Hi there, welcome to my blog.

What's this all about? Well, that's a question I'm probably not even qualified to answer. I guess it started off because I had nothing better to do, but turns out that I kind of like it. So when I'm not working for The Man I like to take pictures, make videos and write about whatever else might seem like a good idea at the time.

From dragon boating to mountain biking, to road trips and travels overseas - this is me trying to enjoy life. Clock out at 5, eat, drink and don't forget to smile a lot.

Tuesday, November 1

Skiing vs Snowboarding is like PC vs Mac...who cares/have fun

So I'm officially registered for snowboarding lessons and I have to admit that I've been walking around the house in my snowboard boots I haven't been this excited about something in a long time. It's a good thing cheese and milk taste so delicious because I'm under the impression that my bones will need all the support they can get for this.

Turns out lessons cost as much as a flight out West, so I'm (probably) going to skip out on any trips this season to level up my non-existent snowboarding skills (unless someone manages to convince me otherwise). I do have the luxury of being able to jump on my skis at any point if the mountains do end up calling my name, so no big deal.

I'm lucky enough to have friends that love the snow too, and trips out East or West (or to Blue Mountain when we were poor students) have been common practice since around the 90s. Hell, my dad sucks (hard) at skiing but having lived in Calgary for years he (still) loves taking my sis and I to the Rockies, but more likely as an excuse to fly over and shoot the shit with his friends out West.

It's pretty amazing when you look up at a mountain and realize after getting on the lift and passing that crest, that what you thought was the top is actually just 1/4 of the way up and really you can't see jack from the bottom. Damn.

Although that streak might end this year, skiing's taken me to some pretty interesting places that I probably wouldn't have gone to otherwise. While it's limited to North America (for now), here's my list:

  • Glen Eden - Milton, ON
  • Hockley Valley - Orangeville, ON
  • Blue Mountain - Collingwood, ON
  • Mount St. Louis Moonstone - Coldwater, ON
  • Sunshine Village - Banff, AB
  • Lake Louise - Lake Louise, AB
  • Kicking Horse - Golden, BC
  • Revelstoke - Revelstoke, BC
  • Whistler - Lake Louise, BC
  • Mont-Tremblant - Mont-Tremblant, QC
  • Mont Blanc - St-Faustin-Lac-CarrĂ©, QC
  • Stowe - Stowe, VT
  • Smuggler's Notch - South Smugglers' Notch, VT
  • Jay Peak - Jay, VT
  • Holiday Valey - Ellicottville, NY
In short, the woman I marry must be able to ski or snowboard well. Believe it.

One step forward, two steps back...


Kait said...

Come snowboard with me in Whistler!!

Make Me Emperor said...

You got yourself a deal.