Our experience with PVS ski trips has been uniformly good, but some have greater challenges than others. This one narrowly missed being a disaster and forever changed the way that the club sanctions trips!

It all started out ok. Historic Sun Valley had been on mine and Jim's to-do list for some time so when PVS approved a trip there we enthusiastically signed up. We were to be staying at the grand Sun Valley Lodge, made famous by decades of Hollywood glamor. (It has recently been completely revamped.) A great group of friends had signed up and we eagerly awaited the departure date.

As the departure neared, however, we heard nothing from the trip leader. No schedules, no plane tickets (remember those?), no nothing. She didn't return phone calls. We began calling around to our fellow travelers and they hadn't heard anything either. Finally the weekend before departure, two of our group went to the leader's apartment. There was no answer and they worried about a potential death. They approached the building manager with their concerns and he agreed to open the apartment to check. Fortunately there was no death, but it turned out that, unknown to us, the trip leader was an alcoholic and had gone on a bender due to the stress of managing the trip. Having led a ski trip, we can testify that it really is stressful! Thankfully our friends were able to ascertain that she had in fact completed all the heavy lifting of making the preliminary arrangements, so they were able to collect all the contact information, tickets, etc. We departed on schedule and were happy to find transportation and hotel rooms waiting for us at the other end!

The woman who had planned the trip before falling off the wagon eventually drifted away from the club and we lost touch. It was very sad because she was a delightful person. I hope she has done well in the years since.

After the cliff-hanger beginning it turned out to be a fine trip thanks to our friends who took the initiative to investigate. Forever after PVS ski trips have required TWO trip leaders for each trip so that there is always a backup in case of emergency.

There are only a few pictures that have migrated online. I know there are more somewhere and will add them as they turn up.

Sun Valley

It was not a great snow year, but there was enough on the main slopes to make for good skiing.

Hot pool

The Sun Valley Lodge doesn't have a hot tub: it has a hot POOL. Actually more than one, but we stayed in the one attached to the hotel.

There was bar service at the pool so it was possible to soak and sip.

Sun Valley Skiers

A few of our intrepid band. L-R: Shirley, Jim, Mary Jane & Nat.

Nat was the savior who pulled the trip together at the eleventh hour.

Check out the 1990s rear-entry boots! Jim and I never fell for that craze, but many people still mourn them.

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