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Winter is over

Snowboarding | April 2, 2009

I think I blogged more than twice about the winter weather and the fact that it was bothering me, stifling my activities and causing a general amount of annoyance and pain. I stand by these statements, but have discovered an unexpectedly enjoyable side effect of the winter weather in Vancouver. Snowboarding.

Now, that may seem an obvious statement to make, yep, there's lots of snowboarding to be had in and around Vancouver, but I actually had trouble encouraging myself to go boarding up until very recently. You see, I'm a bit of a fair weather snowboarder, so on days when it's below zero, snowing or low visibility and altogether uncomfortable on the slopes, I'm not truly encouraged to get amongst it. But, lately we've had some amazing sunny days, the temperature has been at least 5 deg, and I've had an absolute blast on the mountain.

This Sunday just past we spent the day at Grouse Mountain, and apart from some annoyingly long line ups, I had a first rate day of it. On top of that, I had a gang of awesome friends to board with, drink some beers with and generally to get up to mischief with.

I did have a few minor run-ins however... I actually barreled into a man at full speed. He took it incredibly well. I'm sure if it had been me on the receiving end the reaction would have been unprintable, but he actually said the words, "Nice to meet you"... go figure. I was pretty shaken up, and after apologising profusely, scooted off, then promptly sat down in a crumpled heap and sulked. I felt like such a fool for running into someone. It's not like I don't have the skills to avoid him, I just kinda didn't. I'm not sure why. I could see him coming, I realised we were probably going to collide, and I just kept going. It's like my brain decided to stop working for a moment or two. Long enough to see me body-slam a fellow skier, crack helmets, and fall to the ground.

It took a moment or ten for me to get myself together again and head after my friends. And a moment further to forget about it, and get back to boarding without shaky knees. But, I made it in the end, and finished the day entirely enthusiastic about more boarding adventures. So, next weekend it's off to Whistler for some boarding, and even though the lines may be as lengthy there, the runs are much longer, so the waiting is worth it.


1. terry stormon on April 4, 2009


2. progression on May 28, 2013

Those below zero days at the best! You get the whole mountain practically to yourself!

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Bay's career has been many and varied due to a penchant for traveling the world. After completing a double degree in Business Management and Journalism at the University of Queensland in 2002 she was lucky enough to land herself a job at Brisbane's Quest Community Newspapers. A year of roving reporting brought the epiphany that journalism and Bay didn't jive.
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