Sunshine Dec 7-10 2008 Tour Report

What would you expect for the first ski trip for the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club? Of course it would be a blizzard! Fortunately, all 32 members registered for the trip arrived safely at the gondola base in time to ascend to the newly renovated Sunshine Lodge.

Shirley and Joyce were gracious enough to allow their deluxe suite to be used for the reception. It was great to meet so many new members on the trip and of course Art was producing nametags on the spot as required. Gwen’s homemade chili set a new standard of excellence for our receptions. The strong backs of John, Brian and a few others resolved the logistical problem of moving buckets of chili, crock-pots and wine from the base to the lodge.

Group at Sunshine

Group at Sunshine

The new snow made for excellent early season skiing. Goats Eye was open but wind swept on top. The Great Divide offered the challenge (or thrill) of fresh powder. The depth of the snow in the trees came as a surprise to some (check the photos)! Limited visibility on days two and three kept most of us down below the tree line but the skiing was excellent on Wawa, Jack Rabbit and Wolverine chairs.

All 32 tour members participated in the excellent Western Buffet Dinner on Tuesday evening in the Eagles Nest dining room. Following the dinner, many of our members took advantage of greeting old friends from the Seniors Alpine Ski Club in the Chimney Corner restaurant.

- Stan Rust

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