The Waterville Valley ski trip was a huge success. We had cross country skiers, snowshoers, walkers, and downhill skiers.
At varying times we had fifty-four members of TOHG at the Silver Fox Inn. We filled 28 rooms out of a total of only 32, the goal next year is to fill the entire hotel with TOHG members.
A fun time was had by all, the weather did not quite co-operate with us, especially with the down hill skiers due to the fact that most days were somewhat overcast making for “flat light conditions”, but most of us skied many runs and well into the day.
Since the hotel does not have a liquor license we were able to have our favorite beverages in the gathering space as well as the restaurant.
We started the week of with a Pizza night on Sunday night for the skiers that arrived on Sunday since due to the International Ski Competition the hotel, could not accommodate all of us on Sunday.
Each day the hotel served us breakfast as well as dinner, with many items such as coffee, juice, muffins, bacon, sausages, eggs, and a number of additional hot items, for breakfast .
Dinner had a variety of entrees as well as vegetables not to mention delicious desserts, so no one went hungry and many of us will need to watch our weight in the next week or so.
Prior to dinner each night, we got together in the gathering space for snacks and our favorite beverages, at our après ski get-together
Most nights following dinner folks either gathered in the “living room” on the second floor, or for games on the third floor, that were always interesting, fun. and with lots of laughs.
There were lots of options for activities at Waterville during five days in the North Country—x-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even hiking! Some downhill skiers found our idea of fun so compelling that they decided to join us for a day.
The snowshoe group enthusiastically embraced a suggestion from Alan Ulrich to use the National Forest trails which require no trail pass. We traversed the Livermore Trail and several others in the northern part of the Nordic Center area.
Things you missed if you didn’t join us? Snow- shoeing across streams was no sweat for Anker L! The Mad River rushing along in headlong celebration of winter with snow- crowned rocks and snow-dusted trees. Not only that, you missed lunch at The Valley Pub!
The game of Balderdash in the evenings was a hoot! Do you know what a breastsummer is? No, not a group of busty German girls and not the time in Indian summer when young boys go into heat (two valiant guesses from our intrepid gamers). Look it up. It’s bound to enhance your life!