Tarzan, Queen of the Mountain

Have you ever had the experience of flying? This would be: bungee jumping, sky diving, zip lining, parasailing, etc….

Recently, I was given the chance to fly through the rainforest with my aunt and cousin when we went zip lining with Ziptrek.

We did the Eagle Tour and it took about 3 hours. It’s fun for people of all ages and you must not be scare of heights. I never went upside down because I’m lame and it makes me dizzy but my family members were adventurous. Would I go again? Heck YES! Should you go, HECK Yes!

It’s amazing to have the flying sensation. Anyone can be Tarzan or at least pretend.

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20130407-140812.jpgThe second picture is my cousin taking off….he looks like a blur. The last picture is my Aunt zipping upside down. She looks like a dot but this was the best picture I could get. I find it artistic.

Ziptreck also has an eco side to their tours. Throughout the day we learn facts about our surroundings (nature) and the company also gives back to the community. They support organizations such as Kiva, The Whistler Community Service Society and more! Go. Have fun. FLY!

Trading Adrenaline for Tranquillity

There is something magical about a place that exists (amongst  where you live) that allows you to escape life and reality.  Slightly up in the mountains, nestled perfectly to showcase a magical view, lies Scandinave Spa. This past weekend I had my second visit there and was accompanied by Val, Shayne’s mom. I decided to treat us to the bathes (no, not actual bathes but hot tubs, a steam room and other glorious things).

Here is what you need to know:

  • There is no talking
  • It is not cheap
  • You spend the day in your bathing suit
  • You have the option to rent a fluffy robe

If you are someone who loves Vicks Vaporub you will love the Eucalyptus Steam Room. I had such a clear nasal passage. Sauna fan? Spend some time in the Finnish Sauna. Not a fan of either, jump in the hot tubs!

View from above

View from above

The ritual is: hot (10-15 minutes), cold (20-30 seconds) and relax (however long you want).

We had a blast and we tried to keep chatting to a minimum  (which was hard for two chatty Kathy’s). There are no kids allowed and they offer  various massage services.

It’s worth spending some time there (alone, with friends, with a sexy date or your boyfriend’s mom) and if you are a Pemberton or Whistler local it will only cost you $35 for the bathes on Tuesday. I’ll be going over and over again, will you join me?

Namaste.

Mind, Body and Sole Resources: Putting on a Ski Boot

So, today is Sunday which means I missed my midweek post. I had it ready to go on Monday but then 50cm (ish) of snow fell if Pemberton  and I had to become friends with Shayne’s shovel. Also, going to yoga after work means that I don’t get home until 7:30….and then I begin by night routine. The week slipped away!

What I want to share with you is how to put on a ski boot. It is an art. I hear it is best to buy ski boots with 4 Buckel  because if you only have 3 and break the top one it is hard to find a replacement. I tried to make a video but I found a better one that is slightly better quality than mine.

A blog about boot fitting will happen later but watch this video to learn how to put a ski boot on:

Recap on the buckle closing order:

1. Upper cuff buckle (most important strap)

2. Top buckle and power strap

3. 2nd foot buckle

4. Toe buckle (keeps snow out)

I still need a bit of help getting into mine because the tongue is so stiff. It is okay to ask for help and no one will judge you if you have to watch the above video 4 times……I did!

There is a technique to putting on a ski boot. Who would have thought?

To follow my skiing 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! 

Mind, Body and Sole Resources: Part 1

Being a new skier, I’m constantly seeking tips, tricks and resources to help me be the best that I can be. Skiing is a mind, body and soul (or sole) experience so here are 3 resources that I have discovered so far:

  1. Mind:  There is no law stating that you have to wear a helmet but after living up here long enough, you meet a significant amount of people who have suffered mountain related concussions. So, I choose to wear a helmet….which I bought at Fanatykco.

Mine is a Scott Helmet, It has MIPS (extra protection for my brain) and looks soooo sexy:

My new SCOTT Helmet

My new SCOTT Helmet

  1. Body: Do you ever wonder how many calories you can burn while skiing? Well, I do. I Googled my heart out and came across this nifty (and feel good) skiing calorie counter. I’m not sure how accurate it is but it is on a reputable website  (SELF.com) and it says I burn a lot of calories. So, I choose to listen to it:
Skiing Calorie Counter

Skiing Calorie Counter

  1. Sole: The reality of Ski socks did not exist in my knowledge base until a week before I went skiing. Shayne asked me if I had ski socks. Ski socks? Huh?  This is what I learned: Ski socks are usually made of synthetic materials (not cotton) and are almost as high as the knee (to fit under the boot). Hypothetically, if your ski boots fit well, you should have a thin pair of socks and they will keep your feet warm.
Fanatyk Co socks on the left and Dissent socks on the right

Fanatyk Co socks on the left and Dissent socks on the right

You can find some of these socks at Fanatykco. They carry their own brand, which are very popular for the locals, and Dissent Lab socks. Remember, you cannot ski without socks because that would just be silly and weird!

These are 3 resources/items that I find helpful as a beginner and you should find them helpful, too! If not, just lie and say you do!

To follow my skiing 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!