Sunday, January 02, 2005

Ski & Snowboard [2/3]

6:20 woke up. McDonald's was opened at 6 apparently but their tills haven't started up yet even though we got there at about 7. So we went to Tim Horton's instead. I bought two muffins. 7:30 we left for Big White. 8:25 arrived and it was a splendid day without a cloud in sight. 10 to 12 was ski lesson with Lea from Switzerland. It was originally an older guy called Terry but there was a switch. It was the first time I ever skied but I think all that rollerblading I did during the summer helped. I actually didn't have any difficulty getting used to wearing such long extensions on my feet. Walking and climbing on the skis was also not a problem. I was able to remain centered between the skis especially when climbing and was pretty relaxed doing so too. Climbing uphill by stepping sideways would've taken way too much time. JT was also a first-timer. DP and TL have been up the mountains before and they brought their own boards. Then we went to Sam's pub for lunch and were served by an ok-looking girl named Jaime (I heard her name being called). We simply had a soup&sandwich deal for I think $7.25.

JT decided to practice at the slope where we took lessons while TL and DP walked with me across from the top of the Gondola ride to the ski sloped leading back the lessons area. We then went down there on our own. They went up the Gondala again I guess to continue at Bullet Express while I went to find JT. We then took the Gondola and then went down the slope that leads to the bottome of Plaza Chair which we took. I forgot if that was what happened. Anyway, we skied and had fun. The bus is scheduled to leave at 4:30 and 7:30. We chose to leave at the later time, of course to max our time up on the mountain. My screwed sense of navigation caused me to always get mixed up with where the rental hall was and where we ski and stuff. I went to look for Jonathan and wanted to ski down instead of taking the Gondola thinking it would be faster but I ended up taking the Plaza Chair back up. And then I thought I missed a turn and tried skiing down again only to take the Plaza Chair again. So finally I ended up taking the Gondola after all just to be told on DP's walkie-talkie that Jonathan has already returned. Anyway it was fun all the same although it was getting dark. So after I came back up to the Village Centre, we walked around trying to decide where/what to eat. I don't remember the name of the restaurant but I think it's either the Copper Kettle or the one opposite of it (there's another more casual dining area connected to the fine-dining area). We sat near the pool table; I remember that. I had fettucine with chicken. Then we hopped on the bus and headed back.

JT wants to focus on snowboarding. I think I will rent ski's and snowboards a couple more times before I decide on buying what equipment. Maybe Cypress, Grouse, Seymour and Whistler don't have something like the Discover program that BigWhite has. Too bad.

Not much else happening at the hotel. We played some Big2, blackjack and fish. And I was watching Discovery Channel on dinosaurs and prehistoric people until one. The other guys have already slept. Then I showered and went to bed. Oh yeh, TL and I went to the nearby Liquor Store and got a 270mL Vodka Mudshake (5%) for me and a 4-pack 330mL Bacardi Breezer Caribbean Key Lime (5%) to share. DP also got the Mudshake earlier. Then we sent TL I think it was to go down to the pub with the bottles to get them opened up.


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