Now that the Christmas and New Year’s frenzy is behind us we can get back to doing what we do best, skiing and socializing. We could however use a little help from Mother Nature in directing more snow our way as we launch into 2014. The group rain dance at the June AGM proved highly successful (the rain did not stop for 10 weeks). We may need to repeat our efforts to see if we can make it snow.
We have had some real fun already this ski season. The Charles Elliott’s 100th birthday bash was an event that will be remembered by those that were there and experienced the magic. Charles, elegant as ever, skiing down through the honor guard of Gray Wolves members that lined Susan’s run in tribute to him and all he has done for skiing, brought a lump in everybody’s throat. We all shared Charles’ joy as he was inducted as an honorary member of the US Ski Team and presented with his team jacket. The day concluded with a champagne toast, pot luck lunch, cake, a wonderful speech by Charles on his sometimes rocky relationship with skiing and the presentation of a plaque, designed by Mary Gamache, that will be on permanent display at Base Camp. Thanks in part to Bob Hite’s excellent video; the event went global and viral. The video can be seen by accessing the link attached to this newsletter or on the Wolf Creek web site (click on the Bullwheel link). I would like to thank Davey and Rosanne Pitcher for helping to make the day special for Charles and to all those who worked tirelessly to plan and coordinate this event.
The Christmas Party was held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and brought together 150 of our members to eat, drink, sing and dance our way into Christmas. I would like to thank Tim and Laura Moore for providing their beautiful venue and Mike Hayward (Santa) for donating his time and spinning the tunes that got everybody up and dancing. Thanks also to those who helped set up and clean up after the event.
Coming up we have a full plate of activities planned.
The second in our series of ski and snowboard clinics is coming up on Tuesday 7th January. These clinics are in collaboration with the ski area and we had a great turn out for the first clinic in December, with most participants indicating they would be back for the January installment. One of the joys of skiing and boarding is that there is always something new to learn. These clinics will be held every month for the remainder of the season.
On the 14th of January we have our first subsidized luncheon in concert with our Red Solo Cup Day. If you ever wondered, as I often do, how many different ways there are to use red solo cups as a decorative piece, then this event is for you. Also mark your calendars for Pajama Day and Mardi Gras later in the season. See this newsletter for more details.
We will also be continuing with our popular Gray Wolves Theater night with the next performance being “Boeing Boeing” on January 18. See this newsletter for further details. We will provide additional information on other upcoming live performances.
I would encourage members who would like to organize events through the club, particularly skiing and social events, to contact your board with your suggestions. We can only ever be as good as our member’s willingness to participate, so we would love to hear from you.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming year and hope that the snow is plentiful and the joy of skiing and boarding unbridled.