5 weeks have passed since my last post about Whistler life. I wrote about my first ride day with a friend of mine from Vancouver. I mentioned that it was a terrible day because of my shitty snowboarding skill and I went to the black diamond course for advanced because of her, even though I was really a beginner. Then, of course, I fell down a lot, I hit the ground a lot, hard and whenever I happened to look down to her, she sat down quietly at the end of the course waiting for me. Then, I couldn’t stop laughing for some reason.
This is my last post about Whistler life.
At that time, I sat my goal that I’ll be able to catch her on the mountain and I swore to practice snowboarding for it.
So, Right now, almost 9 weeks passed since that time (because I wrote about that 4 weeks ago from that post). How much did I improve snowboarding from that time? then, could I really catch her on the mountain? Today, I want to write a continuation of that story.
To be exact, my first ride day was 13th of Dec. From that day, my work was getting fu*kin busy. I worked on 4 or 5 daily shifts and also, 4 or 5 night time shifts per week, then I had to write my post if I had any free time, even though I swore that I’ll practice snowboarding. But after a few days after turning January, my daily shift as a housekeeper became one or two days shift per week because the busiest days of the year finished and probably they don’t like me. I was working hard as a housekeeper, especially, because I really cared about the small stains which nobody cared about because I have a good eyesight and I can’t ignore it if I find it. But they just judge me based on how many rooms I did, even if there were very messy rooms and I fought with them every day because I wanted to clean carefully. Anyway because of that reason, I was able to go to the mountain if I finished writing my post.
I mentioned that Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort has 200 courses and those are classified as 4 different difficulty courses. In order of difficulty, the emerald circle courses are for beginners, the blue square courses for intermediate, the black diamond courses for advanced, and the double diamond are the most difficult courses for experts.
At first, I practiced thoroughly riding on the blue square, because if I become able to ride those courses, I can go up to the top of the mountain. Waking up around 10:00 am, (I’m always attempting to wake up early for riding on fresh snow but I’ve never been able to do that.) brushing my teeth, have some breakfast, wearing boots and ski jacket, smoke a joint, drink a cup of black coffee and go to the mountain with my snowboard. At around 11:00 am, I stand on top of the mountain after a gondola ride and 2 lifts, then I turn on the music on my iPhone and start to snowboard. I used to ride to practice snowboarding on “peak to creek” course which stretches 7 miles/11 km from Whistler’s mountain peak to the creek side as its named suggests and which is right at the end of the map. I was a beginner and of course, I fell down a lot and I hit the ground hard, a lot, even though, It is still for intermediate. Innumerable crashes and hitting the ground everyday but I stood up again and again and I tried it over and over. Then after a few weeks, I stood at the beginning of the black diamond course.
Needless to say, It is such a different view from the beginning of the black diamond course, there are huge steep slopes all freeze up, a lot of moguls and pure white all around. Furthermore, if you stand on the black diamond course of the top of the mountain, you can see a whole view of the mountain and the beautiful opposite mountain which is lit up by the sunshine. I tried to ride by keeping my fast beating heart low. Adrenaline runs through my entire body, the music from my phone reaches the highest point and I ride on steep slopes with my body and soul. But if I guard down my attention even a little bit, suddenly I get terrific speed and crash into the snow and fall off violently as I can’t stop it. However, I didn’t feel bad about it, because there is a lot of fresh snow and it is painless as the easy course where everybody skis down. Then if I can ride on the fresh snow with full speed, it is so fun that I can’t describe it.
As I’m getting better at snowboarding, I’ve come to be able to understand the appeal of snowboarding and why everybody comes to Whistler ski resort. Because of riding the fresh snow, enjoying a huge number of courses, getting speed, lunch breaks, drinking beer, good exercise and enjoying time with their friends or lover..etc
But in my case..
“Because of I can face this ground nature from above with only my body and a board.”
“To became able to do what I couldn’t do yesterday.”
Of course, there are a lot of failures, crashes, impatient and painful, but if you overcome those things and you can feel getting better than last time, you can take delight with the fullness of your body. Because of that, I’m trying the double black diamond courses now.
Even though, I didn’t catch her on the mountain yet..
to be continued??