Thursday, November 30, 2006


Oh stop complaining, Dale.


Snowed In, Sinking Temperatures and Sick Kids

It has snowed six inches - that is good!
The temperature has dropped to minus twenty-seven - not so good.
We have three sick kids - not good at all...

The weather has been very wintery and has brought us all into the spirit of the season reather early and we have our outside Christmas lights up. They look lovely against their backdrop of snow.

I had to plug my van in the other morning to help it start in the bitter cold and the snow is squeaky beneath our boots.

Beth, Bobby and Jenny are all suffering from fever, sore throats and terrible coughs and I am keeping them home from school.

It has been very busy at work, as well.

As you can see, the above photo shows many snowboarders out on the hill before the season has officially opened at Panorama.
These brave souls have spent more time boot-packing it up the slope to slide back down in a fraction of that time.

It sure is good to see all that snow... and it's puking snow as I write this!


Sunday, November 26, 2006


Very First Fresh Tracks - the perks of being a patroller!
View of 1000 Peaks.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006.

There's over 75cm of snow at Panorama's summit!

Another 9cm fell through Wednesday night and there's more in the forecast.

This is just below the summit of the ski run for which I named my blog.
It's snowing right now in the valley, too!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Who is that?

I was watching CSI (Vegas) the other night and there was this goofy-looking fellow singing karaoke in one of the casinos...

I was watching him and commented to George, "He quite reminds me of Roger Daltrey, but it doesn't really look like him..."
Well, apparently is really WAS Roger. He played in the most recent new episode of CSI.

... but of course he would - has anyone seen him acting in past episodes of Highlander?
He's great!

It's funny how I recognised Roger more by his mannerisms than by his looks.

But of course!!


It has been a bit of a rough week...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

This From My Dear Friend Val

Okay, Dale, here's a saga fit for a mountain girl....
well, it's me best shot, but still not a Margie ;-)

There once was a wild one called Dale
Who rambled o’er hillside and vale
But wandering one morning
She heard a loud gnawing
And turned most incredibly pale
Cos there on the hillside up high
A bear was just chewing the thigh
Of the meat she’d left sadly
When the urge got her badly
To strip all her clothes ‘cept a tie
So then did she dig out her skis
From behind the big rocks and the screes
And with blonde hair a-flying
And her tie all untying
She flew through the snow and the trees
But when she got back to her cabin
She realised much to her chagrin
That her Georgie was there
To see her all bare
But not what had got her all quiv’ring

Why do you all insist that I ski naked?

Sunday, November 19, 2006


November can be a very dreary month here.

It is the time between when we are not able to do any of the summer and fall activities, yet the ski hill is not open.

We do our best to take advantage of the short days and long nights.

When I get home from work at 3:30 in the afternoon, the sun has already sunk behind the peaks and the chill in the air has become more palpable.
The interior of our house is dim and cool, so I have to split wood in order to light a fire in the woodstove to warm us up.

The magical thing about firewood is that it can heat us more than once - we warm up while bucking it up, again by stacking it, a further sweat is generated while splitting it, with the desired result being a comfortable radiant heat emanating from the fire in the stove.

By the time dinner is ready, it is already completely dark outside.
I know of no better opportunity to take advantage of the shadows than to light a myriad of candles about the room.

Candlelight holds its very own magic, as well.

Another advantage of the lack of daylight is that the kids are more likely to want to put on their pyjamas and get ready for bed.
Lately they have been known to go down to their bedroom with a couple of good books at only 8:00!
They get no argument from us at that time...

It is Grey Cup day and I am torn... I live in British Columbia, but I was born in Montreal.

Both teams are vying for the championship, but I think I'll go for Montreal, because they are my original home team.
I admit I do have trouble watching, because I'm just not into football, plain and simple - nor any other armchair sport.
But I do get a kick out of listening to others watch...

Right now the fire is lit in the stove, the wind is howling outside and the snow is advancing across the lake...

Only nineteen more days until the ski hill opens!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

LURKERS ANONYMOUS - a 12 step program

1. I admit that I am powerless over my addiction.

2. I believe that a blogging power greater than myself will be my salvation.

3. I have decided to turn my will and life over to that blogging power.

4. I have made a moral inventory of myself and realise that I have not done enough posts on my blog site.

5. I admit that I have done blogspot a terrible wrong by not using my site to its fullest potential.

6. I will allow that higher blogging power to remove the above defect in my character.

7. I will humbly ask that blogging power to remove my shortcomings.

8. I have made a list of all of you whom I have harmed, and I will make amends to you all by posting more consistently.

9. I will make direct amends to you all.

10. I will continue to take a personal inventory and admit it when I do not post with consistency.

11. I have sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with that higher blogging power.

12. I have had a spiritual awakening as a result of the above steps.

Look out blogging world!

... now excuse me while I remove my tongue from between my teeth and the inside of my left cheek.


Thursday, November 16, 2006


It's getting closer...

The past few days it has been a mix of wind, rain and snow here in the valley, but the peaks have been getting quite a bit of snow.

Panorama Mountain Village Snow Report:

November 15, 2006, 8:30:19 AM
New Snow (24 hrs)
5cm (2")
New Snow (5 days)
25cm (9.8")
Snow Base (Village)
15cm (5.9")
Snow Base (Mid Mtn)
25cm (9.8")
Snow Base (Summit)
57cm (22.4")
Mountain Forecast
Snowing steadily in the village with much more forecast over the next few days!
Forecast Temp
-3°C (26.6°F)

I will be blogging off for a little while now.

There are some things that need my full attention at the moment, but I hope not to be away too long.

Of course I will remain as a lurker and, if anyone knows me, ready to put my two cents in at any time.

See you soon!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Nine Weird Things... oops ten

1. When I sleep on my side, I always have to have the blankets tucked between my knees - I hate the feeling of my knees touching each other - they're too bony. It does pose a problem in summer when it's too hot to sleep with a blanket...

2. This one is from my husband. He says I run like a bunny - or a deer. Every few steps I have to take a leap into the air. That poses a problem when I play baseball, but I don't play any more, so it's a moot point...

3. No matter where I go, I have to have my lipsyl with me - I hate having dry lips. That only poses a problem when I don't have it with me...

4. Whenever I'm wearing socks and shoes, I have to wear my thick woolly thermal socks and I wear sheepskin lined winter riding boots all year round. That poses a problem only to others who think I'm weird...

5. I have to have my bedroom window open at night all year round, no matter how cold it gets - keeping in mind we have no heat in our bedroom. It does pose a problem when the window ices up over night and I can't close it in the morning...

6. When I'm at home I hate wearing clothes - I've learned to compromise by wearing a little summer dress over nothing. It poses a problem in winter when I have to go outside and split firewood or make a quick trip to the store...

7. I have been known frequent our local little store wearing only long underwear under a dress, and bare feet in my Sorels during winter...

8. No matter what, I have to drink wine from a wine glass - I simply cannot drink it from a tumbler nor any other vessel - although I have been known to toss it straight back from the bottle. It only poses a problem after spring skiing at the tailgate party...

9. I think Angus Young is hot. That poses a problem because he lives in Australia...

10. I don't think I'm weird at all...


The time between

When our world

Lies back

And heaves a great sigh


To ease beneath

Its icy blanket of snow

For the season

Friday, November 10, 2006



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae

Thursday, November 09, 2006

It Can Happen In An Instant

One never really knows, do they?

We can be laughing and joking one minute, then in a blink it can be gone.

Our closely-knit community is reeling in a state of shock and is in mourning after learning about the tragic events of last evening.
Two teenage girls, one of them a friend and classmate of Beth's and the other from a town north of here, were on their way home from Calgary in their SUV when they were involved in a fatal accident - both girls were pronounced dead at the scene.

It happened on a stretch of highway through Kootenay National Park on a snowy and treacherous descent from Storm Mountain about and hour and a half from here. The young driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle on the ice whereupon it crossed the centre line into an oncoming fully-loaded mine truck. According to the semi driver, it happened so fast that there was no time to react. He is in hospital at present recovering from non life-threatening injuries.
Ironically, the truck driver is also a local man.

Beth's friend leaves behind her Mum and Dad, one older and three younger sisters, a young niece, more extended family and many friends.
The high school has been let out so the children may go and spend precious time with family and to have a chance to think and somehow come to grips with this tragedy.

Beth is devastated - as are we.

Please God, accept my prayers for Carley, her family and for her friends.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Even after an night of pouring rain, there is still snow at the ski hill...

Our poor jack-o-lanterns wilted in the wet weather.
They began as proud creations - glowing eerily on Halloween - but ended up as flat, soggy, sorry-looking piles of mush!

It was sunny and warm down in the valley today - even the bugs came out to enjoy the last of the good weather.

* Photo courtesy of Panorama's Champaign Chair webcam - at present.

Friday, November 03, 2006


It snowed yesterday afternoon and last night!

The weather has been cold enough that the snowmaking at the hill has been going full-bore for a couple of weeks now.

Although it warmed up over the night, it is still minus 5 degrees C, therefore it remains cold enough to keep the snow!

Imagine that - me wanting it to stay cold!

Am I mad?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


I am now officially in training for the ski season.

Firstly, I am cutting out all alcohol - that means my lovely evening glass of wine.
Secondly, I will be doing my stretches on a daily basis.
Thirdly, my abdominal exercises are a must.
Fourthly, I am going to begin a running routine... oh help!
Fifthly, there will be more fruit and vegetables included in my diet.
Sixthly, I am going to curb my carbohydrate and protein intake.
Seventhly, I am going to go to bed earlier at night and get up earlier in the morning.
Eighthly, I will remember to practice "everything in moderation, including moderation itself..."

So I have only THIRTY-SIX DAYS in which to practice my new lifestyle!