Location: Golden, BC, Canada
Sadly the ski season has come to a close at Kicking Horse. Easter Sunday was the last day that the hill was open. I have to say that I definitely made the most it though! I worked overnight on Saturday so I finished work at 7am on Sunday. I found out that they were having a church service up at the top of the hill so I got the gondola up the mountain around 7:45. A minister from one of the churches in town held a short service outside at the top of the mountain. It was definitely as close to God as possible at an elevation of 2450m. I waited for the hill to open at 9 and skiied down to have breakfast at the base before doing a couple more runs while I waited for my friends to get up the hill. A fun filled day of skiing ensued! The weather was magnificent for the last day! It was so warm that most people were skiing in t-shirts and some (like my friend Lisanne) even decided to strip down to their shorts! Partly due to the warm weather and partly due to dutch courage! And as it was the last day there was a lot of frivolity. There were people wearing all sorts of crazy costumes, like one guy in a business suit and tie and the 2 guys in the matching fitted fluoro green one piece ski suits. And then there were the others wearing next to nothing. My friends and I skiied hard that day, knowing it was the last season. But we did manage to take a little time out in the area on the hill they call the sun pit. It's a big dug out area in the snow, hidden amongst some trees, where people go to soak up the sun and enjoy a few beverages. BYO of course :-)
What can I say, Im sad that the season is over but I had an awesome time and the last day of Kicking Horse for the season was definitely one that wont be forgotten any time soon. I loaded a couple of pics from the day as well so check em out.
I'm still working at the lodge up the hill, but only for another 2 weeks. During the season there was a shuttle bus service running from Golden to Kicking Horse but that's finished now. So as there is no way to get up and down the hill, I'm staying up at the lodge - for free. Its a hard life staying in a room with a King size bed, TV, my own bathroom and a private hot tub on the balcony. I think I can handle it for a few days!! Did I mention there's a hot tub on the balcony?!?
I'm off to Banff next Sunday to visit my friend Kara and ski there for a few days. I'll be back to Golden to finish up work and pack up my things and then I'm off to Calgary. A friend is going to give me a lift so I can spend the weekend there before I fly to Vancouver. Where I will have to get a job, find a place to live and start saving for my next expedition!
Location: Golden, Canada
There hasn't been a big dump of snow yet but the conditions are still fantastic. I went out skiing today after I finished work in the morning and it was really amazing. It was the first time I had been out in over a week and I was surprised that the snow was so nice. Added to that the weather was beautiful and sunny. Spring is definitely here in the mountains! The last time I went skiing it was all white everywhere, but now the snow has melted in town the view of snow capped mountains against the brown valley is quite spectacular. I'm sure before long it will be all green. I got a bit snap happy again so I've loaded a few more photos on the page called spring skiing at the Horse. I have the next 2 days off so I'll be going skiing again tomorrow. Have to make the most of it while I can!
Location: Golden, Canada
I'm still in Golden, for at least another few weeks anyway! Kicking Horse (the ski resort here) closes on April 8 and at this stage the plan is to work a little after that and then head to Vancouver at the end of April or beginning of May.
Last week I went to Calgary for a couple of days which was really cool. I visited my friend Jon and went to an ice hockey game, which was awesome! I saw the Calgary Flames play the Nashville Predators. It was a really close game but the Flames won in overtime. The atmosphere was great and I was so excited to be able to go to a game. We didn't have tickets as the game was sold out so we arrived early at the grounds and bought some scalped tickets out the front. I have to say that going to an ice hockey game is definitely a must if you come to Canada and I'm proud to say that I can tick that box! I've added a some photos on the photo page titled 'Calgary' if you want to check out some pics.
Apart from my visit to Calgary I haven't been doing too much except working. I've been doing more hours and trying to save some travel money. Plus I hurt my knee skiing a few weeks ago so I have been taking it easy on the ski front since then, although I'm planning on going out a bit more this week. The snow has all melted in town as the weather is warming up and the snow is starting to melt up the hill as well. Though with any luck we may get a little more snow before the season is finished. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for an end of season dump! I'll let you know how it goes....
Location: Golden, Canada
Well, the last few weeks have disappeared into the oblivion that was the first few months of 2007. I've had a few friends come and visit and a new flatmate move in. And there's been a little more snow, but not enough. But then again, there could never be enough!
My friend Kara and her mate Sam came and stayed with me for a few days which was fun. I went to high school with Kara and she has been living in Banff for the last few months. I visited her there when I first got to Canada but haven't seen her since then so it was cool to catch up. I showed them the exciting nightlife of Golden and gave them a guided ski tour of Kicking Horse. They both agreed that the Horse is definitely a challenging place to ride!
My old flatmate Meghan moved out last week. She's gone to live in the big city of Edmonton, about 5 hours drive from Golden. Which left room for Kiwi Brett to move in. He's only been living with me for a week but so far so good, he's a bit of a laugh. But then again, Kiwi boys usually are!
Location: Golden, Canada
It's snowing again in Golden and the ski season is flying by! I've been in Canada for 3 months now and as usual I've got no idea where the time goes!
I'm working on the front desk of a ski lodge up the hill and it's going ok so far. I was working at another lodge doing the same thing but recently switched to the place where I am now as it is better paid. I actually do what they call the night audit shift, which is the graveyard shift - from 11pm-7am......yawn. But hey, I don't have to deal with any people, I get to use the internet as much as I want, chat to friends online (thanks to those of you who keep me entertained on MSN) and even watch DVDs. And in the morning after I finish work I do a few ski runs and then go home to sleep. At the moment I am only doing 4 shifts a week so it means that I get 3 nights off and lots of time to ski! Yay!
Last month Meghan and I took a few day expeditions to places nearby. I've loaded on some photos so check 'em out! First was Radium Hot Springs, near Radium funnily enough! Basically the hot springs are just a big outdoor hot pool, but it was nice to have a relaxing soak. Especially when the water is hot and it's -15 outside! It was pretty awesome to see the mist rising off the water and forming icicles on the rocks all around. Then we went to another place nearby called Emerald Lake, in Yoho National Park. You'll see from the photos that it wasn't Emerald when we went there cos it was frozen! In the winter it's a popular spot to go cross country skiing and in the summer it's the place for watersports. I might have to make a trip back in the summer when it is actually Emerald!
I'm living in an apartment with my friend Meghan, who I used to work with in London. Although she is moving out at the end of February and a Kiwi guy I met here is going to move in. I'm not sure how long I'll stay in Golden but at this stage I think I will be here until April sometime.
Well, that's all I can think of at the moment. I'll update this when I have something exciting to report!