Fifty one enthusiastic club members met at the Mill Woods Golf Course on a dark, cold Sunday morning in early January to stuff ski gear into a very full bus and head for the Sun Peaks Resort in central B.C. Our nine hour trip, broken up with stops in Edson, Valemont and Little Forks, was good. The new bus- seat belts were a nice addition- and very competent driver made up for the many groan-inducing jokes members shared on the trip. The drive home was even better, with dry roads and bright sun that allowed us a rare, cloud-free view of spectacular snow-covered Mount Robson.
Sun Peaks Resort, formerly Tod Mountain, celebrated its 50th anniversary as a resort this year. With 11 lifts and 122 runs, the resort claims to be the 2nd largest in B.C. Skiers are able to stay on the mountain, close to lifts, in a picturesque village with good range of restaurants and retail outlets. Sun Peaks was incorporated as a municipality in 2010, boasting 371 permanent residents, medical services and a school. It was fun to watch more than 40 moppets with backpacks climb on to the magic carpet each morning to travel to school at the top of the hill – how great is that? Another feature of the resort is the opportunity to ski most days with Olympic gold medalist Senator Nancy Greene Raine, long-time Director of Skiing.
Our Sunday night welcoming party and Wednesday night club dinner, catered by Bella Italia, were well-attended and both meals were excellent. Five more members had driven to the resort, for a total of 56 skiers-partiers. The club welcomed one new member.
Hill conditions varied but always good. Twelve inches of fresh snow had just fallen on a 65 inch base when we arrived. Powder hounds were thrilled but the Monday ski was tough slogging for many of us. For the rest of the week we had light snow falls, groomed runs and temperatures ranged from minus 12 to zero. The sun shone on Thursday, showing off the resort and the `snow ghosts’ in their full glory.
The joint efforts of many made this trip another success. Tour Hosts Brian Craig and Susan Robblee thank the RMSSC Executive for all the ground work done ahead of time and for the support provided by Tour Coordinators Bill and Pat Campbell and Treasurer Jim Vine on the trip. Thanks also to the developers of the new roommate-matching system. The Club was well-treated by the resort -Sundance Lodge, hill operators, guest services, other hospitality services. Finally, thanks go to the good-spirited members for being on time, helping with loading, unloading, and skiing safely.
Submitted by Hosts Brian Craig and Susan Robblee