I needed to get up to the hill to bring a few prizes for the Ottawa Masters Ladies’ Night. Arrived as most skiers were heading out; I sat there in the bar not necessarily motivated into buying a ticket for a few runs at Vorlage, especially that I skied last night a few kilometers away at Edelweiss. Gary asked me if I had my camera like last year’s Ladies’ Night, but I had too much on my mind.
It was a great pleasure to see Andy at the hill. Fellow Masters skiers, fastest Ski Patrol in Western Quebec plus we skied together in Chile back in 2007 (El Colorado, Termas de Chillan and Portillo). He wasn’t racing, he feel asleep at the wheel in Northern Quebec and had a pretty crash. I believe he broke his neck among other things; I remember seeing his FB pictures in a Hospital and full neck brace. Anyhow, he going a lot better and can move his neck slowly. Amazing enough, although he’s a risk taken, I’ve always seen him and advocate helmets — except tonight. He has been on my case of few times. He had forgotten his helmet and goggles. Of course, he wasn’t racing, he had also brought his telemark skis.
The Canadiens-Bruins game was on TV and the Habs were taking really well…F*ck it, I don’t want to watch hockey, especially after the lockout, I decided to get suited and get out. I was down enough about work, didn’t need to get down about hockey also. I walked out the beautiful Vorlage chalet at 8pm and heading to the car to get my skis and walked to the other side across the frozen parking. Instead of to the lift, I walked to the bottom of the course. Ended up talking at the bottom, then at the top.
The terrain at the bottom of the course and around the green chair was a series with molts with frozen rivers running everywhere. It was pretty ugly to negotiate.
Surprising enough, the surfaces were soft with the few flakes falling. I was happy that I went out; many people were out. Great turnout with 57 racers. Probably a record turnout for Ladies with 17. I did a few runs on Lookout after the race before skiing down the Golden Trail which is nice straight cross mountain traverse towards the main lodge and bar.
Ladies Night includes numerous great prizes for the Ladies : ski passes, spa tickets, vouchers, etc. One price was draw for the entire group; a pair of ticket for an Ottawa Senators game. The person that won never stays for draws, some people were disappointed when he was actually there when his name was called out.
We get Vorlage to open the bar for us; they could make so much money as people with long lineup for beer. They ran out of beer last year.