Day 92 – Fresh Powder at Grouse

well, it’s the end of spring break for most, so there are absolutely no one on the hill, ok, maybe less than a hundred skiers/riders for 3 chair lifts, which means no line ups.  I got my CSIA level 1 two weekends ago and have been teaching 8 hours a day for 4 days last week.  So much snow has been coming down in the last few days that there is untouched snow everywhere yet the hill looks empty.  While most Australian / New Zealand instructors are preparing to go home for another winter season, I’m going to stay here and enjoy the beautiful Vancouver Summer.  Time to find another job and catch up on my blog and post photos and videos from the last 2 month or so.

I got my Snowboard Officials certificate level 1 last week and volunteered for my first Regional event – RBC Riders’ Snowboard Cross at Cypress Mountain.  It was for 6-14 year old kids and hosted by the First Nations Snowboard Team but open to everyone within the age category.  I volunteered as a gate judge, it was quite a fun event seeing little ones sideslipping all the way down the hill without a single turn and the older kids flying and carving between the flags.  I can definitely see some future Olympians in the competition.

The Quicksilver Showdown over the city is coming up on Friday and Saturday this week at Grouse Mountain, be sure to check it out, it will consists of 60 foot jumps and many big features you only see on snowboard DVD’s. They’ve already started building the jumps at the lower peak.


Day 82 – Exams…delayed blog posts

it’s been a hectic month of exams, only 8 more days of exams to go spanning over a 3 week period.  Been on Snow 12 hours a day almost everyday. I want to write about the amazing knee deep dry powder we had on Sunday, but I sprained my wrist that day.  I also want to post the new trails I found in the trees with the skis on and some nice drops.  I also want to write more about my interview withVASS racer Mark Hopkins, the 48 hours of Winter, and the new Zip Line which is really scary.  All this will have to wait until April when my exams are over.

now back to studying…

48 Hours of Winter @ Grouse Mountain (Timelapse)

Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) Challenge Cup (Feb 26, 2009) – Video

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Event hosted by VASS

Video of Mark Hopkins and Jess Sloss in Action at the VASS Challeng Cup at Grouse Mountain.  An Interview I had with Mark Hopkins will be posted later.

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