Craigmeur Ski Club

NJSC Voucher Returns

26 Apr

Hello All –

Please make sure all 2010-2011 vouchers are returned to Chris Budd as soon as possible. NJSC is pressing for early returns and the club is trying to give everyone enough time to get their vouchers turned in.

Bring your left over vouchers to this weeks’ or next weeks’ meeting. If you cannot make either meeting, please notify Chris Budd via email – skijcb “at” and he will provide a snail mail address.

Don’t let your vouchers lapse and become merely souvenirs ! Get them turned in for credit toward next years vouchers.

Thanks !!

Split Rock Beginner Biking Event – May 14th

22 Apr

May 14th
Another Split Rock Beginner Biking event since the last one was so much fun!

Split Rock Beginner Ride # 3:
Back by popular demand we are doing another beginner mountain bike ride! A true mountain bike is required for this 8 miles out and back ride. We will again stop at the overlook 4 mi. in while the better riders do an additional single track loop before we all ride back out.

Riding tips will be given until you tell me to shut up. On the last ride people were riding terrain on the way out that they walked on the way in. When we returned to the parking lot they were beaming with pride. BEAMING I tell you! I got all misty eyed.
We will meet at the Rockaway Mall in order to car pool at 9:00 A.M. Parking is limited so try to make it. For those who are running late here are the directions.

Rt 80 to exit 37 Hibernia Rockaway
513 No.
6.3 mi. right on Upper Hibernia Rd.
.9 mi. left on Split Rock Rd. ( turns to dirt )
1.5 mi. to parking lot on left

Mayhem @ Mahlon – Rookie Mt. Bike Ride – May 21, 2011

19 Apr

Mayhem @ Mahlon

Rookie Mt. Bike Ride at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation at Saffin Pond Parking Lot – Jefferson Twp. NJ

May 21st 2011 at 9AM



Chuck Emery will be a leading this ride. The loop will be designed to give folks who always wondered what this sport is about a decent taste of Mt. biking.  We’ll start on a flat fire road for about a mile (good warm-up). From there the ride will be on rocky double tracks and twisty single tracks with a fair amount of climbs and downhill runs. We’ll slowly graduate the difficulty of the trails with about three bailout points, as people get tired. For experienced riders, this loop would be about 1.25 hours. With rest stops, riding a slower pace and keeping the group together, it’ll probably take about twice that.

There are only a few rules:

1)  You must wear a helmet & bike gloves.

2)  You must ride a Mt. Bike. Hybrids won’t be able to handle these trails. We’ll try to come up with some extra bikes from friends of ours.

3)  You must bring water or a sports drink, a couple energy bars and a spare tube.

That’s about it. Some of our friends will join us so there will be enough experienced riders to help. If the group starts forming into A&B riders, we can split up so everyone has fun at their own level.

This is a great chance to have a goal for a winter workout plan. You’ll want to work mostly on cardio.  Being fit is a key ingredient to having fun on the bike.

Only one word of caution – Although we’ll do everything to keep you safe, Mt. Biking, like any extreme sport, bears the potential of getting hurt. Falling onto a rocky surface is part of the sport. You take this ride at your own risk!

For additional information Please click here to contact me

Hope to see a bunch of you @ Mahlon.

Below are some samples of terrains you may expect

Clam Bake 2011 “August 20th”

15 Apr


ACTIVITIES:  Swimming, Fishing, Horseshoes, Softball and Volleyball

MENU:  Clams, Burgers, Steaks, Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Salads, Refreshments, Soda, Snacks, Desserts and Much More!!  See below for our “COOK OFF CONTEST!”


Member Adults -$15.00
Non-Member Adults – $30.00
Children Ages 13-20 – $10.00
Children Ages 0-12 – $FREE



CONTEST #1 – Salads/Sides/Main Dishes
CONTEST #2 – Desserts 

Please contact GLENN DESANTIS to volunteer your time at 201-294-5003 from 7:00am to 3:00pm.
You may also contact BOB APGAR to volunteer your time at 973-627-7500 from 7:00am to 3:00pm.

Please contact AMY STEWART to participate in the “COOK OFF” Contests at any Club Meeting.

Please sign up with BOB APGAR or GLENN DESTANTIS for this event by attending any Club Meeting.

Club Meeting dates for signups are at THE EXCHANGE in Rockaway:
May 4th, May 18th, June 1st, June 15th, July 6th, July 20th or August 3rd.

All Attendees MUST sign up in person at a meeting by August 3rd.  Due to capacity restrictions no walk-ins will be permitted and we may cutoff prior to August 3rd if the capacity is reached.

Please click  here to email Craigmeur Ski Club

Jay Peak “RECAP” March 2011

12 Apr

            Jay Peak during the last week of March was INCREDIBLE.  Conditions were winter fabulous and those who attended were pleasantly pleased.  Kudos to Mark Smith for putting together this incredible trip for all 18 of us.  There were 5 Highlife Ski Club members who were part of our pack and they were an incredibly friendly and cordial addition. Being on this trip taught us that there is something to be said for slopeside condos. The convenience of popping into and out of the units made for quick and easy lunches, siestas, bathroom breaks and even wardrobe changes into dry clothing.  This trip was inexpensive to start with (all things considered), but having access to your own food during the week made it even more so.

            Lessons, Lessons, Lessons!  The majority of us took lessons, which is extraordinary considering we had such mixed levels.  There were glade blasters on ski and boards as well as an individual who had never seen snow before.  Hey, if Olympic champions have coaches, trainers and teachers, it is evident that we all could use a little help from a qualified professional.  The resort was so empty that most of us had private lessons, and what wasn’t a lesson ended up being a mountain tour showing the best spots in the glades, some of which weren’t even on the map, and the softest snow on the mountain.  Not, of course, that soft snow was difficult to find.

            We got the fluffiest, softest snow ever at least 3 out of the 5 1/2 days with winter temperatures.  Only about a day and a half was “springy” when the snow got a little soft.  The views were dazzling and the runs inviting.  Jay is known for its trees.  There were learning wooded areas with only slight steepness with scattered, thin, bendable trees.  Most other glades were tight at the top which opened down below so it was possible to pick your point of entry based on your ability.  For those who like steep, the face of the mountain under the tram would have satisfied the most aggressive of the bunch.

            All in all, Jay was a huge success. Great people, wonderful mountain and fabulous conditions left us with hopes of returning soon.  Thanks again Mark, for all of your work.

D&R/Shad Festival Bike Ride 2011

10 Apr

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10:00 AM.

This bike ride will start at 10:00 AM sharp, at the Kingwood Boat Launch just one mile south of Frenchtown on Route 29. Rain or Shine!

Here are some important highlights of this bike ride:

  • This bike ride will be on flat ground on a defunct rail road that is now a trail (rails to trail).
  • We will be riding on the historic Delaware & Raritan trail.
  • The scenery will be awesome. Along the way we will be able to view the serenity of the Delaware River and canals that are parallel with the trail. We also stop along the way to rest and view interesting sites like the Prallsville Mills.
  • An interesting bit of history – George Washington crossed the Delaware River just south of where we will be.
  • Our destination will be Lambertville for the annual “Shad Festival,” which starts at 12:30pm.  The festival features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food, and family entertainment.  You are on your own at the festival once your arrive, BUT WE WILL MEET AT 2PM at the “Beverage Garden” under the bridge along the river for a GOODBYE GET-TOGETHER.  Then you may ride back to your cars at the Kingwood Boat Launch at your leisure.  Please click here to learn more about the Shad Festival.

This bike ride will be on flat ground on a defunct rail road that is now a trail (rails to trail).  Motorized vehicles are not  allowed to use the trail and there are only a few places where cars cross the trail. The ride is a comfortable 24 mile round trip and is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.  It is also a moderate tune up bike ride if you are planning on participating in the  NY Five Boro Bike Ride. I recommend mountain bikes or hybrid bikes for this ride since the trail is composed of hard packed dirt. There will be plenty of food at the festival. Be sure to bring an ample amount of cash.

Please bring the usual necessities for the bike ride e.g., water, rain gear, sun blocker, bike lock, and a good sense of humor.

Approximate driving time from Morristown to the Kingwood parking lot is 45 minutes.  Directions for Kingwood Boat Launch parking area:

Please GPS or Map Quest this address:

Cycle Corner
52 Bridge Street
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

After you get to the Cycle Corner bike shop and assuming you are passing it on the left, make an immediate left on Route 29 South. From there travel about one mile and lo0k for the Kingwood Boat Launch parking area on the right side. The trail itself is conveniently next to the parking lot.

Please contact Olivier Monod if you have any questions.


05 Apr

All –

I have been informed via email from NJSC that Gore, Jay Peak and Sugarbush vouchers need to be returned to NJSC by Monday April 11, 2011.

I understand this is VERY short notice but there is nothing I can do.

Please bring your Gore / Jay / Sugarbush vouchers to the April 06 meeting or drop them in the mail TODAY directly to my attention:

Chris Budd
100 Chestnut Terrace
Rockaway 07866

Send me an email advising how many & for which resort you have mailed to me.

Thanks for your cooperation and I apologize for NJSC snafu.


04 Apr

It’s that time of year again, when the snow is gone from NJ (but not VT) and thoughts turn to bikes, golf and warm weather outdoor activities.

For all Craigmeur members holding 2010-2011 ski vouchers, be advised the cut-off for voucher return credit is Wednesday May 04, 2011.

Bring your left over vouchers to any regular club meeting between now and May 04 and turn them in to Chris Budd to ensure you receive credit towards purchase of 2011-2012 vouchers.

If you cannot make a meeting, please email Chris Budd ( to obtain snail mail instructions.

Failure to return vouchers by May 04 will result in your vouchers having a ZERO cash / up-grade value. Don’t leave money on the table, get your vouchers back in time !

Now if anyone has knowledge of golf discount offers, it’s time to share those with club members …. FORE !!