure you don’t end up half way down and needing to back up. There are some spaces at the top of the road on the Sugar Bowl access – just be sure to put your name, phone #, and Oakland Ski Club on a paper on your dash in the event someone needs to check on you.

  • Save the Dates!!!

    April 4, 2023

    The most important club meeting of the year, The General Membership Meeting is tentatively set for May 21st (A possible back of up of Sunday, June 4th.)  We just need to find a place to hold it.  We have often held it in a park with a BBQ – other times, members have been able to host in big yards or condo event spaces.  We will have a list of nominees for the BOD, bylaw changes and, hopefully, Dues and Fees amendments.

    We also tentatively set Work Party weekends:

    July 1-3

    July 29-30

    Aug 12-13

    Sept 1-3

    We’ll need people to lead each party! AND people to coordinate the Fun activities!

  • Monday – It is Spring Break – lots of families coming up mid-week!

    April 3, 2023

    Hello! I don’t have an update on the road, but assume it is still not advisable to drive on. We have some parking at the top, but not a lot. Everyone should consider the possibility of driving up as a carpool!

    It looks like there aren’t any big storms coming up, so we may finally get the road and parking back before the end of the Sugar Bowl season in a few weeks. Maybe not – there is that much snow up there. Just got 9 inches last night…

    We had a covid exposure at the Lodge last Friday 3/31 at the Lodge. Anyone who was up there should test today and the next few days. Don’t return if you have any symptoms! We have 2 air purifies up there! Keep them going! Masks still work.

    Right now – Thursday and Friday of this week look like they might be full. If you haven’t made a reservation yet for those nights, do it asap! If you are planning on those nights, be prepared to carpool! (Saturday is NOT full) Be aware that Aaron may not be available if his exposure leads him to an infection.

    Next week also has mid-week reservations. Saturday isn’t as busy as it sometimes is.

  • Thursday Parking addition!

    March 31, 2023

    We heard that Sugar Bowl is planning on plowing the road to their Tunnel/Upper parking lot this morning- the one at the top of our road. We want this to happen!

    DO NOT park on the top of our road – meaning – on the hill in-between their parking access and our road/driveway to the cabin. You MAY park on the Sugar Bowl road (there are about 6 or so spots open) Please leave room for other cars to fit there too.

    Leave a note with your name, phone #, and OSC on the dash.

    You MAY also park in our “driveway” in-between the Lodge and the “hill” access area.

    Yes, this is vague, but we are trying to work with our neighbors. DON”T GET IN THE WAY OF A PLOW!!!!

    If we are nice – MAyBE we can be allowed to park in their lot OVERNIGHT – but we would have to move our cars in the morning.

  • IMPORTANT!!!!

    March 29, 2023

    If you park at the Lodge for the foreseeable future – PLEASE – write your name, phone number, and OSC on a paper on your dash so that we know who is there and that your car belongs there!

    Thanks

  • Wednesday parking edition

    March 29, 2023

    According to Aaron, there is about 2 feet of fresh snow on the road. Snowshoes recommended. He is doubtful we will have lower road parking this weekend. At best it will be like last weekend [about 5 spots ON Sugar Bowl road and 3 or more down the road on the little hill]. Expect to walk in.

    ***** FOLKS…. this means MAYBE 8 spots – not that we can predict the availability of Norm – and we shall see what he can manage. Last weekend his plow got stuck and even he needed to be pulled out. Then again, maybe he’ll get more spots available. Probably you should be prepared to beg parking from other establishments. Please don’t say you are with our club and expect that that will get you anywhere. We don’t want to wear out our welcome!

    FYI – last weekend I couldn’t even see Viking Ski Club because their lot is buried… in fact I couldn’t even see their building. The Donner Ski Ranch parking lot seems to be about half the size it normally is. Sugar Bowl seems to have their main lots taken care of. A lot of people were parking during the day on 40. I wonder if that could work for some people.

    Right now, I have 10 people (cars) reserved for Friday night, and 8 for Saturday.

  • Tuesday night parking edition

    March 28, 2023

    This weekend is going to be super interesting! It appears that the Lodge itself could be full… if only everyone could get there!

    As previously stated below, the parking situation is challenging. Norm plowed last weekend – the road was walkable – and about 8 parking spots were available at the Sugar Bowl access road. HOWEVER – as you all know – the Summit received another blast of snow. So now the road is full of snow again – wind gusts will continue to fill it – as they do – and the parking at the top of the road is … gone. It will probably come back by this weekend – Maybe tomorrow. However, now Friday and Saturday are looking just about full. I am not sure at all where you all will park. Remember – we share the parking with Alpineers club – and word on the street is they might have a few visitors this weekend too.

    CONSIDER CARPOOLING!!!!!
    The other people coming up can be found at the Recent Reservations section in the Members Only part of the website. https://oaklandskiclub.com/members/recent-reservations/ You can contact people as their phone numbers and email addresses are listed.

  • We still don’t have much parking.

    March 27, 2023

    I am seeing a lot of people paying for weekend visits before confirmation. I do not know why you are doing this. This is against express wishes of the OSC and reservations. You may not want to come up after all. Refunding and keeping track of your payments creates a lot of work for a few people. Weekends include Friday and Saturday (and the rule goes for any school /bank holiday time).

    The road is barely plowed, there is very little parking = you might have to go scrambling for parking elsewhere. You will have a long walk back to the Lodge. More feet of snow is falling this week. There may only be space for 5 cars this weekend – maybe more, maybe less. We had room for 8 cars last weekend – but hadn’t had snow for several days and plowing just happened. The Alpineers club also gets to use the parking and I don’t have the bandwidth to coordinate with them.

    We already have enough reservations to possibly be at capacity. Come up mid week. Carpool.

    On the plus side… the walk from Sugar Bowl road to the Lodge is pretty easy to walk, maybe a bit icy in spots. (Tues / Wed storms will change this probably). ALSO, the snow for skiing/riding is fantastic!!

  • Some headway being made on the road – but still very little parking

    March 24, 2023

    This is the road to the Lodge. It is NOT complete – very narrow – and hopefully more headway will be made soon. It does not go all the way to the Lodge.

    There continues to only be very, very limited parking and everyone needs to work with others for spots. Do have a plan if you can’t get one of the spots. The walls cave in and you can very easily get stuck.

    Put paper with your name and phone # on your dash.

  • Update on access to Lodge!

    March 21, 2023

    According to Aaron, “The road to the Lodge is Walkable in boots, but snowshoes are definitely better. Hidden postholes under the snow…” It is possible for a leg to sink and get a bit tweaked on the walk.

    Steve Root described it, “the road is totally covered with hard icy snow. Depth-wise it’s gotta be 6-8 feet in places and filled in between the snow banks on either side. I’m not sure how Norm will ever get it plowed. It needs a HUGE snowblower, like those Cal Trans has, to get it done. We may be walking in for the remainder of the season.”

    We are working with Alpineers to pressure Norm to get the road done, but, it will be a huge task for him and we aren’t sure he is capable.

    Meanwhile, we DO have a few parking spots at the top of our road where cars can fit.

  • Snow made Fire-Pit at the OSC

    March 19, 2023

    After a lot of shoveling we had some well deserved desert and rest around the fire-pit dug out of the snow pile!

     

     

     

  • Parking at the top of the Road to OSC now ready

    March 17, 2023

    We now have 4-5 parking spots at the top of the road. Walk in is about on mile on firm snow. Enjoy the hike!

  • Access to the Lodge

    March 16, 2023

    Is currently WALK IN ONLY. You don’t need snowshoes – but be careful. IF you use the sled – you have to bring it back to the top of the walk way.

    UPDATED!!! 12:00 Friday
    There IS parking at the top of our road! We could possibly fit 6 cars if everyone packs in tightly. Do not expect to leave your car there or get out early without coordinating with other people.

    This parking might go away if the walls cave in!

     

  • This weekend 3/17-19

    March 16, 2023

    As of Thursday 3/16/23 the road is still now plowed. There is NO WHERE to park right now. We do not know if Norm will be able to get to it tomorrow – he wanted to get to it today, but wasn’t able to. We hope there are some spots for this weekend, but who knows!?

    If you come up – you might not have a parking spot. Donner Ski Ranch is NOT our overflow parking. If you ask them to park there – Do NOT tell them you are with Oakland Ski Club – and that someone told you you could do it – no one has told you this! (Aaron’s car got towed!) There is legal parking on 40 – but there has been record snow and it is buried. Have a plan. You might have to drive back home. Maybe not. I’m sorry that I can’t solve this for you!

    We have no control over the situation!

    The snow is melting and freezing over. Slush. This is one of the snowiest years in recorded history.

     

  • It’s a … “Challenging” winter, that’s for sure!

    March 14, 2023

    You are probably wondering what the first picture is…. it is the road getting to the Lodge. Aaron tells us that the berm is higher than him getting to the road – and Norm will plow sometime… but we don’t know when. We are hoping for some parking spots at the top – which will then mean you need to walk/snowshoe/ski/snorkel to the Lodge. The winds and huge walls mean that all of the plowing just gets refilled shortly after. The Club spent quite a bit of money to get the berm next to the Lodge partially removed so that the snow could slide off. They plowed the road. That nice road is now filled in again. We think the Lodge should be able to handle the snow that will come.

    yes, it is THAT deep.

    You can see here the snow is slowly sliding off the roof. It is still pretty deep on the bathroom/kitchen side and we need to keep an eye on structural integrity.

    All of this to say, that one should not expect the road to be plowed until the storms let up for some time. You should come prepared to hike in. Finding parking on the Summit is a problem. Aaron did get towed from the Donner ski ranch parking lot – I’m not sure of the circumstances. You probably should consider bringing your shovel and making spaces on the eastern side of the Gondola where parking is allowed on 40. If I learn of any parking spaces opening up, I will post.

    But hey, the Lodge isn’t filling up on the weekends anymore! You should come up midweek! And be prepared to shovel!

    PS – Aaron is a rockstar and if you came up bearing gifts for him, he would appreciate it!

  • Article about our snow plow contractor Norm

    March 12, 2023

    https://www.insider.com/california-winter-storms-89-year-old-snow-plow-driver-2023-3

     

     

    Great work this season by Norm our snow plow contractor, he has been amazing working through the storms.

  • Major Snow Removal at the OSC tonight!

    March 7, 2023

  • Zoom link if you want to join Zoom Board meeting

    March 7, 2023

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73607298915?pwd=ajT91Bm9gAe9pBoCjZMayQBTvP5jsL.1

    Meeting ID: 736 0729 8915
    Passcode: 2GmyXG

  • All hands on deck!

    March 6, 2023

    We really need members to head up and help with snow removal – we need to protect the structural integrity of the Lodge! Snow removal from the roof is needed. It is a 2 person job minimum. It is pretty easy to walk up on it, but it is possible to fall off from the sides = must have a buddy. The snow surrounding the Lodge is super deep – we wouldn’t want someone to fall and not be able to get up. (We need more than 2 people total to do it, but even putting in an hour or 2 would make a dent)

    Mid week, as always, is a great time to head up!

    Weekends are almost empty – the way the storms are keeping us away! That being said. I WILL absolutely consider your request to come up last minute for a weekend stay when it is storming & we have so many cancellations. It doesn’t hurt to ask! If you think you can safely drive up and be flexible with your departure, Just make a reservation. Once things calm down (will they ever?!) I will return to asking all reservations being in by 6 on Wednesday if you want to stay on Friday or Saturday.

    Aaron is getting exhausted by the constant snow removal. He needs help. We need to hire a serious snow removal company to remove snow so that the roof snow can fall off. There is a lot going on.

    There is a Board Meeting tomorrow at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Please attend if you want – it’s open to all members.

    The next OSC board meeting will be Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 pm.
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86985756004?pwd=Z24zTDhSYktXRGV0OEEwd3NodTl1dz09

    Meeting ID: 869 8575 6004
    Passcode: 819682
  • Updates on the Lodge – Wednesday evening edition!

    March 1, 2023

    Norm was finishing up here. Seriously, it is a lot of work, and Sugar Bowl reported about 9 feet over the last week. Plowing is serious business up on the summit! We need members up there who can help with snow removal around the Lodge! Some members have already been at it! If you haven’t already, take a look at our new UpSki! https://www.upski.org/ Help is needed on the roof – it is at minimum a 2 person job.

    You will definitely want to keep an eye on the roads. https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3 and https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

    Aaron reports that the road, while getting plowed regularly, is subject to wall collapses and wind berms, so one never knows of the conditions. BRING SHOVELS. Don’t try to ram your way through it. We had a car stuck on the road for 24 hours.

    Oh, and you should really be paying attention to the weather forecast as well. I like https://opensnow.com The snow is going to keep falling in record amounts.

  • Holy mega-snow pack Batman!

    February 28, 2023

    As you can see from the photos, The Lodge is almost buried! Aaron continues to do what he can to keep things under control. He loves help and so anyone who can be flexible and head up would be welcomed! The skiing is epic! This is what we signed up for! (We do need some people who might be able to help get snow off the roof – this is a MINIMUM 2 person job – always need a safety person)

    Norm HAS been plowing and making parking spots, but obviously storms like these still leave a foot or so of snow on the road from time to time. When you go up, be prepared to be creative with your parking. If you try the Gondola lot, let me know what happens. We aren’t “supposed” to use it, but we never really were, and we did. Other lots nearby might do in a pinch as well. What ever you do, DO NOT EVER leave your car there for a long time. Keep moving it so plows can do their work. Always bring a shovel with you so you can get yourself out of a bind.

    This weekend looks like more powder! Friday currently looks clear for driving up, but the chance to return to the Bay area looks best for Monday. Of course, there will be some openings on 80, and our driveway, but history shows us that there is no way to be sure when they will be. This is a bummer for me because I just adopted a dog, and was thinking of only going up for one night!

     

    PLEASE do not send me emails about your change of plans, unless it is a last minute, emergency-type situation (it is fine if you are on the road/in the hospital, but you still need to do the change form). You need to use the change/cancel reservation form on the website. I get the change, but no one else does who needs to see it. Certainly ask questions, but a lot of information is available by checking online.

     

    One last thing, there will be a Board Meeting on March 7 at 7:30. Email  wintervp@oaklandskiclub.com or any board member for the zoom link (not yet available)

  • Sugar Bowl is offering some nice deals for skiing starting on March 1!

    February 24, 2023

    https://www.sugarbowl.com/deals?fbclid=IwAR1Jmiw0L-i84c60qh2Efpb7ox85Dz17hgglX7UdVgm6NXU6AKBvKbq7rGc

    Spring pass – $399! $99 for kids!

    Lift tickets will be $89!

     

    Because, they announced they are open until 4/23!!!

    Woo Hoo!

  • MORE SNOW!!!!

    February 22, 2023

    Woo hoo! Powder this weekend! We always love a top up!

    Please plan accordingly and make sure you are ready for a wintery drive! Norm is ready to plow, you just need to be patient.

    FYI – we are seeing the rooms fill up on weekends. PLEASE let me know if you’ll share a room (particularly if you are solo or a duo.)

    I am surprised I haven’t heard from anyone wanting to get more involved with running the club/lodge this summer. Come on folks!

  • Interesting times!!

    February 14, 2023

    Sometimes you run into other OSC members when skiing in Alta – Here I am with Bernhard!

    We got to ski a bunch of runs together – unfortunately, it’s hard to see our gorgeous faces with the bad shadows…

    We DID have some technical difficulties with the OSC website – but it seems to be working. Make sure your reservations went through if you want to come up this weekend for President’s weekend. The Lodge doesn’t look full as of Tuesday night.

  • HEADS UP!

    February 9, 2023

    OSCers,

    I want you to know that the Lodge has been filling up for the last 3 weekends. We occasionally get cancellations because people are sick, injured, or because of storms that will make driving difficult. You should get your reservation in ON TIME – preferably a week ahead of time – if you want space.

    Please – do not expect space for guests that require their own room (FOR SATURDAY NIGHT!!!)

    – get your reservation in on time (but not more than 2 weeks ahead of time)

    – If you are willing to share a room (especially solo people) PLEASE let me know – I will really appreciate this (though I am less impressed if you are a group of 3)

    – OpenSnow.com gives a pretty accurate forecast and will help you plan your trips when snow is a concern

  • Things are moving along.

    February 8, 2023

    The road continues to be plowed, but there always is a possibility that wind can make it hard to travel over. We can’t always know. Norm & Co has been on it and will play sooner or later. Right now, it’s plowed! And there is parking.

     

    What are you doing to help the Oakland Ski Club? Have you been on the Board? We NEED you to step up and use your skills to make it a great place! You don’t need to be an expert! Right now we DESPERATELY need someone to be the Summer VP – it just means organizing the summer activities – you get to delegate the actual work party “work” to other people. Someone else will decide what needs to be done at the actual work party – some weekends are already being planned… we just need the person who keeps an eye on everything so everyone knows who is in charge.

    Just a picture of a Swiss hillside for the fun of it!

    Simone

  • MORE SNOW!!!

    February 1, 2023

    Edited to add: This is changing frequently. At 4 pm it looks like most of the snow will fall Saturday night and taper off into Sunday.

    Whoa! This is the forecast for this weekend. I strongly suggest you consider it when planning your drive.

    Norm & Co. will be plowing, but we cannot control when he will get to it on Saturday and Sunday.

     

    Request: Please do not ask for payments to be applied to a different day than what you asked for. It has become very hard to keep track of them, so instead I will be asking you to get a refund and paying again for when you actually do come up. In the same vein, please don’t use the cancellation/change form for rescheduling your visit – rather use it to cancel or change an existing reservation’s i.e.: # of people, adding/subtracting a day, sort of change.

    Remember, mid-week stays don’t need many days notice, you can generally be assured you will have a room to yourself. You can reserve last minute, when you are 100% sure you will actually come up.

  • Wild about snow!!

    January 25, 2023

    We have a new lockbox code! Members can email me to get it! It is not to be shared with non-members!

    Do you see this pictures!? There is a lot of snow up there! We still have enough parking, but you need to do your part, as the parking areas shrink as more snow falls…

    The “Upper” Lot fits about 8 cars, but we do need to make room. Please don’t be “that guy” and take up 2 parking spots. The upper lot is your best bet to park in if you need to leave early – no one will likely block you in.

    The “Lower” lot is the one next to the pathway to the Lodge. It fits up to 6 cars if we are smart. It is acceptable etiquette to block someone in and work it out amongst yourselves to move cars when needed. However, if you want to get to Palisades early and so leave at 7 am, this is NOT the lot for you. This lot is also not for you if you block someone in and want to stay in bed until 9 am.

    Finally, if you are up mid-week. Chores need to be done! If you can’t imagine what needs to be done, you MAY ask Aaron! He knows a lot! You can also help with Laundry!

    See you up there!

    Simone

  • 8 days of clear skies! But you still need to be aware!

    January 20, 2023

    Doesn’t it look beautiful!!!!????

    Yes, yes it does!

    All that fresh snow is settling nicely, however, it can still move with the wind! Obviously, the road can still be windswept so can get tricky to get in and out of. No one is capable of leaving day to day, hour by hour updates. Norm & Co have been plowing after and during storms, and will come other times as asked. Please be aware of everyone’s limitations (Norm doesn’t know every time our road needs it-Caretaker is not monitoring hourly- WinterVPs have work and families and can’t monitor hourly or even daily TBH). YOU need to be prepared to shovel a bit if snow drifts or fallen snow leaves a big pile in the drive. Always carry a shovel.

    The road is plowed and there is parking. That could change very fast and while we do our best to update, it is your responsibility as OSC members to handle changes.

  • More pictures at the Lodge…

    January 16, 2023

    Ted, Ken, and Aaron were rockstars shoveling and keeping things under control (to the best of their abilities) this last week!

    They weren’t able to get the snow off the entryway roof — so please be careful anywhere near that area! People are killed every winter by snow falling off of roofs.
    Here are some pictures of the current state of affairs… THIS is why I love it up there!!!!!

    Norm & crew has been on top of plowing to the best of their abilities! Sometimes they are up there 2x a day even!

     

    Yep – that snow is as deep as the back deck!!

    This is Ted showing how deep the road is now… he is a tall guy. The snow is over his head. It MAY become very difficult to blow the snow off the road because Norm’s blower can only blow so high!

    Doesn’t the road look so narrow relative to how deep the walls are?!

    Almost buried!

     

  • Well, maybe you should have gone up this weekend….

    January 14, 2023

    Ted H took these pictures today! Ready for the next round… which will be less than thought!

  • I had this important email sent earlier today

    January 12, 2023
    Hello OSC members,
    I have been noticing a lot of people are struggling with the Lodge rules and Guidelines.
    I am asking you to review the LODGING GUIDELINES that is found on the website. Please do so right now! Email me if you don’t know the password to get to the members section. OSC Members’ Section
    In particular, it is essential that you understand that reservations are always required. In order to make a reservation you MUST get an automated reply showing it went through. Some members seem to have trouble with the host website. Be assured, it you get the autoreply, the reservation went through. You can also see if your reservation went through by checking Recent Reservations
    Another area of concern is cancelations. More and more people are canceling last minute or even not showing up after making reservations. This is not acceptable. There are plenty of reasons your plans might change, some of them are completely out of your control, however enough of the issues that prevent trips are foreseeable and no one should be waiting until the last minute to cancel.
    Please use the OSC website to make any changes to your reservation. Emails to reservations@oaklandskiclub.com will be accepted and appreciated as we recognize that sometimes that is the quickest way to get the information to the Lodge. However, the Lodge Guidelines have long maintained that late cancellations still require payment.
    This email is to inform you that I will enforce payments for late cancelations and particularly for not showing up after confirmations have been sent out. If circumstances made your trip impossible, please let a Winter VP or reservations know immediately what the reason is so we can discuss it.
    I have spent a lot of time this winter keeping the VP Blog updated as I am able. Please read it regularly. I did decide to remove the Reservations Calendar as it was leading to the problems I have discussed above.
    One final reminder is that we ask visitors to the Lodge to respect other people up there. That includes respecting quiet hours, cleaning up after yourself, minding your own children and teaching them the rules of the Lodge, doing your chores, and helping with snow removal.
    This looks like a fantastic snow year and I want to get as many of you as possible up to the Lodge!
    Simone, your Co-Winter VP and Reservations Manager.
  • Update as of noon on Wednesday re: road and parking

    January 11, 2023

    Aaron just told me it seems as though 2 feet have fallen and it is still snowing hard.

    Norm has been plowing and the road is currently drivable – but there isn’t much parking.

    As you can see from this snow forecast – more is on the way! I can’t recommend highly enough that you check the OpenSnow website regularly! Paying gets you 10 days of forecast instead of 5 days. It’s worth it!

     

  • Reminder!

    January 10, 2023

    Unfortunately, too many people cancel at the last minute and it costs all of us money when our caretaker prepares meals for people who don’t show up, and other members can’t go up because we thought rooms were full.  All rules can be found here http://oaklandskiclub.com/members/upski-downski-codes-2/

    In the Useful Document section you will find Lodge Guidelines:

    RESERVATION CANCELLATIONS/NO-SHOWS:

    Winter weekend cancellations without penalty can be made prior to the 6 PM Wednesday cut off. Other holiday/meal days cancellation without penalty at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

    Cancel 48 to 24 hours prior to arrival – pay for booked meals ($14 dinner, $8 breakfast.)

    Cancel less than 24 hours prior to arrival – pay for 1 night stay for the entire group.

     

    No-shows/no-calls will be charged for the whole stay. Members will be charged for guests.

     

    Best way to cancel:

    Use the Reservation Cancellation or Changes page on the OSC website.

    Members are responsible for cancellations of/for their guests.

     

    Cancellations due to weather: If the caretaker has gone food shopping and you have not cancelled but later decide to leave due to an incoming storm, you will be charged for booked meals.

    The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Vice President, based on the occupancy of the lodge, and must be paid prior to subsequent reservations.

  • In other exciting news…

    January 8, 2023

    Valerie the fabulous has repaired all of the beds to the best of my knowledge! Thank you Valerie!!!!

    If you know of a broken thing at the Lodge you have a few choices – Fix it yourself (ask a more seasoned member if unsure!) or let Simone, Valerie, or Steve, your Co-Winter VPs know about it! wintervp@oaklandskiclub.com

    Happy to report the heater in the Game Room is fixed! Yay! It should be kept at 45 degrees unless you are actually hanging out in there – turn it up if you want – just be sure it goes back down to 45.

  • Fantastic snow!

    January 8, 2023

    I just got back from being at the Lodge! I skied at Sugar Bowl and was SO HAPPY with the conditions up there! The big storms weren’t too big and I got up with zero problems on Friday, and zero problems returning on I-80 on Sunday. We did have a bit of an adventure digging out on Sunday morning. The snow was too slippery even for my Subaru Forester even WITH cables. Luckily, the plow came and I and everyone else was able to head out. The plow came pretty early and had done almost half of the road – unfortunately for us, a car was coming up the road while it was working – so it turned around – not to return for several hours.

    Folks, if you come across the plow when you are leaving or arriving on our road – LET THE PLOW FINISH! Please! It will be hours or even days before they can return.

    Be advised that while I check my email regularly, I will not respond to emails over the weekend (Friday afternoon through Sunday) unless there is an emergency! It becomes too much to try to accommodate so many last minute requests. Once I have sent out confirmations on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. I expect cancelations to come pretty quickly for those that need to make them, and then it should be reservations for the following week. Our caretaker shops for food for the weekends on Thursday, so numbers need to be finalized by then.

    Big exciting storms are 100% predictable, so asking to come up or cancelling late is not an excuse! I like OpenSnow for the 10 day snow report https://opensnow.com/location/sugarbowl/forecast

  • Road update! Friday morning….

    January 6, 2023

    Just got word that the road is plowed and there is parking at the Lodge! I-80 is snowy right now. Hopefully it gets drier as the day goes on.

    OpenSnow shows clear skies for tonight, and the Saturday/Sunday storm should lead to a manageable departure on Sunday. We might want to park elsewhere on Saturday, or stay and be prepared to dig out your car.

    The important thing is to leave room on Sunday for Norm to plow!

  • Friday night 1/7 will be full. Waitlist only – probably Saturday too.

    January 3, 2023

    Woo hoo!

    People willing to share rooms are helpful. If you see someone up and want to arrange to share a room – both of you need to let me know!

  • January 3, 2023

    This is Steve Root! He is one of our Co-WinterVPs! These are his pictures taken during the recent storm up in the mountains! Lots of work digging out, but it is worth it don’t you think! That porch had to be cleared twice – good thing we have a snow blower!
    The road is plowed, and parking spots cleared. It appears this weekend is going to be full. I have tiny bit of leeway to possibly move things around for this coming weekend, but will not accept any last minute reservations. Nothing after 6 pm on Wednesday – and anything on Wednesday might be too late. You all knew more storms are coming!

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