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  • January 2014

  • Glen BolesThose of you who know Glen will be interested to learn he has been honoured by his home town for a life of mountaineering and for service to Cochrane.

    Whitehorn Lodge Many people remember the lodge when it was vital to the operation of the mountain. Before the construction of Lodge of the Ten Peaks, Whitehorn Lodge was packed with skiers during lunch time. Just out the door and the double poma lifts would take skiers to the top of Eagle. Renovations have been made to transform it.

    Philosophy of Hosting VisitorsWhen approaching our task, first start with the end in mind. What are we trying to accomplish. What should we discuss to set up an enjoyable conversation and adapt ourselves to the group.

    News from RobCoordinatorss Report

    Grizzly Bear InfoUse some of this information to entertain your guests.

    New YearsAgain, Ski Friends participated in the New Years Eve party at the hill.

    Contents

    Page 5 Honours Whitehorn Lodge Page 7

    Page 10 Executive NewsPage 3 Philosophy

    Page 4 Grizziy Sleep

    Page 1

    Page 11 New Years

  • ContentsThe grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) is a circumpolar mammal and a subspecies of brown bear (Ursus arctos) that migrated from Eurasia approximately 50,000 years ago. The grizzly appellation is due to the gray or white hair which gives them a grizzled appearance. Grizzlies are also nicknamed silvertip for the silvery, grizzly sheen in the fur. Colour can be white and blond to shades of brown and black. Besides a large size and a nose more bluntly shaped than a black bear, the distinctive feature is a hump over the front withers. Visitors unfamiliar with the two species have difficulty distinguishing between the two but with a few sightings identification becomes easy.

    Visitors to the ski area, summer or winter, are fascinated by bears and particularly by grizzly bears. And bears are fascinated by Europeans. Tucking into a little Mediterranean cuisine keeps bears healthy and, oh so satisfied. (Bears do not believe in the 100 mile diet.) Adding a certain

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    Cochrane has recognized Glen Bowles for a lifetime of service and achievement. The Glen Bowles riverside trail terminates with a view of the Rockies- a fitting tribute. I discovered that Glen is my kind of guy. He loves real adventure while others think an all inclusive with swim up bar to be adventure. Rather than getting up

    to put a towel on a beach lounger, Glen would already be ascending a trail while burdened with a climbing pack. All his life is filled with his love of adventure and with his passion for nature. Follow his example. Dont wait for retirement.

    If you know Glen, read more on page 3

    Honours for Glen Boles

    AMAZING VIEWS: The ski area is on the least rocky of the area mountains(all right in early season they area seems as rocky) and we get to gaze in wonder at the spectacular 360 views of the areas truly rocky mountains

    LIPALIAN MOUNTAIN: The Larch ski area where the first skiing in the area occurred and where the first rope tow ski lift was located.

    BASE LODGES AT THE LAKE LOUISE SKI AREA: Two of four area lodges- Great Divide Lodge on the right and Whiskey Jack Lodge on the left.

    SKI FRIENDS

    LAKE LOUISE SKI FRIENDS JANUARY 2014

    JP Gagnon- photographer

    JP Gagnon- photographer

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  • by Jan Gehrke

    We talk about them. They are a true and unending resource when the subject is themselves. Questions I use:

    I like to find out what brought them here, what they had heard about Lake Louise, Canadian resorts, the Rockies, Canada.

    This gives lots of opportunity to add pieces of fact, knowledge and interest bits that add to what they already know.

    Where they like to ski and what their best ski holiday has been?

    I have them describe what made the holiday so good and why the area is so memorable. I can add some common experiences if I have been there; thats fine common ground to share. If not, I have them tell me what made it so good. If they tell me it was the never-ending runs at Vail I can introduce the idea that we have some comparable terrain and when we ski Outer limits to the bottom, we have some background established to have them remember us. Pika, around, down, up to Lookout, down, up to upper Meadows and to the bottom via Deer Run and Wiwaxy is a remarkable distance for upper beginner skiers. There is so much conversation food here that in a morning tour you may never get past their history of great ski holidays. Thats ok, skiers travel to have new experiences on new terrain to meet new people and to talk about their past. I remind them of their present holiday with identification of our landmarks, how they represent our history, why our natural environment is protected the conversation is endless and connected on each chair ride.

    Where they are staying while they are here?

    Its a great opening for making suggestions about what to see and do after the ski day, restaurants they might enjoy, other activities they might enjoy if they take a ski day off.

    What they do besides ski?

    This is really helpful if a beginner, intermediate skier is having trouble and you can relate their other sport or interest and tie in some comparables. ie. If they love to ride a bike, you have to stay square with the road to get anywhere, same theory applies to skiing, stay square with the mountain to make progress. If they are quite sedentary, your tour is going to honour that; pace, distance, stopping time, frequency and duration.

    Talking about what they love about their place somehow makes them feel warmer and more comfortable in our place. This is especially true if we are sincerely interested. I sometimes feel as though I have gone there in conversation. What a bonus to travel the world and never leave my own ski place!!!

    I think you get the gist. We dont have to have our place stripped down to facts, dates and geology. We do have to have good general knowledge to share so that our wait times have interest, is timely and doesnt last too long. (Lake Louise means more when you are looking at it from Paradise lift top, you can see its glacier feed, appreciate the CPRs history of building, note the Divide, talk about roadways railways etc.)

    I want them to have a sense of our appreciation of their visit. I want them to go away knowing more about our place through their experience of it more than from my chatter about it. I want them to remember us for our true hospitality. They are more than skiers, they are individuals with a wealth of personal history. I like to tap that and have them feel as though they have really been here, body,mind and spirit.

    Small talk with Strangers (future friends)

    1.

    Where are you staying

    2.

    Is your weather different

    3.

    Was the bus crowded

    4.

    Are you with friends

    5.

    What runs this morning

    6.

    How did you travel here

    7.

    How is the food

    8.

    Did you hire a car

    7.

    FROM THE EDITORSPeople love to talk about their favourite subject: themselves. Travel has good and bad experiences and if it happened in the last couple of days, you have your topic. The closer to the present the better. Life trivia seems like forgettable nonsense to most people, but to the person involved; what has happened in the recent past is important. Everyone has a life story and we have to find out what that story is.

    Questions

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    Destination: Lake Louise

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  • cachet to Canada, these mythical creatures of native lore are part of our wilderness mystique. Europeans have not had encounters with bears for a long time if one discounts the odd bear in a zoo. When a bear nicknamed Bruno wandered into Austria a few years ago, it was reported on the international media but his tenure was tenuous and in a few weeks hunters took care of that. So much for wilderness in most of Europe (and they complain about seals). Europeans do not meet -nor want to meet bears- and with few wild bears in Europe the result is European hiking trails are crowded like Riley Park on a sunny summer day. We have bears to thank for keeping the backcountry quiet and sparsely populated. Yeah for bears. As Ski Friends we deal with those curious but timidly cautious Europeans who travel in winter to avoid bears encounters of the bad kind. Travelling in winter makes Euros feel safe because bears hibernate: but not so. Bears do not truly hibernate. They are only dormant in a winter sleep; the metabolic rate and body temperature are not low enough for hibernation. Picking up a true hibernator (ground squirrel) will not arouse or disturb the animal. Try that with a bear. Volunteers? Since bears only winter sleep it is possible to be out and about in the back country and see tracks during a warm spell. Also not a good idea to crawl into their den and give them a swift kick in the butt. They will wake up and could be grouchy. Certain husbands dont like to be awakened that way either. Rock Garden and Elevator Shaft are possible den areas for grizzlies. When touring through Rock Garden ask visitors to talk softly and when they ask why, tell them they may be (or ARE) standing on top of a sleeping grizzly. It focusses attention. After that they will be happy to travel in the middle of the herd.

    A nordic trail in the Pipestone area west of the area boundary and visible from Windy Gap is closed this season due to a female grizzly denned in the vicinity. When skiers travel near a den, the sow may be disturbed which could affect the survival of next seasons cubs. Besides, who wants to meet two to four inch curved claws attached to a distraught 400 to 800 lb. boar or a 300 to 440