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SKI TRIP DETAILS

Whistler 1 – Aspens (WB-1)
In: 2023 Fri Dec 01 Out: Mon Dec 04
3 nights
Accommodation: Aspens-on-Blackcomb
Ride share or U-Drive

We have booked 2-bedroom condos, 4 guests to a condo. All are fully equipped just like home,
except no food. Bring your own. There are outdoor pools and hot tubs – a blessing after a day on the hills!
Check it out:
                 https://www.vacasa.com/vacation-rentals/canada/Aspens-On-Blackcomb


We are a mixed-age group of enthusiastic skiers – some of us are hit-the-slopes-hard-and-fast, others are cruisers (me!)
and quite a few are  advanced intermediate or expert. What we have in common is that we love the mountains and
we love to have a good time.

If there is snow on the lower slopes you can ski down to the Blackcomb gondola. If not, take the free #5 bus
which stops up the street from Aspens-on-Blackcomb to Whistler village. Same bus going home.

We embrace the apres-ski culture of the resort. We can be found with our ski boots loosened, enjoying an
adult beverage in one of the many local watering spots – preferably one with live music. 

We host this trip year after year and it is popular. Even if one does not ski, it is a magical time to visit the resort.
It is lit up from one end to the other like a....well, like a Christmas tree. Happiness is in the air and good cheer
permeates the village.

Don’t miss out – book your trip today before the spots are all gone. Early Bird prices end at Midnight Nov. 03, 2023.

Looking forward to seeing you at a Social and on the hill!

-Craig H., Trip Coordinator/Director

For more information:  victoriaskiclub@gmail.com


The fine print:
Know before you go: 
before purchase, please take a few minutes to review our cancellation/
refund policies under the ‘Forms’ tab on the website.

"Trip Cancellation and Refund policy" and
"Trip Cancellation Policy COVID Addition"


Why? Because we pre-pay the accommodation providers and our ability to refund cancelled
spots on any trip is limited – unless we can re-sell that spot. We encourage guests to look at
buying private trip insurance as a safeguard.



Trip:  2024 Mt Washington

In:   Fri Jan 19   Out: Mon Jan 22  

3 nights

Accommodations: Deer Lodge (on the mountain)

Rideshare or U-Drive


Come join us on Mt. Washington for some skiing on the Island.  No ferry and only a 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive.  


Dear Lodge has fully equipped units with kitchens. The Lodge is on the mountain, so it's ski in/out.  If you hadn't heard it's a blast,
with a tail gate party/bar-b-que in the parking lot on one of the days after skiing.  Hopefully the lady with the best music is on the trip (Maggie),
and we will have a couple of fire pits going.  Don't wait to long to book your spot as it always sells out. 

Don’t miss out – book your trip today before the spots are all gone. Early Bird prices end at Midnight, Nov. 03, 2023.

Start thinking snow snow snow..... Terry C., Trip Coordinator, Director

For more information:  victoriaskiclub@gmail.com


The fine print:
Know before you go: before purchase, please take a few minutes to review our cancellation/ refund policies under the 'Forms' tab on our website.

"Trip Cancellation and Refund policy" and
"Trip Cancellation Policy COVID Addition"


Why? Because we pre-pay the accommodation providers and our ability to refund cancelled  spots on any trip is limited –                                                                                                unless we can re-sell that spot. We encourage guests to look at buying private trip insurance as a safeguard.









Trip:  2024 Sun Peaks, Kamloops
Accommodation: Woodhaven     https://woodhaven.traveleto.com/index.php
In: Mon. Feb 12  Out: Fri. Feb 16
4 nites
U-Drive or Ride Share.

Victoria Alpine Ski Club

Sun Peaks 2024

How much bluebird is too much bluebird?

After passing over Sun Peaks for a couple of years the club decided to run a `short interior trip’

to this great resort for the Winter 2024 season. Sixteen members came together from Feb 12

to Feb 16 for a 4-day, sun-filled break from the unseasonably warm coastal air that’s giving us

such a crappy ski season this year. Arrival day, Monday, local skiers and lucky visitors woke to

sunshine and 10 cm of new interior powder. While most of us arrived too late for fresh tracks,

from the evidence left behind and verbal reports this was one of the better days for Sun Peaks

this season. Four club members who had booked parallel accommodation starting on Sunday

caught the dump and were duly rewarded for arriving a few hours ahead of the main pack!

Tuesday morning dawned – sunny -- with a cooling trend setting in. On and off-piste was

superb right out of the gate that morning – none of this `let’s wait until it softens up’ nonsense

we typically deal with on the coast. There were plenty of little stashes around for fresh lines if

you took the time to look for them. Grooming at Sun Peaks is international-first-class with

plenty of blue and light-black corduroy that stood up to the relatively light skier load well into

the morning. Lunch in the Annex or at Crystal Lodge is popular for the brown baggers and the

cafeteria crowd alike. Temps start dropping at about 3pm when many areas fall into shade. By

3:30-ish most skiers were back at condos heading for the hot tub as the evening crept in.

Tuesday night was the trip potluck with the usual amazing spread of yummy dishes and

decadent treats – Ardene D.’s little squares were a personal highlight. The four club refugees

(Rob D., Mick T., Steven H. and Richard B.) joined us making it a solid 20-strong VASC party --

almost like the old days.

Sun Peaks is a big resort (second largest in Canada, with 4,300 skiable acres, compared to WB at

8100 acres). The relatively light guest load and simple layout makes it easy to keep big groups

together, join your pals for lunch, switch mountains, then switch again, and so on. Kind of the

opposite of WB. Our accommodation was again in the Woodhaven complex, fast becoming a

club favourite. These are well-maintained 3-story condos that comfortably sleep 8 or 9 (yes,

some upper bunks, but decent ones) and large outdoor hot tubs. Kitchens are spacious and

well-appointed. There are plenty of bathrooms and an actual laundry room which is handy for

those joining from longer tours or if the weather turns wet. If you didn’t get a chance to ride

Burfield chair this trip, make a note for next time as it is purported to be the longest

conventional chair in the world (https://liftblog.com/burfield-sun-peaks-bc/) at nearly 10,000

feet and 21 minutes to ride, bottom to top. And almost in our backyard, so to speak!

Wednesday dawned sunny again. Colder, at minus 13C for the early risers, but the dry interior

air and relative calm kept it comfortable. A few of us were getting hungry for more fresh lines,

but they were becoming harder to find three days after the last snowfall. A bit of boot packing

and snooping around by Harald R., Saurabh R., Leslie F. and yours-truly yielded some decent

lines up in Gil’s meadow and a neat little boot pack called ‘mid-mountain’ accessed through a

little hidey-hole at the bottom of Toilet Bowl (keeping things vague here, on purpose). Once

again, the grooming crew had worked their magic overnight so there was plenty for the

corduroy lovers and even the chopped up off-piste was decent and holding up in the cooler

temps.

Thursday. Another bluebird day darn-it! Cooler temps still; more boot packing and corduroy

shredding to be had well into the afternoon. A group that was on a longer Silver Star/Sun Peaks

mash-up left mid-day, but really didn’t miss anything new. Yes, more glorious sunshine, but

slowly deteriorating snow conditions (late afternoon in the shade on Three Bears and Peek-a-

Boo was downright icy). A warm and generous shared dinner at the ladies’ condo helped us

clear out excess food and trade stories as we started to pack up for the Friday departure.

Nobody lift-skied Friday, but Leslie F. and yours truly tried a little Nordic skiing before noon

checkout. I got bigtime payback from the Norse gods who must have heard me dissing crosscountry

on multiple occasions. Suffice it to say I fell more times in 2 hours of Nordic than a full

season of downhill. Seriously humbled, I am. Ouch.

Other than wounded pride, there were no substantial injuries this week, a happy trend on

recent trips. One exception: a kind of VASC own-goal affair where Donna K. tangled with Terry

C. just off Sunburst near the entrance to Caribou. Both walked away. Fingers crossed for

upcoming trips.

I want to thank all participants for taking the initiative to join the trip last Fall and for being so

easy-going during the week and throughout the lead-up to the event, our third trip of 5 this

season. Hope to see many of you at Red Mountain in a few weeks, Trip 4.

Chris B.

SunPeaks24 trip coordinator.





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Two possible scenarios from our Sun  Peaks trip:

1)  Happy Face:  I’m at Sun Peaks and there’s fresh powder
2)  Unhappy Face:  I waited too long and I missed my spot
                            
Be number #1.....Don't miss out - Early Bird price ends at Midnight, Nov. 03, 2023
-
 Chris B, Trip  Coordinator/Director:  
For more information:    victoriaskiclub@gmail.com 

The fine print:
Know before you go:
before purchaseplease take a few minutes to review our cancellation/ refund policies under the
Forms ’tab on our website.

"Trip Cancellation and Refund policy"
and
"Trip Cancellation Policy COVID Addition"


Why?  Because we pre-pay the accommodation providers and our ability to refund cancelled spots on any trip is limited – unless we can                                                                                                  re-sell that spot.                                                                                                                                      

We encourage guests to look at buying private trip insurance as a safeguard.







Trip: 2024 Red Mountain, Rossland, BC
IN:Fri Mar 08  OUT: Fri Mar 15
7 nights
Accommodation: 
Konayuki House     Ride Share or U-Drive

Early Bird price ends Midnight Nov 03, 2023
Trip Coordinators/Directors: Ardene R. & Trevor H.

Accommodation Description:

You can ski in to this gorgeous 4 bedroom home and it is only a one minute walk from the door to the slopes, The Konayuki House was designed                                      with every detail of your ski holiday in mind. And if your keen to stay during the beautiful summer months for some hiking or mountain biking,                                      this place has air conditioning throughout, a rarity in this town!

The kitchen, living, dining and games area is a sweeping open concept great room, opening to a heated deck with BBQand hot tub. Featuring                                       two master bedrooms, each with beautiful ensuite bathrooms and two more bedrooms with 7 twin beds, this home sleeps people comfortably.                                        There are four parking spots, one in the single car garage so you don’t have to clean your car off in the mornings and to keep your gear secure                                          and three parking spots in the driveway

Source:http://mountaintown.ciirus.com/details.aspx?PropertyID=364335


Sound sweet, doesn't it? Spots are limited and won't last long so don't wait too long to make up your mind!

For more info: victoriaskiclub@gmail.com

The fine print

Know before you go: before purchasing a VASC trip, please take a few minutes to review our cancellation/ refund policies under the Forms tab on the website.

"Trip Cancellation and Refund policy" and
"Trip Cancellation Policy COVID Addition"

Why? Because we pre-pay the accommodation providers and our ability to refund cancelled spots on any trip is limited – unless we can re-sell that spot                                                                        We encourage guests to look at buying private trip insurance as a safeguard.





Trip:  2024 WB-2  Legends @ Whistler

IN:  Wed Apr 03   OUT: Mon Apr 08                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
nights

Accommodation:  Legends Hotel

Ride Share or U-Drive

Trip Coordinator/Director:  Craig H.

Early Bird price ends Midnight Nov 03, 2023                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The 2nd Whistler-Blackcomb trip is at Legends, home of the best and one of the largest hot tubs in Whistler- Blackcomb!  This is a popular trip that ends                          

the Club's ski season.  The weather can be nice, which is great for spring skiing.


Don't wait too long to sign up, and the trip often sells out.  This winter, we're staying 5 nights at Legends.  We may have a potluck dinner one evening.                              Otherwise, there are lots of restaurants in the Village.  If eating out isn't your thing, all the kitchens are fully equipped.  So, there are options! 

We look forward to seeing you!

Donna K.,  2023-24 President & Communications Coordinator

For more information:   victoriaskiclub@gmail.com

The fine print
Know before you go: before purchasing a VASC trip, please take a few minutes to review our cancellation/ refund policies under the Forms’ tab on the website.

"Trip Cancellation and Refund policy"
and
"Trip Cancellation Policy COVID Addition"

Why? Because we pre-pay the accommodation providers and our ability to refund cancelled spots on any trip is limited – unless we can re-sell that spot                                                                        We encourage guests to look at buying private trip insurance as a safeguard.


We look forward to your company!

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