Trip Start Nov 23, 2009
37Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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Where I stayed
WhiteHouse Backpacker Lodge
DAY 1 - Got myself up early to catch the first lift, and just as I was leaving the hostel I was told the hill was closed due to a power failure!! What is it with Canada, me, my plans and power failures (it was almost like new years eve all over again in Jasper, only slightly less messy!) I passed the time by wondering around Kootenay lake and pretty much sleeping for most of the day - very lazy but so, so good!
DAY 2 - Thankfully power was on at the hill however the presence of copious amounts of powder was not! That said, I still managed to find a few nice runs through the trees and also a very funky little, powder playground area, full of white fluffy 'bumps' to jump off; I later discovered, whilst conversing with some fellow snowboarders, that these are more commonly referred to as 'pillows' in snowboarding lingo!!
As forewarned, Whitewater is a pretty small hill and with the absence of fresh snow and a very hot snow boarding guide to show me the back-country spots (which it's also renowned for), I got a little bored but still managed to board the whole day.
That night, Nelson welcomed the Olympic torch... the town was alive with street celebrations; music, short films and surprisingly some very good kids (Nelson's Rhythm Ropers) skipping to dance beats!
DAY 3 - Decided to save some pennies by not going up to the hill; instead I went for a hike / semi-ice expedition to Pulpit Rock, which supposedly provides a nice look-out point over Nelson. It took me about an hour and a bit to just reach the start of the trail which is a little way out of town (blisters already starting, so not a good sign!). Being the scaredy cat that I am, I was a little nervous about getting eaten by a cougar or a pack of wolves (despite my trusty leatherman being nearby); this fear was made worse by the fact that upon starting the trail two friendly nelsonian's informed me that there had been cougar sightings in the area within the last few days. The chap tried to reassure me that I would probably be ok as cougars don't like 'pink' jackets but I wasn't convinced so I tagged along with them for the hike up the hill
DAY 4 - I had originally planned to leave today (up at 6.30 am to catch the bus) only to discover it was snowing outside... so my plans soon changed and I found myself back up the hill but with the company of two English boarders. I wouldn't say there was a huge amount of fresh snow but the small amount that did fall, definitely helped to provide some soft landings; particularly when being launch off a 5ft lip drop... I don't think the guys were quite expecting me to shoot off so far when they helped push me!