On Sunday April 7, 19 tour participants made their way to Sunshine Lodge. We met in the Chimney Lodge for the customary first evening get-together. Lodge staff were there to greet us. Tales of ski tours taken so far this season were exchanged and plans for Monday’s skiing were made while nibbling away on the delectable snack platters which were provided compliments of the Tour.
Monday morning fresh snow awaited us and we took full advantage of the groomed runs and natural mountain terrain before the Gondola delivered the regular Monday crowd from the parking lot below. That “crowd” did not amount to much and we had no line-ups at the lifts. Even the snowboarders were few and far between. Ducking in for a coffee break and then reassembling for lunch provided time for comparing notes. Members were cruising along with great enthusiasm throughout the day
The snow was quite lovely, soft but not too deep and, on the whole, the visibility was good. Goat’s Eye was on the agenda for the afternoon and was a tad fickle for visibility, depending on what time you went up. This was to be expected as the forecast was for a mix of sun and cloud.
All 19 of us congregated in the Chimney Corner that evening for dinner a la carte, where the Bison steak with lobster tail was on special and was served along with regular and very popular fare. Photos from past trips refreshed memories and good stories were told.
Tuesday morning, we woke up to a beautiful blue sky, which was much appreciated by all. New and seasoned members mixed and mingled, showing each other the best runs off each chair. Some synchro moves were observed under the leadership and direction of John Ross. The universal verdict was that this was a great group who enjoyed wonderful hill, fine snow, good temperature and sunshine. Skiing was followed by a hot tub session, where we admired the “emergency” beer panic button. It works! Drinks can be ordered and will promptly appear poolside. In the evening, dinner was the focal point for collecting the Tour participants for further analysis of the mountain runs.
Carl outlined the checkout routine and noted the group’s determination to keep our Sunshine 2 Spring Ski Tour for the 2013 – 2014 ski season . It is so popular that two current participants volunteered to host it. Details will be forwarded as appropriate. Some of us feel that one of the strong recommendations that Sunshine has to offer is the balance of trails the hill offers with 25% of the trails being green, 50% blue, and 25% black.
One of the benefits of a smaller tour was that we were all able to eat together at all three evening meals. There was a strong feeling of togetherness. This also encouraged different combinations of ski partners.
On Wednesday the group kept to their individual schedules. Some took the ski-out in the morning to get a good start for the drive home. Others skied to the last possible minute and then made their way directly to Edmonton or just to Calgary for the night.
Overall it was a great tour!
Submitted by Anke Seifried and Carl Ulrich