I’ve been in Big White for 3 weeks now and it still hasn’t sunk in that I’m living in this snowy haven. So far I’ve been out skiing 6 days, not full days but a few runs here and there. I’ve had 2 snowboarding lessons. I’ve spent too much money on alcohol. I’ve met a lot of Australians. And most importantly I’ve learnt how to ration food.
A typical day at work consists of serving a handful of customers and then spending the remaining 7 hours chatting with my coworkers. It’s nice to get paid and make new friends but the time drags. I’m basically part time right now. My bank balance doesn’t know what hit it. Not all the mountain is open yet so the beginning of the season is slow. I hear that it will get busy in the next week or so. So I’m trying not to fret about the measly 20 odd hour paycheck I’ll be getting next friday. On the plus side I’m doing half days and I have the next couple of days off so I hope to spend lots more time on the slopes.
I’ve skied since I was about 8 or 9 years old, according to my Mum. I can ski well and I love it. If you ever get the chance to go skiing, please do. It really is one of the best holidays you’ll ever have. Anyways I decided to give snowboarding a go. I have done a week of snowboarding before, many years ago. I went back to skiing because I can do it, I don’t fall over and I didn’t want to waste anymore valuable skiing time learning to snowboard. So with free lessons as one of our work perks, I thought why the hell not. My first lesson went well, my minimal snowboarding skills came back to me and I managed to get down the small bunny hill on toe and heel edge with turns. I was optimistic. I was thinking this could be it, I could swap to the dark side and snowboard from now on. Then I had my second lesson. It wasn’t as successful. It hurt, I fell, I had those similar thoughts “why am I doing this when I could be skiing, why do I have snow in my pants, why does my arse hurt”. I think I’ve given up already but I will never say never.
In my defence I was born with a club foot and I do hate to blame that when I can’t do something. In fact it makes me want to succeed even more. I have two very different sized feet so my rented snowboard boots were one size, like my ski boots may I add. This meant on my toe edge, the front of my left boot is empty. Therefore I have no strength in my left side so trying to brake on toe edge was proving rather difficult. It was painful actually. Maybe I needed better boots, maybe I should try two different sizes. Or maybe I should just stick to skiing where it doesn’t hurt and my foot is securely fastened in those stiff, extremely comfortable ski boots. Why try to make something work when it clearly isn’t working?
Ok I’m sorry for waffling about my first world problems. I am extremely grateful to be here. Every time I catch the views out the corner of my eye I think how lucky I am to be able to call this place my home. Don’t worry, it isn’t my forever home.
I have made a bucket list of stuff I want to do whilst being at Big White…
- Cross-country skiing
- Improve my terrible ice skating skills
- See a Kelowna Rockets ice hockey game
- Ice climbing
- Possibly a dog sled tour (money dependant)
- Try all the restaurants
- Take advantage of discounts at other ski resorts
- Ski as much as possible
I only have 119 days left before the resort closes. I need to make them count.