Right after my lecture to the kids on changeable mountain weather – about 30 minutes after the shot of Noodle in the tub on the earlier post – Brixton Boy took this shot from the terrace:
Hard to believe that in less than 4 weeks this will be a golfers paradise …..
STOP PRESS: Saturday’s Forecast is blue skies and unlimited visiblity.
Springtime in Whistler and the bears are stirring. And we met a surreal sight yesterday as a brown bear wandered across the Fairway at the bottom of our incredibly short garden … chased by a golf buggy.
I swear I could hear the driver.. ‘Give me back my ball!!’
That’ll be a drop shot and four strokes pal.
Meanwhile, elsewhere the snow is falling atop the mountain, which means rain lower down and crapola visibility for yours truly. But the new snow is welcome and has made a difference to the conditions.
I just wish I had some new legs.. hopeless.. note to self: get fit next year!
BBQing tonight with friends so must get busy in the kitchen as the girls are having a night off. Oh, and got to pick up the kids from ski school first.
Thought this was supposed to be a holiday!
Mixed blessings for the last couple of days. Yesterday was a a rest day (read: too knackered to move) and today was a bit of everything. First, we did one run to get our legs warm and then went up the Peak – which looked better than Harmony which was solid cloud.
Sweet run down The Saddle and then on to Franz’s which was hard and icy. Toolkit Tim, the Dentist and I went on to the red chair and then back up the peak for another go. Less viz, more bumps and not as satisfying.
Next we went over to Harmony and found some good snow, mixed viz and cloud. We had a second go and found too much hard pack so headed in for coffee. Two runs later and we were at Chic Pea for lunch.
And it started to snow in earnest. We bided our time with another coffee and then headed off down Whisky Jack. Not great, heavy snow falling as sleet and eventually rain. Hard to see, heavy to ski on and … yes.. wet. Yuk.
One more run, just to be sure and then I headed off to download from Olympic Station. Soggy and thirsty we landed at the Longhorn for a couple before picking up the kids from school and heading home to the hot tub.
Best run of the day? The hot tub, closely followed by the first run down the Saddle.
The freezing level continues to stay resolutely high at 1,500 to 1,800 m and the rain is both eroding the base and ruining the important bit that you ski on… hence we are keeping a weather eye on the err, weather.
Snow is forecast for later in the week along with gales. All in all not looking the best… but you never know with mountain weather. Let’s keep positive!
(with apologies for those of you who don’t know Whistler Mountain, piste map here)
News from Hong Kong that an Illegal Meat Roasting operation has been smashed will allow many of us to sleep easy in our beds tonight. Apparently officers of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department raided a factory during a blitz operation on Tuesday.
Approximately 540kgs of meat, roasting equipment and an LPG cylinder were confiscated from premises in Kowloon City and a man has been charged.
Phew. Next I hear they will be all over the illegal vegetable boiling, fruit peeling and sauce making. These practices are rife across Sai Kung to my certain knowledge.