Discovering Memories: A Journey Through an Old Ottawa Ski Club Magazine

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by The Local
April 28, 2023
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Today, I found myself in search of inspiration and excitement. As I was browsing online, I stumbled upon an old magazine that caught my attention. I was immediately intrigued and eager to explore its contents.

As a lover of skiing, I was overjoyed to discover that the magazine featured an article about the Ottawa Ski Club. Memories of snowy slopes and thrilling adventures flooded my mind, and I couldn't wait to delve deeper into the article.

Although I wasn't physically in a store, the excitement of the search was still present. I was on a mission to uncover any piece of information that could connect me to my past. And as I read through the article, I felt a rush of emotions – nostalgia, excitement, and a sense of belonging.

Skiing has always held a special place in my heart. It's more than just a sport – it's a way of life. The joy and freedom that come with gliding down the slopes are unparalleled, and I am grateful for every moment that I've spent in the snow.

The 1966 Midget Racing Season opened on Sunday, January 9. This programme is designed for children who are members of the Ottawa Ski Club, and who have not reached their thirteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year. Three familiar faces, who have been a valuable part of Midget Racjng at the Ottawa Ski Club for the past few years, will be missed. Craig and Em Campbell are now living in Montreal, while Maurice Clayton will devote more of his time to other Ottawa Ski Club projects. It is hoped that we can again count on the help and co-operation of the competitor's parents. A controversial situation involving the use of tow facilities for Midget competitors for Zone races at Camp Fortune, as well as other ski ·centres has now been settled. All area operators have agreed that each racer will be assessed the sum of $1.00, which will permit full use of tows before, during, and after the race. Beginning this year, the racing numbers for all alpine events will be issued at the Ottawa Ski Club office, which is located in the basement of Alexander's Lodge. Formerly numbers were handed out at Cassell Lodge. Competitors and their parents are reminded that a telephone entry is required for all Alpine races.

As I continued to read, my eyes were drawn to a beautiful picture of the '66 Ski Club team, split into two pieces. The image was of low quality, but it didn't matter – the essence of the moment was captured perfectly. The team was smiling, proud and united, standing tall and strong against the snow.

My heart swelled with emotion as I looked at the picture. It was a reminder of a time when life was simpler, and skiing was everything.

As I gazed upon the image and read through the article, I was struck by the realization that life's true beauty lies in the moments we cherish. Those fleeting yet precious moments that define us, shape us and stay with us forever.

The memories we make are the very essence of our being, etched into our hearts and minds with a permanence that time cannot erode. And for me, the love of skiing is among those cherished moments that I will always hold close to my soul.

With a deep passion for computer engineering, I've decided to channel this passion into restoring and combining the images, preserving these treasured moments for generations to come. Here is the (far from perfect) result and below I managed to find all the names:

Back row (left to right)- Barry Bryant, George Gowling Jr., John Mason, Duane Hess, John Hartin, Chris Skene, Don Swift, Alex McDougall, Rooney Hodgins, Frank Macintyre, Ken Meikle, Paul Bemiquez.
Front row (left to right)- Bill Hodgins, Don Clark, Mary McLennan, Doug Ward (Asst. Director), Peter Sneyd (Asst. Manager), John Hanna (Director and Manager), Rolly Lachaine (Asst. Director), Judy Anderson, Rene Rickenbacker, Max McClellan.

Just a bonus for all the Camp Fortune lovers,

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