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    • November dates and World Cup - 2016-09-15 09:56:56 -

      The lodge will  be open several weekends in November including Thanksgiving weekend when Killington is hosting the Women's World Cup.  Fall rates are in effect until the end of November.

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    • October Lodge Dates - 2016-09-15 09:55:16 -

      The lodge will be open a number of weekends in October.  Please note that the pub weekend is only open to people signed up on the pub tour with Don Taggart.  Guests are welcome any other open weekend.

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    • September Lodge Dates - 2016-09-15 09:53:48 -

      The lodge will be open the  following weekends in September:

      • 9/2-4
      • 9/9-11 - work weekend
      • 9/16-17 - Burlington Bike Ride
      • 9/23-25 - work weekend
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Posted by Debbie McNeley on September 22nd, 2016

Big shout out to Chuck for hosting the Lake Champlain Bike ride!  And another to Chuck, Lee and Justin for pulling the coolers!

What a fun time this past weekend!  10 of us rode 9/17/16 starting out shortly after noon.  We were a bit concerned with the weather leading up to the ride – which turned out to be a non issue – very pleasant!  A bit breezy – but pleasant!  We met at the Oakledge park trailhead.  Trailers were loaded up with provisions and we started the ride.  There  was construction early on along the bike path and we were detoured onto North Avenue to bypass it.  For those looking at the map in the link – it was at the 2.72 mile mark (change the view to Over Distance (vs. Time)) … its the first big elevation change and yes – the hill was very steep – Lee and Chuck can attest to that as they were pulling the coolers up it!

We stopped at our normal photo op/scenic look out spot where we also took advantage of the break to “hydrate” and “lighten” the coolers.  After our little break, we continued on.  It was neat seeing many taking advantage of the breeze … well, actually at that time it was wind.  One spot many kite boarders were loving life out on the water – very colorful!  The views of the lake and the mountains in the background were gorgeous!  Riding the causeway is always beautiful – 2 ½ miles  with water on both sides, built up by marble blocks with stunning water and mountain views.  We took the ferry to South Hero island.  On the ferry, we all broke out in song … the theme song of Gilligan’s Island – yes – the weather started getting rough!  Wind gusts were recorded up to 30 mph.  We knew it was windy – but with the wind being at our backs – it wasn’t so noticeable.  We knew would have a tough time on the return ride.

We had lunch at Whites Beach.  All were happy there was a sign and bushes where we could pull the picnic table behind to block the strong winds coming off of the lake!  During lunch, we watched wind surfers, the waves, and the abundance of food on the table making sure nothing blew away!  The view of the Adirondacks there is one of the best on the lake!

We really felt the wind … and the light rain on the return trip – especially getting off the causeway – Justin was seriously rethinking his offer to pull the trailer from Chuck at that point – but it was a little too late – Justin was in for the duration.  Lee was a trooper – he pulled the trailer on the way out and on the return!  Once off of the causeway, the wind  was blocked by the trees making the ride more pleasant.

6 ½ hours later, after riding 36.31 miles (Chuck:  yes, that is read as 36 DOT 31 miles) we were back at the cars.  We took some time to “hydrate,” refuel, “hydrate,” change, and “hydrate” some more before we got into the cars to grab some delicious pizza and beer at Folino’s Pizza/Fiddlehead Brewery on the way back to the lodge.   We were all wiped – and many went to bed shortly after returning to the lodge.

Sunday’s ride in Pine Hill was cancelled – unfortunately, weather was not in our favor.

For a number of us – this was the 3rd time on this trip.  The company, ride, scenery is always great.  I think I can speak for the others – we look forward to the next one!

For those interested – below is the link to the ride:



September 21 guest speaker

Posted by Lee Desantis on September 14th, 2016


Guest speaker night for September 2016

This month’s guest speaker promises to be a special treat. Paul Cohen from Magical Healing has been developing a wonderful program of giving, revolving around the art of magic, for 3 years now. Paul works with teen agers to teach them magic and then have them perform their craft of new skills to seniors and nursing homes. His program touches so many lives in so many positive ways. This meeting should prove to be inspiring as well as entertaining for all ages. So please plan to attend the meeting on September 21, 2016 and bring the kids, teenagers, parents, and friends for a magical night!






Make magic,

heal the world.

Magical Healing proudly trains young students to perform the timeless art of magic so they can transport people of all ages—in places like hospitals, senior centers, and homeless shelter—from a place of worry to wonderment!



Posted by Debbie McNeley on September 4th, 2016

The annual club Clambake happened on August 20th at Lake Forest Yacht Club and it was a shell cracking, stein hoisting, shoe throwing good time for the whole family.

Yes, there were clams which honored the event’s name and tradition but a rib fest may have to be added to the billing. With over 5 different types of barbequed delectables including pork and beef ribs, pulled pork and chicken it was hard to leave room for corn, hamburgers or hot dogs. As always the homemade side dishes made employing restraint extremely difficult. There were side dishes featuring homegrown Jersey tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, etc. alongside the ever-popular potato and pasta salads. Some of us had desert regardless of how full we were but with a huge sheet cake and homemade sweet treats who could resist?

The food is always great but the people and interaction among friends are what defines this event. Thanks to Frank Smith who organized a horseshoe tournament that randomly paired up throwers creating a glorious mix of competitors. The stein hoisting contest was a ton of family fun as spectators watched adults hold, with stiffened elbows, water filled steins at arms length for an endurance competition. What a blast. This may become a regular event as I am sure people are already training for next year.

As the sun set on the perfectly weathered day there wasn’t a single person that left with an empty belly or a hole in their soul. The day filled everyone’s mind, body and spirit.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it so wonderful.  Hope to see you all next year.

Thank you Amy Stewart for the great write-up!!

If anybody has pics they would like to add, please send them to Lee at lee-dreamscape@hotmail.com

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2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Volunteers needed @ Killington

Posted by skijcb on September 3rd, 2016

Hello All –

Please read the information below received from Killington Snow Sports School concerning volunteering for 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup event at Killington the week of Thanksgiving 2016. What a great way to represent Craigmeur Ski Club and NJSSC in front of a world wide audience.   Anyone interested should follow the instructions found below.  THINK SNOW !!

“As you all know we will be hosting the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Thanksgiving Weekend.  This World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world.  Being able to host this event is a big deal!  Europe treats a World Cup race like a national holiday, so we want to make se we put our best foot forward.

“In order to pull off a successful event we will need Killington/Pico staff, Ambassadors and additional volunteers to help.  We need you to spread the word.  The World Cup volunteer page is now live as well as an FAQ page that we will continue to update up until the event.

“Additional information and details about volunteering are located on the World Cup Volunteer website.  Please refer anyone who is interested to the volunteer application on the web at http://www.killington.com/site/to-do/World%20Cup/volunteers .

 “Thanks in advance for spreading the word and we look forward to showing off The Beast to the world this Thanksgiving.”


Amy Laramie

Internal Communications & Guest Experience Manager

Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC
4763 Killington Road | Killington, VT 05751

t   802.422.6216

c  201.230.9084


killington.com | picomountain.com


Posted by Debbie McNeley on August 30th, 2016


Just look at this beautiful place!!  The hike will be on September 25, 2016 at High Point State Park located on Route 23 in Sussex, New Jersey, organized by Patty and Rob Rossi.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at The Interpretive Center Parking lot (when you first enter the park).  Do not go down to the Center.  The trail is the Monument and is approximately 3.7 miles.  Wear hiking boots if it’s wet and bring walking sticks if you want.  Bring water and pack a lunch for after the hike.  There is a picnic area with grills we can use!

Elias Cole Restaurant is a great place to have breakfast before the hike or lunch after the hike. It’s inexpensive and everything is homemade!!

For more information and to sign up, please contact Patti at rossi.patricia3@gmail.com

Washington Crossing Fall Bike Ride

Posted by Lee Desantis on August 22nd, 2016



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2016 Craigmeur Family Friendly Fall Bike Ride

Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:30am

We will be riding along the scenic Delaware River and Canal in the Washington Crossing Historic State Park area, enjoying lunch in New Hope after riding 7 miles north.

Our ride begins at 10:30 at the free parking lot on the NJ side at the intersection of Washington Crossing Pennington Rd. and Rt. 29. We’ll ride west to the trail then north 7 miles along the Delaware River on the PA side up to New Hope for lunch.  After lunch you have the choice of returning south 7 miles along the Canal on the NJ side or continuing another 4 miles up over Center Bridge and then back down for a total of 15 miles on the return.  The terrain will be flat crushed gravel.

For directions: GPS Patriots Crossing Tavern 1339 River Road, Titusville, NJ 08560 (parking lot is across the street).

** Those who want to follow us, meet your carpool and leave your car, we ask that you arrive at our house by 8:45am.   For more information contact Lee DeSantis @ lee-dreanscape@hotmail.com (201) 294-0404 or Abby Cohen @ letsski55@aol.com (973) 202-6123.

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Burlington VT bike ride

Posted by Lee Desantis on August 19th, 2016

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September 17 & 18 2016

Saturday’s ride is a flat, casual, scenic ride along Lake Champlain. Great views and a lot of fun! Mt. Bikes or Hybrids will work. We’ll leave the Lodge Saturday @ 9AM to meet approximately 10:30AM at the Oakledge Park trailhead – 2 Flynn Ave. Burlington. Depending on conditions and time, we may take the $8 bike ferry over to South Hero. Great waterfront park to have a picnic lunch. Total ride will be about 25-30 miles. At a casual pace, totally doable.

We’ll have a trailer with coolers for BYO grub and “refreshments”. Some folks have gotten pretty creative with lunch fixings. The ride will take at least a half day. After the ride, we can check out what’s happening in Burlington. Last year we went to Folino’s Pizza/Fiddlehead Brewery which worked out great.

For those needing bikes, there’s a rental outfit called Local Motion right on the bike trail for Saturday’s ride. For full details on the trail and bike rentals, visit http://www.localmotion.org/programs/islandline

For those interested in trying some medium duty (think Blues/Double Blues) Mt. Biking, Sunday morning’s ride is a beginner/intermediate ride at Pine Hill which is a few minutes from the Lodge. We’ll start that ride @ 10am and go for a couple hours. There will be a fair number of hills but not super technical. It’s fun for all.

Both rides are family friendly. Sunday’s ride, however, will be more strenuous and a Mt. Bike will be needed for sure. Helmets and water are needed for both rides.

The lodge will be available starting 7PM Friday @ $15 for members & $30 for guests for the weekend. Kids 12 & under are $9 for the weekend. We’re on our own for all meals. Email reservations@craigmeurskilodge.com for reservations.

To sign up and any questions, please contact Chuck Emery – emery.chuck@gmail.com or 973-723-5358.

C’ya at the Lodge!!


NJSSC August 2016 – trip planning info

Posted by skijcb on August 17th, 2016

Hello All –

Summer certainly has been full of activity for Craigmeur members.  And Craigmeur Club events continue right into September and October.  It’s nice belonging to a club that offers social events all year around, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with friends, old & new.  With mid-August comes thoughts of back to school, shorter days, changing seasons and with that change comes…..  SKI & SNOWBOARD TRIPS !!

Besides the outstanding trip offered by Dwight Mann through Craigmeur this year, NJSSC is offering three (3) destination trips to choose from.  Below I have listed basic info for each trip, details are on the flyer for each trip.  Please print out whichever flyer you need:

Eastern Townships, Canada – Sunday 29 Jan 2017 through Friday 03 Feb 2017 – destination transportation is each participants’ responsibility – 5 nights lodging, 5 days lift pass, daily breakfast, other activities as per flyer – 2017 FlyerEastern Townships   2017 NJSSC Eastern Townships Res Form

Steamboat Springs, Colorado – Saturday 25 Feb 2017 through Saturday 04 March 2017 – round trip airfare, Colorado airport transfers, 7 nights slope side lodging, 5 days lift pass, other activities as per flyer – 2017 NJSSC Steamboat Flyer-Reservation Form (revised)

Sunday River, Maine – Sunday 05 March 2017 through Friday 10 March 2017 – destination transportation is each participants’ responsibility – 5 nights on resort lodging, 5 and one half days lift pass, 5 days Perfect Turns clinic (experienced skiers/riders over 15 yrs of age, 3 hrs per day), other activities as per flyer – 2017 NJSSC Sunday River Trip flyer  7th-annual-2017-new-jerseyski-snowboard-council-trip

Continue to enjoy the warm weather and unencumbered outdoor activities.  We will be bundled up and sliding downhill before you know it.

Smile, smile, smile……


Guest Speaker, August 17, 2016

Posted by Lee Desantis on August 9th, 2016

The guest speaker series continues!


I am happy to present Justin Bailey from the Appalachian Mountain Club as our guest speaker for August 17, 2016.


The Appalachian Mountain Club, formed 140 years ago, is a club made up of folks very much like our very own Craigmeur Ski Club. Our like interests encompass everything outdoors. They have chapters throughout the northeastern area of the United States and engage in a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, paddling, skiing, snowshoeing, and biking. They do a large range of outdoor conservation projects as well including trail maintenance on many of the hiking trails many of us have enjoyed hiking on. They also have a fantastic network of huts and lodges throughout the New England, available to members with various levels comforts for extended visits to our precious wilderness areas.

I really think this will be a fabulous opportunity for us to introduce our clubs to each other. Please plan to join us on this regular meeting night for an extraordinary treat.


Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


Lee De Santis, President

201 294-0404



Craft Beer Tour October 8, 2016

Posted by Lee Desantis on August 9th, 2016

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pub crawl pizza logo

      “Craft Beer – Winery’s – Woodchuck Cider – Distillery’s”

 Bus Tour” Limited Seats Available

When-Saturday-October 8, 2016

Departs from Craigmeur Ski Lodge-8:00A.M. (You don’t have to be a member of club to attend)

Arrive at lodge Friday Night-10-21-2016-You Drive to Lodge-Arrive After-6:00PM-Dinner on Your Own

Itinerary: Saturday-October 22, 2016-Depart Lodge-8:00A.M.

Long Trail Brewery-Tasting-Self Guided Tour

Hop-N-Moose “Nano” Brew Pub-Tasting-Self Guided Tour-Brick Oven Pizza-So Yum!!

Otter Creek Winery-Tasting-Tour of Vineyard-Walk the Fields-Lunch Provided on Outside Deck

Foley Brothers-2 in 1-Brewery and Winery-Private Tour-Tastings-Walk the Vineyard

Wood Chuck Cider-Tour-Tastings-Distillery’s (Stonecutter/Appalachian Gap) Tastings and Tour

Tour Burlington-VT-“Church Street” Dinner on your own

Experience Vermont-Fall Foliage at Its Peak-Meet Great People-No Driving-Stumble on and Off Bus

“No Thinking-Just Drinking”

Modern Bus-Tours-Tastings-Lunch-Raffle-Giveaways-Prizes-Cost-$140.00 per Person

2 Checks needed for Payment for Trip:-Limited Seats-Send ASAP-Cut Off 9/1/2016

1-Send $140.00 per Person to Don Taggart-8 Chelsea Drive-Randolpoh-NJ-07869-Your check holds your seat-No Check-No Dice [Symbol] Cell-201-563-2653-donald.taggart@abbvie.com

2-Send another Check-Payable to “Craigmeur Lodge” for 2 Nights of lodging-2 Breakfast’s Sat/Sun

Bring Pillows/Blankets-Tour Vermont On Sunday-If not Hung-over [Symbol]

$40.00 per Person-Member of Craigmeur Ski Club-Non-Member Price-$56.00

Send Check To-Kimberly Hollister (Craigmeur Lodge-Room Assignor) 18 Forrest Trail, Denville, NJ 07834

Send checks out at the same time

If You Cancell-2 weeks Prior-sorry no refund-So Hop on the Bus for a

Guaranteed Great Time

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