A couple days ago I wrote that at least once in every ski day I feel that skiing is the best thing in the world. Well, it turns out that’s not always the case. Yesterday, I found myself at 11 am near the top of Whistler sitting on a stopped lift chair in sub-freezing weather with L beside me being buffeted by some of the strongest winds I’ve ever felt. I assume the lift was actually temporarily stopped due to high winds. As you can see from the Whistler twitter account, there were quite a few lift closures. (The screenshot is just a sampling.) Apparently winds reached 60 mph yesterday on the mountain. However, while I was sitting on the lift chair, I knew none of this. I only knew that if I could get off that lift chair, I’d never get on another lift again.
Well, obviously we did get off. Then the four of us (S was in ski school) skied down through driving wind and extremely low visibility to the top of the gondola, whereupon we took a socked in claustrophobic gondola ride to the bottom. The earlier part of our day hadn’t been great either. It was somewhat nice skiing with the girls, but skiing in high wind and very low visibility is just not something I enjoy. It was extremely misty, and I was in a state of anxiety worrying about getting separated from the girls. The wind was noisy enough that it was hard to communicate with each other verbally. And the lifts kept stopping. So yeah, terrible ski day. Afterwards, I really just wanted to pack our bags and head back to Seattle. Crowds on Sunday, and crowds and ghastly weather on Monday. Yuck!
In the end, we did stick with it, and we had a great ski day today. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. The older girls were back in lessons, so J and I got to ski together. On a side note, S may or may not actually be learning to ski, but she loves ski school. She was distraught about leaving today. So that’s good. The older girls also skied their first black in ski school today, though I’m suspicious about how hard or long the run really was. Regardless, it’s clear they can confidently ski greens and easy blues at this point, which is awesome.
I feel like I really haven’t skied all that much in three days, but I did really start hitting a groove today. The sun came out at midday, and it was such a game changer. We had a great run from near the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom.
When the sun came out, the mountain was beautiful. We basically didn’t get to see it until this afternoon.
There are more Australians here than Canadians, and we enjoyed having Australian chicken pie for lunch. It was truly delectable. The leek and parmesan pastry was also delicious. I have mixed feelings on Whistler as a whole, but the food has been WAY better than at our usual Seattle resorts.
And a gratuitous video of me skiing courtesy of J:
We have been skiing greens and easy blues here. The blues have felt extremely easy, not challenging at all, compared to Cry.stal. However, we’ve been avoiding blue runs known to be more difficult. The wind and low visibility have made both of us feel very cautious. By the time it cleared today, we really only had an hour left to ski before we needed to pick up the girls. Perhaps we’ll be more adventurous tomorrow, but perhaps not. We’ve actually really been enjoying skiing the easy runs.
The floor is done! I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s always hard to capture shades of color on camera, but basically, the orange is gone, and I like the new color.
We also put hardwood in the dining room, which had been carpet.
I played hooky on Friday, got a babysitter for a few hours, and went skiing at Snoqualmie Central. The weather wasn’t particularly promising, but it ended up being stunning in the morning! While I did get hit with a little rain from time to time, there was also lots of sun and beautiful mist moving in and out. It was probably the nicest day I’ve had at this resort. Then I headed out to pick up the girls from school just as the rain really started coming down.
I mean really – it’s just breathtaking!
Not that many lifts were open, and I ended up lapping a fairly easy blue run called Alpine 13 times. I also skied a narrower blue run called Golden Nugget 4 times. I have done lots of steeper skiing on wide slopes, but I’m much less comfortable with narrower trails, even if they’re less steep. However, I felt pretty good on Golden Nugget. The only problem was that there were a dozen plus 4 to 6 year olds taking a class who seemed to be there 100% of the time. I think maybe there were multiple classes and at least one class was always there? It was a weekday – shouldn’t they be in school? In any case, it made the narrow run rather hazardous, and I decided I’d had enough when an out-of-control snowboarder crashed into me, though I managed to say on my feet.
I took a couple falls at the beginning as I was struggling a bit with the “powder.” (They don’t call it cascade concrete for nothing.) But it flattened out within an hour or so, and I felt more comfortable. Next time I go, I think I feel ready to try some other narrower blue runs that I’d been nervous to try.
After skiing 28 miles (including lifts) and 16,000 ft, I drove home and got S. Then I picked up the girls from school. Then I drove L to gymnastics, and then drove out to get pizza. Then I put the kids to bed. I got up this morning and did some packing. And now I am exhausted and never want to move again.