Marmot Ski Improvement – Jan 24-28 2010

“Heaven! I’m in Heaven.” That was the song dancing through my mind while cruising down Marmot Basin’s Paradise run. Paradise was truly living up to its name on a sparkling, blue sky day with nearly perfect snow conditions. Most of the 100+ participants in the tour agreed that conditions at Marmot had never been better.

Marmot welcomes the Club

The new high-speed quad chair, whisking us from bottom to top in just 8 minutes, only added to the fun. Bodies were getting tired as there was little time to rest on this chair. Starting with the Welcome Party (catered by the Jasper Inn for the first time) right through to the Group Dinner, we were professionally hosted by the friendly and efficient staff at the Jasper Inn.

Ski Lessons began on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Sixty-one members received instruction in Green, Blue, and Black groups but this year 3 additional groups were added. These were Beginner Moguls, Advanced Moguls, and a GS Camp which could usually be found on a beautifully groomed Porteus Way.

Tour hosts John and Elke Valentin and Birgith Hedegaard wish to thank all those who helped. Of particular note, we wish to express our gratitude to Georges and Mary Binette, Shirley Powell, and Joan Stirling who assisted us with the Welcoming Partying. We also thank Kathy Robinson who organized the Fun Race.

Speaking of racing, 26 brave souls entered the Fun Race to see who could best master the GS course set on Lower Dromedary. Bob Holzer proved to be the fastest guy and Gayle Houston the fastest gal.

Wednesday night’s banquet at the Jasper Inn Restaurant was superb as usual. We feasted on chicken, steak or salmon with all the trimmings. If you missed Jasper in January you missed Marmot Basin at its very best. Don’t miss Jasper in March.

Your hosts: John and Elke

Your host: Birgith