How can I say what this past weekend was like? We were inside a happy kaleidoscope – the kind that has millions of coloured crystalline shapes on a brilliant white background. When you tumble the tube the images are always familiar and beautiful, yet never once the same.
We were treated to a surfeit of sun, snow and fun, and primo back woods conditions. There was a lot of laughter and no one choked; much playing with sticks and no one cried. Skis were broken yet not one leg. Several people even jumped into the deep end after a humungous lunch – and did not drown. Some just came along for the gallop and never once growled. What more can one ask for!
Our weekend community included expert and beginning tele-skiers, adventurous backwoods snowshoe-ers, photographers, singers, musicians, vinophiles, foodheads, sensible canines, and our wonderful local community of friends and neighbors who contribute and participate in so many ways. An Olympic finish line was provided by the afternoon sun-worshippers on Saturday who cheered home the (s)wet and weary as they skittered the last few yards towards the sauna and beer kegs…..
Snowflea Telefest is privileged to have great sponsors who provide good swag for the raffle and prize awards (serious stuff – such as gear bags and packs, apparel, equipment, ski tickets, waxes, packs, and head lamps). Thanks to Dave Robinson at Mountain Equipment Co-op in Toronto. Thank you to our local independent sports store owners here in Sault Ste. Marie who go far beyond retail in their mandate to provide support for people who love to be active in the great outdoors. Chris Theriault at The Duke of Windsor Sport Shop, Brad Phaneuf at Algoma Bicycle Company, Jan Roubal of Velorution, and Dan Missere at Searchmont Resort all kindly support our telemark ski festival. Please visit these folks if you are in town – they are a wealth of information and enthusiasm.
Thanks to SCB Skier and Conor Mihell for their recent article about Snowflea – and the wonderful photos that Tarmo Poldmaa always makes available as needed. You only become a legend in your own mind if you have visual reminders to jog the memories! We will post a new photo gallery soon to mark the weekend.
We enjoyed music Saturday night from The Rick Charbonneau Band, Coppermine, Devin Creagh, Scapegoat, and Kelly McGillivray. Thanks for the tunes!
And last but definitely first, thanks to the friends who against all odds (and even with some odds) continue to come out and play in the backwoods of Algoma. We wouldn’t do it without you!
…the challenge goes out – please post your highlights here on the blog …. lowlights welcome too!