The Sunshine Village ski trip started ahead of schedule on December 8, 2013. The bus was loaded and all thirty-two skiers were on board by 9:30 and the tour was underway.
We stopped was at Red Deer for a stretch and coffee and near Cochrane for lunch, arriving at the Sunshine gondola shortly after 3:00 pm. By 5:30 we were at the hotel and checked in with our luggage and ready to party.
Two club members who drove to Sunshine joined the group at the hotel for light refreshments and pleasant conversation at a mix and mingle that lasted well into the evening.
On Monday we hit the slopes. Snow conditions were good with 2 cm of fresh snow and the weather was tolerable. The temperature was -160 C with a light breeze. Many chose to ski off the Wolverine lift where there was some protection from the wind. By late afternoon most were ready for the hot tub followed by the club dinner in the dining room. The food was good and the conversation excellent as the hotel staff worked out some start of the season issues with the service. Two new members who had driven from Edmonton joined us for dinner.
Tuesday was a little warmer and there was another 2 cm of fresh snow. Without the wind, several members found skiing on the Great Divide to be excellent. Others stayed on the lower runs such as Wolverine and Wawa and some skied off Standish and Strawberry. Goats Eye was not open. There was no arranged dinner on Tuesday night, but many members congregated in the dining room after a soak in the hot tub
Fifteen cm of fresh snow overnight made for even better conditions on Wednesday. Temperatures were higher than -100C with some fog that made skiing on the Great Divide rather challenging. We managed to complete the trip with no serious injuries. By 3:45 pm the bus was loaded and we were on our way home. Road conditions were quite good, and with a stop at Crossiron Mills mall for supper, the bus arrived at the Mill Creek Golf Course by 9:00 pm, where everyone found their gear, brushed the snow off their cars and left for home.
The tour hosts, Byron Jonah and Al Johnston, wish to thank everyone for making the tour a great experience. There were always lots of volunteers to help load and unload the bus and people were always on time. Thanks to the friendly and courteous staff at Sunshine and to the bus drivers who safely drove to and from the mountain.