54 members from the Northern Branch participated in the Club’s second trip to Sun Peaks. The bus met us at the Millwoods Golf Course parking lot a half hour late as the driver had a flat tire. There were 50 eager participants (two last minute medical cancellations) on the bus and four self drivers. Eight members on this trip were fist timers and you could sense their excitement and anticipation. They introduced themselves via the bus microphone and gave a short summary why they had joined the club. The roads were clear and we enjoyed a pleasant trouble free ride to Sun Peaks. The prearranged lunch stop at the Great Escape Restaurant in Valemount was a hit.
We arrived at the Cahilty Lodge shortly before 6 pm. The check in was smooth and quick. The Wine and Cheese Reception got under way at 6:45 pm in the Sunburst Room. Everyone enjoyed the wine, cheese, buns & meat and other assorted goodies and especially the camaraderie. However the highlight of the reception was Nancy Greene’s and Al Raine’s presence and their welcome address.
The skiing on Monday was super. Soft snow and lots of it, combined with mild temperatures, made for an excellent day of skiing. Over half of the skiers participated in the mountain orientation tour conducted by Nancy, Al, and their staff. That evening a wicked storm struck the resort, ripping branches from trees, knocking over many trees, dumping several inches of wind driven hard packed snow and dropping the temperature to – 18 C. The next morning the sun came out but it remained cold (-18 C) and windy. Despite the cold, the skiing was still great especially on the groomed runs. We had another Wine and Cheese party that afternoon at 5 pm. to finish off the left over wine and goodies from Sunday and to review the next evenings club supper and check out procedures.
The temperatures warmed up a bit for Wednesday; however some parts of the mountain experienced ice fog that played havoc with the ski goggles. I was told by some of the locals that this is the first time that they had ever experienced ice fog at Sun Peaks.
Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to dampen our spirits, the snow and the skiing were first class and enjoyed by all. That evening we enjoyed an excellent club dinner at Masa’s – A fitting end to three great days of skiing and socializing. As an added bonus…..no injuries.
The next morning we departed at 7:45 am. The roads were snow covered and slippery for most of the trip but our driver Kong did a great job getting us back home by 7:00 pm.
I would like to thank my wife Gail (co-host) and all of those club members that so willingly helped with the loading and unloading and organizing the wine and cheese parties.