Day Seven/ Skiing

Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
Trip End Jan 14, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, December 24, 2011

Today we woke up to sunny skies and freezing temperatures. We got up and ready for skiing, which took longer than usual, as nobody was sure what to wear or how many layers to wear for minus16C weather.
The walk to the ski lift isn't too far; we just walk less than a hundred meters to the village, and we can ski through the village.  The queues for the chairlift were not big at all, we virtually could just ski through to the chair.
I was surprised by the lack of modern technology in the ski resort.  Even in Thredbo, they are moving towards the ski ticket in an arm pocket, which you swipe through the turnstiles, like in Europe,  but here they still have people coming and scanning the barcode on your ticket.
The skiing was amazing, some of the best I have ever experienced.  The runs were well-groomed and so wide.  They were much, much longer than at home, so the time that you are actually skiing is a lot longer here. There were hardly any people, so we barely saw anyone on any of the runs when we were on them.  Dad epitomised it, when he said that it felt like we owned the mountain.  I am hoping that it stays like this for the rest of the week, but I have the feeling that after Christmas, we will have an influx of people coming up.
We came back early for lunch, because Mum lost her lift ticket.  It must have fallen off as she was skiing, and she couldn't go on any of the lifts.  She had to walk back home, up a slight incline, carrying her skis, while the rest of us took the lift up and skied down.  There is a ski run that skis right across the road from our apartment, its so close, its a shame that it's a one-way, and we can't take that way to the fields.
We had a lazy lunch, and headed back out at 1:30.  There is no rushing to get out there, because we ski more here in a couple of hours than we would at Thredbo in a full day.  We are skiing for 10 days, so we don't want to exhaust ourselves, either.
The ski runs have very interesting names.  I guess they have to be inventive when they have 122 runs to name.   There is 'I'Dunno', 'Spin Cycle', 'Pink Flamingos', 'Agitator', and 'the Intimidator', just to name a few.  They also show their international interests, with the 'Ca M'a Fait Plaisir' next door to the 'Fair Dinkum', 'Chicamichi', 'Czesc' and 'Ausfahrt'.  I tried the Intimidator, and it was one of the hardest runs I have attempted. It was incredibly steep, and filled with moguls.  I made it down without stacking it, but I'm not sure I'll be in a rush to try that one out again.
We skied until the sun started to set and the runs began to ice over.  This occurred at about 3pm.  We came back home, and prepared dinner before we went caroling with Nancy Greene.  Nancy Greene is like the Don Bradman of Canada, she was the athlete of the century, and won many skiing races. She lives here at Sun Peaks, and the locals absolutely love her. We had never heard of her until we got here, but we would never admit it to any of the locals here. The girls and I were worried that we would be the only ones singing, but lucky for us, there was a large gathering.
It actually turned out to be fun, with songbooks, and walking around the village singing.  Nancy was very keen, making sure that we were in the right place for the right acoustics. More and more people joined off the street, and it was a really nice feeling to be a part of.  At one point, Nancy invited all the Australians to sing our favourite Christmas carol, 'Six White Boomers'. We had no idea what that song was, and neither did anybody else. Awkward.  It really feels like Christmas here.  We had to leave after 45 minutes, because I could no longer feel my toes, and the girls were similarly cold.  We ran back to the apartment, trying to get some feeling back, but it took about 20 minutes in the warmth until full feeling was regained.
The night finished with the movie Elf at our place and dinner.
Merry Christmas!
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You could have sung "I made 100 in the backyard at Mum's"

ronlynos on

Which floor are you on?

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