Marmot Ski Improvement Jan 25-29 Tour Report

About 105 people made their way to Jasper/Marmot Basin for four days in January, joined by a few other members who were there for a day or two on their own. Many in the group took lessons, and one class even managed to recruit

Milt with class

Milt with class

their instructor to our club. He is proudly wearing his new button and will continue to wear it as he teaches others.

Canyon walk

Canyon walk

Bob Steen organized the rare opportunity for a 2 ½ hour evening ice-walk in Maligne Canyon on Monday night. Crampons, rubber boots, and headlamps equipped the intrepid hikers. Eighteen people enjoyed a magical experience: walking behind frozen waterfalls and looking up at the stars from the canyon floor.

The skiing conditions at Marmot Basin were on the “hard-packed snow” side. Despite some challenges, there were no reported injuries. Maybe the “safety talk” worked….

Everyone had a great time socializing at the welcome party, on the hill, après-ski, and at the group dinner. The welcome party menu got rave reviews thanks to the planners Lynn Skillen and Vi Vlchek and wine shoppers Bill and Pat Campbell. As usual, many others helped in a variety of ways.

Twenty-two members took part in the Wednesday, GS fun race. Larry Comfort came in with the best combined-time of 70.34 seconds. On the other hand, one racer said he was happy to have navigated all the gates and survived with his limbs intact.

Marmot

Marmot

The lessons were completed on Wednesday morning and another wonderful afternoon on the slopes followed. That evening the banquet was catered by the Jasper Inn Restaurant and was attended by most of the members on the tour. After a very appetizing dinner, many members enjoyed watching a video of themselves working their way down various slopes and of the race held earlier in the day.

Your tour hosts, Peggy Dodson and Ron Van den Heuval wish to thank everyone for their participation in this event. Let’s do it again next year!

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