Nestled in the hills on the east shore of Lake Michigan lies a a ski area called Nubs Nob. Seemingly, a very unlikely place for a significant safety improvement for Ski Gull racers to occur. On this particular day in mid-December, Savannah Stone was participating in a Mid-America FIS slalom race at Nubs Nob. Savannah skied fast enough to capture second place for the 15-16 year old age group. At the award ceremony, the announcer called out, “Skiing her way on to the podium from Ski Gull, Miss Savannah Stone.”
Also skiing exceptionally well was a young lady from the Buck Hill Ski Team, named Mary Grace Arndt, who placed third in the event. Savannah and Mary Grace have been friends on the USSA junior ski circuit for several years. In fact, Mary Grace has even trained with the Ski Gull race team a few years back while visiting her grandparents cabin. Mary Grace’s grandparents happen to be Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn, parents of the late Charles McQuinn.
Charles was a champion for all the great opportunities that Ski Gull provides young people and the community. He contributed significantly to the restructuring of the financial and managerial operations of Ski Gull. Savannah just happens to be the most widely travelled ambassador of Ski Gull.
So impressed with Savannah’s racing, Al and Mary Agnes asked if they could do anything on behalf of Savannah and the racing program at Ski Gull. Savannah’s father, Mike Stone, mentioned that ‘Paul Bunyan’, the run the skiers train on at Ski Gull, was in need of expensive safety netting to protect the racers from the woods and man made obstacles along the edge of the training area.
Without hesitation, Al McQuinn said, “Done. You just have to make sure that the credit for this improvement goes to Savannah for representing Ski Gull in the way she does.”