The Carmichael family has just returned from a fantastic ski week hosted by Clan
Carmichael USA President Arthur Carmichael. Arthur organized a fun weekend of snowboarding,
skiing, sledding and tobogganing based around his Lodge at Lake Tahoe. And boy did
the snow fall! In fact there was so much snow Arthur actually got stuck but we all
got there in the end! Three generations of the Carmichael family from Scotland attended
this event and it was a great opportunity to ski and party with Carmichaels from
all over the US.
The weekend started on Friday with a get together at Carmichael Lodge on the banks
of Lake Tahoe. Arthur and his family served a wonderful meal. The wine, whisky and
conversation flowed late into the night as everyone caught up.
Saturday was the first day after the storm and the Carmichael’s from Scotland were
keen to get out there and enjoy the fresh powder. Alpine Meadows was the chosen
ski resort. Mike Carmichael and his family were up early and headed up to the slopes
closely followed by the Carmichaels from Scotland. The snow was immense and a great
day was had by all. We even managed to find an incredible double black diamond run
called ‘Art’s Knob’ which Richard and Andrew tackled with intrepidation. At lunchtime
the non skiers in the Clan group arrived up at the day lodge at Alpine Meadows to
soak in the ski and snowboarding atmosphere. Arthur headed back to the Lodge to
collect Terri who had been putting Fraser (3rd generation potential Carmichael Chief)
to bed. This was incredibly kind of him as this was the only day that the Carmichael’s
from Scotland were going to be able to all ski together. Thank you Art! Jean and
Jeaney looked after Fraser while the Scottish contingent skied and enjoyed the spectacular
snow. After a long hard day of great snow and slopes we all headed back to the Lodge
for showers and festivities.
That evening after Arthur’s customary 5pm cocktails the important business of the
Clan Carmichael USA meeting began. This was a relaxed affair in front of a roaring
fire place with Richard, Patricia and Andrew all present. Chief Richard wore his
kilt for the occasion specially brought over in his ski bag! The discussion was
fast paced and covered off much Clan Carmichael USA business including an interesting
debate about the use of social networking sites and how we best approach this as
Mike Carmichael cooked a delicious Beef Fillet on the BBQ that evening and braved
the freezing temperatures to do so. It was cooked to perfection! We kept his glass
well topped up to keep him going! This was a great evening which allowed everyone
to catch up in a relaxed atmosphere.
The next day (Sunday) was another awesome ski day and Terri and Andrew decided to
head to nearby Homewood to catch the morning snow. Richard and Patricia and Fraser
stayed at Carmichael Lodge to say goodbye to those that were departing and indulge
in Art's world famous 'Orange Julep' breakfast. Everyone gathered at
the Lodge and there was again much feasting followed by some snow play and tobogganing.
Some of the group departed around lunchtime on Sunday to head back to various parts
of the US however around 10 of the group decided to go to the nearby Sunnyside Restaurant
for a delicious final meal that evening. After the meal goodbyes were said and the
weekend was officially over.
The Carmichaels from Scotland stayed on at Tahoe for another week and had some amazing
ski days. In the short time we were there we managed to ski Northstar, Squaw Valley,
Homewood, Alpine Meadows and Diamond Peak. Lake Tahoe is truly a wonderful playground
for snow lovers and we would like to thank Arthur and his family for organizing
such a wonderful get together and having us to stay at both his home in San Jose
and at Tahoe.
It was agreed by all that attended that more events such as this should be planned
for the future to bring Clan members together to have fun and inspire the next generation
to become interesting in the Clan. We very much hope that we will see you at next
meeting wherever it may be. More photos and commentary will be posted as it becomes
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