By Jorene Chai from Feb 5, 2023

Freezing temperatures on the record did not stop us this weekend to head up to the lodge! 19 of us were up for the freezing weekend but we made the most of it. As a new staff-in-training, I got to peer behind the scenes of what it took to make a trip successful. There were reunions all around: former club presidents Linda and Phil met again for the first time after Linda moved south to Florida and long-time friends Janice and Wendy were elated to get onto a bus trip again.

Saturday morning started off with -20 degrees. Many resorts in the area reported that lifts were thawing and were not in operation until later in the day. We waited with bated breath; Blythe and new guest Tehila decided to relax at the Sugarbush spa while Phil and guests Nancy and Luther decided to brave the cold to get on the first chair. The rest of us were at the lodge and Janice made a call to Blueberry Lake and we had a new option for the rest of the afternoon – snowshoeing! Linnea, Shawn, Janice, Wendy and I snowshoed 4 miles around Blueberry Lake and before we dropped Johanne off at Sugarbush to work on conquering some moguls. Trip leader Amy and her twin boys Thomas and Thaddeus kept the lodge cozy for our return! The evening was delightful as usual with a mini birthday celebration for former club president Phil, which also marked his 26th year with the club! Guests and members relaxed by the fireplace before retiring for the evening.

We were hopeful for a good day on Sunday but were met with unexpected news – Killington lost power. The lodges were affected and lifts had delayed openings. But nothing was going to stop us from a balmy day on the slopes. We made the most of lifts that were open; a big thank you to trip leader Amy’s flexibility, our bus driver Sam’s dexterity and the amazing crew who joined the trip this weekend. Lifts did start opening up throughout the day! Tehlia started her first of three ski lessons at the ski school and guest Luther dominated the slopes with over 35 miles covered. Shawn, Linnea, Phil, Wendy, Janice and Luke skied to their hearts content while Nancy shredded the slopes and even coached some beginner snowboarders!

There is never a dull moment with Miramar ski club. Wait no more and sign up for a trip today!

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