Despite the low turnout on this year's trip, Whistler's Winter Pride was lots of fun. There was plenty of new snow and sun for this year's participants. There were plenty of extracurricular activities at the various events that were available to this year's participants. We hope to see more club members on this trip in 2014. Tim Byrne has expressed interest in leading the trip and plans to find more economical options especially since Whistler has become extremely expensive with the low US dollar exchange rate. Stay tuned for more details and if you have some ideas, let us know.
Ski Buddies had another awesome year skiing in the Arlberg region of western Austria. This year's participants enjoyed excellent skiing, some sunny days, excellent meals, and daily Apfelstruedel mit vanilla sauce! When we weren't eating, skiing or enjoying fine Austrian wine and beer, we could be found in our quaint hotel's spa! Come with us next year as we are going to return to Lech in 2014! Let Gil know if you plan to attend as the hotel requires payment in the fall.
The third annual Ski Buddies trip to The Huntley Lodge was a blast!
On Friday several Ski Buddies started the weekend by checking out the cross country ski trails at Cabin Creek. The day was sunny, crisp and clear and the groomed cross country trails were FAST! We explored the trail network, had a nice lunch in the bright winter sun and then skied the afternoon away, working up a big appetite for dinner at the Huntley Lodge.
This year Master Ray passed down the keys of Hope to Madam Ling (Thai’s Alter Ego). On Day 1 (THU) , Ranger Dave came by early and opened the lodge and got everything ready so that when Madam Ling and Rico arrived all was ready . Dave and Rico carved out ice steps in vein of Superman’s crystal fortress and Paul chopped wood and made a fire; all was ready to begin receiving. Our Ski Buddies’ Divas began arriving and all seemed pleasant until there was Diva tension; two Divas were in position to do battle over the territorial bedroom next to the hot-tub. What was Madam Ling to do?
Saturday ski at Crystal was foggy fun time! Kevin, Kevin (K2), Claude and I skied through the crowd and over unseen moguls. Though it was a busy day on the slopes, we were able to find some runs free of the little speed bumps, as cute as they were. We had a nice lunch outside and apres ski at the Snorting Elk. Thanks guys for another fun day on the slopes.
Apex was Amazing! We had a great time. George, Randy, Kevin and I skiied; we hiked, we watched hockey; and, there was even a shot at the Gunbarrel! We barely slept. Four of us had ski in / ski out accommodations at the Apex Mountain Inn. A nice room with a view of the slopes. The outdoor hot tub provided a chance to meet the locals and visitors a like. The terrain was quite steep and challenging. The weather was perfect, sunshine and blue skies. We had the slopes to ourselves with amazing views overlooking the mountainous region.
Silver Star is AWESOME! Feets of snow dumped on the BC interior the two days prior to our arrival. We skied powder for three days. The weather was almost perfect with partly sunny skies to full on blue. As for the alpine skiers, we covered the mountain from one side to the other through glades, blacks and my favorite whoopdedoos, the rollercoaster runs. The Nordic skiers and snowshoe-er shared the same mountain with us as the trails are high on the mountain, as well. They also expressed the wonderful ski conditions and beautiful scenery.
We had another great trip to Hurricane Ridge. 5 of us camped at Heart of the Hills, 2 people stayed in Port Angeles and 3 drove over for the day. This was a joint Ski Buddies, OutVentures trip.
13 of us enjoyed a great trip! I've been going on this trip since joining Ski Buddies 5 years ago. Still a favorite for me! Our weather was great! We arrived after 30" of snow fall the previous week. Plenty of Sun and even some fresh snow on our last day.
This was our second year staying in the same house/lodge in Sun River beautiful with all amenities! Fun Apre's daily, Tons of great food. Special thanks to Stevie G. our breakfast chef, and our potluck lasagna king Jim!
Thanks to the great group that made it so much fun!
...only 12 months till 'Bachelor '13'!
Whistler WinterPRIDE 2012 kicked off this year with 6 SkiBuddies for the full-week starting Sunday, and 12 for the mid-week starting Wednesday. For this year, we stayed at Stoney Creek in Whistler Village in 2 and 3 bedroom condos. Monday and Tuesday brought excellent sunny weather, perfect for skiing Blackcomb Glacier. On Wednesday a weather system moved in and brought a little fresh snow to the mountains. On Thursday night, the group got together for happy hour followed by a catered dinner.