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Welcome to the Battle Creek
Ski Club - 2023-2024

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February 19, 2024

The club's meeting will be held at Miller's Time Out in October, November, and December 2023.   The new meeting place will be the Travelers Cafe and Pub in Portage Mi for January, February, March, and April 2024.  It is located on Portage Road just south of I-94 near the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, 5225 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002. Phone -(269) 775-1775    web site link - travelerscafeandpub.com

March's Prez-corner link.

March's "As a side Note"   

Ever heard of the Skiing Soldiers of the 10th and Mountain Division their Climb to Glory?

Come to the March general meeting where we will be presenting a video about these remarkable soldiers and their role in World War II. In 1942, Camp Hale was constructed in the Eagle River Valley of Colorado as training grounds for approximately 15,000 soldiers to acquire skills in alpine and Nordic skiing, mountain climbing and cold weather survival. In 1945 they were deployed to Italy where they fought against German soldiers for 114 days in Italy’s roughest terrain. The 10th Mountain Division had a major impact on the allies, breaking up the German Gothic Line and were essential in ending the war. After their victory, surviving soldiers returned to the USA and loving the mountains and outdoors so much, they were instrumental in forming the ski industry that we know and love today! At least 63 ski areas, including Vail, Steamboat, Aspen, and Arapahoe Basin were founded by these veterans, as were many ski schools. One veteran founded the Sierra Club, and one co-founded Nike. In 2022, Camp Hale and a nearby part of the Tenmile Range was designated as Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monuments, comprising 84 sq miles and managed by the White River National Forest unit of the U.S. Forest Service. The 10th Mountain Division still fights on today, being involved with both Afghanistan and Iraq, wars, with their division in Fort Drum, NY.

Additional reading and viewing material please click on the March's "As a side Note" link.

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We have included a couple of links for the new 2023 ski gear on the new "Additional pages tab / Ski related web sites and info page" for all of you looking for new skis and other ski stuff.   Please forward any ski related web sites for consideration to be include on this page to Joe Dill (joedill2004@ameritech.net).

Check out the two new links on the "Ski related web sites and info" page - backcountry skiing and shipping Skis.

The club has been in contact with Bronson Children's Hospital checking on their inexpensive ski helmets.  They are taking a new approach to this program.  Check it out by clinking on the following page link - "Ski helmet info"

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