Monday, March 17, 2008

ski trip 2008

I was going to start off this post by saying how we haven't gone on our annual ski trip in awhile. Well, it turns out "awhile" is 4 years, and before that, we had only done it 2 years running! So, I guess calling it our "annual" ski trip is a bit misleading.

Each of us has been to our fair share of BC ski resorts, but we never really went together. So, in 2003, we organized a group ski trip to Red Mountain in Rossland, BC. A group of 6 of us piled into a rented minivan and drove the 8 hours to Rossland. Five years seems like such a long time ago and I don't recall many details of the trip, but I recall that Red Mountain was an awesome ski resort - I would go back.

Missing from this photo is Rosanne, who was taking the picture

The following year, we decided that the 8 hour drive to Red was not far enough and we organized a trip to Fernie Ski Resort in Fernie, BC. This time, we rented a Yukon, and 7 of us piled into the mammoth vehicle for the 12 hour journey. There were 9 of us in total, but Josh and Mon went on their own, by way of Revelstoke, Josh's hometown.

I remember Fernie more clearly, perhaps because we pimped out our vacation a little more! Since there were more of us going, we were able to rent a chalet. It rocked. I remember Louanne going nuts over cream puffs and Kei locking Brian and I out of the house while we were in the hot tub. Bad move, Kei!

Though Fernie was a great mountain, I think the general consensus was that the 12 hour drive was a little much. As a testament to that, we actually have more photos of us in the Yukon than in our whole time in Fernie!

Jump ahead 4 years later to Ski Trip 2008. This time, we had 10 adults, 2 babies and a dog. My, how life changes. We went up to Silver Star Ski Resort in Vernon, BC in a 2 car caravan (no car rentals this time, since we all own houses now and need to keep travel expenses down!). Again, Josh and Mon (and baby Maddy) went separately by way of Revelstoke. We stayed at a ski-in, ski-out suite hotel called The Pinnacles.

Things started out a bit sketchy when they showed us our reserved suite. The suite was supposed to accommodate 8 to 10 people. Liezel explained that we had 10 adults, 2 babies and a dog and they said we would be fine for us. Well, a word to the wise - when a suite says "sleeps 8 to 10 people", it means that it sleeps 8 people comfortably and it WILL sleep 10 people, if you are all university students, are tight on cash and willing to compromise space. So, we complained, and for $10 per person per night more, we ended up in a suite that sleeps 17 people! NICE! Honestly, though, it was quite comfortable for our group, so I'm not sure how comfortable it would be for 17 people!

Silver Star was a great ski resort as well. We only hit the slopes for one day (possibly another casualty of 4 years passing!) and we BARELY got to cover the whole mountain. The snow conditions were not great in some areas and there was a bit too much traversing for snowboarders, but all in all, I would definitely try out Silver Star again.

Check out the rest of Liezel's photos in Flickr. Now, I hope we don't wait another 4 years to plan our next ski trip!


Yvette said...

Not too sure what that comment is about above. Please don't click it. I'm currently reviewing my blog settings so it doesn't happen again. Anyone know how I can delete it?

The Blommesteins said...

What a nice trip down memory lane. Thanks for posting it Yvette. I loved seeing the pictures. What a difference a couple of years make.