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Date: Mar 4-11, 2023
Trip Leader: Dennis McCann
Trip Assistant: Len Syzmanski
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Saturday dawned early and we had a Holmdel Ski Club reunion at Newark Airport at 5 AM.  Despite the early hour, all were in good spirits.  Dennis handed out the pink luggage tags by the United group check in.  Thanks to congenial and helpful United agents, the group check-in went smoothly.  We had enough time to get breakfast or get food for the plane.  Finally boarding our flight to Denver, we arrived late in Denver and had to hustle for our Boise connection.  Once we landed in Boise we collected our luggage and headed to the bus.  Our driver Kyle loaded the bus and we pushed off.  We made a stop for food and supplies and then we were off to Ketchum/Sun Valley.  We arrived at the Limelight, checked in, and checked out our rooms.  We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the accommodations.  At 7:00 PM we had an orientation sponsored by the hotel.  Complementary beer and other beverages were provided.  

Sun. 3/5

Heading down Sunday morning at 7 AM for the breakfast buffet we were happy to find that the food choices were diverse and the fresh fruit was a pleasant surprise.  The mountain had 4 to 8 inches of fresh powder on top of groomed trails.  Oh yes, if you wanted more powder, you could head into the trees or hit the ungroomed trails.  There were plenty of smile and Woo Hoos all day!

Mon. 3/6

We woke up and headed down to breakfast.  Once we were fed, we grabbed our skis and hopped on the hotel shuttle.  Ten minutes later and we were at the slopes.  A tough job but someone had to do it!  Well, what a choice:  Do I ski the groomed or seek the powder?  There was no wrong choice; why not just do both!

Tues. 3/7

The runs were many as the weekend crowd had dissipated.  Groomed runs and powder stashes abounded.  Looks like another Sun Valley day!

Wed. 3/8

We were gifted with more snow and more fun on the hill.  Ride the lift, ski down, repeat.  The club hosted a get-together later in the day at the Limelight.  Hors d’ovres and complimentary wine, beer or water were provided amid tales of heroic skiing.  Everyone was enjoying the trip.

Thurs. 3/9

The nice thing was that every day breakfast had different offerings so we could fuel the belly for the day’s antics.  More snow overnight made conditions amazing.  Groomed or powder?   Let the skis go where they have the most fun and pleasure.

Fri. 3/10

A serious snowstorm came in and left 18 to 24 inches in spots on the mountain.  A serious power day indeed!  Several people headed out for a day of floating on a cloud and miles of smiles.

Sat. 3/11

Well, all good things come to an end.  We were able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out by 8 AM.  The bus was to be loaded by 9 AM.  Our driver Kyle came up the night before and stayed at hotel in Ketchum so we managed to push off a little early.  We owe a big thank you to our most excellent bus driver.  Once we arrived at Boise Airport, the United check-in agents were very helpful and made the experience pleasant.  After a long day of travel, we arrived at Newark Airport.  It was a pleasant surprise that the luggage and skis arrived at baggage claim in short order., as we had some glitches with baggage claim in Boise the week before.  Time for goodbyes and see you next time. 

We would like to thank all the trip participants for their patience and kind words.  Thanks for skiing safely and for no injuries. 

See you next time!









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