With a full bus, fears of having too much luggage were quickly removed with the packing expertise of Sash, our driver, the excellent team of loading volunteers and the mild weather. Thanks to everyone who resisted bringing coolers! As usual we were loaded and on the road on time even with the rush delivery of a forgotten backpack.
The drive to Sun Peaks involved the regular stops as well as a couple of extra ones while we waited for the mountain sheep to have their lunch. Poor weather and road conditions for much of the trip made us thankful for our driver and his ability to get us safely to Sun Peaks.
Our four days were wonderful with spring like conditions. While the first two days were overcast with a dusting of new snow, that was just a tease for the next two days. Out came the sun and off came the neck warmers. It was so much more fun skiing when the sun came out and many explored the Crystal and Burfield chairs enjoying the beautiful snow ghosts and fabulous views from the top of the mountain. A few of the members were able to find some untracked snow off the Burfield chair and you could hear them hooting and hollering down through the powder snow.
We were pleased to have 63 club members, including several new members, join us on the trip. Members were from as far away as Toronto and the Vancouver area. Our club gatherings were greatly enjoyed and several comments were received about the good quality of the food at the club dinner, so hats off to Tina and her staff.
Highlights included the spring like conditions leaving huge grins on all the faces. It was said there were just no words to describe the awesome experience of skiing and enjoying the views on the final two days. There was also the choir of female singers whose voices echoed through the mountains as they sang happy birthday from the chairlift to a member who was stopped under the chair. We cannot forget the member who fell in the line up while singing “it’s hard to be humble”, the member who fell while being videoed skiing in the powder and of course learning about the use of tampons for ski boot pressure points.
The trip home was a much easier drive. The clear blue skies encouraged us to ask our driver, Ernie, to stop at Mount Robson for a photo stop. From all the laughing in the bus it appeared that another fabulous 4 days of skiing and friendship was enjoyed.
Tour Hosts, Gord and Ann Shopland wish to thank everyone for their support and help during the trip.