Snow and more snow
26 March 2013 | Sun Peaks
Jane, sunny with snow still fantastic
Not sure where the time has gone, but in the next few days we leave Sun Peaks having spent the ski season here. We arrived on the 13 December and the night we arrived the snow began to fall big time. The powder days, before popping back to Vancouver for Christmas with the kids, were amazing and have continued all through the season. Magic.
We decided this winter to get as fit as possible, with Russ encouraging me to join him in the Masters Race Training. I thought okay it will help my ski-ing, but little did I know how much fun it was going to be. Every Sunday we trained with Justin, our Coach, and George (his Dad who is a local instructor) how to race through gates. There was normally 4-10 other ex racers with us and the encouragement everyone gave me was tremendous - I have never raced before.
Fridays were race day, and the pressure was on as all the locals are old timers at this game. I must admit I was very proud of myself, especially as I came 2nd in the last two races, and overall 3rd in my league. Russell placed 3rd in his group of locals too, so we are very happy bunnies. We also got some great door prizes, the last one being a night at The Rosedale Hotel in Vancouver who sponsor the racing here!
Sun Peaks is a little (secret) gem and we have fallen in love with the place. It is about 4.5 hrs from Vancouver, so not too far for family and friends to come visit, and the community is wonderful. We have made a ton of new friends and the ski-ing is some of the best we have ever experienced. My brother, who is a very keen skier and has a ski apartment in France, was very impressed when he visited us. We had a ton of fun together with lots of special memories We have found that the slopes here are never crowded with lift line ups rare. The snow is light and fluffy and there are always lots of groomed run. The Sun Guides are wonderful to ski with and showed us all kinds of unknown terrain to ski/board on. We have skied most days, some harder than others, and I know in months to come we will reminisce about the amazing winter lifestye we have enjoyed here.
We decided in December that we would put our house in Vancouver on the market in February, to test out the market. The time was right and we were very happy that we held out for the asking price; which we eventually got - so we are now (well soon to be) real Nomads. Time to sell all of our “stuff” or give it to the kids, with the rest in storage for when we eventually settle down ….
Easter will be spent in Vancouver; with a garage sale on Sunday. We hope to spend lots of time with the kids (both who are on top form) and catch up with some friends before we leave to return to Ta-b our boat on the 11th April. We plan to move west across the Meditterean this summer so we can cross back to the Caribbean at the end of November. Rum punches, carnival and steel drums are calling us, plus snorkeling with my fishie friends.
We will however return to Sun Peaks, it has been such a great experience, and we look forward to reconnecting with the many friends we have made. Photos do not do it justice, but there are a few in the gallery that will give you glimpse of our time here.