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Blue bird and -15 yesterday, snowing and near 0 today, skiing Whistler and Blackcomb has been wild. We have our fingers crossed for some serious accumulation tonight, though its windy windy out. The dog is enjoying herself in lush accomodations, while Kate and I get after it on the hill. She cant wait to be running free again, and traveling from spot to spot every day. We havent stayed in one place for more than 2 nights in a long while. Its worth it here. Here's Kate first interview for Skiistowest.com from Blackcomb Glacier. It serves no purpose at all, except maybe to give an idea of the conditions.
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Today's blog is by Kate. I have made it to Canadia to check up on Morgs and Gussie. I want to assure everyone that Morgan is still alive, the Jeep is still going, and Gus, though a little shabbier (Morgan says I can't say fatter so I'll go with shapely). As I came out of customs, I expected to see a smiling Morgan but alas...no. So I walked outside only to see a dirty Jeep with a tulle on top drive by, I tried to check for Massachusetts plates but it was so dirty I couldn't tell. So I ran with a brief case across my chest, a sailing bag over one shoulder, and a ski bag over the other shouting after this dirty Jeep. Then the crossing guard said to me "don't worry, she'll be around again. Shes been looping about 15 times." Sure enough, she came back around. The video of Gussie and I reuniting is below. Notice the stream...pure joy.
After a little tour de Vancouver, we drove up to Whistler and made it. Note the picture of words that have numbers in them above. Let the vacation begin! You can see some pictures from the first segment of this trip Here! You can also watch an amusing video of Gussie getting emotional over a branch in Stanley park, Vancouver. Enjoy!
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I got into Vancouver yesterday afternoon, guided only by the directions I wrote down on a piece of paper. Those only got me to general area of Vancouver, so I did spend a good long time trying to figure out where the flip I was. Finally I found my way into the city center, where driving was a bit scary, but no worse than in boston. Seeing the ocean, and boats after weeks in the mountains made me remember boats and how much I love them. The ocean made me a bit home-sick.
Gus and I found Stanley park, which is like their version of central park, but right on the water, and enormous. I didnt get to know the city as well as I would have liked, but in honesty its much harder to explore a city solo, with a car and a dog, than a small ski town. So I may have to save this one for another time. My car plates look exactly like Alberta plates (red writing on white background) and with all the dirt on my car you really can't tell, so no one is cutting me a break when Im out driving around, and making left had turns from right lanes etc. Today Im picking Kate up from the Vancouver airport and we are heading up to Whistler Blackcomb. WooHoo.
Check out the stop overs in BC so far!
Also, here is a link to a guide of how ive been living, chairlift to chairlift.
Okay, nearly through the trip, and Im finally getting some video of actual skiing up. It's mostly for my mom who wants to see that I'm actually skiing and not sitting in posh hotels around the country......Bridger Bowl, Montana.
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Never thought I would make it this far, but I'm in Neson, BC, near Whitewater, which is where I will ski today. Revelstoke was awesome skiing, there was no way to go wrong, you could do as much exploring of the bowls and trees as you wanted, solo, and all boundaries were marked, so you were not likely to get into trouble. Really fun skiing. I think I actually met more americans yesterday than I did canadians. The drive to Nelson was about 4 hours, and took longer because I encountered a ferry that was required to take you over a river. That was kind of bad-ass. More on Revi when I get the page up and running. Tonight I may start making my way toward Vancouver, since it is roughly 9 hours from here. I have to be at the airport by 11 am on Thursday to meet Kate, thats my next dead line.
Off to a day at revelstoke, after a day at Kicking horse yesterday. The terrain was gnargly and fun, though there was no new snow to speak of, it was still great skiing. I wish I had a buddy to ski with, because most of the terrain you wouldnt want to get after without a buddy. It is a holiday weekend here, so it was PACKED, and there are only 3 lifts, so there were long lines to deal with, which was a bummer. But it was a cool spot, it was huge,and it was definitely a resort, but it had a small mountain feel, a locals mountain feel, because there were so few lifts. check out the BC pictures so far.
I'm in Golden tonight, planning to ski Kicking Horse tomorrow. Tonight marks the first time I have had to seriously sneak the dog into a hotel, since there were few options for tonight if i wanted to stay here. I put a blanket over her and carried her up to the third floor room. I think she has gained some serious weight since the start of this trip, but she was more coopertive than I thought she would be. She reminded me of ET under her blanket while I carried her like a little calf.
Everything up here has been awesome so far with the exception of today, since I hit an all time trip low and was so ill I could only manage to ski 2 runs at Lake Louise, and I didnt arrive until 1:30.....Certainly not related to alcohol.....I may or may not have nearly lost it on the side of a blue run. Thats when I decided that 2 runs=a day.
Although I can say I did make some new canadian friends, who were super fun to hang with and really nice. Gussie's long lost canadian sister joined in the festiviies as well. (dog pictured). Banff was a cool town, and skiing Sunshine was fun. More to come on that soon. THE NEW PICTURES ARE UP HERE!
Another shameful "trip first", I got my first speeding ticket of the trip today. The cop pulled me over by standing in the middle of the road and waving me over. it sucked. I tried to say I didnt understand what the difference beteen kilometers and MPH was, and he didnt buy it. though he said was lucky because If he wrote me the ticket for the speed I was ACTUALLY doing (which i didnt think was thta much) then they would have had the right to impound my car for 7 days. sweet life.
Made it to Banff Canada last night, where it is about 30 degrees colder than it has been anywhere else. The drive was beautiful and took about 6 hours from Whitefish. I skied whitefish yesterday but only managed half a day, it is definitely an awesome mountain in a cool town, i jst wish I could have seen anything. The top was socked in 100%, as promised, and it was hard for me to convince myself it was a good idea to go explore through the trees alone in those conditions, so i mostly cruised around, had myself a good time. If you have ever wondered what it is like to ski wasted, thats what it feels like. You can barely figure out which end is up. I fell over alot.
Canada is looking good so far! Lake Louise today.
Had the pleasure of being shown around the Snow Bowl, in Missoula (or near it, I wasnt really sure where I was) by Andy, a long time local, and his son Alex. Everyone knew them, and they knew everyone, and I struggled to keep up. Both were ripping good skiers, and we skied first chair to last chair in deep pow! It was awesome skiing. The snow came down hard all day, and made for a really good time. Snow Bowl has 2 double chairs for access to the terrain, and theyre not the fastest chairs, but the runs made it worth it. It was definitely a locals mountain. The bar at the base served up a killer good Bloody Mary and pizza for apres, then Gus and I hit the road for Whitefish, Montana, which we will be hitting up tomorrow. Then off the BC.
I spent yesterday hanging out in missoula, taking the day off from skiing with Gus. So we did some good ol' Montana ranchin' with our free time.
Made it to Bozeman, Montana on Friday night. The drive up from Sun Valley was really pretty. I stopped over in Stanley, Idaho, just to check it out, and unfortunately I was a day short of making the outhouse races. It was a very cool spot though. I saw some big horn sheep chillen on a rock, which was cool. Made it up to Bozeman, and took it easy for the night, (though apparently I missed a really good 'White' party at the Eagles...) and managed to ski Big Sky in the morning. Big mountain to take on alone, but fun. I saw the triple be evac-ed, which was my first time seeing that done. Would have made for a better story if I was on it, but in the end I was glad not to be. I got to know Bozeman on Saturday night thanks to my host Tim, a former Mass resident, who was also kind enough to show me around the Bridger Bowl on Sunday, with his friend and room mate, who were equally nice enough to wait for me as I was sucking wind on the uphill hikes, and eating shit on the way down. I had a blast though, Bozeman is definitely the spot to be. I'm in Missoula right now, planning to check out the Snowbowl tomorrow
Morgan is an avid bird watcher