Monthly Archives: March 2005

Sick, sick, sick powder day

Oh my god we just had the most amazing day’s riding, and now I’m soooo exhausted. This morning I managed to get out at 9, which is an accomplishment, and we went hiking into the backcountry. In the morning we went up to blackcomb glacier, took the t-bar to the top, walked up onto the glacier and along the ridge, traversed straight right across to the far side and then walked straight uphill to the far side of blackcomb peak. From that hike you can either loop round to the left and end up coming back down onto blackcomb glacier or go the way that we did and end up on the far side of lakeside bowl and eventually come back out at the seventh heaven chair.
The hike was absolutely killer, like walking up a blue run except in deep snow, althought fortunately the previous hikers’ footprints had made it somewhat easier than it would have been if we were the first people up there. We had to take a few breaks even though it was only a 30 minute or so walk. It was quite a feeling of satisfaction when we got to the top though! Plus the views from the top were amazing, it was wicked to see everything from a different angle to how you usually see it from the pistes! Check the photos again, I took a bunch and some are quite impressive.
Anyway, the first run down we traversed quite a long way along the far side of the bowl then dropped into the trees quite a way over. The powder in the trees was beautiful, although at the top it had gone slightly crusty. I watched Nicolas, our French tour guide for the day, stack it into a tree and get buried up to the shoulders too, which was funny. Fortunately we all managed to make it back to the piste ok, although we were a bit worried about Pete, who managed to go down past the “way out” signs, which to be fair were tiny and inconspicuous, then hiked maybe 100m across the mountain to get back to the bottom of the piste!! After that ordeal everyone was ready for some lunch but we had only 10 minutes to get from the top of 7th heaven to the glacier creek restaurant, so we hammered it straight down there, which froze our faces!
After a baked potato for lunch we headed back to the glacier and did the same hike again… We lost Nobuko though because she fell off the t-bar three times, much to my amusement – the third time I saw her and another guy going ass over tit down the bank to the right of the lift line. In the afternoon the sun had come out and it was incredibly hot walking up that hill carrying all our stuff. Again it was totally worth it though, the second run down through the bowl was absolutely incredible – we took a line further to the right and were carving out huge sweeping turns through untouched snow. On the way down through the trees I took a rather extreme line though which was pretty, er, difficult :) fortunately me & Tim managed to find our way back to civilization just in time.
After we’d done that run me & Tim were thinking of going over to Whistler and hiking flute bowl but our legs said, “absolutely not”, so instead we went for one more run top to bottom via crystal chair and jersey cream and headed to the longhorn for a couple of pitchers and some mulled wine :) awwwwwwwwwwwwesome day!!! Hopefully it’s going to snow again tonight but there’s a chance the freezing level could be at 3000m, which could be slightly problematic!!

Bungeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

This Monday I did a bungy jump!! It had to be done because we had the opportunity to go for only $20 (I think normally it’s $45 or $50), because we had some money to spend on an event for all the bussing staff at work. I think there was about 30 people who went all in.
It was actually scarier than I was expecting, although I wasn’t scared before I jumped, as obviously I’m an adrenaline junkie ;) because about half way down the jump I started thinking, “shit I’m not stopping and I’m falling a long way”! I think everyone felt the same about it to be honest. One girl Nobuko had to be pushed off the platform, which was pretty funny, prompting someone to shout, “sorry, no refunds”, lol.
There’s a video of me doing the jump which Yuki took on her video camera too, which is absolutely comedy cuz it looks like I’m a puppet on a string, I’ll try and stick a link up for it if I get it from her!
Unfortunately the riding that day wasn’t as great as I was hoping because my option board seems to be too stiff for me and I was having trouble fighting with it that day which crippled my feet :/ but I’m going to fiddle with my setup and see if that improves the situation. Also we had to get off the mountain early cuz we had to go get the bus to the bungy place at 4.30!

Birthday and last week’s events

Just a few notes about what’s been going on..
Last week I went down to Vancouver with Yukiko and we stayed in the Pan Pacific hotel (vancouver.panpacific.com) which was a very nice place!. We got upgraded to a harbour view room too, I got some pix of the view that I’ll stick on the net soon. While we were in Van we spent most of the time shopping (for my birthday pressie :o) which I felt kinda bad about, especially cuz I’m so picky.. Still, we managed to find a t-shirt and a pair of skate shoes eventually (mwah). I was actually quite shocked because she said if she was working in a proper job she would spend like £250 on someone for their birthday, which is unprecedented to me being the pauper and skinflint that I am :)
We went to a thai restaurant called ‘Simply Thai’ for dinner that night (you can see it at www.simplythairestaurant.com) which was good but still not as good as the Siam Smile in Cheltenham! Also we were given bad directions by the bus driver so we were about 30 or 40 minutes late and walked a long way in the wrong direction… muppet.
So that was Monday and Tuesday, on Wednesday I didn’t really do anything because the working Sunday then walking round for two days had tired me out cuz I guess I was still getting over being ill. Then on Thursday I was supposed to go on an all mountain pub crawl cuz it was another of my friend’s birthdays (Bobby Dazzler) on the same day, but I ended up getting out of bed at 2pm then going for a late lunch so I only made it out for 6 o’clock! We ended up going to Merlins then Crystal Lounge then Tommy Africas, although some of the contingent went to Moe Joe’s and I think we were being separatist, but it was a really good night, I broke out the pink wig again and a bunch of the guys were in one piece ski suits, check the pics out :)
On Friday, or maybe Thursday night, it actually started dumping snow. Then it continued to snow until Sunday night!! I think we had about 75cms which has made this week a much more inviting prospect :)
On Sunday night I went out again for my birthday, because some people had complained about my lack of informing everyone (mainly because I couldn’t be arsed to phone loads of people on Wednesday), so yeah I said we’d go out again. Unfortunately because it coincided with the snowfall, which has been such a rarity, no-one was really up for going out on a massive bender so it ended up just being some drinks at the longhorn, which has its locals night on a Sunday. So that was the extent of my birthday celebrations this year! Although I did get a birthday cake this Wednesday (a week later!).

Small compensation

whistler over alta lake

One of the good things about being here is that you get views like this one – this was taken over Alta Lake as we made our way to Rainbow Park on Thursday. By the way, yes there should be snow on the trees :)

The trip to Rainbow Park was scary because the light was just fading and we were the only people walking towards it! Everyone else was going the other way, and the bears are waking up again…

Future

Recently I’ve started thinking about where I’m going after here, most of my plans depend on finances.. not good news.
At the moment people seem to be leaving here in droves. Last Friday Saturday Sunday I mentioned there were 3 leaving parties in succession, 2 people from work and my housemate, Kim. So far I don’t think anyone’s left this week, but it does seem like there’s always a leaving party going on.

I’m almost certain that I’m going to go down to Vancouver after finishing here (our lease expires on the 27th April), but it depends on me finding a job quickly as I don’t have money to go out partying at the moment! I’m not sure if I’m going to go down with anyone either, but if I do go down on my own then it’ll be hassle trying to find a house..

Of course my original plan was to go from here to Vancouver then Toronto then go travelling to some places in the states, but that was when I thought I had a grand stashed away for that which has long since been cut into, baaaaaaah.

I’ll keep things posted, anyway.