So, probably It’s about time I wrote about my Whistler life. About 4 weeks ago I received a message from a parent company of my hotel where I’m working as a housekeeper. The content of the mail was about getting a free season pass which is my company’s privilege for employees. I went to get it, and I tried to go on the mountain to snowboard that weekend. That is to say, the true meaning of Whistler life started that day.
Actually, I haven’t been with a snowboard many times and I don’t really like snowboarding. But I thought if I stay in the ski resort, I would snowboard often and I’m definitely gonna like it.
So, What on earth is Whistler exactly? Why is Whistler the biggest ski resort in North America?
First, I want you to see this map.
Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort has 2 mountains called Blackcomb mountain and Whistler mountain with the most skiable in North America. Spanning 8,171 acres, the vast and varied and the biggest difference in elevation is 1 mile. I think you can’t see details of this map because this is too huge, but there are 200 courses and 37 ski lifts. Two side-by-side mountains are connected by the Guinness World Record holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola (2.73 miles in length and The required time to ride is 11 minutes.) and supported by one of the largest networks of the high-speed chairlift in the world. Furthermore, If you do heli-skiing, you can enjoy 432,000 acres!!
For your information, This is the biggest ski resort in Japan called Shiga Kogen. Whistler-Blackcomb is 8 times bigger than it!! (If you do heli-skiing, It’s gonna be over 450 times bigger!!) So, enough talk about Whistler, Anyway My first ride day has come!!
My house is located in Creekside which is beneath the Whistler mountain and on the lower right of the ski map. It’s 13 min from Whistler village by bus which is the center of the Ski resort and center below on the map, and that’s wy it’s not crowded as Whistler village. But there is a market which is available to buy the minimum necessary food, the Tim Hortons to concentrate on writing posts and the hotel where I’m working as a housekeeper, all in 3 min from my house. Furthermore, the most attractive point of my house is the 3 min to Creekside Gondola!! It means I can get to Whistler mountain in 20 min since I wake up, brush my teeth, eat some breakfast change my clothes, then put my boots, goggles, gloves and bring my snowboard.
So, enough talk about my house’s location, Anyway My first ride day has come!! That day, I arrived in front of Creekside Gondola at 10:30 am and I was nervous about my first ride because I haven’t snowboarded in a long time and also, I was exciting about Seeing how awesome the top of the mountains are. I didn’t know how to ride a gondola but the staff led me to the gondola with a girl and an elderly couple. We introduced ourself to each other, and I told that it is my first day to ride in Whistler and I’m nervous now. An elderly couple who are from Vancouver are very kind and they taught me to ride on a ski lift from the end of the gondola and explained some tips of this ski resort on the lift. 200 courses of Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort are classified into 4 different difficulty courses. Easier courses for beginners are the green circle sighs and intermediate courses are the blue square sign. “Don’t go to black diamond if you are a beginner!” they continued explaining. The black diamond sign means difficult courses for advanced, then the most difficult courses for experts are double black diamond!!
Actually, I had an appointment to snowboard with a friend from Vancouver. I split up with the elderly couple and I went to the appointed place to meet her. I met her at Wreck beach, Vancouver, the first time, I drew her portrait and we had enjoyable times. She came to the beach to skimboard the whole summer season and I remember that she was stoic to improve her skim-boarding and I admire that about her. Anyway, I went to the appointed place but that place where she suggested me to meet was an entrance to a snowboarding park.
I met her there and she kept going into the park without asking me how well I can snowboard. She went to a jump ramp and she jumped it but I couldn’t jump and I could barely follow her on the side road. However, the next destination where she went looked like a very difficult course. I happened to find a sign and, of course, it said the black diamond. “Let’s go this way!!” She said that, then she kept going down that way. “But I can’t go down because…” I tried to shout to her but she was already far away. I had no choice but to try and go down this way.
There was a steep slope to freeze up and a lot of moguls as I’ve never seen before, even though, I didn’t snowboard well yet. Of course I fell down a lot, I hit the ground a lot. I was remembering that word which they taught me at that time. That word was a very kind word and I’m sure that the elderly couple had big consideration for me. “Don’t go to black diamond if you are a beginner!” I was realizing what that word meant but It was too late to turn back. I fell down again and again, I happened to look down to her and she sat down quietly at the end of the course, and she was waiting for me. “I knew that I can’t go down the black diamond” I looked down from a high with a steep slope, I couldn’t stop laughing for some reason.
After 10 min, I could somehow finish snowboarding to the end of the course and I finally got beside her. “Let’s ride the lift and ride down again!!” She said that, then she kept going to ride the lift and I had no choice but to follow her.
As soon as we arrived at the end of the lift and snowboarded down the mountain again, I lost sight of her but I thought that is was a necessary consequence. Also, I thought that my snowboarding skill is fu*king shit and if I can make friends and make a plan to ride with them, It’s gonna be terrible and I will probably cause them trouble.
Well, I should practice to improve snowboarding and I should be able to snowboard at least the black diamond course. I swear that I’ll practice snowboarding and If I can meet her next time again, I’ll be able to snowboard with her without making her wait.
I set my goal that I’ll be able to catch her on the mountain and the true meaning of my Whistler life started.