6th January 2009
A nine and a half hour flight and an 8 hour time difference make for a confused body clock.
Being on the coast Vancouver generally doesn't get large amounts of snow however 2-3 days before I was due to fly to Vancouver they had so much snow that the BA flights got diverted to Seattle. Fortunately the weather cleared and I had no such problems. When I landed in Vancouver it was raining, which normally means that is snowing in Whistler which indeed it was! By the time I reached Whistler there was a good foot of fresh snow on the ground, unfortunately the snow had also turned to rain which lasted for nearly 36 hours. Normally rain at ski resort would be a bad thing but in this case it was a good thing as Whistler has been experiencing some abnormal weather conditions which has left the resort with faceted snow and a high risk of avalanche.
Having arrived on the Tuesday night, Wednesday was effectively an admin day some introductory talks about safety and what to expect over the coming weeks. Thursday was a free day and a chance to get out on the slopes for the first time.
Friday was the first instruction day the main objective being to get people into similar ability groups. My instructor for the first week is Swedish and during the summer she occasionally works as a chemist for the same company that Helen does - how spooky is that! The first day also fulfilled a phrophecy made by an instructor friend at Sundayriver (this means you Troy!) that throughout the course we would constantly reminded about hand position!.