Alpine (downhill) skiing is a central focus of the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club. Each winter the RMSSC organizes ski tours to a variety of destinations, with the objective of providing an affordable opportunity that appeals to and accommodates all levels of skiing abilities.
Many RMSSC members meet 9:00am at Snow Valley (Edmonton, AB) Wednesday and Thursday mornings to get their ‘ski legs’ ready for the mountain slopes.
RMSSC’s organized ski tours run early December through to late March/early April comprised of trips 3 to 5 days in length. Most years we get to most of our destinations by charter bus which allows the skiers time to socialize and relax by leaving the driving to someone else. Members typically enjoy a welcoming reception on arrival with food and beverages, plus a club dinner one evening for all participants. In 2020-21, due to COVID-19 restrictions, all tours are self-drive only with no social group activities - but we do still try to negotiate great rates on accommodation and lift tickets!
The Club’s typical ski calendar starts in December with an early season visit to Sunshine Village, usually with on-hill accommodations. In January the serious skiing starts with ski tours to Sun Peaks (Kamloops, BC). This is followed in late January by a self-driving trip to Jasper, AB to ski Marmot Basin for 4 days, including opportunities to participate in 3 days of ski lessons and a costumed fun race with great prizes (to be confirmed for 2021).
Through the rest of the ski season the club tries to offer ski tours on alternating weeks to a variety of destinations. Some the ski resorts we select from include Silver Star (Vernon, BC), Big White (Kelowna, BC), Whitefish (Montana, USA), Panorama (Invermere, BC), Lake Louise (Banff, AB) and Red Mountain (Rossland, BC). Silver Star is popular and becoming a regular destination and Red Mountain is a new destination 2019/2020 for most RMSSC members. The season culminates with another self-drive tour to Marmot Basin in March (Jasper, AB) -- scheduled to avoid excessive overlaps with school spring breaks.
The RMSSC also offers Jasper-mini ski trips throughout the winter that are less formal with a focus on providing reasonable accommodation rates. In addition, many individual club members often organize informal trips to catch a few days of skiing when the weather looks good or simply the opportunity arises.
Edmonton’s Snow Valley Ski Club is home to most RMSSC members with many holding a season pass. Most years, weekday ski mornings are followed by camaraderie in the lodge, and we hope to resume this tradition sometime in 2021! Snow Valley also offers lessons and racing programs for seniors that many members enjoy.
Skiing with RMSSC offers a great way to enjoy winter, stay fit and have fun. Join our Club to find out more details!