an abrupt change happened in grade 12 when my parents very reasonably declared that since i had a job and a drivers license, if i wanted to ski on my own, i would have to pay on my own. those who know me well will not be surprised to learn that i have been skiing approximately 3 times since then.
it was great to hang out with gary in the hottub, and have coffee with pam in the morning. their kids are all interesting and fun, and they all enjoyed entertaining ty, which made our time there much more enjoyable. kylie borrowed pam's equipment and went out for a few runs. the only downside was that ty was so excited to play with his new friends that he woke up at 4:30 every morning! although we shared morning duties, kylie was pretty tired by the end of our stay.
thanks gary, pam and family for being great ski hosts and sharing your chalet with a noisy toddler!
this season has seen record snowfalls at mt baker, just across the border. i had never skied there before but couldnt resist all the amazing snow reports. the drive to the hill was surprisingly short. i had no idea it was so close. there was 7 inches of new snow and it snowed hard all morning, filling in existing tracks and making for an amazing powder day.
baker is not a huge hill, but it's all steep and there are some great tree runs. it was awesome to explore by myself, but i look forward to going back with friends so i can ski a bit more aggressively.
i dont think i'll be skiing as much as when i was growing up, as an entire day away is hard on kylie, but hopefully there will be a bit more snow this season. ski touring beckons as well. there are some great options very close to chilliwack and i have some good friends with lots of backcountry experience. yay snow!