With cold weather in the forecast, things at the Hill are picking up and we are anxious to get another season started. Brad and the team fired up last night and we will be making snow as much and as often as possible. Stay tuned for updates. Here are a few important updates on projects we have been working on:
We are in the final phase of our chair lift upgrade. This phase will bring the electronics up to modern standards and includes a new motor and drive, new safety circuitry and a new control station in the bottom house. With the completion of this final phase, our chairlift will now have been completely rebuilt.
We rebuilt the bunny rope tow as well this fall with a new rope, bearings, belts, fencing and fresh paint.
We have three new seasonal operations employees that will be joining Jack Stark this winter to assist with lift operations, snow making and general hill duties.
The directory & operations schedule will be coming out very soon. Keep checking the HH Website for more updates and the latest news on hill status.
Also, please make sure to complete our new ONLINE waiver- all members, including any dependents will need to complete this waiver to receive their 2017-2018 membership card.
Looking forward to a great ski season!
A Note from Your Club President
The ski season is soon upon us and our club and facilities are in great shape! While I expect Alpine Skiing will always be the Club’s primary focus, we are introducing other activities that the ownership of 80 acres of spectacular land affords. Our Nordic trails continue to improve, so don’t forget to pack your skinny skis once Mother Nature gives us adequate natural snow. With our farm fields being converted to natural prairie, we are enhancing the other offerings available to members. New Campsites, Mountain Biking trails, and additional hiking trails are among the new “off-season” offerings. As you can see by our list of new members on the next page, demand for membership continues to be strong. We are still under our maximum cap provided for in our Club bylaws. That means there is currently no waiting list. Now is an excellent time to propose new members. Also, we do have a new membership category. It is a less expensive alternative for individuals and family under 35 years of age. See the Dues page in you directory for more details. There are so many great things about our club, but as a fellow member, I am preaching to the choir by saying more. I need to close by saying Thank You! Our club works because our members care. The countless volunteer hours by all, the dedicated Committees and Board, Ski Patrol, Rob and Brad along with his coaching staff all deserve a huge amount of credit for the success of our Club. Also, thank you to our neighbor the Joe Meyer family for sharing their trails, along with his leadership needed to convert our farm land to natural prairie. I look forward to seeing everyone at our Club all Winter long.
Please Join Us in Welcoming
Our New Members to HH
- Eric Resch & Melissa Perez
- Alex & Allison Wagner
- Tom & Amy Damon
- Ann Massaro & Bob DiDonato
- Michael & Maureen Goetz
- Andrew & Jane Stephens
- Robert & Kristina Surma
- Austin & Heather Ramirez
- Andrew & Meghan Slocum
- Chris & Meg Wright
- Erik & Lori Olson
- Andy & Elizabeth Bruce
- David & Liza Sadoff,
- Frank & Terrie Stangl
- John & Alyssa Remington
- Charles Bailey
- Jason Puestow
Both of our groomers, the BR 275 and the PB 600 have gone through their summer maintenance programs; the tracks are on and ready to roll.
All of our snowmaking pumps and snowmaking equipment has been test run. Snow guns have all been positioned on the hill and are ready to start blowing snow. Just looking for good some consistent colder temps and some help from Mother Nature.
HH Ski Team
Our racers have already been on snow in Loveland at early camp, Co and many families and their racers just returned from a week out in Winter Park, Co for our annual Thanksgiving Camp.
We are excited to welcome our new Alpine Ski Racing Program Director Mark Archer, aka – Speedy !! Speedy a current level 300 USSA Certified coach, has coached athletes at every level from juniors to Olympic level athletes from across the USA as well as in Canada and Europe.
Speedy brings 35+ years of his best coaching practices to HHRT after most recently serving as Head Alpine Technician / Women's FIS coach at CVA in Sugarloaf ME. The former home to Americas most celebrated/decorated athlete Bode Miller.
He has also held these most recent coaching positions over the past 10 years. Head Men's Program coach MT. Hood Meadows, Head Alpine Program coach Loveland Ski Club, Head Women's FIS Coach Northwood / NYSEF, Women's FIS Coach Squaw Valley, Program Director / Head Coach Colorado Warriors Private Womens FIS Team.
Most notably Speedy has been doing his own ski Speedy's Ski camps during the summer and fall months since 1979, on MT. Hood, Copper MTN. CO., Hintertux Austria, and Sass Fee Switzerland. Several of his former athletes coached have gone on to compete at Collegiate, National, World Championship and Olympic levels, most notably, While working as Program Director / Head Coach Thomas Grandi the only Canadian male skier to score a World Championship GS victory and World Champion Medal. Making Thomas one of Canada's premier SL/GS skiers of all time.
Speedy grew up skiing at Buck Hill in MN under coach Erich Sailer, making him a true Midwesterner, and a great fit as our newly appointed HHRT Alpine Ski Racing Program Director !
When Speedy is not drilling em in at HH he can be found ripping up the dirt on his 450 Husky motocross bike, heading down the highway on his sacred Harley MC, hiking high in the mountain trails with his 2 beloved black labs Roxie and River or throwing down some line out on the lake deep in the woods hoping to bring in some fresh Walleye back to his campsite !!
Check out the NEW Race Team Programs
Heiliger Huegel Foundation For Outdoor Education, Inc. 501C3
The HH 501c3 had an active fall campout season with local Boy Scouts. The Scouts and their leaders love our Hill!
A Club Eagle Scout candidate is working on two level campsites for members and youth groups--located in spots overlooking the beautiful prairie on the north side of our property. These will be available next spring.
The Southeast Wisconsin Adaptive Skiing Association is working with the Foundation Board, HH Ski Patrol and Club management to determine if our hill could be one of their sites for small groups of disabled skiers to utilize. They will be out on the Hill in January to test out access, hill profile and runout issues. This is a great program with a long successful history in our area. It would be great if we could help them build skills and a love of skiing for their student athletes.
After much deliberation and cooperative design work, the long-awaited “Edelweiss Cabin” in honor of Charlie Brumder is underway. A traditional Amish-built log cabin is currently being built on the far corner of the south run, nestled in the woods. This space can serve as a warming hut or lunch space during the ski season, as well as a gathering space off-season for groups wanting to enjoy the fabulous vistas at the top of the Hill via the wrap around porch. This cabin is being built solely with funds specifically raised to honor Charlie.
For the upcoming season we have snowshoes for rent. These are generally sized for youth and women. Please give Rob Norris a heads up if you would like to rent a pair.
We are looking for members with an interest in supporting our efforts to join our cause, either on a project basis of interest to you, or as a board member. Please contact Paul Raab to discuss any interest you may have.
The Club again will collaborate to provide the premier skiing venue in southeast Wisconsin available to high school racers. Sunday and Monday evenings HH will host race practice for several Milwaukee area high school teams, with races held Thursdays January through mid-February. The HH race program, staff and members all work together to help young people become better skiers and ski racers.
Finally, if you have some used racing equipment that needs a home, the HH 501c3 will gladly accept racing equipment donations. The 501c3 will work with the HH Race team to determine a fair value for your donation.
We are accepting membership applications for our upcoming season. The membership application can be found on our website. If you have any questions regarding how you can sponsor new members, please let me know.
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Make sure to check out all upcoming HH Events on the website.