Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Skiing BC and Views from the Mountains

One of the great gifts of being in British Columbia is that we have access to downhill skiing nearby; I thoroughly enjoyed skiing the mountains of Colorado as a kid in Vail and Steamboat Springs and the last decade or so with our friends Rob and Carla in Beaver Creek and Keystone. I do find though that having mountains nearby makes the venture a bit more accessible and affordable: 1) the mountains are within 30-45 minutes from our home so when we are done skiing, we go home; 2) there is a Grade 4 and 5 program where kids skiing virtually for free (Isaac skied 3xs on the local Cypress Mtn., and we paid $10 total for his three lift tickets) and 3) similar to the case of skiing Colorado, so friends here offer great opportunities; last night I went up to Grouse Mountain with a friend to do some night skiing- I skied for free on a friend pass. Earlier this year, I stayed at a friend's condo while skiing Whistler-Blackcomb, a destination spot for avid skiers all around the world.

In addition to creating memories with my kids (especially through all the difficulty and grief of missing Nebraska), we were able to partake in some amazing views of BC, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here are some pictures through the season:

Isaac and his friend Isaac on Cypress Mtn.

Calvin with Isaac on Cypress Mtn.

Mike and Mia on Cypress Mtn.

The View of Howe Sound from the Top of Cypress Mtn.

Scene from Cypress Mtn.

Mike and Friend Wes Skiing Whistler-Blackcomb

The View from Whistler-Blackcomb

Calvin Enjoying Juice on Cypress Mtn.

Mike Enjoying Night Skiing on Grouse Mtn. (Vancouver in Background)

The Sun Setting on Grouse Mtn.

The Night View of Vancouver from Grouse Mtn.

Mike and Friend Peter Night Skiing on Grouse Mtn.

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