Over the final weekend of February, over one hundred Boothies descended upon Whistler Blackcomb Resort in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for 96 straight hours of shredding and celebrating our glorious ability to take an international ski vacation in the middle of winter quarter. Appearances were made by skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Beginners turned into intermediates. Intermediates turned into experts. Experts turned into professionals. And everyone turned into heroes.
The gnar-shredding was epic, the poutine consumption was excessive, and the dancing was sensual. As the largest ski resort in North America with 8,171 acres, Whistler Blackcomb offered Boothies an immense amount and variety of terrain to conquer. "No gnar was left un-shredded," commented second year and active BSSC member Tim Bechtold.
Bonds unlike any others made at Booth were formed on the dance floors over the course of four wonderful nights. "I've never witnessed Boothies move with such passion and grace on the dance floor,” co-chair Adi Slifer reported overhearing in the gondola lift line on Sunday morning. The first of two themed parties, "Jock Jams," paid tribute to the sports anthems of the ‘80s and ‘90s and provoked a significant amount of athleticism from the Boothies. The second, "Fab Five," put the teamwork of each condo to the test, prompting each to dress up in coordination with a theme of their choosing. Best Dressed Condo was awarded to Trump and his Mexican Wall, with honorable mention to the Corn Stalks.
Boothies were determined to explore both Whistler and Blackcomb Villages and covered substantial ground over the course of the weekend. In just four days, the Booth group held ten social events at eight unique event venues, each of which was well attended. One highlight was the radical performance from the legendary Hairfarmers, a local Whistler band, at Friday’s après-ski event.
Special shout-outs go to: Cristin Garry and squad for driving from Vancouver in an over-sized commercial vehicle, Brian Roscitt for assuming the indispensable role of sleeve monster, James Wallace for the most creative dance maneuver of the weekend, and Brian Keenan for an epic midnight voyage to Seattle airport.
Although hangovers and immediate onset nostalgia were severe, thankfully the trip concluded in good spirits, with zero injuries and 100% of Boothies re-admitted into the USA.