CORNER BROOK — Bob Sexton has always embraced the Newfoundland winters.
Growing up in Corner Brook, his family was always the outdoor type. At 74, the dentist has long past that same enthusiasm on to his children and their children, and the tradition continues.
However, Sexton is not one to sit idly by and watch the younger members of his family enjoy the amenities of western Newfoundland. He still likes to lead by example.
“I was never one to sit home,” he said. “I figure the winter is here, you can’t do anything with it, so get out and embrace it. You have to make the best of it.
“It is a lot of fun really. It makes the winter go faster.”
It’s been 43 or 44 years, he estimates, that he has been downhill skiing. He still makes the short drive to Marble Mountain every weekend. His wife Vera doesn’t join him on the slopes anymore after an accident left her erring on the side of caution.
“I raised five boys on that hill,” he said.
So, as Snow West 2014 approaches, Sexton is looking forward to more fun winter adventures, entertainment and fun with friends. The three previous events have been cherished by the Sextons, so they are very much looking forward to participating again.
The Corner Brook couple are joined every year by friends Don and Louise Bishop and Dennis and Betty Waterman for a night out in Rocky Harbour. They attend a dinner, wine tasting, take in the live entertainment, and spend the night at the local hotel.
Sexton said it is always a great night, and is looking forward to it again.
“We try to take in all the things locally as well, but the trip up the coast is the biggest thing,” he said.
The fourth annual Snow West winter festival, co-ordinated by Go Western Newfoundland, begins today.
The 10-day festival will have events in Port aux Basques, Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Gros Morne National Park, and around the Northern Peninsula.