Snow Valley Golf Tournament Thank-you

Snow Valley – Thankyou 2014

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2014 Canmore Biking

Canmore Biking Tour

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Results of 2014 AGM Election

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
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Sunshine Tour Report, Apr 6 – 9, 2014

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!

Sunshine AprilPicture
Bryan, Maggie, Gordon, Catherine, Anke, Mika, Dan and Norm in the Sunshine Day Lodge.  (Esther and Bonnie escaped before the photoshoot)  April 9, 2014

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Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club Annual General Meeting 2014

April 30, 2014 Snow Valley Upper Chalet 1:00 pm
1.  Call to Order
2.  Introduction of the Executive
3.  Approval of Agenda
4.  Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of May 8, 2013
5.  President’s report
6. Treasurer’s report and presentation of audited Financial Statement – Jim Vine
7.  Director’s Reports
7.1  Membership – Anke Seifried
7.2  Ski Tour Coordinator – Donna Vine and JoAnn Grand
7.3  Special Activities Coordinator – Shirley Powell/Doug Knight
8.  Budget and Membership Fee for November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 Jim Vine
9.  Election of executive – Mike Tansey
9.1 Treasurer…Jim Vine   Incumbent
9.2 Special activities Terry Demkiw/Richard Barham
9.3 Webmaster Tony Holtner
9.4 Membership Art Robinson
9.5 Newsletter NA
(Additional nominations, if any, will be accepted from the floor.)
10. Appointment of 2014/2015 Auditors – Mike Tansey
11. Questions from Membership and Other Business
12. Adjournment

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Marmot in March, Mar 16 – 20, 2014 Tour Report

Members drove or carpooled on a clear, dry highway for the Jasper in March tour, arriving at the Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites in time for a 4 pm check-in on Sunday. The  Welcome Reception that night was the usual noisy, cheerful event where members met up with old friends and new, and made ski plans for the  next few days.  Many members celebrated St. Paddy’s Day a day early by “the wearing of the green” and six new members were introduced, along with the five ski club executive members who were along on the trip. Dave Gibson led a short singsong accompanied by his banjo – a long standing tradition for this tour.

Marmot Basin Ski Resort has the highest base elevation of the ski resorts in Canada, at 5570 vertical feet. Seven lifts deliver skiers to  86 different runs. Ski conditions were excellent for the tour. Eleven centimetres of fresh snow fell on Monday and another eleven on Wednesday night, adding to the base of 121 centimetres. Groomed runs, temperatures ranging from minus ten to zero, and mainly sunny skies made for peak skiing for every level of skier.

Although 80 members registered for the tour, several other club members who weren’t able to attend the full trip joined us on the slopes for part of the time, resulting in more than 90 members on the hill over the week. With a bus full of Calgary senior ski club members arriving on Monday, seniors skiers were well-represented! An ongoing point of pride for our club is the number of members who ski free (and very well!) because they have reached the magic age of 80, many of whom were along on the trip.

Club members enjoyed another excellent celebration on Wednesday night with a delicious three course dinner, served efficiently and pleasantly by hardworking restaurant staff.  The restaurant was able to seat all of us in the same room, with masterful planning by the restaurant manager, Rob Cooke.

Tour Hosts Brian Craig and Susan Robblee  wish to thank many people for helping to make this another memorable trip, including:
All the club members for skiing safely and avoiding any significant injuries (sore muscles don’t count);
Lindsey Gunson, Group Sales Manager, Rob Cooke, Restaurant Manager and staff of the  Best Western Jasper Inn for ensuring we were well cared for;
Byron Jonah, badge man, Mike Tansey, past president and ongoing soundman;
Linda Porter, supplier of the St Paddy’s day stickers;
All the photographers who contributed photos of the trip;
RMSSC Executive members JoAnn Grand,  and Donna and Jim Vine for their on-going hard work and support.

Submitted by Brian Craig and Susan Robblee

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Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club Spring Dinner

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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