End of the Season: Groundhogging

Hey Ski People,

Starting to feel like Groundhog Day?? Another glorious sunny spring day! Well, we do have a wee surprise change up. The Ginzu Master is going to Ginzu groom Golden Bow this morning. This means I am going to have get out there and make it all worthwhile – and I sure hope you will too.

I am happy to report that the Happy Adventurers survived their icy escapade – or is that Ice Capades?? –on Sawmill Pass. Yikes. Sounds like the HillBilly Cup! We are talking warp speed there. For most of us, the hills are way too fast. Walk down. Truth be told, we walked up the hill on Mainline today because it was so icy the skis weren’t gripping. And the lake is lovely for either classic or skating, but the snow covering is going fast. It will soon be straight up ice. But for the DieHards, The Spring Chickens, The Spring Calves, The Ladies of the Lake, The Hot Dogs, Deep Purple, Turbo, The Prez and First Lady, and all the rest of the Blissfully Addicted, we can only hope for one more day. And then another one. And another. Groundhogging. And then time for another location. A higher altitude? Hmmm a different latitude? And then, inevitably, another hemisphere. Chile in July, anyone?

Since the Prez is declaring the season over (by switching up mud for white sand and palm trees) it is time to say thank you to all who made this year possible. BIG Thanks again to the The Prez / Greg for everything he is always never endingly doing and there is no way I can list them all, Robin for memberships, Sonia the secretary, Miake for the money stuff and for offering up Pawesome Adventures as an outlet for club business, Rebecca for posters and events, Jocelyn for the Alpine Cabin, Deb for summer campground cleanup organizing, Jaime for Jackrabbits, all the coaches for Jackrabbits, Gerry for adult coaching, The Snow Fairy, The Grooming Guys: Doug, Henry and Frank, The Ginzu Master, all our awesome members and day skiers (who paid), everyone who tidied up a bit in the cabin, all the door lockers, all the trees that stood tall rather than blowing down, all the smiling ski folk out having fun, all the skier dogs, all the poop flickers, firewood gatherers, the school groups and the floppy jet stream which is bringing all this sunshine. And all those beautiful kilometres of corduroy!We did have a slow start to the season. Slow and grey. It was hard to remember what sunshine looked like in January with the thaws and rain interrupting the corduroy fun. Then Frosty February came with the deep cold, slow snow and sunshine with super conditions. And now a warm March of amazing sunbaked Groundhog skiing to finish off. We are so lucky we had the cold spells to preserve our precious snowpack.

It was a pretty sweet year trail wise with three new and very popular trails adding new options for all ski folk and putting smiles on many a ski mug: Cruisin’, Oh Chute and Swamp Dog. As well, the club purchased a new Ginzu groomer for the early and late season tiddle work. A few more night skiers took the plunge into darkness with our headlamp deal, while several skiers got a technique touch up thanks to Gerry. A new sink appeared in the kitchen. The Ski Challenge and the Women’s Retreat both were popular events for participants. I am sure I missed something, but hopefully not someone who should be thanked.

It’s not over until it’s over!! Enjoy these awesome days. The bugs are coming.

See you up there someday,