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The Mt. Laurel Skiers (MTL) is an ALL Season Sports and Social Club and a member of the Connecticut Ski Council which offers discount ski tickets. Our members are warm, friendly, fun and interesting people of all ages. The club typically hosts weekly social gatherings which include our community meetings. Members are primarily from Connecticut and neighboring states, but some from as far away as Florida and Kentucky!

There are a variety of organized activities such as downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, seasonal get togethers AND the benefit of a newly renovated 32 bed lodge in Ludlow, Vermont near the base of Okemo.

MTL is more than just a ski club! And anyone can join to enjoy the many benefits and discounts. Explore the website to learn more.

News Highlights!

We just received word that former longtime member Larry Grandchamp passed away in Florida

2015-16 Membership Renewals

The membership year for Mt. Laurel Skiers runs from September
1st through August 31st. Starting July 1st, you can send in your membership renewal for the 2015-16 membership year. The deadline to submit your renewal is August 31st. If sent in after August 31st, be certain to include the $15 late fee.

Every year the Board of Directors reviews the annual dues. This year, the Board voted to increase the Household membership dues from $90 to $110, essentially making the dues for two adults in a Household equivalent to the dues an individual pays i.e. $55 x 2 = $110. The increased dues apply to new members as well. 

For new members, the initiation fee was increased from $50 to $60, which represents the current cost of a weekend voucher to the Vermont lodge. The Initiation Fee provides each new membership one weekend voucher at the lodge ( 1 person, 2 nights ).

The fee increases recommended by the Board were approved by the membership at the meeting held on June 3rd.

The forms are available on the website. Please be certain to fill out the form completely, sign it and mail it to the address indicated on the form. I will be at most meetings so you can give me your completed form and payment instead of mailing it.

Kathy Augustyn, Vice President, Membership

Lodge Events

Several Mt. Laurel Lodge events are being scheduled. Remember to check out the, calendar, Lodge Calendar and Lodge website page for additional details.

Kayaking Schedule

Kayaking

It's that time of year to launch your boats, kayaks & canoes out on the water. Watch the calendar for Kayaking events being posted soon and check the Kayak website page for additional details and packing list.

Hiking Schedule

Hiking

There are great hikes scheduled all season long! Remember to check out the calendar for details and photos page for additional pictures being added to the Hiking Album.

 

MTL Bike Rides, May 4th through August 22nd

Bike

Biking season is upon us and we are in need of people willing to run a bike ride for the Mt. Laurel ski club. It is easy to do, and for information on how to do it, please email me at: clydescott990@comcast.net, or my work email at: cproch@musicarts.com. You may also call my cell at:  860 604-7530. We have some injuries in the club which will prohibit these folks from running bike rides, so we need people to step forward and pick up the ball, or the bike. Rides are Monday evenings, starting on May 4th, and running through August 22nd, and are at different locations, depending on who is hosting them. Most of the rides are combined with the Newington ski club, so there is much friendship and comraderie between the two clubs. After the ride there is either a pizza party at a restaurant, or a cookout in the back yard of the host. Looking forward to hearing from folks willing to host a ride. Thank you, Clyde Proch

 

Save the Date for the Summer Picnic, July 15th

Picnic

The Annual Summer Picnic is Happening on Wed. July 15 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at Camp Happy Hill - Unionville Lion's Club, 87 West Avon Rd, Unionville. There'll be hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and music by DJ, the Cheshire Cat. Bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share. BYOB and your dancing shoes. There'll be fun, friends and maybe a visit from a very big but uninterested in membership, Black Bear. Member price is $10 and guests pay $12. Kids under 16 are $5. The picnic will be held rain or shine. There's a great clubhouse we'll be using. Volunteers are needed for set-up and clean up. Please contact Milli at milliarnold57142@ aol.com or call 860-966-0143. Here are the directions:  from I84 East or West, take exit 39, Rte 4, Farmington Ave heading toward Unionville. After approximately 3-4 mi take right unto Rte 167. In 1/2 mile on left, look for large sign for Unionville Lion's Club, Camp Happy Hill. See You There!! Click here for flyer.

Bike Weekend, July 17 - 19

The biking / sports weekend is scheduled for July 17-19.  We will have a marked bicycle ride on Saturday and we will begin riding at10:00am.  Our old bike ride (with swimming and ice cream stops) will be marked and it is 34 miles RT from the new lodge; biking to Downer's Corner (for ice cream) is 24 miles RT; and biking to Buttermilk Falls (to swim) is 10 miles RT. On Sunday Paula and Gary Felt (Paula's cell 860.989.4801... VT landline 802.226.7061) are leading a kayaking event at North Hartland Lake (reservoir) North Hartland, VT @ 10:30am. You can paddle the 3 miles to the base of Quechee Gorge or you can paddle as far as the river to Quechee. There are facilities at the top of the dam and by the boat launch.  Those who plan to hike and golf will take care of organizing that. We are having our first Mt. Laurel Progressive Dinner on Saturday evening with appetizers at the Ludwig's house, the main course at the Zawacki's house, and dessert back at the lodge.  Dinner is $15 per person with wine included  or $10 per person for designated drivers.  Please give checks payable to Mt. Laurel Skiers to Betty Zawacki either in person at a meeting or by mail to 18 Paper Chase Drive, Farmington,CT 06032 by July 16, 2015. The innkeeper will be Rick Sullivan. If you have questions re: the weekend, contact Penny Trick at pennytrick@gmail.com

Kayak Weekend, August 14 - 16th

Come to VT for a great kayak on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton VT. This lake is the largest lake that is all in VT, about 45-50 minutes from the lodge. We'll kayak, lunch and return to the lodge for a cookout. Reservations can be made through mtllodge@gmail.com. Any questions please contact Kay Leatherman at akayl@comcast.net. We'll have a great weekend in VT. 

Mt. Laurel Golf Weekend, August 28-30th

golf Come to Vermont for a weekend of golf! On Friday make your own arrangements to golf on the way up to VT then meet us at Jackson Gore for the last free concert of the season beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are food vendors or you can bring food there.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, our best ball tournament will be held at Tater Hill Golf Course. It is a shot gun at 11:30. Rules, special events and teams will be announced at the course before the start of the tournament. The cost for 18 holes with cart is $70. The after-golf cocktails, cook out dinner and awards will be at the lodge. Please let Barbara Wysocki know if you are not staying at the lodge and plan on attending the cook out.

The fun continues on Sunday morning for those wanting more golf. Tee times have been reserved beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Proctors Pittsfield Golf Course in Rutland. Cost is $65 for 18 holes. You can elect to play 9 holes for $32.00.

This is open to golfers and non golfers Lets fill the lodge for a late summer event. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Wysocki at 860-913-8450 or barbara.wysocki@aol.com. Sign up by Monday, August 24. Click here for the form.

Lobster Cookout, September 20th

Lobster Cookout is back again!! Save the date, Sunday Sept. 20 at Winding Trails!! Plan to join us at this annual fun day, good food, hamburgers, hot dogs, lobsters, softball & volleyball. More info to follow in the coming weeks!! If you would like to help please contact Kay Leatherman at akayl@comcast.net.

Upcoming Drive / Fly Ski Trips for 2016

Fly: The 2016 Fly trip will be to CORTINA, ITALY, January 23 - 31st, 2016. Hurry 97 percent sold out only 2 spots left

Hotel web cam:
http://cortina.panomax.com/hotel-menardi

Hotel Photos:
http://www.hotelmenardi.it/photogallery/

Dolomites Web Cam ( all the different ski areas):
http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/dolomiti-superski/weather-slopes/webcams

airplane  Look who's going!!

Drive: Jay Peak: March 6 - 11th at the new Stateside Hotel.

70th Anniverary of Mt. Laurel Dominican Republic
April 16 - 23, 2016

MTL 70th anniversary island celebration at Sanctuary Resort, April 16-23, 2016 all-inclusive adult resort. $1,200 (air fare is extra) for all meals, drinks, beach and water sports. Click here for details or here for flyer. Contact Tina Oswald or Sharon Houck.

70th Anniverary of Mt. Laurel RIVER CRUISE
August 7, 2016

The space is in and we have reserved 24 cabins on the brand new Viking Ship Jarl on the Danube River. See the flyer for more information. We are currently taking requests for add ons, our initial space is full. Airfare special thru June at $695.00 round trip with transfers normally it is $1695.00

Any questions please contact Eric C. Ardolino at (203) 265 9293.

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