26.03.2014 0 °C
I can't believe it's almost the end of March already! This last month and a half has absolutely flown by and so so much has happened since my last blog entry! The weather has started to warm up as we move out of winter and into spring. Luckily for all of us snow enthusiasts we've still been getting plenty of the white stuff up the hill, and whilst the town of Revelstoke has transformed into a giant mud puddle, it's still been cold enough to keep the snow from melting up top. We've had a few glorious bluebird days the last week and even managed to strip down to tshirts/hoodies on a couple of days (I love spring riding!). I'm constantly finding new and amazing runs to explore up here and realising the value of mixing up your riding crew every now and again. It's great to be able to change it up and everyone has different hidden spots or powder stash's that you would never find otherwise. Big props to the boys from Montana for showing me Tiki-bom-bom out the back of south bowl, easily the best run of the season despite the hike!
Aside from skiing/boarding, there's been plenty to do around town as well. I discovered Monday night dodgeball which is held at a local school in their gym. The turn out is actually pretty impressive and it seems to be getting more popular every week. I also tried my hand at the very Canadian sport of "curling". You might be familiar with it from the olympics, it's kind of similar to lawn bowls except that instead of bowling a ball down a grass field you are pushing a heavy concrete stone down a super slippery ice lane. You get two sweepers to help guide the stone into the circle at the other end. The olympic curling team definitely make it look a lot easier than it is and I don't think i'll be taking it up any time soon!
My first attempt at a GoPro video... Curling
Wednesday is another big night here in town. Grizzly sports bar puts on a 35cent wings night which we follow up with The Cabin's Wednesday night $3 bowling and basics deal. Undoubtedly, it always ends up getting pretty messy and i've wound up a little worse for wear on a few occasions as a result. The list goes on and on as far as other activities so I won't list them all, here are some photos to save me dribbling on for too long...
It's pretty easy to get caught up in everything going on in town and just never leave (eg. last year in Banff), especially as I don't have a car. However I'm glad to say that this season I have actually managed to get off my bum and jump on board a couple of road trips! The first one I did was a day trip down to Silverstar ski resort. Silverstar is a small resort about 2.5hours south west of Revy, it's main attractive feature for us definitely being it's terrain park. Whilst Revelstoke is rated as one of the top ski resorts in terms of powder and boasts the most vertical in North America, one thing it is lacking in is any sort of park. So as you can imagine we were all absolutely hanging to hit some proper jumps and park features for a change. Unfortunately this meant we came in a little over ambitious and within our first two hours at the resort our group had sustained a concussion, a whiplash, an injured tailbone and a fractured collarbone. Despite our record high injury tally we all had an absolute blast.
Our next road trip was much tamer in terms of injuries. This time we travelled 3.5 hours south west to Big White Ski Resort. There were only six of us this time so we all managed to pile into the one van - the ideal road trip set-up with the seats removed in the back, mattress and blankets ready to go. Unfortunately for us the Kelowna police officers thought differently. We were chased down and pulled over 45min from our destination after stopping for snacks as Denko had forgotten to switch the headlights back on. It turns out that we violated numerous laws, exceeding the speed limit, swerving, passengers in the back without seat belts, and even driving without shoes (what??). After unloading everyone from the van and taking details the officers made our month when to our surprise they told us that they were going to get back int their car and do a u-turn and drive the other way. The whole experience was topped off when they went to drive off and had forgotten their breathalizer was on the roof of the cop car. As they hit the accelerator it fell onto the highway and was promptly smashed into a million pieces by a passing truck. One officer exclaimed "well that's embarrassing", got out, collected the pieces, got back in, then they drove off.
So in the end we did actually make it to Big White. We lucked out with about 10cm of fresh powder which made for an absolutely primo couple of days. It was super exciting to catch up with one of my best mates from home, Mitch (thanks for letting me crash!!), as well as Axel and Jess. Although Revelstoke makes Biggie seem flat in comparison, they still have some super fun terrain to explore with stacks of fun hits off the groomers, a decent terrain park and plenty to explore through the trees and over the far side of the hill. It was great to experience life on a ski in ski out hill for a change (you can literally ski home from the pub), and the level of nightlife compared to Revy was something else!
Well we've just gotten another 12cm fresh so the hill is calling!
Love and miss you all back home! Happy 22nd Tay, 23rd Tam and 24th Sarah! Sorry I couldn't be there to celebrate with you all!