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2009 GAUNTLET SKI AND SNOWBOARD SUPPLEMENT KICKING HORSE KIMBERLEY BIG WHITE LAKE LOUISE SUNSHINE NAKISKA FERNIE CANADA OLYMPIC PARK CASTLE EDITORS : ROMAN AURITI, LAURA BARDSLEY, GEOFF MACINTOSH, CHRIS PEDERSEN CONTRIBUTORS: KATY ANDERSON, CAELI HANN, MIKE LEMMON, GINA LOITZ, JORDYN MARCELLUS, ÆNDREW RININSLAND, JON ROE, CHRIS TAIT, BRAEDEN WISEMAN THREE GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: BRITISH COLUMBIA The heavyweight champ K I C K I N G H O R S E Chris Pedersen Ski Gauntlet T ruly Kicking Horse is this year’s undeniable heavyweight champion of Canadian resorts. While other hills so far this season have not been blessed with snow- fall, Kicking Horse is well covered with small sections of rock or grass. By mid-December the hill was in fine form with all lifts open and a base of 98 centimetres. The hill isn’t for the faint of heart as there’s only one easy way down from the top of the Golden Eagle Gon- dola. Kicking Horse is situated three hours away from Calgary near the tiny mountain town of Golden, B.C. It can be done as a day trip from Geoff MacIntosh/the Gauntlet Calgary if you choose to leave early and ar- rive back in town late. For those who don’t enjoy the drive out, there are numerous hotels to stay in, with more than enough restaurants and pubs. The base has numerous restaurants 16 16 47 2 1 $67 and shops, offering everything from coffee Horse features the second longest vertical in blue, black and double black runs, which all age of terrain to explore and one could easily and sushi to the classic ski treat — hamburg- Canada. cater to experienced riders. stay a whole week and not have found every- ers and fries. Riders will have the choice of skiing Bow At Kimberley, there is something for ev- thing the mountain has to offer. With all the Kicking Horses’ runs are long, which is Over, Feuz Bowl or the Crystal Bowl, which erybody. In the bowls, cliff-crazies will find terrain, it’s worth the effort to take two days great compensation for the $70 lift ticket. all offer excellent snow, a steep descent and ample boulders to launch themselves off and to ski Kicking Horse to truly appreciate its While other resorts offer long runs, Kicking immense fun. The hill features numerous there are plenty of moguls. There is no short- grandeur. Fun to be had with smaller crowds K I M B E R L E Y be extra careful to avoid repairs. Kimberley has a good mix of runs for all levels of expertise, with the majority of runs rated intermedi- ate or expert. There is an easy path Geoff MacIntosh Ski Gauntlet down from every chair, although beginners should consider stick- T he season started just ing to the North Star quad chair before Christmas at Kim- to avoid green runs that are noth- berley this year, as the resort ing more than cat-tracks — narrow commenced operations Dec. 19. paths that are icy and less interest- The hill is by no means fully func- ing than the green runs on the front tional in these early season condi- part of the mountain. tions, with less than half of the runs Those venturing into the black open and enough exposed rock to runs will be rewarded with a taste seriously damage new gear. of what Kimberley has to offer: var- Those who braved the early sea- ied runs with just enough snow on Geoff MacIntosh/the Gauntlet son conditions were rewarded with them to be fun. the beginnings of powder on some Owner/operator Resorts of the runs. Even the groomed runs are pleasant enough and there was sur- prisingly little ice on the hill. Canadian Rockies — the largest private ski resort owner in North America with six resorts — made 13 30 23 1 0 $59 Kimberley seems to suffer from it public policy to avoid big air ter- to pull more extreme tricks might trip, fewer people will make the There is fun to be had at Kim- a small base, which doesn’t cover rain parks in favour of parks that want to shy away from RCR resorts journey. Kimberley claims smaller berley, although it was confined to up the shrubs, tree debris and rock are intended to instruct. This policy in the future. crowds when the conditions are a small number of runs early in the that litters run areas. It is possible to decreases the chance of injury. Ter- Kimberley is situated quite a dis- good. This means a better chance season. As the base increases, Kim- dodge most obstructions, but with rain park patrons disagree with the tance from Calgary and other large of untouched snow for those who berley should provide good runs as new or rental gear, one may want to necessity of this, so those looking cities, but because of this longer are willing to make the journey. long as the snow keeps falling. FOUR GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: BRITISH COLUMBIA Powder: please use responsibly Geoff MacIntosh/the Gauntlet 20 63 30 4 1 $71 BI G W HITE R E S O R T isfy your trick cravings, on a powder day, you’ll the oblivious bunnies as the beginners’ Plaza season is rumoured to be another avalanche be dying to check out what else the mountain Chair is located here. laden one, so only check out the back country has to offer. Heading west, the Powder and the Falcon if you are well prepared and accompanied by The Alpine T-Bar will take you as close to the Chairs — both old school enough to look like a buddy. mountain’s summit as you can get and is worth they belong attached to a picnic table — offer Depending on the weather and traffic, the Caeli Hann the painfully slow trip up for boarders just to incredible glades. Some of the groomers are drive up from Kelowna can last 45 minutes to Ski Gauntlet see Big White’s notorious snowghosts (trees so steep enough to keep the bunnies away and fast two hours. It’s worth staying on the hill for both B ig White’s famed “champagne loaded with snow that they’re bent over), which enough to catch some wicked air time off the the early morning riding and late night party- powder” is not served in dainty lit- are great for photos and the occasional jib sesh. rollers. ing. Snowshoe Sam’s — the only after-ski pub tle flutes, but in overflowing bowls The infamous cliff area offers advanced bowls Usually the last to open, the west Gem Lake worth going to — packs in a crazy crowd of of some of the lightest, driest, fluffi- steep enough to churn the cereal you had for area offers challenging black and double blacks, cougars, bunnies, seasonaires and drunk tour- est white stuff you’ve ever tasted. If breakfast, but tempting enough to shred all day. vast glades and wicked trees, but can often be ists every night. With the number of foreign ac- you have the time for the eight hour road trip The adrenaline rush is well worth the initial burdened by high winds and limited visibility. cents you’ll hear, you’ll think you’d made a road to B.C., Big White — with an annual snowfall of nausea. If you feel up for a bit of a hike, check You can venture into the back country from trip to another continent. 750 centimeters — will whet your powder ap- out the East Peak, which is usually only touched here, but you are best to do it with someone While Big White seems to be a little behind petite. by a few keen locals on an insane powder day. who knows their way around. Beware of recur- the gun with its late opening dates (Dec. 9 Next to Whistler Blackcomb, Big White is the Runs like the Ridge Rocket/Snowghost Ex- rent avalanches and the difficult hike out. this season), it always catches up by late De- second largest resort in B.C. but is not yet ac- press, the Bullet Express and the Black Forest Last season Big White experienced an in- cember and the whole mountain becomes companied by the same ridiculous prices, long Express usually offer tons of freshly groomed bounds avalanche that took the life of an Aus- plastered with white velvet. Priding itself in lift lines or arrogant — albeit sponsored — park trails and standard greens and blues. On your tralian worker. While the head of Ski Patrol, all 100 per cent natural snow — which is so in rats. While Big White boasts an Olympic-size way through the Village Centre to the base of Kris Hawryluik, assures that every precau- vogue these days — Big White truly lives up super pipe and an impressive terrain park to sat- the Ridge Rocket and Snowghost, watch out for tion has been taken to keep this area safe, the to its motto: “It’s the Snow.” FIVE GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: ALBERTA Newbies galore Chris Pedersen/the Gauntlet 28 51 34 4 1 $76 L A K E L O U I S E The Grizzly Express gondola is bring your own lunch. The parking a quick — albeit noisy — way to lots aren’t a far walk from the base gain elevation and the main means of Louise and it’ll save you another to reach the summit of Lake Lou- chunk of your wallet to bring food Roman Auriti ise’s Front Side. From here, there from home than to spend time in a Ski Gauntlet are a plethora of runs which cater crowded lunch bar. to any skill level. Taking the Front At the Sports Alpine Boutique at T here’s no reason to Side down yields both nice blue and Louise, the staff are as friendly as say that there isn’t any green runs for beginners and black the lifties. If you’re on the lookout good skiing in Alberta diamonds for advanced and expert for a new set of ski goggles, toques, when Lake Louise is right skiers and snowboarders. masks, helmets or just about any- on Calgary’s doorstep in From the Grizzly Express’ launch thing related to skiing, there’s an in- Banff National Park. area it’s easy to find the way to the credible assortment available. The Lake Louise’s majestic 4,200 Back Bowls. You’ll need to be a salespeople even let you try items acres of skiable terrain lies a little higher level snowboarder or skier if on. This, combined with prices that farther down the Trans-Canada you want to tackle the runs because are the same in Calgary, makes for a Highway than Sunshine Mountain they have numerous blue, black dia- pleasant stop at the boutique. and is about a quick two hour drive monds and double black diamonds Lake Louise is an enjoyable expe- through Banff National Park from trails strewn all the way across. At rience. The RCR staff at Louise are Calgary. However, anyone enter- the bottom of the bowls is Larch extremely helpful and it is obvious ing the park has to purchase a day slope, which has the unfortunate that they love what they were doing. pass in order to park within Banff. tendency to ice over because a large Since the Front Side is populated So if you’re planning to ski at Lou- part of it rests in the shade. with beginners trying new equip- ise, be sure to bring along another Lake Louise is a popular mountain ment and skills, stick to the Powder $10 to accommodate this fee. to ski, so be sure to arrive early and Bowls for the best experience. SIX GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: ALBERTA Fun in the sun Geoff MacIntosh/the Gauntlet 20 28 43 5 1 $76 S U N S H I N E are few and far between. berry chair together, then you can As for lift tickets, $75.95 for an head to some of the off-piste ski- adult day pass can cause sticker ing Sunshine has to offer and meet shock, but for the quality and lo- back up for a late lunch. Delirium Katy Anderson cation of the hill, it’s worth paying. Dive and Wild West both require Ski Gauntlet There are a couple ways you can get a beacon, a buddy and a shovel to around the steep price. If you plan ski, but with those you have ac- L ess than an hour’s on visiting the mountain more than cess to some great “out-of-bounds” drive from Calgary, Sun- twice in a season, it’s worth buying skiing. And with this season’s ava- shine boasts some of a Sunshine Card. Available at gro- lanche conditions as they are — Canada’s best snow. Av- cery stores around town, it gives many meteorologists are calling it eraging over 30 feet per you the first, fourth and seventh the worst they’ve seen in 100 years year, the snowy playground has days free, with varying discounts — it’s a great way to venture into over 3,300 acres of terrain on three on the days in between. You can the back country and feel safe. mountains. also spend a night at the mountain. Sunshine Village is located in Unfortunately, this alpine gem While it costs a bit more, the price the basin between Mt. Standish isn’t a secret. Long lines and the you pay for waking up at the base — which features a run that will price of a lift ticket can quickly is the best you’ll find. Sunshine Inn take you into B.C. and back again curb your enthusiasm. offers a night’s stay and a pass for — Lookout Mountain and Goat’s Because the parking lot was built $129. Eye. To get there you park at the before skiing went mainstream it’s With 107 runs and a season that bottom and take a gondola to the small and fills up quickly, leading lasts from mid-November to May, top. This can create a huge back-up people to park along the entrance Sunshine is a great mountain for during the morning’s peak hours, road. On peak days, cars can be found all levels of skiers, making bringing but when you’re done for the day, sidelined almost the entire way to the a friend or family member out for instead of taking the gondola down gondola’s base. There are shuttles that the first time easy. You can cruise a you can cruise the ski out — an pick people up along the way, but they couple runs off the Wawa or Straw- eight kilometre run to the base. SEVEN GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: ALBERTA Reams of gold and silver N A K I S K A Calgary, which makes it a viable alter- native to Sunshine or Lake Louise. Beginners will enjoy many of the runs off of the Silver and Olympic Chris Pedersen chairs. They’re wide and groomed, Ski Gauntlet perfect for people to practice their turns without worry of running into N owhere in Canada other skiers and boarders. The hill can you find a view as also offers lessons for all skill levels. glorious as Nakiska’s. For skiers looking for harder There isn’t a better runs, and maybe powder, have feeling than riding the no fear. Nakiska can provide this Gold chair to the top of the moun- in abundance. Experts will enjoy tain and looking out at the sun heading to the top of the Gold chair. blanketing the surrounding peaks To skiers’ right, there are some ex- in a golden hue. cellent powder runs that eventually Gorgeous scenery isn’t the only lead to leg numbing mogul runs. To thing Nakiska has to offer to skiers skiers’ left, experts can play in the and boarders. The hill caters to all trees, scream down moguls or just skill levels by offering runs perfect take the groomed run for a little for beginners, gutsy intermediate speed. Although it seems to have runs and powdery terrain suitable a bad reputation, Nakiska can pro- only for the most experienced ski- vide terrain equal to than Sunshine ers or boarders. The hill has four and Louise. chairs, over 2,400 feet of vertical When you look for a place to go Chris Tait/the Gauntlet rise, an average snowfall of 250 cen- for your next ski vacation, but do timetres per year and 750 acres of not want a long drive, head to Na- skiing, 35 of which are the glorious glades. Nakiska is located 45 minutes from kiska for a day of fun and frivolity. There is powder, speed, groomers and an amazing atmosphere. 4 20 4 2 0 $59 World class skiing 32 42 32 2 $75 F E R N I E land, or stick to the sticks as there is plenty of alpine terrain, some with massive trunks and little shrubbage to give off an enchanted forest feel. Fernie is well equipped to accomo- Gina Loitz Ski Gauntlet date snow enthusiasts of all levels and you can litterally pick the percentage T here's a reason why the of pow you want and be assured to mountain resort giant Resorts have 100 per cent fun. of the Canadian Rockies con- The resort is made famous by its tinues to hang onto Fernie Alpine powder, and not its park, so skiers and Resort and that reason falls on an av- boarders that prefer to test their tech- erage of 29 feet each year. nical skills may find Fernie, and RCR Fernie continues to gain a reputa- in general, a tad dissappointing to hit tion worldwide for its "legendary" up when the snow is not falling. powder, emblazoned on every page There are many fine establishments of their website. Although many re- located at the base of the mountain in sorts boast this same verbiage, Fernie the little village of Fernie. can actually put its money where its Start at The Griz and then head mountain is. into town because you're guaranteed Located three hours from Calgary to have as much fun during a night and nestled in the southeast corner on the town as you did on the moun- of the B.C. Rockies, it's a snow mecca tain. Fernie is notorious for its night which gets hit generously and con- scene bustling with pub-hopping po- tinuously with snow. tential and live acts from open mike, Use your skis and boards to scoop to dance floor DJ delights and live up the powder in one of Fernie's five rock n' roll. deliciously deep powder bowls which Fernie: worthy of the "legend- make for a wide open winter wonder- ary" self-acclamation. EIGHT GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: ALBERTA A trickster’s paradise Skiing music Roman Auriti • You’ll need headphones, sport CANADA OLYMPIC PARK earbuds, or, at least, a hat to go over top of your regular earbuds. Refrain from taking your old walkman to the hill. The smaller your mp3 play- er is, the better off you’ll be. Chris Pedersen Ski Gauntlet • Here are some hill tune sugges- M any people say tions bearing in mind that these “home is where the are the songs on your playlist that heart is.” In Cal- should prepare you mentally and gary, we say “home get you pumped to ski for the day: is where the half- pipe is.” COP is home to one of the “Harmonic” by Unwritten Law largest halfpipes in North America because of it’s punk beat and tun- and one of the best terrain parks ing intro. in Canada. Tricksters will not be disappointed with COP’s numerous “Like the Angel” by Rise Against tabletops, walls, rails and jumps because Rise Against write wicked to satisfy their need for air. Riders songs that stoke anyone doing must fill out a form to get into the sports. park and a helmet is mandatory. The main hill consists of blue, “Don’t Speak” by Eagles of Death groomed and crowded runs, which Metal because of its snare backing Chris Pedersen/the Gauntlet are not very long or exciting. De- the rest of the song. spite this, COP is a perfect place to head for an evening of skiing with friends. For the last two hours of operation, riders can get discount- 1 1 1 2 0 $38 “Time to Pretend” by MGMT be- cause it’s awesome and funky. ed tickets and have a blast working signed for all levels of skiers and its ski track for the outdoor enthusiasts witness world-class bobsleigh and • You’ll also need specific travelling on techniques and becoming better instructors are top notch. For rook- who prefer flat ground over icy hills luge events, go to the Olympic hall music for going to and from the skiers. ie daredevils, there is a mini terrain covered with flailing bodies. The of fame or simply enjoy a walk hill. These songs will be more mel- COP is designed for quick trips park in the middle of the hill, which track is over two kilometres long up the path next to the bobsled low than anything else that should and beginners. For those wanting allows people to learn tricks on and is open both day and night. track. be on your playlist. Here are some to learn how to ski, snowboard and small jumps and even boasts a small There is terrain suitable for all lev- The next time you are severely suggestions: telemark, there is no better place. halfpipe. This lets the main terrain els of flat ground skiers, making it a hung over and still desire to go ski- The medium terrain and wide runs park cater to experienced riders and perfect alternative exercise. ing, give COP a chance. There is no “Bubble Toes” by Jack Johnson allow for beginners to feel comfort- also gives beginners an opportunity Beyond its terrain park and ski mind-numbing drive to the moun- because it will commence your able and progress at their own rate. to improve their skills. hill, COP offers so much more for tains and no costly lift ticket, just daytrip with an easy beat that won’t The hill offers numerous lessons de- COP also features a cross-country visitors. Calgarians or tourists can fun and accessibility. wake up any of your sleeping com- rades. “Bright Spring Morning” by Suburban Legends because this ska song is the best road-tripping song that combines guitar riffs with trumpets. “Lend me your Love” by Slack- string because Slackstring is fa- mous for “writing songs for the sport of watching the sun set.” In other words, it’s a song that’s easy going. “Hard Sun” by Eddie Vedder be- cause its acoustic rhythm resounds across a plain of silence, making it the ideal morning song. • Be sure to acknowledge your friends’ music tastes as well. There’s no need for blood to be shed before arriving to your hill. • Finally, don’t listen to music while in transit going up the hill. This is the time to associate with others. NINE GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: BRITISH COLUMBIA Driven mad for powder C AS TLE M O U N TA IN Mike Lemmon Ski Gauntlet C astle Mountain has an amazing ability to drive you com- pletely insane. The problem lies in the resort’s delicate partnership between terrain and snow. Its ter- rain is amongst the most challenging of the hills in the Canadian Rockies, with enough Chris Pedersen/the Gauntlet black runs to allow even the most technical skier to pump a fist or two. With only 15 per cent of the mountain devoted to beginner trails, Castle really is an experienced skiers paradise. All you need to do is point your skis 11 24 23 2 $61 towards the end of the Haig and you will find epic hill within driving distance of Calgary. the main skiing area of Castle as well as the site and open during the weekends. some of the most technical lines off of a com- Castle also has the added benefit of some chutes off of Haig. The vertical rise is 863 me- If you plan on parking your ass at the hill mercial hill in North America. of the most easily accessible ski moun- tres at its maximum and includes 67 marked and avoiding coming back to the city any The problem lies in the availability of snow. taineering terrain around. With lines like trails. sooner than need be, you can find accommo- Some seasons — such as the beginning of this RoShamBo, KC’s and the Haig East Face — After a hard day of technical skiing, there dation at the Castle Mountain Ski Lodge and one — it’s easier to find Wii Fit at Future Shop just to name a few — there is a near end- are three main establishments that cater to Hostel where you can stay for as little as $20 than a skiable base at Castle. That being said, less treasure trove of extreme back country your appetite. The T-Bar Pub and Grub is per night. when the combination of knee-deep powder descents to enjoy. open every night and serves not only a fantas- With these features and a $61 day pass, it’s and technical terrain reach that perfect bal- The hill itself has six lifts, of which there tic pint, but also a decent burger. The Barnaby hard to imagine a better place to hide from scho- ance, you would be hard pressed to find a more are three high-speed chairs that serve both Steak House and Fireside Lounge are also on lastic responsibilities this upcoming season. ELEVEN GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: FEATURES Jumping the gender gap Canadian halfpipe rider Charmaine Ironside talks about being a female at the park Gina Loitz Ski Gauntlet F emales are notorious for overanalyzing situations and the physics and fundamentals of freestyle snowboarding are no exception. They overanalyze how their skills and styles will translate to the features of a freestyle training ground and how they will be received by their Chris Tait/the Gauntlet male counterparts. Females that have dif- ficulties overcoming these and other barri- ers in their mind, especially if they are just “Those kind of things don’t matter anymore.” more often, as they can relate to you more.” you’re competing at these events.” learning to ride park, will sadly shy away The sport, like many facets of society, still When guys are out of the picture, it be- For the most part, guys are stoked to see from believing they would enjoy a day gets grinded up in those gender gears that comes less of a competition to impress the girls hit features at any level because they tricking. have women concerned with being inad- alpha ollie-ing males and more about the don’t see it as often in parks at typical re- B.C. Provincial Team and Canadian Devel- equate on the hill when it comes to getting fundamentals of tricking with Trixies of simi- sorts. Some girls are timid and shy away opment Team pipe rider Charmaine Ironside tricky. Females and males do not compete lar genetic makeup and level of shredtastic- from trying new tricks for fear of embar- agrees. in the same stream for a reason in any sport; ness. Females can be great supporters of each rassing themselves in front of guys. This “Girls believe that guys care a lot more than there is simply too large a gap between skill other and can provide an environment free of is yet another example of how things get they do,” she says “[But] the guys themselves levels and physiology. This is to be accepted progression-inhibiting judgment. mixed up between the sexes, as boys usu- have things they’re working on and paying rather than feared. As Ironside’s list of achievements grows — ally celebrate rather than berate their at- more attention to.” Ironside rides on teams of a relatively she just took fifth in the half pipe event at the tempts. Ironside has been riding for the last equal number of males and females and Dew Tour in Vermont and finished eighth in “Snowboarding gives me confidence in ev- erything in life, I find my identity through my I started riding when I was 12 and was super intimidated by the cooler older sport,” says Ironside. Ironside will live out her pipe dream guys . . . but now I don’t really care because I need to and want to progress.” Jan. 23–24 as her and three other females from the national team represent Canada at the World Cup in Korea. They also have an 12 years and still remembers what it was says there is a difference in the pipe eti- the Burton New Zealand Open. Ironside gains opportunity to gain a two-year government like starting out. quette between the two sexes. more shred-cred from both sexes every day. sponsorship program if they place within “I started riding when I was 12 and was super “When you’re hiking the pipe all day, you “I’ve definitely had a lot more people the top 16. intimidated by the cooler older guys, and for a learn people’s runs, and what they’re working come up to me at the bigger events to of- Both guys and girls have got to give credit long time still was, but now I don’t really care be- on, so everyone is stoked if you land a trick, fer their support — a lot of guys and a lot where credit is due — especially in this case cause I need to and want to progress,” she says. but the girls will usually give the shout outs of girls,” she says. “It’s pretty equal when — for the chicks who rip. TWELVE GAUNTLET SNOWFALL 2009: FEATURES A day in the life of an Aussie liftie “The worst part of my day is puttin’ on that fucking furry hat,” grunts Wilson. “Every morning I walk to work and ask myself why I am doing this for $9.50 an hour.” am doing this for $9.50 an hour.” amusement in poking their poles into his ass. grabs a Red Bull to re-energize himself. His While some days are sunny and cold, most Wilson’s mind begins to wander back to his toes have almost thawed, but by the time he days are just plain cold. nighttime activities. has to march back to his “flat,” they will freeze Caeli Hann “Stepping outside in the mornings some- “The most common thought I have is, once again and the snotsicles will undoubt- Ski Gauntlet times feels like I’ve just opened the door to ‘Hmmm, the pub was good last night,’ ” says edly reemerge from their cave. a gigantic freezer and am about to crawl in,” Wilson. But the second thought always fol- His flat is a five bedroom house with six T oby Wilson sometimes forgets says Wilson. “It was a big shock coming from lows shortly after. Australians and one English bloke. They bicker why he came from a coastal town a sunny coastal Australian town to Canada.” “Wow, I should not have drank that much.” constantly over whose turn it is to shovel the in Australia to work at a ski hill in His journey to work usually consists of a His mind takes frequent trips to beaches steps. There is one clean plate, about four mis- Canada. frozen nose, toes, snotsicles and a pounding in South America and often retreats back to matched sets of cutlery and a pile of pots and “I’m trying to think of a nice headache from the previous night’s series of Australia for a little while, playing in the surf pans that have taken up residence in the sink. way to say monotonous,” Wilson says of his jägerbombs. More often than not, Wilson is of his homeland. It often wanders to girls at Like Wilson’s long underwear, the house also work. running late and takes the short cut and winds the resort or the lack thereof. smells a bit like a high school change room. Wilson’s job is what the Australians have up wading through knee-deep snowdrifts. “There are probably about six guys for ev- Massaging his neck and shaking the snow deemed a “liftie, mate!” “My favourite part of working up here, ery girl, and the girls usually get snagged up out of his boots, Wilson bursts in the front Every morning Wilson wakes up with the though, is that I can carry around cherry by the blokes with enough coin to take them door to be greeted with a can of Lucky and sun, seemingly as lethargic as he is during chapstick without feeling like I need to make for dinner,” says Wilson. some ridiculously loud music. The party has the winter months, and “rugs up” for a day manly excuses,” he says. There is only one grocery store at the ski already begun. Wilson smiles, tears off his of work. His long underwear smell a bit like After struggling with a few new snowbanks a high school change room and his only pair of warm socks — adorned with a growing that seemed to have emerged overnight and the wind that sometimes threatens to thieve But, “it’s the most I’ve partied since ﬁrst-year number of holes — are still wet from yester- day. And the day before. After checking the his furry hat, Wilson takes a bus to the chair lift he has been stationed for that day. On the uni. I wouldn’t change a thing.” temperature, Wilson dresses accordingly, bus, he catches up on the “bar goss” that the dons his furry “liftie hat” which resembles other lifties have to share and buckles down resort and by the time Wilson can get there furry hat and remembers why he came to that of an early fur trader. They have to wear for another stimulating day of pass scanning. after work, all the good — that is, expensive work as a liftie in the first place. it, as the owner of the resort Wilson works at On an exciting day, a kid’s jacket will get — food has already been bought by the tour- “It’s the most I’ve partied since first year uni,” has decided it possesses an authentic Cana- stuck on the gate and the lift will stop for two ists, who are able to shop in the mornings, says Wilson. “I wouldn’t change a thing.” dian charm. minutes or a disorganized family will result and all the Sidekicks, canned soup and cheap Except maybe his socks, if he could af- “The worst part of my day is puttin’ on that in a human domino-like spectacle. Gener- bread has already been snagged by the hill’s ford to. And if he’s lucky, he will have fucking furry hat,” grunts Wilson. “Every ally, Wilson just deals with teenagers trying evening staff. learned how to carve down the bunny hill morning I walk to work and ask myself why I to scam the system and little kids that find Towards the end of his shift, Wilson usually by the end of the year.
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