Arrival to Sun Peaks

Arrival to Sun Peaks

Snow’s it going? 

We finished our 14 day quarantine and now we have moved on to our new home for the next four months in Sun Peaks, BC. 
When we finally got out of our Air BnB like moles returning to the surface we were surprised (and a bit annoyed) to see a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains. A sight to behold for anyone even when you had only seen the inside of a flat for the last fortnight.

We spent the first day out sightseeing in Vancouver including a bicycle tour of Stanley Park where we saw a family of racoons hanging out on a tree. In the evening, we went to meet an old colleague for dinner at the ramen noodle restaurant Jinya and then went home to sleep before our flight the following day.
The flight was a short 45 mins in a dinky little plane with propellers and less than 20 passengers. The views from out the window were stunning and it was just miles of mountain ranges, lakes and snowy peaks. We landed in Kamloops at around 14:45 where we were greeted by our (slightly eccentric) driver Gordon who took us on another 45 minute journey up to Sun Peaks ski resort.
 
The views on the drive up were sublime and Gordon pointed out all the different mountains and told us their names and some histories about them. We asked if there were any moose or bears in the area and he said they were rare but deer, mountain lions and coyotes were slightly more common. There is also apparently one fox that lives in the resort who is not afraid of humans.

We arrived at the resort at around 4pm and our new boss Silvia at Sun Peaks Lodge showed us to our new home which is a fantastic hotel room with a kitchenette and king-sized bed. We couldn’t believe how nice it is and when she left us to unpack our things we jumped around the room in excitement. 

Later on that evening, we walked around the village and enquired in a few ski shops about hiring some gear. We got measured up and rented snowboards, boots and helmets for $50 each until 6pm the following day. We went out to a pub across the road from our hotel and had dinner out. The streets are really quiet still because the season hasn’t officially opened yet.
The next day we headed to the slopes to practice snowboarding for the very first time. We went up the carpet lift on the smallest slope and managed to fall over spectacularly every time on the way down. We stopped to have a break and a late breakfast before attempting the slightly bigger ‘rabbit slopes’. We tried to use the button lift but fell on the first few attempts in front of some of the smallest kids I’ve ever seen on skis, who made us look very amateur.

After a few successful button lifts up we actually started to get the hang of it! We both made it down a few times in a row without falling and it started to click, I convinced Shell to go up on the chair lift which carried on for 15 minutes, a lot further than either of us expected. We followed the easiest route down and fell over loads but it was good experience, when we got to the bottom I decided to go back up and do it again.

That evening we got a supermarket delivery from Kamloops which we ordered before arrival and then went out to give the gear back. I decided to buy a Salomon snowboard and clips, a pair of K2 boots and a helmet for a substantial fee but it will save me a lot of money compared to renting.

Our bodies are aching so bad but it is so worth it to be here. I start work on Sunday morning at 10am for my first day being trained up in the kitchen and then my following shifts are 1.30pm starts meaning I will get plenty of chances to do a few hours of morning snowboarding.

Maybe I will become… The Snowmad Trainer?

Healthy regards as always,

Matt

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