A Reason

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Rocks painted with nature. Clouds and mountains intertwine when they want to meet.

Life is full of memories and blurs.

Whistler.

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Getting Catty on the Cat Track

As a very beginner skier I have yet to stumble upon a cat tracks.  While in conversation with my mountain dwelling friends, I grew quite curious as to knowing what is the purpose of these cat tracks. At first, I thought they were related to animal prints in the snow but I was very wrong.

A cat track, as defined by skis.com is a “relatively flat paths used by Snowcats to move around a mountain. These are often used by skiers and snowboarders as well to reach different areas within a resort.”

Cat track image belonging to www.jimmymacofphoenix.com

Cat track image belonging to http://www.jimmymacofphoenix.com

From my understanding, there is a slight incline so that you still have momentum. A friend of mine recently witnessed a serious accident on a cat track so this blog is dedicated to sharing some rules and pointers to avoid injury and bloody faces.

I reached out to  my friends and here is what I have come up with:

  • Don’t make big turns
  • ”Don’t use a cat track like its run…new skiers tend to make big turns, and cause everyone behind them to have to figure out how they’ll be able to get by them.” -Phalyn
  • “Always leave room between yourself and the edge, in case someone needs to pass you on that side. Even if you’re going fast…someone is probably going faster.” -Max
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Moneca shared, “If u are getting on to a cat track, make sure u slow down and check uphill for people. Be prepared for the new terrain, sometimes it’s a jolt from what u were just on. Skiers, please keep ur poles close, nothing is as annoying as poles flying around expectantly.
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  • “Look uphill before stopping abruptly (uphill may be behind you).” – Max
  • Never flat base
  • “If passing close to somebody, shout “on your left/right.” -Max
  • Steve’s tip is, “I’d say just remember that boarders can see much better one way vs. the other so avoid cutting close to them on their heel side…also, warning people with the ‘on your left/right’ is cool if you’re really close but if you’re going to make a clean pass anyways there’s no need to yell at people. I hate that!
  • “Don’t pass people going Mach 10 RIGHT next to them.” -Max

So, if you find yourself on a cat track, try and follow some of these tips. I hope to one day be good enough to make it on a cat track. If someone else isn’t following these rules, don’t get catty. Meow.

To follow my mountain life journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

Security!

This past weekend was the first ever Family Day in British Columbia, which meant a long weekend for most of us. So, I sacrificed a weekend of skiing to spending time with my family…in Winnipeg. This meant about 12 hours of travel in 4 days.

I feel like I spend a lot of time in airports because I love to travel and have been travelling since an early age.  I’m going to share with you some of my highlights from airport adventures…specifically security.

HighLowlights:

Age 17 – I got hired to work at a summer camp in Cleveland, Georgia, so I had to fly to Atlanta. The summer camp “forgot” to give me the proper documentation (aka A WORK VISA) and so when it came time to clear customs…I failed. A scary man who did not understand what I meant by “going to be a camp counselor at a Jewish Summer Camp in America” and yelled me at for hours. Eventually, after many hours of crying and talking to the Director of the Camp, they let me though on a J1 Visa.  Little did I know I was now “red flagged” at the US border. Note: this was the wrong Visa.

Age 17-23 – ANY TIME I WANTED TO CROSS THE BORDER. I was pulled aside and asked what I was doing in the USA with a J1 Visa if I wasn’t a student. Note: A J1 Visa is a student visa and I was never a student.  I was usually in interrogation for 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours. That made travelling fun. One magical day, the head of security was there and lifted my red flag. I no longer have “those issues.”

Age 22 – After living in Edmonton to 8 months I made the hard decision to move to Vancouver. The day I moved I was very, very sick and really sad to leave my friends (especially Chase who took me to the airport). I was a hot mess and security found a corkscrew in my bag. This caused for a delayed and detailed search of me. I guess they thought I would open too many bottles on the airplane.

This past weekend – My carryon was searched 3 times because something showed up on the x-ray that looked like a knife. After searching my stuff and me over and over again….they found and confiscated a dirty butter knife.

This past weekend – Security was not busy and so I was “chosen for a random security test.” The creepy man swabbed my waist, hip, shoe and hand for explosive materials. Is that even legal? He was in my bubble. I did not have any explosive materials on me. Phew

Exposed

Exposed

So, these are just some of my many run-ins with security. Has anything crazy ever happened to you?

To follow my mountain life journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

 

The Commute (To and From Whistler)

This past weekend I was achieving a new personal goal.  I took an ADR (or Dubbing) workshop in Vancouver. I have a goal to be paid for voiceover work and more specifically, I’d like to be a cartoon octopus. Marcy Goldberg put on this voice workshop (it was run by Randi Reidiger) and I highly recommend training from them (very successful and powerful women).

So, I sacrificed a day on the mountain to learn how to read flaps and perform WALLA noises. The biggest challenge, for me, was getting to and from Vancouver…without a car. I usually plan my trips for when Shayne goes down so I can get a ride. This weekend I was on my own.

Getting back and forth from Vancouver can be challenging if you don’t have a car but here are the many alternative ways that you can get to a from:

  1. Hitchhike. All you need to do is stand at the side of the highway, stick out your thumb and wait. It helps if you look like a clean member of society (maybe, take a shower).
  2. Greyhound. There are many different prices for the same trip. The 2 cheapest ways are: If you want to travel back and forth often, you can buy a book of 20 tickets and it will cost you $14 per ticket OR you can buy it online and print the ticket yourself.
  3. Get  a ride. There may be someone you know, with a car, going to and from the city. Maybe you need to plan your trip around them and chip in for gas, but it’s worth it.
  4. If you have deep pockets, you can take a floatplane. This will cost you more that $160 each way but will get you there the fastest.
Vancouver or Bust

Vancouver or Bust

Whistler is a far enough away  from the city that you can say that you live in the mountains but close enough that you can zip down for the day without feeling too isolated. It helps when you need a vacation and can’t afford to go to Mexico. How often do you travel to “the city” if you don’t live there?

I apologize for the missed post. Someone close to me passed away and I had to re-prioritize my attention. RIP Hart.

To follow my mountain life journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers!