A week of Big White later, and Kellie is now well enough to hit the slopes again. She unfortunately missed out on some amazing runs, I went out with the ski hosts and was shown some hidden gems through the trees (don’t worry, I told Kellie it was all awful). She stayed in bed for 2 days and then progressed to sitting in a mountain cafe drinking hot apple cider and reading books, not what she had planned but she enjoyed it all the same.

As I had no ski buddy for the week I befriended a Winnipegan who asked me back to her place for lunch, reassuring me she wasn’t a cougar! I had a lovely lunch, and then I took her down the run called “Cougar Alley”. She took me to see the local snow ghosts…

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So after 5 days skiing at Big White (the 3rd largest resort in British Columbia), here’s what I got up to:

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We’re not just spending all our time skiing, while we were staying in Kelowna we completed one of our “must do activities”, which was to see an ice hockey game. Luckily for us the city’s stadium turned out to be a mere 15min walk away. We saw the Kelowna Rockets vs Kamploops Blazers; it went into overtime and then penalties, which the Rockets won 3-2! Here is a video of our understanding of the game.

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We took a day off and hung out in Kelowna, checking out the local “beaches” (below) and establishments, including a cool 1950s style cafe (“Pulp Fiction”; below-below) that was just asking you to make yourself at home, so we did!

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Photo of Pulp Fiction Coffee House - Kelowna, BC, Canada. Order at the counter!

We packed up at Kelowna and headed to Kamloops to ski at Sun Peaks (2nd largest ski area in Canada) to see Cousin Craig who is working here and skis like an olympian! Kellie is now well enough to ski, but had managed to damage her skis and so we’ve had them repaired in town. Sun Peaks is a gorgeous little village, similar to a little town in the European alps!

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We’ve managed to get quite a lot of skiing done in 2.5 days, really nice variation in the runs; some wide open pistes, others with clumps of trees (and perhaps a little path or jump between the trunks), and some glades that are tight and bumpy.

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We’re staying at another Airbnb with a lovely dog called Thor who is the size of a small pony…

Tomorrow we’re packing up and heading towards Revelstoke for three nights and then on to Canmore for 5 weeks. It will be nice to unpack and settle in for a longer period of time.

 

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