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President's Message for November

30 Nov 2023 6:00 PM | Gelandesprung Web Architect (Administrator)

November's Newsletter (click here)

Piette’s Post


Happy November everyone.  I have two favorite times of the year for outdoor fun.  Clearly May through October can be great for cycling, golf and other outdoor activities.  Most of that is over, but ski season will be here in about a month.  In my view, there is no better sport than skiing and boarding in the mountains.  I treasure the time I spend with friends skiing the best runs in the Rocky Mountains.   Local skiing is great too.  As I write this, local ski areas are about a month away from opening.  I intend to be Granite Peak weekly throughout the winter to strengthen my legs and refine my skills.

For me, now is the time to get ready by visiting the YMCA.  I was reminded today that the first day in spin class after a six-month hiatus is the hardest part.  But it is a part of the price of being ready to ski throughout the day at our trip to Big White January 26 to February 3.  Long ago, I used to train for a few weeks before a trip.  For whatever reason, it seems to take three months these days, maybe because I am over 55 years old this year.

Our trip to Big White has grown beyond our initial limit of 64.  We still have limited room available for anyone that would like to join us.  Big White is far from the coast and is in the region of Canada that is known for great snow throughout the season.  And the price for the trip is as low as you are likely to see again, given the inflation we continue to experience.

We announced the trip to Searchmont (near from March 22 to March 24, at the Fall Banquet.  Searchmont has been a favorite weekend destination for Gelandesprung for a long time.   I am happy to share that the owners have made great improvements to the lift systems since our last trip.  Searchmont now features three triple lifts and one quad.  The terrain is very good and the area is known for getting significant lake effect snow.  There is also Nordic skiing is also available.  The trip is open for signup.  See the flyer in the newsletter.

Our Christmas party will be on December 12 this year.  Similar to recent years, we will have a buffet and ask for a small donation to help cover the cost.  Please review the information in the newsletter and RSVP to attend. 

I hope to see you December 12, at our Christmas Party.

Tom Piette


GELANDESPRUNG MEANING ge·län·de·sprung a jump, usually over an obstacle, in which one plants both poles in the snow in advance of the skis, bends close to the ground, and propels oneself chiefly by the use of the poles.

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