Silver Star – Feb 21-26, 2010

The Silver Star Tour was a great success. The tour left on Sunday, February 21 and returned home on Friday, February 26th. Forty-seven members participated in the tour.

On Sunday morning, before 6:30 a.m., our bus and Kong, our driver, were in the parking lot ready to go. Loading by our volunteers was fast and smooth. We were on our way by 6:45 a.m.  After a stop in Hinton to pick up Greg Heenan and to reload our coffee cups, the bus continued its travels through our beautiful Rocky Mountains under brilliant blue skies and bright sunshine.  Mount Robson was clearly visible and many pictures were taken.

A lunch stop at Valemount, a coffee break at Little Fort and a grocery stop at Vernon rounded out our trip.  We arrived at Silver Star at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time.

Our welcome party was held at Mountain Katz at 7:00 P.M.  A wide array of appetizers was served and complimented with a variety of beverages.

Bright sunshine greeted us on our first morning.  Silver Star Mountain Partners (snow hosts) were available for those who wanted a tour of the mountain to familiarize or to reacquaint themselves with Silver Star.  Great skiing on hard pack was the order of the day under an amazingly blue sky.

Sun, snow, and happy skiers

Tuesday morning, 29 skiers boarded the bus for a glorious day at Big White, in Kelowna.  Early morning fog lifted to reveal blue skies which held until the afternoon so we could enjoy Big White in all its glory.  Most members took advantage of mountain hosts who were available to guide us around their mountain.

Wednesday dawned with fog and some much needed SNOW.  Comments varied from “oh my aching legs” to “WOW – love that powder”.  It snowed all day and most of the evening, totaling 7-10 cm.

Our group dinner was held at Mountain Katz.  We had a great meal with excellent service.  Tales of the day’s skiing were exchanged and a nice evening was had by all.

Thursday was overcast but then the sun came out and everyone skied their hearts out on beautifully packed runs and on powder in the trees.

Canada won many medals this Olympic week but we accomplished feats of our own at this great mountain. Not bad for, as Kong likes to call us, “recycled teenagers.”

We had to say goodbye to David Burrows, our member from Australia who had spent 5 weeks in Canada skiing. David participated in the Marmot Ski Improvement Tour, the Kimberley Tour, and this tour with the Club.

Kong got us home safely by 7:30 P.M.  Our volunteers unloaded and we said our goodbyes in the parking lot.  A good time was had by all and we look forward to going back again.

Liz and I want to thank Arnie and Gladys Wilson for all their help in making this trip a success.

Submitted by Sharon Acheson and Liz Rand

Our Hosts: Liz and Sharon