Marmot March 20 – 24, 2011

Submitted by Elaine & Allan Douglas

Marmot in March was an outstanding success. After a difficult trip on snowy roads, almost all who planned to attend the Welcoming Party managed to arrive.
All the feedback from the Welcoming Party was positive and members were eager to get the tour started. There were very lively conversations and the decibel level was high. The Banquet Manager, Jesse, did a great job of organizing the food, and social connections were re-established. The result was that over 100 people were geared up for four days of skiing.

The snow conditions were excellent over the entire hill and skiers reported enjoying a variety of runs. Those of us using the new Canadian Rockies Express Chair really appreciated the speed and the resulting increased ease of skiing at the top. The only incident that we are aware of is that some of our members were stuck on the Eagle chair for 45 minutes. Fortunately there was no wind and they did receive a food voucher from Marmot.

Wednesday night, the food and companionship was thoroughly enjoyed by the members on the tour. Again Jesse and his crew were very efficient and the evening was very successful. Salmon was the favorite choice by far for the main course.

Tour Hosts Elaine and Allan Douglas wish to thank Tour Coordinator Arnie Wilson for his support, guidance, and efforts to make the arrangements with Marmot Basin and the Jasper Inn and Suites. Thanks also to Kathy Robinson for creating the meal tickets, to Art Robinson for producing required name tags, and to Shirley Powell for assisting with the registration. We appreciate the efficient way that Pauline Clark and Susan Beztilny from the Jasper Inn and Suites looked after our accommodation and similarly thanks to Julie at Marmot Basin who was flexible and provided us with the tickets we needed.

This was a truly wonderful tour enjoyed by all. This was Marmot in March.

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