Two weeks ago, I moved to Whistler from Vancouver. Here, I’m on the edge of a cliff right now. Nevertheless, The cliff is not on the top of the mountain, when people hear Whistler, everyone associates it with a 360° covered with powder white beautiful snow mountain landscape. This means, I’m at a critical moment in my life. The bottom line is I’m broke at the biggest ski resort in north America.
Vancouver was a beautiful city and I loved it there, I had a good experience in the summer time, After summer has passed, I was living in a private room with good housemates, I got kitchen job with king coworkers and delicious free food and I started this website. If I stayed there and found one more job after I opened the website, I would have lacked nothing. I could buy food, cigarettes, beer, I could take a good rest in my room and I wouldn’t feel hungry and cold as I feel now.
So, Why did I move here?
Whistler is located at 125km north of Vancouver. It has a permanent population of approximately 9,965, plus a larger but rotating “transient” population of workers from beyond BC, notably from Australia and Europe, and Over two million people visit Whistler annually for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in summer, mountain biking at Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler has been voted among the top destination in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. This year, Whistler mountain will celebrate 50 years since an official opening day of Whistler mountain.
My first visit was 2 months ago, after I finished my days in drawing portraits on Wreck beach. I didn’t explain to you in the first place Who am I, What am I doing and Why am I in Canada? (I promise you that everything will be clear in time.) Anyway, I visited Whistler because I was having an interview with one of the many workplaces I applied at randomly after the summer.
At that time, I was already working as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Vancouver but I was interviewing for jobs in Whistler black comb and also enjoying the sightseeing. In the end, I failed that interview, but after that meeting, I dropped some of my resumes, because I spent a lot of money for renting a car, so I might as well do it, and I met a chef who is the top chef of one of the biggest restaurants in Whistler.
“I will hire you from the middle of November.”
“If you will be our dishwasher, I can pay you $13.50 + tips.”
What the hell is going on in Whistler!!??
From that day, the words “$13.50+tips” was always in my head. But If I work there, I have to get some accommodation in Whistler, and so I started searching for it with FB and craigslist. It was too expensive and if somebody posted something, over 30 comments would appear on that post, even though, it was more than $1,000 per month for renting a bed.
It makes me want to move there even more. Why does everybody want to move there over the winter season and what will there be going on at that time? How is life at the biggest ski resort and How beautiful is the huge snow mountain where everybody comes to ski from over the world.
In 2 months, I visited Whistler 3 more times to look for a room and Fortunately, I found one at Creekside (13min from Whistler village by bus) and I was ready to move to Whistler. But It was a long way until that time, because I was thinking a lot on which place I want to live more.
If I move Whistler I can get a better salary but that is a very expensive resort with high prices. If I move there I can meet a lot of people from all over the world and we can enjoy snowboarding on the mountain, but I already met a lot of good people in Vancouver and I don’t really like snowboarding. If I move there I have to sleep with 3 people in one room, but IF I stay in Vancouver I have a private room. If I move there I can have the experience of living in a ski resort, furthermore it is the biggest ski resort in North America. If I don’t move there, I wouldn’t have an experience like this.. But I really love Vancouver..
I was thinking about Which to choose night and day. I consulted with my best friend from Japan every day and she was also thinking a lot for me.
If I move there.. If I stay here.. but If I move there.. because here is….
Then, I asked my friends on FB, because we couldn’t make a decision.
Everybody kindly commented on my post and finally, I chose to move to Whistler.
“You should try. If you don’t like it there, you can come back to Vancouver”
“Vancouver will always be here if you decide to back!!”
Why didn’t I think of that!!??
When I read their comment, I remembered that I am a writer. I can write in my book about how an awesome place Vancouver is, but if I enjoy Whistler, I can write how an awesome country Canada is. Well, Let’s move to Whistler!!
I talked with my restaurant’s chef and my housemate in Vancouver. Even though it was very short notice, they gladly agreed to it, and they told me that I can come back if I want to return to Vancouver.(That’s why I love Vancouver..) I also got a lot of good items for snowboarding with craigslist and I moved to Whistler in 1 week from when I decided the way I’m gonna spend my winter season.
When I asked about my salary, to make sure about it with the chef of Whistler, my mind went blank and I saw only white as the falling snow in Whistler.
“I can pay you $11.50+tips”
“But you said 13.50 plu…”
“No. I can pay $11.50+tips”
At that time, My bank account had only 60 bucks in it because I spent a lot of money for moving to Whistler and buy the snowboard set.
This story is about How I survived at the ski resort which is the biggest in North America and rich people from all over the world come here to enjoy their vacation.
The mountain seems higher than I imagined in Vancouver.
To be continued..