Annual Crystal Mountain Ski Fellowship, March 10-11
TRIP POSTPONED DUE TO LOW SNOW LEVELS. NEW DATE TBD.
Attention BRC skiers/boarders/fellowship-fun aficionados! The welcome dusting of snow on the Cascades is a good omen, as well as a reminder that the annual Crystal Mountain Ski Fellowship will soon be upon us.
BRC members depart individually or in small groups late Tuesday afternoon, March 10, to arrive at the Crystal Mountain base area (1.5-2 hour drive from Bellevue’s CBD) between 5:00-7:00PM. Those wanting an extra day on the mountain can go up Tuesday morning. Those needing to do work Tuesday and Wednesday that cannot be done from laptops can still attend the evening event and leave after breakfast. It is that short of a drive and well worth the fellowship experience.
Happy hour, dinner, and games of chance/war stories Tuesday evening at the Enumclaw Ski Club Lodge are for everyone, snow riders and lodge loungers alike. Wednesday morning breakfast greets all, followed by skiers (Alpine and Nordic), boarders, and snow shoe explorers hitting the slopes and trails, and those catching up on a good book or email (good cell reception) relaxing at the lodge until time to join everyone for lunch on the mountain around 1:00PM. Some leave then, if not after breakfast, and some stay until 4:00PM Wednesday, at which time we head home.
This is one of the least expensive and most fun fellowships you will experience at Rotary, a perennial favorite for decades and a Red Badger must. (Newbies will not be taken on snipe hunts.) The event is open to BRC members, present and past, and their prospective member guests. If you have someone in the membership pipeline or someone you think might become interested in Rotary of he/she were to first be introduced to the fun side of fellowship, please extend the invitation to join us.
Participants not planning to ski need only enjoy the prospect of a warm overnight in a rustic lodge and sightseeing around the base area. If it is a clear day, a gondola pass may be purchased by non-skiers for one round-trip ticket to the top for a grand view of Mount Rainier and its glorious surrounding peaks, and perhaps for a beverage at the restaurant on top.
Past participants have ranged from non-skiers to experts, in addition to those who snowshoe or cross-country ski. For the last three years, we have had beginners and intermediates skiers elect to take single or group lessons in the morning, or just relaxed in the lodge, before joining the rest for lunch. When non-skiers are joining us for lunch, we generally gather at a restaurant at the base that can easily be walked to, The rustic and colorful Snorting Elk.
The cost of lodging, host gratuity, dinner, and breakfast generally runs between $50 to $75. The cost of lift tickets and your budget for games-of-chance are extra. Lift vouchers are sometimes made available at discounted prices by members who have Founders Club rights. Each participant is also expected to bring his/her own beverages of choice for the happy hour and dinner, and to contribute to the fuel costs if carpooling. However, if you have calls to make during the drive or want to get back sooner, the lodge is easy to find for first-timers traveling on their own.
Although I am confident that we will have sunshine and powder on ski day (mountain-time protocol trumps the 4 Way Test), do not let that be of concern. The fellowship objective is abundantly realized by the group in the gatherings for happy hour, dinner, games, breakfast, and lunch, as well as in the carpool travel each way. If the time on mountain together happens to be on a great ski day, as usually happens, we treat it as a bonus.
Please RSVP to Scott East now, even if you indicated earlier that you will be there.