~ Presidente Armand Gutierrez ~
Like January there was little activity for February, although we did get one new member that needed to join NSC so he can be on the FWSA trip to Zermatt, Switzerland. Our membership currently stands at 52 members.
Sun Peaks Ski Week
The Sun Peaks ski week was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that went. Although there was not as much snow as I had hoped for, there were several days with new powder on the ground, one morning that had a freezing rain that froze on our goggles, and plenty of days with blue skies and shadows on the ground. The weather was very cooperative and temperatures where in the low-mid teens most of the time with a few days in the 20’s. This, in contrast to the previous two weeks when temps where in the below zero range.
After our introductory tour of the mountain on the first morning, the group did ski with Canadian Olympian Nancy Greene as she showed us the mountain and gave us a few tips on where the best snow was to be found. There was one injury one the trip where David Uyeda, on his last day of skiing, successfully handled a black diamond mogul run only to fall onto the cat track at the bottom and suffer a dislocated shoulder. The Farewell Dinner on Friday was held at the Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill and everyone enjoyed the dinner offerings as well the complementary first round of libations thanks to the boys in Condo 40.
I would like to thank every one of the Sun Peaks participants for the great gifts (winter fleece pullover, Sun Peaks T-shirt, and a 49er jacket) bestowed upon me at the dinner and rest assured they will be used often. This was a memorable trip for me as I think I managed to ski with just about everyone on the trip at one time or another.
Many people are inquring: “where are we going next year?” Well, looks like a return trip to Jackson Hole is in the stars since NSC last graced the slopes there in 2001.