Silver Star, February 6 – 11, 2011

Submitted by Mary and Georges Binette

Great snow at Silver Star. Great conversations too.  Georges and Mary Binette, tour hosts, are always impressed with the social chemistry of this club. From the beginning moments as we piled into the bus in the dark early morning of Sunday, February 6, through the crazy buzz of the welcoming reception, the luxurious days of skiing, the superb club dinner, and the laid back evenings, people mingled, kibitzed, laughed, joked, and learned more about each other. Several members suffered punishing tumbles during the tour. Fellow skiers and room partners were quick to provide aid and maintain watchfulness over the injured until they were clearly recovered.

It was snowing when we arrived at the alpine village, and it snowed all night. The first runs in the morning were fabulous. Then the heavy snow lumped and turned to crud, offering more challenging experiences. Sore muscles were universal that evening, probably the reason for the smaller group than expected that boarded the bus at 6:30 the next morning, heading for Big White. A bit of sun and lots of snow there. The snow hosts at Big White, as at Silver Star, were refreshingly pleasant and helpful in guiding us down the various trails.

The group dinner on Wednesday was an evening of vibrant social encounters, a little noisier that the Mountain Katz Restaurant personnel had anticipated, and definitely more irreverent. Chef Ryan created an outstanding dinner and the assisting staff was friendly and efficient. Robbie Steen presented the latest “Face Plant” award to the highly deserving Jim Vine.

The sun was out Thursday morning, another glorious day on the hill. A bevy of luggage packing followed the ski day, in preparation for Friday’s early departure. Then the last evening at Silver Star was leisurely savored.

Senior Standard Time (half an hour earlier than the other ones) meant we were off to a prompt start on our return journey. Floyd Tiller, our intrepid bus driver, guided us back to a balmy Edmonton. As usual an assembly line of members (Thanks guys!) unloaded the luggage in record time and away we went home, well satisfied with this excellent experience.

We’d like to recognize Arnie Wilson, Club Tour Coordinator, who set up the initial communication and planning with the Silver Star personnel, and has been consistently responsive to issues that have arisen. Anna Tilly and Jenny Winberg, Groups Coordinators at Silver Star Resort, have been particularly patient and helpful over the last few weeks in answering questions and guiding us as to best procedures. A warm thank you to the 48 participants whose enthusiasm made this tour such a delight.

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