Summer just passed and what a challenge it has been with the pandemic and social distancing to say nothing of the many parks and businesses being closed much of the time. Yet, we entered the summer with a lovely camping weekend up at Manning Park, staying at both Lightning Lake and Cold Stream on the last weekend in June. Our monthly meetings were cancelled during the summer and we have postponed both our Annual General Meeting and our 45th Anniversary. These will be held once it is again safe to hold larger gatherings for these special events, hopefully in the spring of 2021.
We have found a new location to hold out monthly meetings as Toby’s permanently closed its doors. This had been in the cards prior to the Health Ministry bringing in the shut down in mid-March. You may recall, I had posted a St. Patrick’s Day event at The Pint, our new location in Vancouver, for the 17th, but the bars were being closed and that event had to be cancelled.
On the 3rd Thursday of September, the 17th to be exact, our ski club was 45 years old, and we did hold an informal meeting at our new location, The Pint Public House, 455 Abbott Street. It was nice to see several past members and a few of our current members trade stories, and we are looking at moving forward as the 2020/21 ski season is fast approaching.
Our Annual Golf Tournament saw 14 golfers out on the Delta Golf and Country Club where the light rain stopped just as our group began to tee off. After this enjoyable day on the fairways and greens, two more PSC members joined us at a back yard garden BBQ whereat Bruce, our veritable chef, made both burgers and hot dogs for the lots. Complimented with several bottles of Worthington wine from Sven’s private stock, it was a wonderful evening.
To add to the golf tournament, I must thank Richard and Allyson whose company, John Henry’s Resort and Marina, donated four great bottles of wine, Bruce Chadwick for his donation of golf hats, and Anon Von Stefan, for donating most of the food. As well, we need to thank our members for buying the Mulligans which helped pay for a small amount of the prizes and brought us over the top. We actually made a very small profit this year.
We ended the summer with some members heading off to Whistler, Pemberton, Merritt and the Okanagan before teaming up in Keremeos for the Labour Day Long weekend. Various members from both the Victoria Alpine Ski Club and the Pacific Ski Club spent the weekend cycling, touring the many local wineries and purchasing their stock, swimming in the local rivers, taking in a round of golf at Twin Lakes Golf Course, reading a book, playing an instrument, touring Penticton and Osoyoos, enjoying cocktail hour, and the open air dinners. Luckily, the smoke from the fires in the Okanagan and down in the US never came up our way until the day we left. It was a wonderful way to end the summer.
We already have booked the Banff Aspen Lodge for our 2021 Banff week-long trip, and are currently taking $200.00 deposits for this trip. The dates, posted almost a year ago, are January 29th to February 5th, 2021. With the uncertainty regarding flying, the executive have changed this into a U-drive trip. This ensures you are ‘in your comfort zone’ with those who accompany you to Banff, remain in your ‘bubble’ with each room having only two members, and the skiing will be regulated by the health ministry to ensure our safety is maintained. Remember, you must be a VASC or PSC member to book on all ski trips.
We are also looking at a few weekend trips (2 or 3 nights) to Whistler / Blackcomb so all of us are able to use our passes, many left over from the early closure of Whistler, March 14th, 2020. Also on the winter outdoor agenda will be local ski nights at either Cyprus or Mt. Seymour and snow showing at Hollyburn Ridge and Mt. Seymour, dates to be posted on our web site. Again, membership for these excursions will be a requirement of participation. You can certainly bring a non-member guest onto the local mountains and encourage them to join our ski club. The more the merrier.