The end-of season biking lunch has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday 2nd October, 2014 at Broadmoor Golf Club, Sherwood Park. More details will be provided shortly.
A schedule of the Club’s Ski Tours for the upcoming 2014-2015 season 2014-2015 Ski Tours has been supplied. It should be helpful for planning purposes. Full details of each tour, together with tour registration forms will be made available at the time of the Fall Membership Day and also by any Ski News Updates. Included is the number of days skiing available on each tour simply as a guide. All tours include bus transportation except for those to Marmot, those being self-drive and BYO lift ticket events…..**Note** the Panorama tour is actually in February and not January as indicated in the document
The following people were elected:
- President – Douglas Knight
- Special Activities – Richard Barham and Terry Demkiw
- Membership – Art Robinson
- Webmaster – Tony Holtner
- Brian McClelland is now Past President
We thank the following for their contributions to the club:
- Past President – Mike Tansey
- President – Brian McClelland
- Special Activities – Shirley Powell and Douglas Knight
- Membership – Anke Seifried
- Webmaster – Harold Knopke
The best skiing was on our final day, Wednesday, with two inches of fresh snow and this saw a concerted group effort to take advantage and make “first tracks”. The temperature was colder than on sticky Tuesday and ski conditions were ideal-recreational-wintery with soft footing.
It was a treat to watch a good dozen Level 4 Ski Instructor candidates being put through their paces on Goat’s Eye under the critical eye of their judges – never did I see so many elegantly carved turns done with ballet like precision and rhythm. It was inspiring and if the season were not just about over, there might be a chance for some mere mortals to follow suit.
This tour had the smallest number of participants of any tour of the 2013 – 2014 season, if not in the history of the RMSSC, however, there were no complaints from the participants, on the contrary, a small group size was judged to be rather attractive and an interesting change in group dynamics. The Calgary Seniors Ski Club was also staying at the Hotel at the top of the Gondola and their Tour Host told us that the numbers for their Sunshine in April tour were also low this year at 16 (we had 10 participants). The Hotel and the shops at Sunshine called us summarily the “white button” people, made no difference between Edmonton and Calgary Cubs and showed their appreciation of our visit by giving discounts.
Our intrepid 10 included one non-skier and three new members while the remainder were seasoned members. We skied, took refreshments, hung out together and have this to report from our Tuesday evening “meeting” in the Chimney Corner:
- Staying at the resort was comfortable and enjoyable.
- The skiing was incredible until the snow got sticky and then it was not so incredible (Tuesday’s snow).
- I really enjoyed the Coffee Shop breakfast croissant and offer of coffee and lattes.
- What happens in the hot tub stays in the hot tub.
- The lifties and gondola attendants were friendly and alert.
- Note from one of our new members: As a young boy I always thought seniors were serious, sensible and knew everything – now I really know different and it is good and fun.
- It was wonderful to be part of a family of great people. I would like to take this family along on all trips.
- The Internet comes and goes, but they let me use one of the Hotel computers to do my project.
- Bring a light sweater or jacket for indoors.
- We would like to see a red/yellow/green rating system to rank Tours.
Thank you all for making this Tour a reality and a very pleasant one at that!
Bryan, Maggie, Gordon, Catherine, Anke, Mika, Dan and Norm in the Sunshine Day Lodge. (Esther and Bonnie escaped before the photoshoot) April 9, 2014