The Chatter Creek Pink Purse Award

A less than prestigious award for undistinguished behavior

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Pink Purse Award is a long-standing dis-honour awarded daily at Chatter Creek Snowcat Skiing for undistinguished behaviour below and short of the call of duty. It is most often awarded to cat skiing guests, but guides and cat drivers are also candidates for this less than covetted award. Although it is awarded each evening, the purse may change hands at any time that award-winning behaviour is witnessed by the current holder of the purse. However, each evening at dinner, by popular acclaim, the purse is transferred to that person who has most disgraced himself or herself during the course of the day.

Each snowcat carries it's own purse which is awarded to the members of the cat. The evening nomination and award process is entirely democratic with guests and staff participating on equal footing.

The Pink Purse is most often awarded for an event such as a fall in which a member holds up the party or otherwise makes a spectacle of himself. Skiing into a guide is a most deserving act. A cat driver could "win" the purse by taking a wrong turn and keeping the group waiting, or by driving over the guide's skis (has that ever happened?). A guide taking a tumble and having to be "picked up" by guests is particularly noteworthy. Everyone is a candidate. For those in the cat or on the hill, there is no place to hide.

Scroll down to see a number of Chatter Creek guests and staff who have been so dis-honoured, from time to time, to carry the pink purse. Please send the Chatter News your sordid tales of the Chatter Creek Pink Purse Award.


  • At 6:06 PM, Blogger Scott said…

    Suh-weeeeeet idea!! My parents are both ski patrolers, and I am going to tell them that this is something that we HAVE TO DO.


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