Last Sunday, Lauren, Katrina and I headed up to Whistler for the day. Lauren has been saying that he wants to learn how to ski since I met him so for his combined Christmas/birthday present, I gave him a lesson and day on the slopes. It probably would have been more wise for us to go before we went to Smith Rock because there was probably more snow then, but it still worked out!
We paid a UBC student named Michael to give Lauren a lesson and it turned out to be a great deal and experience! It was cheaper and he seemed like a really great teacher. I can’t remember my first ski lesson.
Anyway, as you can see from the video, Lauren did really well for his first day! He zoomed by other beginners. If he turns into a pro-skier, we can use this video in an emotional TV commercial.
I am in the second week of school now. I am taking Group Dynamics & Teamwork, Finance and Recruitment & Selection and also working as a Business Communication TA. It will be a busy semester but a different kind of busy than last semester I hope.
Rob and I skied around Symphony/Harmony the day after the Men’s Hockey Final. This ski carrying technique is inspired by:
Day 9: (run of the day: The Bite)
This was from the weekend that Kat and I went up to Whistler when she was doing lots of skeletoning. I skiied with my roommate Nathan and friend Luke. Nathan got to try his new AT skis out on the way back to the parking lot!
Day 10: (run of the day: Whistler Bowl & Grand Finale)
On the Sunday of that weekend, Katrina and I skied together. She asked for powder so I brought her down this. She was not happy. You can see her in the picture but she kind of looks like a tree (hehe). It had snowed a lot over the couple of days before and there was lots of powder!! Cue muchos falling. I also met up with Lisa and Phillip for one last run which was lots of fun!!! So good!!
Whistler is open until late May this year, but I am not sure how many days I am going to get in. It was nice getting a ski pass this year, but I found it pretty stressful trying to find rides to get up there! Even though it is a great deal, I am not sure if I will buy a student pass again. Lauren and I are hoping to get up to Whistler this weekend so he can have a ski lesson. Pizza! French fries!!
Today was Family Day for the BCBSA (British Columbia Bobsled Skeleton Association) and because Kat is slidey slide, Scott and I got to slidey slide!! FUN!!! OF COURSE, YES, I’M FREE, LETS GO!!!!
I thought I would be more nervous before my first run, but I wasn’t as nervous as I am before going on high ropes courses, giving a class presentation or other such activities like that. I made Kat gave me 1 million tips but basically everyone just says ‘just lie there and try to be as aerodynamic as possible. sack o’ potato’ which I think is hard to prepare for. Anyway, Ivo (the coach) pushed my head down and pressed my legs together and off I went! Slidey slide!
… ok the first run was kind of terrifying. I think I thought about pressing my shoulders on the sled for about three seconds until I started going up on the sides a bit (WHAT KAT TOLD ME THAT YOU STAY IN THE BOTTOM WHY AM I GOING UP ON THE SIDES PANIC). And then I feel like I actually went into the straightaway away at the end totally sideways (I am exaggerating) and preceded to take what felt like six inch gouges out of the track as I bounced the sides of the track 12 times. Thankfully I was using the sled that Kat used which is made for skinny people because you can put your arms entirely on the sled and I didn’t touch the ice at all the whole day. Sorry sled.
Anyway so then we went back up to the top and I waited for my turn and thought ‘press your shoulders against the sled’ and then just as Ivo was about to push me he shoved my face down closer to the ice and said to look out of the top of my eyeballs so I did that! And this time I did much better at 99.59 km/hr (1st one was 98.29) and felt like I had good form. I think I have performance anxiety because as soon as I knew the finish line was coming and the big last turn I think I broke my form and hit one side of the wall and then automatically my body goes into flail mode instead of sack o potato mode and I hit the track back and forth (only 6 times this time).
Anyway it was really fun and I came in 6th the second run (out of 30ish beginners) and 2nd out of all the females! I think I was the youngest and definitely on the lighter side of the spectrum so that is pretty cool!!!!! Even though I think this is mostly based on luck and not necessarily skill (because I only did it twice, haha). I want to try and not flail all over the bottom half of the track so maybe I have to try it again! But I need to win the lottery first Charlie Bucket style.
The day before school re-started I managed to convince Kat that she should go watch the skeleton races going on so I could also go skiing (hehe). The day was pretty mediocre – some of the iciest skiing I have EVER been on. I decided that I was going to try skiing down the Blackcomb Glacier this day. It’s at the top of all the Blackcomb lifts and in-bounds, but you have to do a short 3 minute walk up the hill with your skis off to get to it. Because of my intensive ski-walking training in NZ, it was no problem (pant pant). It wasn’t the greatest conditions but I could see that on a powder day, it would be amazing!! I cut the day short because I wanted to get home to finish unpacking and because every muscle in my body hurts. Climbing and skiing are super duper tiring. My hips, ankle and fingers especially.
Day 7: (run of the day: Chunky’s Trees with Lisa & Phillip)
A few of us went up to celebrate Lisa’s 22nd birthday and it was INCREDIBLE!! In 24 hours, Whistler got 63 cm of powder and it was amazing!!!! The lines were absolutely massive (the line for the Creekside gondola went all the way over the bridge to the Starbucks), and stayed huge all day as not much of the mountain was open but it was all really worth it. We did a day of tree skiing and we all felt the thigh-burn of powder skiing. I love skiing with other people because you get to try so much more terrain and go places you haven’t been.
I’ve been finding it tricky to take good photos. I always find an excuse not to bring my camera (won’t fit in my pocket, will get wet, etc) and then don’t even take pictures (snowing too hard and it’ll get damp, my hands are too cold, having too much fun). Not sure if my pictures will improve or not.
Day 5: (run of the day: Rhapsody Bowl with Itai & Patric)
I went up to Whistler on Christmas eve with a bunch of students and it was fuunnnnn!!! We started off the day with Rhapsody Bowl (under the Symphony chair) which was great (knee-deep powder), but because the lift isn’t running you have to walk out (not as fun). I can’t wait for this chair to open because it looks like some great terrain! It isn’t open too often, but last year it opened in January so I hope this is the case again.
It was a beautiful day. I spent the day skiing with Itai and it was great! The conditions varied between EXTREME ice, and soft packed snow. We spent most of our time on the Whistler Peak.
They have blackout days on the student pass, so I won’t be going up again until the new year.
I am back in Vancouver! It is really cold here, but there is hardly any snow.. where did it all go???
The last two days have gone very smoothly as I try to organize myself. I have a phone now, and a computer (being set up right now – Windows 8 is confusing!!!), and picking up a few things from Paul’s parents house tonight (thanks Ralph and Grace!!!!!). I am staying at Kat & Scott’s a la Harry Potter for December which is VERY convenient, but a bit squishy (thanks K&S!!!). I will be repaying them by cooking a lot. Tonight is falafels.
It looks like I have a small part-time job set up for at the climbing gym starting next week. I’m not sure at this point if I will look for some more temp work over these holidays or not. It is on the never-ending to do list (#1 is doing 18 loads of laundry because Kat says everything in my suitcases/storage smells like a homeless person).
I have lots to blog about and lots of pictures so I will put them up soon. I will probably keep up this blog, but not post as often (I should be studying come January :P). Be prepared for lots of skiing photos as I plan to use the ski pass as much as possible!!!