Thursday, January 19, 2012

Change of Pace

   During the time I lived in Fayetteville, NY I  was a frequent skier at Toggenburg.    Tog is a small area with great management and very friendly people.   Yesterday I had a chance to ski there after my dental appointment in Fayetteville and my breakfast in Chittenango with the ROMEO's (Retired Older Men Eating Out) from the Fayetteville United Methodist Church.
   It was nice to be welcomed by a cordial staff and received a free season pass as a 70+ skier.   Yes, there are really ski areas like Toggenburg that are that kind to tough old geezer skiers.   It was a cold, windy, snowy and foggy day.   A couple of inches of new snow on the firm granular surface ameliorated the bumpiness from the previous day's rain.   For some reason my goggles kept fogging on the inside.  Probably from the previous wet ski day on Tuesday at Greek Peak.   Toggenburg has a great restaurant aptly named The Foggy Goggle.    Especially appropriate for my situation.
    Another welcome surprise at Toggenburg was a new double chair installation over the summer.   It was one of the smoothest chair rides I have ever had.   The lift attendants are pros at loading.   No whacks in the back of the legs.   There were other improvements in the entrances to the lodge and as usual the food was excellent and reasonably priced.
The Toggenburg Restaurant
New Lift in the Foreground
    After a vigorous morning of skiing I enjoyed a delicious cup of chili while chatting with ski patrollers Walt Shepard and Tom Boyle.    Both patrollers are decades long patrollers at Tog.   They filled me in on changes in management and the fate of many of the geezer skiers I got to know from 2004 to 2008.   After a brief afternoon on the slopes it was time to head home enjoying the change of pace at a different ski area after 26 days at Greek Peak.   It will be fun to organize a visit to Toggenburg  by the Tough Old Geezer Skiers at Greek Peak.   Not as exciting as going west.  But you can't beat the convenience and the price!

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