What if your new husband said, "Let's go to the middle of snow-covered Nowhere, B.C. for a honeymoon." Then stay two years before going back home to Norway, but only long enough to pack up the house to move back?
A few things have changed in the four decades it?s been operational but one thing has stayed the same. Murray Ridge started out operated by the non-profit Fort St. James Ski Club and it still is today with the mandate to offer affordable skiing to the local population - and anyone else who happens to stop by.
You're Canadian. You have rear-wheel drive or all-season tires and you know how to handle a vehicle on snow and ice, thank you very much. These are just some of the common reasons drivers don't put winter tires on their vehicles.
You can almost hear the Frank Sinatra tunes, hearkening back to an early, more pleasant time of flying as you walk onto the tarmac and step into the prop plane, waving to the pilot before finding your seat.
Wouldn't it be cool to fly around looking for the perfect slope to cut some ski trails? Pretty impossible now but back in the late 1950s a local pilot, Al Linkiwich, flew over the Red Deer River Valley, east of the city of Red Deer looking for that perfect spot.
Skiing down Marmot Run on a clear day, you'd be forgiven for thinking that little has changed in over half a century since Marmot Basin Ski Area (then called Marmot Basin Ski-Lifts Ltd) officially launched operation in Jasper National Park in 1964.