UCR goes downhill
By Don Lewtas, Ski Day event chair
All pictures by Hazel de Burgh
Mother nature provided an abundance of fresh snow at Osler Bluff Ski Club in the days leading up to the March 1 PCA-UCR Ski Day. This resulted in superb ski conditions at the Club and beautiful views on the trails with the evergreen trees weighted in white cover. It was a picture perfect winter wonderland for almost 30 PCA UCR members, family and guests who enjoyed a spectacular day. Participants showed a full range of skill levels from twoyear-old Luke Mestel, experiencing skiing for the first time, to black diamond experts. Some were dusting off their skies after a few years of hibernation. In particular, Helmut Brosz was riding his vintage Porsche-crested skies that dated back to when new 924s graced dealer showrooms. Fortunately we do not do tech inspections on ski equipment and he did not need to test the bindings’ release capabilities.
Hazel de Burgh, the official photographer for the day, did a superb job of capturing us in action and also at rest. The ladies who joined all had vibrant colours in their outfits and were undoubtedly the most stylish of the group in their parallel skiing form. The private club venue enabled us to get in lots of downhill time on the mountain as there were no lift lines. While the group skied essentially all the runs, the most popular were Gulch, the narrowest run on the mountain with its multiple banked tight radius “S” turns, and Laurie’s Bluff, the steepest pitch on the mountain. Those runs received multiple passes. There must be something with Porsche owners that attracts them to those runs. After a full day at Osler we retired to a nearby cabin for a warm fire, cold beer, wine and cheese and chatted about our wonderful day on the mountain and, of course, our Porsches.