Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Whistler - Legends Ski Trip
January 14th - 17th, 2016

This was a great Bus Ski Trip which was put on by the Victoria Alpine Ski Club.  We had a few Pacific Ski Club members who also booked on, one from West Vancouver, the other from Delta.  Arriving at Whistler on Thursday night, many of us headed for the hot tub and then to Dusty's after checking in.  As Dusty's was a private party, we headed across the street and went to the old Hoz's (now called Rose's or Rosy's, I think) and had a lovely evening.
Sun and good skiing greeted us all the next day, Friday.  In the afternoon, most dropped in to Dusty's for Apre` Skiing, then the mandatory dip into the outdoor hot tub (there are 2 and a swimming pool).  After changing, we held our annual (great) Pot Luck dinner.  This year there was just too much good food and most of the chef's had to take some back to their rooms.  What a great way to meet new friends, make new ones, or just socialise.  Many stepped up to the pool table, I being one of those.  Yet, with Donna, the pool Shark, I did not last too long.
Overcast and some new snow fell on Saturday, but we had a great day skiing both Blackcomb and Whistler.  More partying and hot tubing followed.  
Sunday was blizzard conditions, but that did not stop the keeners from skiing the whole day.  Some of us just went to the top and skied down and the mountain gave us our tickets back.  Good PR from Whistler.  Some went to the Village and watched the Seahawks loose the football game, others went to the hot tub and then to Dusty's where the game was also shown. 

As with all good trips, this one also had to end as our bus drove off a little after 3pm.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made this trip so much fun, especially Shelley the organizer and Maggie, both Victoria Club executives.

Sven , President PSC
   

Thursday, 14 January 2016

New Years @ Sun Peaks & Heffley Inn

New Year’s at Sun Peaks
2015 ended in a fist full of blue sky days skiing the fresh powder only the interior of British Columbia can provide.  163cm of fresh snow lay on the ground with over 2 feet having arrived in the days before our arrival.  With sun to wake up to, I hit Tod Mountain December 31st and stayed there in the brilliant sun the whole day, stopping only for a short lunch break at Bottom’s Pub.

The New Year’s party began with dinner at Morresey’s Pub then we migrated to The Club where we stayed until 12:45.  With the joyous mood we were in, we popped back in to Morresey’s but at about 1:30 Tina had motioned to me to bring our ‘crowd’ over to the Powderhounds where Peter’s 5 piece band played good old tunes.  We danced the night away among friends, arriving home by 3:15 or so.

Luckily, there was no new snow January 1st, so we slept into the afternoon!

The was plenty of time for shopping -- handmade skiing sweaters for $65 and a little more, a bargain any way you look at it -- and time to enjoy the comforts of the Heffley Boutique Inn which sits right in the centre of this quaint ski town.  One can also not forget the large recreational facility at the hotel, the Sauna and the Hot Tub with the lounge chairs.  I thought we were in Hawaii.
Went on to Mt. Morresey January 2nd where, if you skied the trees, there was still lots of powder runs to ski on.  Again, Bottoms Pub was the place to be at noon and after skiing.  Just great.

Dinner and the ambience at Bella Italia was where our first night’s feast was held the day of our arrival.  The two nights of the New Year were at Powderhounds where we filled in the empty bellies (no one lost any weight on this trip).  We even managed to put in a sleigh ride through the town’s centre and into the back woods along the cross country trails.  New year, plan to join in on this trip.  They are always a great way to ring in the New Year!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Tantalaus



Whistler Turned 50
A group led by Bruce & Shannon Chadwick managed to secure tickets for the big 50th Birthday celebration, held in the Conference Centre as the Round House just wasn’t big enough to hold all of the crowds this time around (the 40th was on the top of the mountain). It was nice to see Karen Brown and a number of other older PSC members and I/E friends at the bash as well as meeting up with old time Whistler folks.  The champagne flowed, tales of skiing on wooden planks and old ski passes were around many a guest’s neck.  The only one absent was Walter Dorken, a fellow who has skied almost as long as I have.  I began in the 1955/56 ski season and still have my Mt. Seymour pin to prove it, but I was by far not the senior skier there.

Tantalus Lodge Ski Trip

What a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas shopping.  Whistler greeted our group with well over 20 cm. of fresh snow which fell the day before most of us arrived.  The first day was a blue sky skiing day which was just too good to fully describe, but it is what a skier or snowboarder’s dreams are made of.  After the lifts shut down, we all mte up at the Longhorn for some sociable drinks.  Later, it was to the hot tub and more relaxation.  With a Pot Luck on the Friday night, and a lot more skiing on Saturday and Sunday, we cannot say Sue did a bad job!  WE also learned a little English with terms not often heard here in the ‘colonies’. 

Great fun!!!  Thanks to the Victoria Club for a great weekend.

“Bond, Jane Bond,” the beautiful redhead said.
James Bond night in the old Caesar’s restaurant in Downtown Vancouver on November 7th was lots of fun.  Many a fellow double –oh (00) agent was there, Gold Finger showed up and yes, Jane Bond in her Tuxedo was there in person.  Prices for your Martini were steep, but when you’re in the company of men like Bond, that is to be expected. For those of us who made it down to the gala party, it was a night of ‘bonding’.