The Peninsula's best ski and social club for singles!
Inskiers Ski & Social Club  -  PO Box 5065  -  San Mateo, CA  94402


  Inskiers meet at this location in the fall and winter months :

In the fall and winter months, the Inskiers meet at Mimi's Cafe in Foster City.  Come and enjoy Mimi's casual atmosphere, good food, and fair prices.  (    We are easy to get to and there is plenty of free parking.

The Inskiers also meet once a month at a member's home for a potluck.  The get together is informal and fun.  The club provides tableware and everyone bings food to share as announced.   The Inskiers potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. and annoucements are made through Yahoo Groups.


Inskiers Ping Pong Extravaganza

We wrapped up the first annual Inskiers Ping Pong Extravaganza this past Saturday. The event was held on the clubhouse patio of Gary’s slope-side residence in San Carlos.

After a short review of the rules, the games began in earnest.  The competition was fierce, but at the conclusion of the event, three trophies were awarded: Miss Congeniality – awarded to Cheryl by acclamation, Best Trash Talker, and Best Drunk Player went to Marci and Mike Lyzun. Marci won one trophy and Mike the other.  (No one is sure who won which.)

Our hosts were Gary, Kathi, Don and Terri. They provided healthful snacks and libations during the games and fed us delicious chicken and Santa Maria tri-tip for dinner.

- Richard

Ping Pong Extravaganza    (click here)


David and Bonney Prepare for a game.



                                                                Marci With a Hard Volley                                                                                            Terri Prepares to Serve

Inskiers Weekend at Lana's in Stockton




On the very hot weekend of September 2nd and 3rd, Lana Clarke and Kathy Silver hosted a fun-filled Inskier Auction event for Angie I, Brian B, Elizabeth A, and Marji M.   We descended upon Lana's beautiful condo by the water, in Stockton, (and yes, Lana has great air conditioning) and were greeted with libations and excellent appetizers.  After time to relax and socialize, we were treated to a gourmet picnic type of dinner before heading off to watch the Stockton Ports take on the San Jose Giants.  We had seats right behind the Giants dugout!!!  It was a great game, especially if you are a San Jose Giants fan.  Kathy Silver even scored a baseball, slyly rolled out to her on the dugout, by #22, Shawn, a pitcher.  The final score was something like 11-3, but don't quote me on that as the heat was making me a bit loopy by then.  After the game, they had really impressive fireworks booming over the left-center field area.   Time to return to Lana's for more libations, dessert, games and AIR CONDITIONING!  We had a pretty competitive game of Mexican Train going.
The next day, we enjoyed coffee and breakfast in Lana's outdoor area, complete w/Koi pond.   After breakfast and a quick game(?) of Catch Phrase, we headed to downtown Lodi for Champagne and Wine tastings in 2 awesome tasting rooms.  Even Brian, who was dd, was enjoying his sparkling grape drink.  A few of us came home with bottles of bubbly.  If you are looking for less crowds, new wines to taste, and far less expepensive than Napa or Sonoma, this is a great area!  Downtown Lodi looked to have quite a few tasting rooms that you can just walk to, and I noticed wineries all around, as we were driving into downtown.  
Late Sunday afternoon, we bid our hosts goodbye with many thanks for a very enjoyable weekend. 

- Angie



Ed led an intrepid party of Inskiers in some "fieldwork."  The subject of study was beer and food.  The TGIF was held at the new Fieldwork brewery on Delaware St. in San Mateo.


Inskiers Tahoe-Donner Weekend


A scene from "The Magnificent Seven"?  "The Wild Bunch"?  These would be good guesses, but David and Bonney hosted a Tahoe-Donner weekend filled with action events such as kayaking, hiking, Shakespear at Sand Harbor, and horseback riding.  The posse of Marianne, Maurice, David, Mary Ann, and Marie (above) are shown relaxing after riding the scenic trails above Tahoe-Donner.

Inskiers Summer Picnic and Bocce Ball Tournament

Hi Inskiers,

We had very fun time playing bocce ball, with new and returning players. Lunch was delicious pizza, salad and plenty to eat. We even had shade and benches to sit on by the bocce court. Nice to socialize with everyone.  Keep practicing your Bocce moves - this could be a repeat event! 

Pres Cathy and your Inskier Board


Inskiers Bocce Ball Champions  -  Marilyn, Bill, and Cathy



        Time Out For Lunch - Denise, Marie, Pam, Karen, Elizabeth                                    David Showing Championship Form     


Inskiers Gala 4th of July Potluck and Extravaganza!

Over one hundred Independence Day celebrants gathered at David and Bonney's for a festive and patriotic potluck.  In addition to the wonderful food and libations provided - an enormous fireworks display was viewed by all on the nearby lawn.



Inskiers Annual Auction Fundraiser

Throngs of Inskiers and their guests filled Mimi's Café to bid on many fun filled events and donated items.   The auction was an overwhelming success and the revenue will not only help sustain the club ski cabin in the following season, but will help underwrite our favorite club charity - the FWSA Junior Olympic Ski Scholarship Fund.   Pictured here are Marie and Karen (event administration); Richard and Marci (announcers); Cathy (auction Vanna).  Many thanks to these members and Bill M for their efforts.






Inskiers Cross-Country Ski Weekend 



               Cross-Country Enthusiasts at Royal Gorge                   Dinner at Smokey Joe's On Friday Evening

Eighteen enthusiastic Inskiers braved a snowy drive to the cabin on Friday, but were rewarded with excellent spring skiing conditions over the weekend.   The April cross-country event was a most enjoyable way to shutter the club cabin after another very successful and memorable ski season.  We are already looking forward to another cabin lease next winter.


Inskiers Race Team. A fast shutter speed and we just caught them.



BAC 2017 Man of the Year - David Baird

Congratulations to Davis Baird, Inskiers 2017 Race Director, for being awarded the Bay Area Council of Ski Clubs "Man of The Year."  David's many years of service and dedication to the skiing community were recognized this past month at the BAC  meeting.  



St. Patrick's Evening at McGraw's Irish Pub

Twenty Inskiers and friends wore green and joined together for an evening of corned beef and cabbage and Irish brews at McGraw's Pub on St. Paddy's Day.  Winner of the Tullamore Dew for the most festive dress was Mary Ann.



                                                      Marie, Ed, and Mary Ann                                                Don and Terri

Grand Prize


Richard Schnabel Speaks of Winter Safety at Inskiers March General Meeting

Noted skier and Inskiers club member, Richard Schnabel, gave a presentation to over seventy people at our March general meeting at Mimi's Cafe.  An enthusiastic proponent of skiing safety, Richard has compiled a comprehensive list of gear for seasoned veterans and newcomers to include in our travels back and forth to Lake Tahoe.  Richard's authortative discussion was lively as always and we learned much.  Share Richard's safety list by clicking this link:

Vehicle Safety Kit List


Happenings at The Inskiers Cabin


The Inskiers cabin (above)  has ample amounts of snow. (Up to eaves!)   Thank you for of all the snow dances and prayers for for the white stuff.  They obviously worked.  Jessica and Mary Ann have done a great job keeping the driveway clear of snow this season.



                                            Boys In the Kitchen                                                             Cathy's Walk in the Woods

This weekend the  kitchen at the Inskiers cabin resembled "Iron Chef" (above left).  Led by five star chef David Baird, Richard Schnabel, Brian, and Criag, organized a sumptious meal for the cabin on Saturday evening.  Sensibly, the Inskiers babes are over by the fireplace drinking cosmos and offering much encouragement. 

 Madam President Cathy Baird (above right ) straps on snowshoes and heads for the deep forest. The conditions were perfect.


Inskiers First Race Weekend of 2017: A Collage by Richard Schnabel



Seen On the Slopes

Cathy and Richard Enjoying a Powder Day at Squaw Valley


Inskiers Super Bowl Party

Mike and Marci opened their comfortably refurbished home again for Superbowl Sunday.  The enthusiastic crowd of Inskiers watched the sports drama unfold on large screen TVs.  Naturally there was plenty of good food and friends to celebrate the game with. 






Thanks for the photos, Mary Ryan.


Inskiers Cabin Poetry


Squaw Creek Haiku


Gliding up the lift

over snow-toothed spruces -

all of us, smiling 


                                                   R Schnabel



Have a skiing themed haiku you would like to share with your friends?  Please submit it to   We'll collect them and publish the best.



Inskiers Celebrating The Year of the Rooster at King Chuan's in San Carlos



Thirteen Inskiers attended for a Year-of-the-Rooster dinner at King Chuan's last night. We ordered Chinese specialities mostly in groups of 3-4 people, so that they could shared family style. After, the restaurant's owner, Susan, gave short talk on the history the Chinese new year and its special traditions. ("It's always celebrated the night before and continues for two weeks after.") Susan, also a Tai Chi instructor in San Carlos Recreation Center, demonstrated the exercises and explained their goals. That made the evening special for the attendees.

- David Falconer

There is a bit of snow at the cabin




Inskiers Annual Holiday Walk

Three of Santa's elves are pictured here singing carols and spreading seasonal merriment on the Lyzun's annual holiday walk in San Carlos.

Elizabeth, Bonney, and Angie  (Photo by David)


Inskiers Gather at Denise's for "Wine, Appetizers and Games Night"



Denise and John proved again that they are the most gracious of hosts.  In this event to support our ski cabin fundraising - a dozen Inskiers dined on tempting anti pasto, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, delicious fruits, and many other tasty dishes while playing dice and word games.  The evening was filled with the laughter and the smiles of good friends.


Bill's Wine and Cheese Party


This Saturday, Bill Mahar hosted four Inskiers at his Belmont abode for a night of wine and cheese. He provided a generous selection of cheeses, nuts, olives, fruits and salami, and several bottles of Pinot Noir.  As the wine flowed, the conversation became more spirited, even skirting discussions of religion and politics. We are all still friends! It was another fine event.

- Richard Schnabel



Chef Baird Preparing Culinary Delights For The Inskiers


Four of us joined Dave and Cathy for dinner this past Saturday.   It was a relatively small gathering as Dave meant to keep it small to keep it intimate and to maintain high quality in his kitchen.  He did not disappoint.   The theme was seafood, and we were served seven courses--including perfectly grilled shrimp and pesto macadamia encrusted cod from New Zealand.  There was no shortage of wine.   The hosts were gracious, the conversation was convivial, the food and wine were delicious, and the night was perfect.

- Richard Schnabel

Avast Ye Maties! Time traveling Inskiers took a trip back to the swashbuckling seas to solve a cold case murder.  Justice was served and ribs.





Inskiers on Paddle Boards

                Pamella, Suzanna, and Cathy


Cathy Baird (Pres), Pamella Miller (Social), and Suzanna (Member at Large) take to the waters off Half Moon Bay on paddle boards.  All are avid paddling enthusiasts and often take friends along who are new to the sport.


Welcome Madam President!



Cathy Baird - Inskiers 2017 President


Inskiers at Burton Park for Summer Meetings




Join us for the summer BBQ's in Burton Park when we fire up the coals and enjoy the balmy summer evenings in San Carlos.


Inskiers Revel at Telluride FWSA 

Over thirty Inskiers participated in this years Far West Ski Association sponsored ski week in Telluride, Colorado. Skiers are seen here saving energy by dimming the lights gathering around a fire.

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Ken Mahar





Inskiers Night at the San Francisco Exploratorium

Pam Miller hosted sixteen Inskiers for the Adult Night at the San Francisco Exploritorium (Pier 15) this October.  After dinner together at the Exploritoium cafe, the Inskiers delighted in having the run of all the hands-on exhibits.  We compared it to a "Disneyland for grownups - but without the lines."  This was so much fun, we will do it again this coming spring.



                                                Meeting at the Exploritorium                               Navigating the "Distortion Room"


  Carole dancing in "The Tornado"


                                         Marie and Pam play "Mr. Slinky"                            Pam and Marie battle the robots

Don Goodnature and Leona Landers hosted our annual Inskiers membership party at McGraw's Pub in Belmont 


The membership drive was wildly successful and we saw many returning faces - happy to see one another and eager for a great ski season at the club cabin.




Thank you Terri Zorn for the photos.


Inskiers Directeur Sportif and Cabin Chef de Cuisine,

Monsieur David Baird, Plating a Boeuf de Truckee


Photo by Jim Mrazek 


Mission Statement

To promote interest in skiing and winter sports, social and athletic activities, to sponsor trips and other skiing activities, to facilitate the various arrangements attendant with skiing; to derive social pleasure from the companionship of skiing enthusiasts; and to support safer and better skiing.

The Inskiers are a group of single adults who love winter sports and the mountains!  We are associated with both the Far West Ski Association and the Bay Area Snow Sports Council .    As a member of the Bay Area Singles League, we enjoy skiing, snowboarding, racing and social events with other clubs from the Bay Area. As a year-round club, we also enjoy other sports and activities such as biking, hiking, picnics, wine tasting, dining, movies and many types of events.

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Updated 2Jan17

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