12 Apr, 2008
Yesterday I flew to Denver, then Seattle and then drove my ass up to Whistler. I landed in Seattle at 9:30pm and arrived in Whistler by 3:30am. It was quite a journey to make it but I was dedicated and with a 4-pack of Red Bull I made it.
I’ve been to Whistler-Blackcomb many times, when I used to live in Seattle it was a trip I made a couple times a year so I’m familiar with the mountains and the village.
Today I woke up with 4 hours of sleep in a friends condo here in Whistler. Most of the people I’m staying with are snowboard.com friends including Joe, Mike, Kendra, and Karmel. We’ve hung out before and had good times and definitely this trip is about good times.
We headed up to ride Blackcomb for the day. Since we were on the mountain before 9am…it was a bit icy and hardpacked conditions. Every snowboarder coming down the mountain, you could hear in advanced as they scraped on the ice coming down.
Joe made sure to tell us there is a reason no one gets up this early in the spring…multiple times in the morning as we realized it was too early.
Conditions were hardpacked in the morning and slush in the afternoon. The sun was shining most of the day with the peaks only having small amounts of winds.
Looking up at the view
Caught some of the guys riding down after a lap on 7th Heaven.
While our group took off on one of the runs, Kendra and Mike stayed behind. They met in Whistler 2 years ago and have dated since. So it was only appropriate that Mike proposed to Kendra on the mountain in Whistler. I snapped this shot right after they re-joined our group. Everyone is giggling.
It is a small world. After eating lunch, I walk outside of the Glacier Creek Lodge and see the owner of Powder Pursuits back in Steamboat Springs! I gave a big hug to Chris and said hi to the rest of the stafff. They are here in Whistler for their annual company trip. It was awesome to see them and such a small world. The funny thing is later on at one of the bars I ran into Gorio who is the Evo buyer, he’s also in Whistler this week. We had some good talks about gear for next year. Definitely one of my favorite people to talk to about snowboards and bindings.
Moselle came and joined us for some beers as well. She kept missing us on the mountain today.
The Big Air competition was in the base of the village at the end of the night, so we went in to watch for a little bit before heading out to dinner.