PROBUS SKI LEGENDS was the brainchild of Dan Braniff, of Blue Mountain Men’s Probus Club, who, in 1997, realized there were many in the Collingwood area whose partners were no longer skiing, and who would ski if they had compatible buddies. Dan was quickly joined by an enthusiastic team of Jim Hamilton, Gary Adams, Ron Harding, Stan Holba, Gord Hanson (all from Blue Mountain Probus), and because they needed female input, Kathy Kilgour. Their mantra was, and still is, “no one should have to ski alone”. The concept took wings, and within a year there were representatives from each area Probus Clubs on the co-ordinating committee. Currently there are 20 Legends members on the volunteer management team, representing 11 area Probus Clubs.
Initially we met at South Base Lodge, but Stan Holba was able to negotiate “guest privileges” for us at Toronto Ski Club – a long standing arrangement that is still in place. We encourage Legends to take their coffee breaks about 10.30 at Central Base Lodge. Our members are issued Legends stickers for their helmets and skis, and we are thus readily recognizable on the lifts and at coffee breaks – remember – no one should ski alone.
Through the travel expertise of Ron Harding, and the efforts of Gord Hanson, our first SKI TRIP was planned in 1998, to Sun Peaks. Gord continued, through Merit Travel, yearly trips to the Canadian West, U.S.A. and Europe until the spring of 2010, when John Lash took over as trip organizer. Our largest trip had 72 Legends and friends going to Sun Peaks! We have tried to offer at least 3 trips a year, and this season, under our new Ski Trip organizers, Ken Birse, we will offer at Least 4, again through Lisa Dost at Merit Travel.
It was quickly evident that Legends was a SOCIAL group, who loved to get together. Toronto Ski Club became our base, and has been a wonderful host for our activities. At TSC we have a BREAKFAST early January which is FREE to Legends members, we have a DINNER DANCE featuring Louis Lefaive and his Kings of Swing in late January, and a LUNCHEON/APRES SKI with with entertainment late February. We annually have our season kick off at SKIIS & BIIKES early December, with a Wine and Cheese reception and Shopping Extravaganza. Skiis & Biikes offers us a 20% Discount that night, and 15% off for the remainder of the ski season.
Members asked us to arrange access to Private Ski Clubs, and so we offer SKI DAYS at Devils Glen, Alpine, Craigleith, Osler Bluff, and Georgian Peaks.