Thursday, October 20, 2016

Whistler Opens November 24th, Officially!
With the typhoons hitting Greater Vancouver, Whistler has had snowfall in the mid to top of the mountain the past few weeks. 75cm fell in the past 7 days.  Another 37cm is expected to come through the weekend. Next week, with the temperature at the top dropping to -4 tomorrow, and staying between -3 to -5 until next Friday and the mid-mountain temperature around +1, you can expect the upper part of the mountain to receive a dump of snow forecast at up to 122cm of new. Expect the mountain to open early this year.  Watch our Web Site and Blog, and you can instantly link to Whistler's snow report. See for yourself! 
Whistler Blackcomb Snow Report 


Monday, October 17, 2016

   Ski Trip Sign-up Night
October 20th - Toby's  6:30pm

 9 Ski Trips to Choose From
26 Nights of Accommodations
  • Whistler
  • Mt. Washington
  • Sun Peaks
  • Big White
  • Apex 
 Pick your mountain, pick your dates, sign up for your trips, fill in the tours form, pay for your trip and you are off skiing some of the best ski resorts in B.C.  If you are a member of the Pacific Ski Club or the Victoria Alpine Ski Club, it's just that easy!! 
No need to sit at home watching sports when you can come out and play in the vast ski regions British Columbia offers anyone who has the desire to ski or snowboard. Once again, we are able to offer our members great skiing in fantastic locations for very reasonable rates. Take a good look at New Years. The cheapest hotels in Whistler are going for $660.00 per night in the High Season, December 24 - Janaury 1st, 2017. We can have you up skiing and partying over new years for 4 days and three nights for only $549.00 and have packages for an extra day so you can really enjoy Sun Peaks Resort. With the party at Bottom Pub and your hotel right in the heart of that incredible ski village, your can watch the fireworks show right outside your door! 
 Dare to Dream - Live Above the Clouds - Ski with the Pacific Ski Club this year!

New Year's at Sun Peaks Ski Resort
4 days, 3 nights, New Year's Eve Party
$549.00 / person - double occupancy  
Play in Mother Nature's Back Yard; Join the Pacific Ski Club!

See you at club night for the sign-up and Ski with Us!!!!!  

 Come on down to Toby's Thursday October 20 and sign up for your ski trip !!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Vagabond Players - Body & Soul

October's Vagabond Theatre Night in Review!
It was a most refreshing evening with Vancouver's second Typhoon swaying the trees like belly dancers riveted to a stage and swirling their leaves like Twirling Dervishes which were being torn from the branches as the winds passed through. It was also lovely to see a few members of the Inside Edge club who must have read our Theatre Night Information on the Pacific Ski Club's Web Site. They seemed to have come along to see what our club has successfully been doing in New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen's Park for the past two years. Many I had not seen since our Blue Lake Camping trip in early September, and we had a good time conversing in the theatre's foyer. Perhaps some of them may wish to join us for dinner at some New Westminster restaurant we always go to before the show. Inside Edge members are always most welcome to join us in any event, including our dances and club night. Fell free to give Iain a call and see when and where dinner will be for the November 24th show.  Drop in and check us out any time.  The more the merrier, and we do offer great ski trips each and every ski season.

A most fitting show for the Vagabond Theatre's season opener.  Body & Soul is set in New Westminster, B.C. and the main character of the play is a young man writing his first book whose theme is derived from the house's ghost, not too dissimilar of your current PSC President.  With the storm raging outside, the Autumn chill in the air with the leaves, and Halloween with the Pacific Ski Club's party and dance at Toby's with the live band Whiskydicks on the 29th of October, the theme of ghosts walking into the scenes, rattling walls, creaking floorboards, dangling pictures, flashing lights and spooky voices from beyond hit the nail right on the head.  A very well performed play. 
Come Join the Pacific Ski Club @Toby's Pub & Grill
- October 20th, 6:30pm Club Night - Ski trip sign-up night
- October 29th - Halloween Part & Dance - $5.00for your seat,
food & costume prizes.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Whistler's Turkey Sale Still Has Great Bargains!
 Over the many years the Turkey Sale has been held up at Whistler, it went from the locals selling off their skis complete with bindings, gouges and, at times, missing edges, but the prices were right. Many an avid skier could drive up and find skis with little wear and years of great skiing still ahead.  That was what the sale was all about.
For me, a skier who taught Moses how to ski, the 'downhill' ski was all wood, had cable bindings and one skied not much different than today's Telemarketer skiers do when sliding downhill.  One foot was slipped forward, the other behind and you bent the knees to execute your turn in fine form. Then, Tyrolia brought out the Clix 90 binding, Rossignol put continuous edges onto the Strat 101 skis and ski brakes were combined with the binding. Who needs ski brakes? No one skies fast enough other than Toni Sailer. Franz Klammer and Jean-Claude Killy. Even Ingemar Stenmark, still the over-all skier with the most world cup wins in his career was afraid of speed, so he never ran the downhill (GS & Slalom Champ). Suddenly, no one sold you the pieces for the screw in edges.
The Turkey sale was the best place to get the new stuff, unless you had unlimited cash, which no one I knew had. Why, dad bought a 'C' ski pass for Whistler as it was the only one he could afford.  A 'C' pass meant they loaded everyone in the 'A' lineup and if no more 'A' pass-holders came by, they loaded the skiers in the 'B' pass holder lineup.  ' C's just waited their turn, but it was fun all-the-same.  It wasn't until the 50th Birthday Party of Whistler's Opening Day (official opening that is) that I saw a 'D' ticket displayed on the memorability board.  There were folks even worse off than we were!  I bought the fellow who brought it up a beer only to find out he now owns half of Whistler, but he accepted none-the-less.
I bought my first quick release skis, a used pair of Rossignol Stats and never looked back.  One day, a fellow in the line said, "Where did you get those old skis from? We are all skiing on Shape skis!"
Good thing, I thought as he was in no shape to be on the mountain anyway.
Next year, at the Turkey Sale, I picked up a pair of Völkl G30s in a 190 cm length for only $30.00. I skied on those for more than 4 years!
Since then, the Turkey Sale has slowly been taken over by the brand name stores and they basically sell off last years junk at prices so high you could have bought a season's pass a few years ago.  No real deals very often and, as so many of us 'old timers', we did not go up too often.
I happen to be up there at the Tantalus Lodge for Thanksgiving this year, and we leisurely walked up to the area where they conducted the sale (near Merlin's and the Chateau Whistler).  I met Maureen who was our PSC president in 1980 and she told me, "Sven, your a little late.  The good deals are all gone by Thursday afternoon and evening."
I should have known better having been a cabin owner at Whistler for over 32 years.  It was already Sunday, but the regular food and craft bazaar was on, so we walked through tasting wines and locally brewed beers.  Then, the first of the tents of the Turkey Sale appeared but they had bikes and bicycle stuff for sale. ????
Oh, yes! I Thought. They now take lazy cyclists uphill. In my day we had to ride uphill both ways to go to school. Now the kids have lifts to take them some place their over-protective moms & dads will not drive them even if they are over 30. 
One in our group cycles, so we went in. I went over to the next tent and found Sorel boots for under $50.00 which fit, so I had to buy a pair. The next tent was almost empty and they were taking the shelving down.  The last tent had about 2 dozen skis.  I found a pair of 168cm Rossignol Bandits with little wear and good bindings. "$50.00", the tag said.
Too much! I Thought. Why only 30 years back I bought Völkls FOR $30.00. Why pay more?
A fine chap, about 10 years younger than I, came up and asked if I liked them. I told him they appeared in relatively good shape and he let me know he was from the Whistler Ski Club. They were used a year or two by one of their members and he had moved on.  If I wanted them, he let me know that I could have them for half price.
$25.00 cash in hand, I think I did not get ripped off.
There are still good deals around, even on the Sunday of the Turkey Sale. As I already have 20 pairs of good skies, I'll give them to someone who really needs them.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

What's New for 2016-2017 at Whistler Blackcomb !

What’s New At Whistler Blackcomb - 2016 / 2017 Ski Season!
Your Pacific Ski Club’s Executive is proud to bring you the latest news from Whistler Blackcomb Mountains.

 “This season we turn our attention to the future and what lies ahead.” Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb.

“This ski season, with the help and cooperation of the Victoria Alpine Ski Club, we will offer our members more overnights stays at Whistler/ Blackcomb at great prices! See what’s new.” Sven Stefanov, President, Pacific Ski Club.

  • ·         New outdoor heated patios: 250 at the Round House, 90 at the Garibaldi Lift Company.

  • ·         Telluride and Revelstoke Mountains added to the 50% off deal for Whistler Unlimited Ski Pass Holders

  • ·         3.3 million invest in new grooming machines

A)     1 Model 400 Piston Bully Park Pro terrain park cat
B)      2 Model 600 Piston Bully Regular Piste cats
C)      2 Model 600 Piston Bully Polar Piste cats
D)     2 Model 600 Piston Bully Polar Winch cats

  • ·          North Face Women’s Camps offer female skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to develop their skills at two day women-only camps during select weekends throughout the winter season and include equipment reviews, skills training, après sessions and silent auctions from which all proceeds go to the Howe Sound Women's Centre.

  • ·         The option to create a personal WB+ profile to collect stats and data about their days on the mountains simply by scanning their lift passes at the RFID chairlift access gates.

  • ·         New Gourmet Grilled Cheese Restaurant at Olympic Station on Whistler Mountain.               

  • ·         $2.4 million to improve the learning areas on Whistler Mountain. Come up with the PSC and learn how to ski or snowboard!

  • ·         2nd year of the pilot project for snow making in Horstman Glacier to help preserve the ancient ice.

  • ·         Save up to 42 per cent off their 5 night/4 day ski & stay packages available from $109 CAD per person per night. The Early Booking Offer is valid through to November 15, 2016.

Photos courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb promotions 2016

For all the details, just click here: Whistler Blackcomb

Enjoy the beauty of British Columbia, Vancouver and Whistler this fall.  The Turkey Sale is just a few weeks off. 

Call all your friends, join the Pacific Ski Club and come ski with us this year!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

To all Skiers, Snowboarders and Friends!

Toby's Pub & Grill 2733 Commercial, has welcomed us Back!
PSCers can mix and mingle each and ever 3rd Thursday of each month upstairs, as usual, at Toby's Pub & Grill. We are looking forward to seeing many of you, all tanned and bronzed from the summer sun and, with the new ski season just a month or two off, we have a few new things to offer our club members.  
We are supporting the B.C. Lung Association's Trek For Life & Breath, and will be raffling off the Income Tax receipt for the money collected in 2016, a minimum $90.00 value. 
100% of the money raised in this raffle will also go to the Trek For Life & Breath.
Thanks to Tania, Mookie and Marcey for doing the 200km ride this year!

See you all at 7pm, Club Night is this Thursday, September 15th & every 3rd Thursday at Toby's! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rio Olympics - Brazil vs Germany 

Saturday, August 20th, 2016!

1:30 Kick Off

Want to watch the game with the PSC?

 Looking for someone to watch the big game? Brazil lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final, a dismal 7-1 loss.  This is the game of the decade - REVENGE is on every Brazilian's mind!  If you want to come and see the game with us, just give me a call : 604-594-5969 or 778-996-3451 and I'll let you know where in Vancouver we plan on meeting.  We are looking for either Botec Brasil, 2545 Nanimo (at Broadway), or the Portuguese Club of Vancouver, 1144 Commercial Drive, to view this sensational match.  

Remember, it is for the Gold Medal and you need to plan to be at the location 1 1/2 to 2 hours before the kick off to get in the door.  If you wanted to watch it at the Alpine Club on 33rd & Commercial, a 2 - 2/2 hour minimum is needed to make sure you get in the door.  There are just too many people in Vancouver who follow REAL football.  

Call me and join in this historical match on the Brazilian pitch for the gold medal.


Great Job! Well done! What an Evening & Sunset !

To those members and future members who came by and joined our Club Night at Spanish Banks West, many thanks to your help in rasing funds for the B.C. Lung Association and the PSC effort to raise funds toward the bicycle Trek For Life and Breath 2016. We raised $90.00 at our beach BBQ! Well done!

To those of you who missed it, the evening was hot (27 degrees in the shade) and then the sunset, which followed,  was spectacular.  Many of us took the time to walk to the shore where you could see the full moon rising in the East.  A great way to end a Summer day!

Walter and Esther had our up-and-coming PSC events listed on a sheet and the late Summer/Fall lineup for activities looks fantastic.  We will post the events on the web site once our intrepid PSC Director of Communications, Joseph Lavalley, returns from his trip to Victoria and its university.

For now, get ready to go camping up at Blue Lake Lodge in the beautiful Fraser Valley.  We will be joined by many members from the Inside Edge, the Okanagan Club and even Calgary Bum Biters, so if you have not picked up the phone to book an RV site, a Tent Site, or a Cabin (sorry, the lodge is all sold out), give the Blue Lake Lodge a call and come along for what promises to be a superb weekend of camping. Dates: September 2 - 5, 2016,  but you can always come up early (we are) and stay longer, your choice. 

 See you all soon, have a great Summer !


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August Club Night - Spanish Banks West

 Thursday August 18th

6pm - Sunset

Come support your club - Come support the Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath - B.C. Lung Association! 


 As in the past years, we will hold the August Club Night at Spanish Banks West (2nd furthest parking lot west - Look for the PSC banner) and holding a BBQ in the park.  Come enjoy Vancouver's beautiful shore, play some beach games, bring a bathing suit & towel and go for a swim.  The great outdoors is there for us to play in.
The BBQ will feature hot dogs, burgers, potato chips & cheeses.  We hope to have Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Coke as well. All proceeds go to our bicycle riders in this years B. C. Lung Association's Trek for Life and Breath.  Like cycling? Think you can do 200km in 2 days? Tania Lepage is going and I'm sure she would like company. She has done it for years!  Come out and support your rider(s), support your club, bring out friends, or just come by on your own.
Nature will be blessing us with a full moon, so plan to watch the sunset, bringing a blanket or some warm clothes if you get cold easily.  Then, you can see the moon rise up in the East!
See you at the beach this Thursday!

The September meeting location will be announced shortly!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Club Night - Toby's June 16th

This Thursday, June 16th

7:00 pm - Upstairs at Toby's on Commercial

Come on by and have some drinks, chat up new freinds, remeniss on the great things we have done, or just enjoy one of Toby's fine meals or snacks.  This will be the last for the spring, then we mach on over to the beach for the July and August club nights.  They will be held at Spanish Banks West, as in past years.
Raffles and fun!!!  Come on and join us.

Hole in One - #14 Trevor Oram !!!

2016 PSC Golf Tournament – Review
Sponsors – A Big Thanks to:
Mad About Food Allyson Nelson Sven Stefanov
Stone Hedge Properties Brian Davies
Betty Walker - Hand Sewn Wine Totes
Dave Burck - Mystery Prize
Larry & Betty Walker – Providing Delta home for the BBQ, the Bocci & Horseshoe Pit
Lara & Esther – Helping Betty with the food preparations
Prizes & 2016 Winners – Roughs & Greens in Regulation Golf
Most Tee shots into the Roughs: Trevor Oram – 10; B. Chadwick -6
Most Tee shots onto the Green: Shannon Chadwick – 6; Ryan West – 5
Most Pars Lady’s: Mavis Roed -2; Stephanie K. - 1
Most Pars Men’s: Ryan West – 7; Graham West - 6
Men’s Lowest Score:  Ken Roed & Rocky 74; Ryan West, Graham West & Dave Burck 75
Lady’s Lowest Score:  Shannon Chadwick & Mavis Roed – 81; Stephanie K. – 94
Longest Drive:    Lady’s - Stephanie K.     Men’s - Dave Burck
Closest to Pin: Lady’s – Stephanie K.        Men’s – Trevor Oram – HOLE IN ONE  #14 -128 yd, 8 Iron
Joel Metcalfe Memorial Hole #8 – Furthest from Pin: Trevor Oram
Most Lost Balls: Trevor Oram – 5 & counting
Only Birdie – Rocky
2016 Most Fun Trophies:
            Men’s: Trevor Oram – Most lost balls, most roughs, & Hole in One - 128 yard, par 3, fourteenth hole!
            Lady’s: Brenda West – Highest Overall Score - 98

Friday, May 6, 2016

Look For More Activities to Come!!!

We still have one Theatre Night - Calendar Girls, Cycling
and a driving range night.  Look for it soon on our web pages!

TGIF - This Afternoon!!!

Come an wind down - You know you have had a hard week, some worse that others...
Or - You may have had the best week ever and need to celebrate your new position as
C.E.O. and have a big fat expense account and want to spend some of that money on...
Just break free from you old habits, take your work clothes off, but "Leave you hat on!"

Place: Callister Brewing

           1338 Franklin Street (the red building)

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Iain 604-446-4173

See y'all down there.  There will be a Texan of two down there fer sure!

Thursday, April 14, 2016


It's time to look at who gave you a great time, who contributed to our club, had the most fun with you, helped you out, and who seems to care more than anyone else you met or spent time with this year (2015 AGM to now) in the Pacific Ski Club.  Call or text anyone on our PSC 2016 Executive and give us their name and a little info on why you think they deserve it.  Award will be handed out at the AGM, May 26, 2016.
Next Club Night

Thursday April  21 - Toby's

Come on down.  We begin our PSC Membership Dirve for the spring of 2016.  Let's see if each of us can bring down just one friend, one skier/ snowboarder you met or ran into (ha, ha), fellow worker, or just drag someone off the street.  This membership drive goes until just before our AGM on May 26th, 2016.  Prizes will be awarded at the AGM.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Mt. Washington in Review

Mt. Washington – Review
To those who missed it, we hope you plan to come on one of these fabulous ski trips.  Our club, along with the organizers of the Victoria Alpine Ski Club, is listing many ski trips for our club members this ski season.  This was the three day bus tour to Mt. Washington. 
PSC members took the 3pm sailing out of Horseshoe Bay and arrived in Nanimo with time to spare.  As a result, we were instructed by our Victoria trip organizer to take all of the skis and baggage across the street from the terminal parking lot and sit in the more comfortable surroundings of the Miller’s Pub just a few minutes’ walk away.  25 minutes before the bus was to arrive, a frantic SMS text arrived: “The driver will only pick you up at the designated location, haul all of the baggage back! Please?”
10 minutes later, we had sucked back our beer, paid the bill and were we back at Arrivals in Departure Bay.  Thanks must be said to the local fellow who not only pointed to the pub but carried some of our bags both ways!!!
Anyone who has never been on a ski bus tour we have organized in the past will not know how much fun the party bus is.  Both Trevor and Sven bought out the guitars and most everyone in the bus joined in at one time or another.  The back of the bus never went silent for one second and the songs, chords, beer and beverages of choice flowed ‘like country wine’.
A well organized Maggie from the Victoria club had us form a chain gang and we hand-bagged the luggage off in record time, had the keys and rooms all set, and we were checked in in no time at all.  Some left for the pub, some hit the hot tub, most of us stayed in the rooms and then just continued the party with more songs, drinks with new friends or past acquaintances who partied most of the night.  Three hardy athletes stayed up until 3:30 in the morning and we out on the slopes skiing by 9:30am (not by choice).  We had been told it was 1 pm and it was time to get up.  Once out of bed at 8:45am, one may as well go skiing!!!
A few inches of new snow, winds kicking up gusts to 40km and snow blowing all day long meant we were in for winter conditions.  Most agree the -3 degrees and the past weeks +10 made it for boiler plate at the top and cruddy conditions in the early hours (not due to the lack of sleep).  The smart ones all came into the bar early (11am & four top to bottom runs) where we pounded back Caesars,  beer and jugs of water, had a relaxing lunch, and then hit the slopes in earnest just before 1pm.  What a difference an hour and ½ made.
Fresh powder, the slopes had improved 200% and not one of the group of (24?) skiers did not say the afternoon was fantastic.  Trevor had taken our group of PSCers on a tours earlier and had shown us the black run chairlift area.  We headed right up to that ‘experts only’ chair and the moment the rocks were not directly below the drop-off, we let our skis find the paths through the steep unmarked area.  The trees were just far enough apart that we did not have to use them to pivot on, and the snow had not been touched by skiers for days.  Untracked powder was everwhere we turned to.  On cliff had to be avoided, but the runs were incredible.  We even went to the left of the chair as I had noticed the rope which closed off that area did not go all the way over to the trees, so there was room to let ourselves though and we had 3 more runs down that side.  With the legs almost gone, we prudently head back to Ted’s Bar for Apre` skiing.
The hot tub, room parties and much more went on until 7pm, then it was Pot Luck in Room 312.  You would never find the kind of food brought in by Victoria and Pacific’s members in the best restaurant on the mountain.  It was superb, delicious, hot and way too much in volume, but hit the spot.  There was even dessert, if you still had room.  The beer and wine flowed.
At 9pm many of us who had already dressed up in 1970 era costumes walked the short distance down to Ted’s Bar for the Retro Evening.  At 9:30 the band began playing the old hits and many of us took to the dance floor, some members still recalling the great moves we did when dancing to the disco era tunes of the time.  I wore the real Blue Blocker glasses, had an original electric Labatts 1970s ‘t’ shirt, hippy cut bellbottom GWG jeans and a red bandana.  Bruce sported the yellow glasses YOKO ONO once wore, had a hippy shirt and looked cool.  Jennifer wore red.  There were many others: Maggie with her long eyelashes flowing hair tinged to suit the style and blue bandana, Jackie in her white furs, Viki with her hair wrapped in another hippy bandana with a 70’s blouse.  Yet, the crème de la crème was Richard, he had the original stripped bellbottom pants and the shirt to match which he claimed his mother gave him in 1970, but the glasses with the blue flashing lights made all of the crowd notice. 
Lots of good music, dancing and fun was had by all.  The real kicker was that Richard left before they announced the winner for best dressed male of the 70’s.  He had been named the winner.  As he was no longer around, it went the someone else, but who really cares, we were all cool hanging loose and ‘chillin’.
Sunday, the temperature rose to +3 but the rain held off until after we arrived in Nanimo just after 5pm so the skiing was actually great.  The crud on the runs of the previous day had softened up and you could ski anywhere you wanted without too much difficulty.  Most headed back to the hotel by 12:30, but we kept on the boards until the legs again said, “bar time”, and we either went and put our equipment away around 2pm or went directly to the bar, as I did.  The result of this executive decision was that I ended up being the last person on the bus, but we still left 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time of 3:30pm.
If you did not go on this trip, you missed one of the better bus ski parties and some great skiing.
Next ski trip leaves February 27th for Silver Star in Vernon, and then you can opt to join for the 4 days up to Revelstoke March 1 – 4th.
We also have a week long to Whistler March 13 – 18th and another ski trip to Legends in April. 
Check out the skiing on this PSC Web Site,
Sven, President PSC