On February 25th, 2017, the newly formed Bellingham fleet of 505’s organized a ski day at Mt Baker followed by a social evening of après ski drinks, food, and hot tubbing hosted Jim Holstine and family at their place at Lake Samish.
Our ski hosts at Baker, Lee Laney and Mike Powell, set up the event with three rendezvous times to ensure that we could do some socializing and not just scatter all over the mountain.
The first gathering was in the parking lot to start the day at 0830. About 15 keeners (see photo) made the first rendezvous to get some good warmup tracks on the soft corduroy.
The fleet got separated after a few runs and some went off looking for steeper and deeper while others continued to explore and cruise the groomed trails. Over the next few hours, we were joined by some late starters.
The second gathering was at a lodge for lunch near mid-day. The crowd that came together at lunch was now 24.
The Bellingham fleet made the Canadians feel welcome on “their local hill”. Canada was represented by Kitsilano sailors Fred and Peter Grimm, Phil Cragg and Cynthia Des Brisay and myself. We also had Jeff Boyd from eastern Canada (along with his buddy Gord Boyd).
After a leisurely lunch, the group of 24 started out again. There was some splitting of the fleet owing to different objectives. That was okay, because of the scheduled 3rd rendezvous for Après ski fun off the hill would bring most people back together for more socializing and seas/ski stories.
The weather at Mt Baker ski area wasn’t too bad, overcast and cool, with reasonable visibility. There was lots of snow, some of it untracked; the crowds were light at the lift lines. The back country adjacent to the patrolled ski area looked very inviting. Bringing back country gear next time certainly is in order to take advantage to the huge terrain outside the ropes. Both Lee and Mike indicated that they would be keen to show off the huge ski areas outside the ropes for those who want to come back for more. (we are planning to go back and take advantage of their local knowledge) Some had to leave the hill early, but the keeners skied to the end of the day, getting last rides on a few of the lifts.
After a short drive from the mountain to Lake Samish, most of the group re-convened at the lovely home of Jim Holstine. It was supposed to be a bring your own affair, but our hosts really went to town preparing a couple dozen homemade pizzas and providing local keg beer. In the midst of all this, Jim organized a model sail boat building competition where materials were supplied and races were held in his swimming pool (industrial fans providing the wind).
The word on the street is that this was a great event and likely to happen again.
Well done Bellingham Fleet!