August 01, 2001
Paradise, but for Pesky Politicians
For some reason I was struck anew last week with just what a great
place this is. I don't know if it was triggered by a walk in the
luscious green smell following one of the weeks frequent showers or
having to mull over just what activity I would partake of each day, or
perhaps one of the numerous little things like the doe and her spotted
fawn that are hanging around just outside the window while I am typing
this. However every once and a while, I brush off my complacency, look
around and just go 'Wow'.
On a brighter note, the Canadian National Ski team is in town for some dry land training and I am told this is rather special as it is somewhat unusual for the men and women to be training together. They were apparently out for some mountain biking this morning and I have heard there were a few spectacular crashes. I guess one should expect that these folks don't head out for a laid back ride. I have no idea how these things are arranged, but I guess it isn't coincidence that they are operating out of the 'Kerrin Lee-Gartner Snow Creek Lodge' since Kerrin is a gold medal winning ex member of the team and her husband Max managed it until quite recently.
On the ski hill financial woes front, it seems the whole mess is heading towards a conclusion. There is a new financial backer and the court has approved their restructuring plan. The plan still must be approved by the creditors in mid August and many of them will come up significantly short. However the court appointed monitor claims they would be much worse off if the company were actually pushed into receivership. I should point out that the Fernie ski hill has been quite profitable, but its parent company suffered some indigestion after a fit of acquisition fever.