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X/C Ski in Beautiful British Columbia
  Feb 27 (Sun) – March 6 (Sun), 2005

Advanced Beginner to Expert
Leader: Craig Denson
Coordinator: Jackie Gray
858-270-3828 or jackpots@speakeasy.net (preferred)
Estimated cost: $1725 - $2085 depending on room choice and exchange rate.

We’ll be flying on United Air, from San Diego early Sunday morning and arriving in Vancouver in the early afternoon. Our return flight will have us back in San Diego about 7:30PM, the following Sunday.

We’ll be met at the airport and transported to Whistler for 4 nights at Alpine Chalet, a cozy B&B in the Alta Vista area. Explore their site at www.whistlerinn.com. Our breakfasts will be prepared for us here and are included in the cost. Lunches and dinners will be the skier’s responsibility. It is about a 20-minute walk into the village from our lodge. There is a bus service that runs from 5:30 AM to 3AM, and the fare is $1.50. You can read about Whistler at www.mywhistler.com.

When in Whistler, we’ll be doing some lift skiing and looking for ways into the backcountry. Ability to get up and down hills without difficulty is prerequisite. Style and panache are optional. Last season, a one-day lift ticket was 52 US$ (not included).

On our fifth day we will be transported to Callahan Back-Country Lodge’s staging area. We will be met there, by the Callahan snow-coach or snowmobile. It takes about 1.5 hrs by snow coach or 1 hr by snowmobile. Explore their site at www.callaghancountry.com. All of our meals will be prepared for us here and are included in the cost. We will be encouraged to ski from the warming hut at Alexander Falls to the Lodge – it is a 12.5 km (7.8 miles) trail, which gains about 560m (1,837’) in elevation. They will take all of our gear in for us, and leave us to enjoy the tranquility of the majestic old-growth forest as we kick & glide our way to the lodge.

I can assure you that Craig has been studying the maps and is planning some great backcountry adventures for us. He will be leading intermediate trips. There are extensive track-set, cross-country trails near both places, for those desiring to set a different pace. But please be aware this will be a leaderless choice.

The room selection is complicated, so I will attempt to explain in another message for those interested. It looks like we can have a maximum of 15 people, so if you want to join us, please get back to me soon. Don’t send money yet, but once the room selection has been explained, the rooms will be given out (your choice) based on payment in full.

This is a Chapter fund-raiser and also includes an incentive (discount) for the leaders.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, ask me and I will include the answer (assuming I can find it) in the next group mailing.

Thanks,
Jackie

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