Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chilcotin Holidays

Learning to Ski

I thought I was a good skier but I was wrong. I have skied once in Austria before I felt pretty confident that I could dominate the Chilcotin Mountains. I was ready to do some backcountry skiing in pure powder. My alarm clock went off at 5 am, grabbed a quick breakfast and a lunch bag and we were off to the mountains. We drove for about one hour before we reached a point where the car could not go any further. Now time for hiking. We attached out skies and snowboard to our backpacks and started heading up the mountain. It didn’t take us long before we were walking in snow to our knees. Every step is a challenge and you have to crawl sometimes because you would not get up if you fell through here. We reached the top of Eldorado, where we have seen some good places for skiing and snowboarding when we were on pack trips. Ski and snowboard boots on, GoPros on and we are ready. I was having some difficulties even before I was skiing. I could not get my boots to fit on my skis. I had attached my skies along my shoulder on my backpack so I had been knocking into some trees on the way up. The back part of one the skis have tightened itself. Luckily, I brought my multi-tool and it was fixed in a matter of five minutes. My mate on his snowboard lead the way as he is way more experienced than me. I think that I skied for about 10 meters before I fell on my bum. New boots, new skies, new snow, new surroundings, yes I had a lot of excuses. I got up and continued. 15 meters after, I fell again. I was getting a bit annoyed, but I just kept in my mind that I improved by five meters so that is a positive. I fell again, but I kept getting up. My mate gave me some good tips and I was feeling 10 times better than to begin with. I stopped, I took a second to appreciate my surroundings. Huge beautiful mountains with a frozen waterfall on the side. We came down the mountains, maybe not to elegantly but I came down and now I felt like a could ski anywhere in the world.

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