Day 52 – Ski the Peak (Feb 7, 2009)

Today I had no lessons in the morning so I took both my snowboard and my skis up the gondola (Man ! is it Heavy !!). My friend Richard said I look like a traveling sports equipment salesman. There were not much new snow overnight so I was expecting everything to be icy.
Very Crowded at Grouse Mountain Feb 9, 2009 (taken from the top of Peak Chair)

On my first run I went down Centennial, there was a ski slolam race going on for the Tyee ski club so the left side of the run was closed. Buckhorn was also closed due to the race. Only the right half of Centennial was open so I went down it. It was just a sheet of ice. There was absolutely no soft snow covering it. I was glad my instructor at Cypress taught me how to carve on edge so I was able to go down it without too much problem. I wish I had sharpened my skis before coming down this run though. When I got up to the Peak via the Olympic Chair, I calmed myself and gathered enough courage to go down the Peak. If the Peak was as icy as Centennial, there was no way I was going down on skis; it will be on my butt instead like last time.

When I went down the peak, the snow was amazingly soft. It was still a bit crunchy, but there was half a foot of soft stuff on top. I lapped the peak a few times using the Peak Chair and that’s the first time I realized the advantage of the newly-built Peak Chair. Most people find the Peak Chair useless because it takes you up to the same place as Olympic Chair. When the Peak Chair was built, it was for the purpose of accessing more terrains in the tree, but we did not have enough snow this year to ski down through the trees. I think the Peak Chair is for skiers that just want to lap the Moguls and the Peak without going all the way down to the bottom of Olympic. There is also never any line ups at the Peak Chair so it is good for people who hates lining up for half an hour at the Olympic Chair. One more advantage of the Peak Chair is that it gives tourists access to the top of the Mountain (without forcing them to walk up) where the new Zip Line is.

In the afternoon, I taught two never-ever lessons back to back, walking up and down the bunny hill for 4 hours straight.

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