17.12.2008 -30 °C
So its been a few weeks since my last update and a heap has happened since. We're currently living in crazily extreme freezing temperature. So much so that the mountain was actually closed yesterday because the gondola and lifts can't run at temps below -30 degrees. Today was touch and go as to whether the mountain would be open but the gondola eventually cranked up at about 11.30 however its only the 60 odd crazy people that are on the mountain right now. I walked out of the hostel into -33 degrees and its predicted to get even colder in the next week. If you ever want to see just how cold it is go to http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Sunshine/6day/top I'll be experience almost -30 on my day off next Tuesday…how ridiculous.
I've settled in to working and boarding and hostel living. Work is going pretty well, but can be very boring. I spend most of my day on the internet, making stupid posters to decorate our hostel room with and making spreadsheets for my budget and other random things. I am the most organised traveler ever amd may even have a career in interkiior decorating.
Riding is going awesome, loving it now I'm getting the hang of it. I have conquered the chairlifts (no more sprawled out Sally on the exit ramp) and am starting to get waay better stacks cause I'm going faster (only slightly though). Smashed my head the yesterday but lucky they scared us at our training about the crazy injuries and accidents, and now I'd never go on mountain without my helmet. I had an awesome day on Tuesday riding. We had 23cm of snow overnight so there was crazy powder everywhere (and apparently we can get dumps of up to 70cm overnight, so it hasn't even begun!) I met up with some dudes from the hostel who took me up some runs which I hadn't been on yet so I had an awesome time exploring the mountain a little more and the powder makes everything so much better. When you fall its literally like falling into a cloud…so crazy..
I've stayed a couple of nights on-hill, mainly to play poker tournaments. The tournaments are only small (1 or 2 tables) but so far I have played two weeks and won both times taking away 120bucks in all. It's mainly boys that play and they're pretty impressed that a girl can play and actually has decent knowledge about the game. I think that's pretty funny considering how many awesome chick players we have in Wollongong. Loving getting back into poker though and gives me a chance to hang out with a different crowd and meet more people. Its also pretty awesome to wake up on the couch and stare out the window and watch people snowboarding. It's prob the only time I'll be able to stay at a ski-in ski-out place without paying crazy amounts of money.
I went to my first snowboarding competition (and won!)...well maybe not but i did a damn good job at spectating. And sorry Mum, we had to hitch hike there cause we missed the bus...but its all good! I'm still alive to tell the tale. It was a pretty sweet night with 3 DJ's playing after the comp and a foam machine gave me my first indoor snowfall!
I went curling the other night which was incredibly boring. Never again. It has nothing on lawn bowls. The only fun part was laughing at people slipping over, of which I definitely took the prize for most stacks. One of which where I ended up sprawled out, dead set in the centre of the target…pretty funny
So far a few random other things I have experienced, seen, thought were funny:
Went to a yoga class (its free on Sundays!)
Went to a snowboarding movie premiere (free tickets from work!...the perks of working with the execs
Saw photos at training of a snowboarder who stacked it and landed on a broken tree…lets just say his sphincter was never the same (true story!)
Found a bar which has free popcorn
Shared the footpaths around town with the deer (which have huge freakin antlers) and thought I saw an elk until I really saw an elk (they're freakin enormous creatures!)
Spent a ridiculous amount of money setting myself up with the warm clothes and snowboarding gear (but I have all the steeze now!)
One of my roomies grew up near Mildura (Robinsvale)
Had ridiculous conversations about the difference between Australian and Nth American toilets
Adopted the word touque (beanie) and adopted wearing them everywhere
Wore a bandanna for a face mask the other day which I swore I would never do, but you can't survive without one on the lifts
Searched everywhere for curry powder and hokkien noodles
Saw Krafty Kuts for 10 bucks and a GirlTalk-like dude called Scratch Bastid who was awesome!
Went on a random trip to Wall-Mart 90 minutes away
Nicknamed my phone the boomerang phone after losing it 3 times in a month and having it returned to me every time…oh yeah
Ooo and my favourite part of the day is looking out the window in the afternoon watching the crazy stacks that happen on the ski-out at the bottom of the mountain cause its ridiculously icy at the moment. So funny! We stand at the window and just chant for either a domino effect pile-up or 'CREEK IT, CREEK IT!!!' I'll post photos of the creek which we just want 1 person to fall in…Just once…
Discovered a free hot tub, sauna and steam room at the resort across the road (so sweet after a day of riding)
Built or helped build an igloo
I was supposed to go on a staff trip to Kicking Horse (another resort about 2 hours away) but it got postponed due to the cold weather so that's a little disappointing. Our staff Christmas party also got postponed because of the weather and that's hopefully going to be on this Sunday.
I'm missing home a fair bit, (don't worry I'm still having fun though) especially with how ridiculously cold it is and because I'm turning pasty white and developing a vitamin D deficiency. But it will be awesome to see a familiar face over here when Kim comes to visit. If anyone else is planning on coming over I can get you VIP tickets? Anyone wanna come visit? Anyone?
Anyways love and miss you all, but will see you in near future!