By Andrew Schmidt
My son, Alex Schmidt, is home from college for a few weeks before he starts in on next semester’s grind. He has worked hard.
What he really likes is to ski, especially downhill skiing. His skiing confidence soared under Wausau East’s Coach Tobin and 4 trips to State. I guess skiing to Alex is like saying ‘squirrel’ to a cooped-up dog. He feels, “so what if the conditions are mediocre, it’s the skiing that matters.” I feel the same about skiing – not so much about the squirrels.
So the day after Christmas he and I went north to Blackjack Ski Resort located between Bessemer and Wakefield, Michigan, on US 2, in the U.P. We kept records of the costs of the trip too in order to compare them for another purpose. The day was cloudy and it had snowed 3+ inches Christmas night. NICE! I had a great time with my son and I am almost as rabid about skiing as my son – so we had a great day.
So fortunately my Ford F-150 allows me to reset times, miles, gas consumed and miles per gallon. Here are the automotive numbers: fuel, 12.5 gallons; miles, 241 round trip; in car driving time, 4hrs 44 min; and MPG, 19.1; or at $2.44 per gallon, $30.50 for gas.
Other expenses: tickets, $51.00 each, times 2 adults, $102.00; lunch, $15.69 (burger baskets); soda and snack on way home, $4.00; all totaled, $122.00. Add in the gas of $30.50 and I have spent $152.50 for the 2 of us.
So why write the article? The Rib Mountain Ski Club here in Wausau, of which I am a member, will be going to FOUR different ski hills these next three months for far less per person that the $75+ per person I spent going to Black Jack. Members of Rib Mountain Ski Club in the past have visited Cascade Mountain, Black Jack Ski Resort, Big Powderhorn, Ski Whitecap, Porcupine Mountain, Indianhead Mountain, Brule Ski Resort to name a few places we have been to.
The reason to write this article is to let you know that for $25 per person you too can go on one or all of these ski trips. That is right! $25! You get motor-coach bus transportation, ski tickets and snack on the way home.
But first you must be a member, $15 for a single person and $30 for an immediate family. Once a member you are eligible for these reduced price ski trips and ski swap benefits.
$25; That’s it. For a full day of fun – how can you go wrong? The Rib Mountain Ski Club has been around for nearly 70 years offering a variety or programming for its members. You have seen our ski swaps and you have seen us on TV. Now join us!
Why stay at home? Get out and chase those ‘squirrels’. Get some fresh air, meet new friends and have some real fun.
Andrew Schmidt, RMSC
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