GeoLand Ski Day 2005

Title: GeoLand Ski Day
Publication: The Outcrop, May 2005, p. 10-12

All of those who participated in the GeoLand Ski Day this year had a great time. On March 4th, two new European-style coaches stocked with food and beverages were used to comfortably carry a very eager group of skiers to Beaver Creek Resort.

It was a perfect day for skiing, boarding and socializing with fellow geologists, landmen, and other oil industry professionals. This year’s group was one of the largest we’ve had in some time with over 120 registrants. It was the first time this annual event has gone to Beaver Creek, which gave everyone the opportunity to ski the “Birds of Prey” terrain and such trails as Goshawk, Peregrine, and the world championship downhill racecourse on Golden Eagle. The mountain had some of its best conditions of the year with over 60 inches of base snow and a day of bright sunshine to enjoy carving up your favorite trail. The bumps on Zoom Room and Harrier were in fine shape for those who dared to test out their last knee surgery. Those not so brave could just go cruising with wide open giant slalom turns in the well-groomed Larkspur Bowl. Either way you were sure to work up an appetite for our renowned Après Ski Party and award ceremony.

This year’s beautiful weather allowed us to have a party on the patio at the Beaver Creek Chop House restaurant located right at the base of the ski area. Several lucky participants won door prizes and special awards for such things as being a late registrant for the last three years running.

The buses departed at 5:00 p.m. for a smooth and relaxing ride back to Denver with Warren Miller extreme skiing films playing on the video screens. This year’s trip was hosted by both the RMAG and DAPL. Chris Gough was Chairman for the RMAG and John Obourn was chairman for the DAPL. Also, a special thanks to Tim Engel and Robin Benko for all your help.

Thanks to the sponsors listed below who make this annual event possible. Some companies sent groups of 10-12 people. This is a good way of meeting with other industry professionals as well as having a great time.

Hope to see you on the slopes again next year!