It’s Snowed!

It’s been a pretty exciting week for me. I’ve changed jobs, got tickets to the Vancouver John Butler Trio concert in Feb (woohoo!!) and it officially snowed on Monday! Real snow!

Snow!

What is it about  snow that always turns me into a little kid? Maybe it’s the surprise. I never actually expect it to snow, it’s not normal for me yet. It’s like walking into a Christmas movie. Doing errands that morning I had this big, irrepressible smile on my face. I had really come to Canada.

Snow!

And I know, I know, that wasn’t real Canadian snow. People have been telling me all week. That was light, a little wet and only lasted a day or two. There are a million places in Canada with better snow than that. Probably places like Yellowknife, which at the moment has an air temperature of -38C, but when you factor in the wind chill feels like -48C.

-48C

That’s not a temperature in my books. That’s the inside of a freezer. If I was surprised by a little snow in Vancouver, I am definitely not ready for real Canada winter snow or temperatures. I might need to ease into that.

Yellowknife Temp

Sadly now the snow is all gone and all that’s left are my photos and excited facebook posts. But if you’re in Vancouver I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. And if you didn’t, here’s my favourite John Butler Trio song to make up for it (Feb 16th people, tickets on sale now and the first show’s already sold out!).

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Hello Snow!

It’s finally here! The lifts are open, puffy jackets are being pulled out of storage and thighs are being psyched for days of hard work .The ski season has started!

Whistler
Oh Canada . . 

Last weekend I finally got to go snowboarding at Whistler. I missed the 2013 Australian ski season entirely, so it’s been over a year since my board’s had a workout. I was pretty nervous at the start, but once I’d thrown myself down a run or two it all came flooding back. Nothing’s more fun than flying down a mountain on your board (or skis if you’re a skier, the debate rages on).

Whistler
The snow’s finally arrived!

It’s pretty early in the season and my Canadian friends told me it will definitely get better. Only a few runs were open, they complained, so it was really busy. And the snow coverage wasn’t that great. But don’t worry, they’d reassure me, this is nothing. Wait a few weeks and then you’ll see what Whistler is really about.

Mt Hotham
You think that’s patchy snow? This is patchy snow – Mt Hotham’s 2013 season opening
Photo Credit: News.com.au

As an Australian though, I thought it was pretty bloody amazing already. Yeah not all the runs are open so it was busy, but I’ve seen worse. And some of the runs further down the mountain had patchy coverage. It was still nothing compared to a bad day back home (check out this article and video if you want to see really patchy runs).

Whistler
Back on my board

So as far as I’m concerned if last weekend wasn’t impressive, what I’ve got to look forward to is going to be brilliant! Bring on the snow!