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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 - THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, December 31, 1971 Western Canada offers five Fun runs attract more skiers By TONY SLOAN Everybody enjoys a fun run. A fun run is that rare trail where the novice can work his way clown with a measure of confidence and control, the intermediate skier parallels it, and the expert soars down with the effortless grace of a hawk in Hie wind. Many facors combine to tab a trail as a fun run: intermediate class terrain with a steep pitch or two for variety; consistent snow conditions; outstanding scenery; good tree shelter. But ail fun runs have one intangible in common . . . they're downright friendly and they do wonders for your ego. Canada has over 60 major ski areas ranging from the towering Coastal Range of British Cilumbia on the west coast to the iron mountains of remote Labrador. Each would undoubtedly lay claim to a classic run but here are the. kind of trails in Western Canada that turn the majority of skiers on and make winter my favorite time of year: GREAT WHITE WAY This aptly named run is ac- tually a vast sloping roof that stretches right up to the Continental Divide at Sunshine Village, high above Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. It's completely above timberline, and the total lack of reference points destroys perspective, leaving a disoriented, "spacad cut" sensation, particularly for Eastern skiers on their initial run. Once adjusted, you can traverse for half a mile or wander at will over a 20 degree expanse of some of the most consistent and skiable snow on the continent. PARADISE "Paradise" is at the top of the second lift and just below the summit of Marmot Peak in the Canadian Rockies near Jasper,.. Alberta. Paradfee is the name of a run stalling up in the snow-bowl of Marmot Basin and winding down into the lodge-pole pine forests and the upper base lodge. On the left a gentle meandering slope called the Basin Run and on the right a testy little knee-snapper tabbed the "iShowoff", provide a complete across-the-board choice of terrain with that high and dry. Rocky Mountain snow to help yiu enjoy it. Marmot's Paradise may very well be as close to heaven as many skiers will ever get. THE BIG DIPPER Two miles of Okanagan Valley powder, the Big Dipper is the main thoroughfare to fun and thrills at Silver Star - 16 miles "up" from the winter carnival city of Vernon, British Columbia. The top pitch off the chair is cause for caution for the less accomplished skier. The Dipper drops off briefly before it becomes a series of stepped slopes and then roller coasters all the way. Ski "the dipper" during carnival time (February 5-14). British Columbia's Okanagan Valley has a semi-tropical climate and you need that mid-winter chill even in the high mountains to make the Okanagan powder really fluff up. March, on the other hand, offers a great tan but the Dipper doesn't sparkle quite the same in that balmy spring weather. FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS The new chair and expansion plans at Fairmont this year will turn this formerly pint-sized picture ski area of British Columbia's East Kootenays into a major winter resort area. Carved out of the pon-derosa pine forests of the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain range, the lodge and hot springs are just a few seconds off Highway 45, 90 miles north of Kimberley. The new terrain will be added to the bottom of the existing runs. Take it from the top and there's a choice of three wide, rolling and dipping sweeps that allow you to cruise all over the place with a sharp pitch here and there just to keep you alert. Once you have the lay of the land, take the wind in your teeth and come down in long looping turns . . . just enough to make that dry silvery stuff fly up and sparkle in the morning sun. The runs will be twice as long in 71-72, so have fun. THE OLYMPIC TRAIL The Olympic Trail is the easy way down Garibaldi's Wilis tier Mountain, 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. The run is six miles long and drops 4,250 vertical feet. Not only is it Canada's biggest fun run, but it has the largest vertical drop in North America outside of helicopter skiing. The Olympic run starts abiut a mile above timberline at the top of the green chair. The first two miles have a gradual grade, with mild bumps that reflect a skier's technique like a full length mirror. The next three miles pass through evergreen forest -yellow cedar, balsam, and alpine fir - before emerging once again into open slope skiing on the timbered-off area near the valley floor. The run ends at the gravel pit, 2Vi miles from the base lodge, where a shuttle bus service takes you back to the gondola. The Olympic is ego-skiing all the way. For more information about Canada's many ski areas, contact the Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 150 Kent Street, Ottawa. WINTERTIME WALK IN THE WOODS - Take your back pack, your children and your dog for a refreshing wintertime walk in the woods-on skis. Cross country skiing is popular again and there are trails aplenty in Canada's ski areas all across the country. -(Canadian Government Travel Bureau Photo) Menu for Arctic Games March 6-11 Moose meat and muktiik WHITEHOflSE, Yukon -Moose meat and muktuk may be on the menu when northern cultures and lifestyles are presented in a variety of special events being organized for the 1972 Arctic Winter Games. The games will be held in the Yukon capital of Whitehorse March 6 to 11. They include 96 events in a dozen sports, with competitors coming from Alaska, Arctic Quebec, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory. Since its inception and the Always aloha, coming or going By ROBERT SCOTT MILNE Hawaii's warm welcome for visitors is so well known that the word aloha has entered most languages. Hawaii's warmest, truest, loveliest welcome is for people arriving by ship. Whether you're arriving in Honolulu after a 5-day cruise from California, or after 40 days of sailing to Bora Bora, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Niuafo'ou, and Pago Pago -Oahu becomes visible a little after dawn. The isaind grows from a smudge on the horizon until the rising sun gilds the crown of clouds around the Pali peaks, (doming from the east, you see Makapuu Point, all angles and a flat tip, then the languorous reclining lion that is Koko Head. Everyone joyfully recognizes Diamond Head, and as tall hotels are seen fringing the beach, the kamaainas are deluged with questions from the malihinis. "Is that the Royal Ha- Brush up on words Hawaiian Glossary. Aloha means "love" and the word is used in greeting, farewell, or expressing love of any kind between people. Kamaiina is a long-time resident of the Hawaiian Islands or someone born there. Maliluui .is a newcomer. The Ala Mo?roa is a major boulevard between Honolulu and Waikiki. Ewa is a town west of Honolulu, and ewa means in the direr-tion of Ewa, as waikiki means in the dfrection of Waikiki - on these mountainous islands the main directions are mauka, meaning toward the mountains, and makai, meaning toward the sea, and the uncapi-talized names of towns in both directions from where you are. Cheesecake is-you don't know what cheesecake is? Haole is an old Hawaiian word that originally meant foreigner, but now means Caucasian. Lei is a wreath of flowers worn around the neck and always acknowledged with a kiss. waiian?" "Where's WailriM?" "What's the Ala Moana?" "My friend says his house is just ewa of Wilhelmina Rise-what does that mean?" The ship slows and feels strangely still, but excitement rises as the tall Aloha Tower Is pointed out. Tugs approach to guide the ship toward the passenger pier at the base of the tower. Someone with binoculars says be sees people waving from the top of Aloha Tower. Reporters and photographers jump from the tug to climb aboard the ship. Passengers swirl around as photographers pose celebrities at the rail - cheescake remains in fashion. Some local bigwigs who wangled their way aboard the tug arrive at the upper deck of the ship. They place huge luxurious leis around the necks of arriving friends and collect the obligatory kiss. Attention is diverted again to the water where muscular dark boys are diving from small boats for coins - silver dollars get the most attention. The boys are all kinds - Hawaiian, Japanese, haole, Chinese, Portuguese-mostly mix ed. Promptly at 9 a.m. the ship is alongside the pier, the lines heaved and made fast to huge i bollards. Flashbulbs flicker in the shadow of the pier build-] ings. Greetings are shouted from the eager crowd on the pier and streamers are tossed back and forth. The ship's passengers are colorfully dressed, but the kamaiinas on the pier are a riot of gaudy plumage. Gangplanks slide into place and the crowds of ship people and shore people commingle in happy chaos. Joyous laughter rings, liappy tears flow. Soon the arriving passengfrs are identifiable by their leis. If no one is meeting you, you walk out of the pier and find yourself in the middle of downtown Honolulu. Lei sellers - mostly very large dark ladies -line the sidewalk. So you buy a lei, put it on to proclaim yourself in step, and walk on into Honolulu in the midst of Hawaii's loveliest aloha. The ships of American President, Mitsui-OSK, Orient Overseas, Pacific Far East, and P and O Lines call at Hawaii regularly, whichever one you travel with, the aloha is memorable both at arrivals and at sailings. first games at Yellowknife in 1970, the festival has included special events as an integral part of its function. Each area contributes to the program. The moose meat and muktuk are part of an ^innovation for the 1972 games - a northern'! food booth. It is expected to include such things as dried whitefish and lake trout, smoked salmon, Alaska king crab, dried caribou, smoked moose, seaweed, eulachon grease, reindeer sausage and possibly some canned items like whale meat or wild berries. REAL GET-TOGETHER "Sparce populations, scattered over vast distances limit the opportunities available to northerners for getting acquainted," says Special Events Co-ordinator Lois Keating, "And the games are ideal for bringing together and showing at least some of the diverse cultures and lifestyles of the north." The northern food booth is just one item on a long list of northern exhibits, shows and demonstrations being worked on by Mrs. Keating and the special events committees. Displays of northern art and photography, clothing and crafts are being planned, along with demonstrations of native sports and handicraft construction. Other events include Eskimo and Indian dances, di'Eimatizaition of an Eskimo legend, a vaudeville show, a can-can competition and a continuous film showing with northern subject matter. Tortoise jewelry popular NASSAU, Bahamas - Handcrafted arts of the Bahamas are known world-wide. Bahamian straw goods, carvings and the like are international symbols. One of the most unique local arts, however, the manufacture of tortoise jewelry, is perhaps the most highly polished, literally and figuratively speaking, of all Bahamian handicrafts. Of the many local aits and crafts featured in Nassau, Freeport and the Out Islands, this jewelry ranks as one of the most popular items with visitors and residents alike. Deceptively simple in appearance, the finished product must go through a series of vigorous buffing and grinding stages before it takes on the familiar satin finish responsible for its popularity. ANCIENT ART The suitability of bamboo tools and bamboo fibres for making paper was demonstrated manv -centuries ago by Chinese artisans. - For All in 1972 from . BILL ANDREACHUK Assistant Advertising Manager RTISING DEPARTMENT Ring out the old, ring in I'he new! The New Year is a time for happiness, a time to renew friendships and a time to wish you, our loyal customers and friends, every success possible! ROY MILES Advertising Manager DONNA LEAVITT BETTY LOU KAMMA KEN KENNON D^lay Arfve:tiY g Representative BETTY JEAN SULLIVAN CLASSIFIED DEPT. SUPERVISOR julie McMillan Advert!* ng "BRICK" BEI.I Dispatch^Dept. LORNE GRAY Display Advertising Representative ROBB SLOAN Display Advertising Representative KEN PRICE Display Adveitiling Representative ;