A look back at Winter Sports 2014-15
Last season’s snowshoeing program developed along similar lines as the previous season with more outings and smaller groups. There were 37 outings and 470 participants.
Many leaders gave generously of their time and efforts. They are very much appreciated. Special mention goes to Robin Burch for leading 2 evening outings and the first Tennessee Cookhouse outing.
There were several special outings: the Chuckster Fest brought to you by Chuck Bailey; the outing and lunch at the elegant Game Creek Club by Patsy Rowe; the ever popular Arrowhead Yurt by Linda Hryckowian; the longest running annual Gore Creek Celebration snowshoe (more than 10 years) by Abby Dixon; the Bellyache Ridge snowshoe and delectable lunch by Marcia and Tom McCalden.
First time leaders are especially appreciated and they are: Ed Smith, Ed Spivak, Sue Mitchell, Eric Noreen, Suzi Hill, Sue Clark, Jim Yager, Ann & Sandy Faison, Joyce Chizmadia.
Our two annual meetings were well attended and very enjoyable. The start of the season planning brunch was at the house of Pam and Jim Crine. The end of the season Leaders Appreciation dinner was at the house of Angela and Steve Penrose. We are very thankful to our hosts.
Audre and I are very pleased to have served as your snowshoe coordinators for two seasons. For next season, Paul Chapman has graciously accepted the responsibility of being the coordinator.
Wow! It was one great Downhill Ski season; we had a wonderful mix of Powder, Sun, Parties and Special Events. For almost the whole ski season we had great ski conditions, especially if you compare Vail/Beaver Creek to the rest of the country.
The Season started very strong with Gary Blamire leading the first day of skiing at Vail on November 21th. It was a spectacular powder day.
On December 2nd we had our Leader Signup Party with the other VC50 snow groups at the Eagle Vail Pavilion. We also had new club members participate so as to learn about the different winter activities. Thanks to Judd and Gretchen Babcock for organizing the Downhill Leader Signup.
Our first official ski day was Tuesday December 9th at Vail and December 13th at Beaver Creek. The conditions were amazing at Vail for early December as the Back Bowls had just recently opened.
We continued to meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Vail with an Après Ski follow-up at Sarah’s bar at the Christiana Lodge. And on Saturdays we continued to meet at Beaver Creek. This happened for the rest of the season through the end of March.
I want to say thank you to all the volunteers that lead each of the five groups; Double Black, Single Black, Black Blue Bumpers, Black Blue Cruisers and Blue for each of our ski days. There are just too many leaders to name specifically, but without you volunteering we would not be able to enjoy the mountain as much. Thank you for all your efforts and participation.
This season we initiated a new program for all of you that like to sleep in or avoid the hard snow late in the season. On January 6th at Vail, we started the Latte Group (Late Morning) on Tuesday and Thursday, it was successful new program as on most days we had 10 to 15 skiers participating.
This was one the better years for special events. The events were not official Vail Club 50 events but as they happened during the ski season many of us club members participated as volunteers or just plain participants. We had two wonderful World Cup Ski races, the first a standard World Cup race December 5th thru the 7th and the second one, a World Cup Championship, February 4th through the 15th. Both races had great weather so they were a fun time for everyone. On March 21st was the Pink Vail Event, where we had many Vail Club 50 members participate in the Judd/Gretchen Group. We had one of the highest dollar amounts donated to the Pink Vail cause.
Also this season we had some wonderful picnics and parties. On March 26th we had our annual Spring Picnic at the Wildwood Deck. We had great weather with wonderful views looking out over to the Holy Cross Mountain with too much food and drink. On April 8th we had the Ski Leaders Party at our rental house at Singletree to say thank you all the leaders for the wonderful job they did this season. On April 19th we ended the party season with an End of Season Picnic at Sarge’s at Mid Vail where again we had too much food!
I want to finish with a remembrance of our dear friend Manny Batista who we lost to a fatal heart attack this season on February 3rd, while he was skiing with the club on the Highline trail. Mannie loved skiing and Vail with a passion so many of us share and we will miss him very much.
—Mike Murawka, Downhill Skiing Chair
The plentiful snow early in the season this year, beckoned both seasoned skiers and many who were new to the sport.
With thanks to expertise of long-time local XC ski afficionado, Lee Rimel, many questions were answered about which ski for what terrain. Lee also joined our first outing on Homestake Peak road to demonstrate several XC ski techniques. Thanks Lee!
The unseasonably warm weather in February and March limited trips later in the season, nonetheless, our dedicated trip leaders led adventures when possible taking skiers into some of Colorado’s most beautiful terrain. Whether skiing in a snowstorm or basking in the sunshine, skiers old and new were able to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the backcountry.
A huge shout-out to our XC ski leaders all of whom volunteer to lead trips year after year!
—Nancy and Hap Young, XC/Backcountry Ski Chairs