So the ski season has ended for RAL on Labour Day. Given that there was still plenty of upper mountain snow under normal conditions the lifts would have continued to operate for a bit longer but nothing is normal this year or indeed last.
The summer program for the Gondola and Cafeteria will commence on the 3rd of December.
For our part the lodge will be available for use over summer if there is a trained club member and generally the required minimum of four adults. If interested, you will need to contact . This is the only contact method as the duty booking officer could be any of three.
Once again Murray will be manning the lodge for ‘Summer Lodge’ From Boxing Day on for at least a week and up to three weeks depending on demand. No bookings will be required, instead participants will need to contact the lodge at 078923874 the evening prior to confirm that you will be attending to make sure that there will be space available.
The only payment option for ‘Summer Lodge ‘will be online banking and you will need to show Murray proof of payment on arrival. Guidance will be given if you are unsure of the payment method.
A very big thank you must go to Andy who has done an incredible job and is now retiring from Booking duties. Andy has led the booking team through some very trying times with two seasons breaking up the usual flow of bookings because of the covid situation. To be fair to everyone Andy has stuck to the booking rules to ensure a smooth operation for all the punters and the lodge leaders.
On a sad note, we have had two members of our club pass away recently.
Peter has been a big lodge supporter and has been involved with the construction of the lodge and up to recently has been with us on the Lodge club ski weeks with his wife Beverly.
Pete has been a long friend and helped during hard times with the lodge. Over the past few years while he was struggling with his illness Pete has encouraged others during working parties to help him paint all the interior walls of the lodge with the intention of completing the lounge and dining room which were partially completed.
Pete has also been with us on the club ski weeks with his wife Judy.
Pete was involved with many of our clubs tramping, climbing and ski trips and had a role as gear custodian more than 10 years.
There just is not enough space in this article to cover Peter and Pete’s achievements as long-term members with the club and the Lodge. Our thoughts go to their families. Rest in Peace Peter and Pete.