The Mountain Guides Ball (MGB) is an annual gala event of The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) that brings together the mountain community to celebrate our mountain culture and raise funds for the ACC’s Hut Fund and the ACMG’s Ken Jones Development Fund.
Saturday Oct 28th
*a more detailed timeline will be available closer to the event
A mouth-watering dinner will be served in the Alberta Room, created and served by the Fairmont Banff Springs chefs and staff.
~ STARTER ~
Cauliflower soup w/ crushed hazelnuts, parmesan crisp, and chive oil.
~ MAIN ~
Pan roasted chicken breast w/ soft polenta, sear oyster mushroom, garlic jus, and charred lemon.
~ DESSERT ~
Pear caramel brownie slice w/ whipped ganache, crunchy chocolate, and peta zeta.
Celebrate our MGB patron, newly pinned ACMG mountain guides and take part in a decadent dinner before enjoying #nineepicdays of mountain culture and good times with other like-minded guests.
Discounts and festival packages TBA.
Back issues of some issues of the CAJ are available. Contact the national office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Dan Verrall, who is this year’s Patron of the Mountain Guides Ball, has been a great friend and supporter of the Alpine Club of Canada for almost fifty years now. In 1974 he could be found in the club’s Banff office, stuffing newsletters into envelopes and pasting on the address labels. Ten years later, in the autumn of 1984, he and his wife Val took over as custodians of the Canmore Clubhouse. For almost a decade, he and Val and their daughters Jasmine and Silene, welcomed members and guests and made the clubhouse a warm and special place.
In 1989 Dan took over maintenance of all the ACC facilities and for 17 years he helped make our huts the huge success that they are today. He repaired, modified, improved and serviced the huts and he was responsible for many of the additions to the Clubhouse. He was both skilled and multi-talented and could fix anything or find the solution to any problem. He saved the club thousands of dollars with his helicopter efficiency. And, yes, he was the lucky guy who emptied the shit barrels. He worked with countless volunteers on work parties, always with a smile on his face and a gentle supportive manner. It was a pleasure to spend a few days or a week with Danny fixing up a hut.
Danny was also a big volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Section. He served on the executive, handled the section’s equipment rental program and safely led dozens of club trips.
And he has done so much more. Shortly after his retirement from the facilities maintenance position he was called upon to set up and organize the General Mountaineering Camp, a job that he did for four years. Then, when the club purchased Shadow Lake Lodge, he was called upon to deal with operating the complex physical plant and coordinating the management of a deluxe backcountry Lodge. He has always been there when the club needed him.
Through all of this Dan never spoke a harsh word or made an enemy. Dan Verrall is the sort of guy who gives the Alpine Club of Canada a good name.
We could not be happier to be celebrating someone who has given so much to the ACC and our mountain community.
Thank you Dan.
Since our inception more than 116 years ago, the ACC has been deeply committed to defining responsible outdoor leadership, shaping meaningful mountain culture, and advocating for the preservation of Canada’s mountain environment. Auction bids directly fund this continuing legacy and we thank you for your support!
This year’s auction will raise money to support the ACC Hut Fund and the ACMG Ken Jones Development Fund.
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