Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Skiing once more on a craptastic little mountain

In the last two seasons I only went skiing a few times.  Three years ago I had a glorious season, at least by my standards, skiing in the Kootenays, where I experienced amazing powder and learned the joys of skiing off piste. After many years of skiing I had become bored, and that season revitalized me.  The following season, I was still enthusiastic about skiing, but was working full time as well as going to school so I only managed to go up a few times.  Last season I skied less than any season since the year I turned five, managing only four runs in a single day of skiing.
Since I quit my job to finish my degree last spring, I decided that this season I would find some time for myself by getting back into skiing this season.  I therefore took advantage of Mount Seymour's great student, early bird rate, buying a season pass for a mere $355.  Being so close to Whistler, where it now costs $91 for a day of skiing, this seemed like  fantastic deal.  The problem is, I haven't skied at Seymour in about 15 years, and had forgotten just how crappy the mountain was.
I shouldn't be complaining.  It's fantastic to be skiing again.  So far I've been twice in the past week.  Having such a cheap season pass for a mountain that is only a half hour from my doorstep also allows me to go up for just a couple of hours, or to go before or after my classes, which was exactly what I did today.  I decided I wanted to get out of the house, so I grabbed my gear and got in a few hours of skiing before I had to head to class; even after sleeping in until 11am.
Seymour is the mountain I first learned to ski on, so I have fond memories of it.  However it is quite small, with limited terrain, an awful restaurant, and only a handful of slow double chairs.  The chairs don't actually bother me, Whitewater only has a few double chairs and it's the best mountain I've ever been to.  Seymour, though, is what one could consider to be the "low cost provider" of the ski resorts, as they offer only basic services and don't quite have the amazing snow and terrain of other mountains to back it up.  In the end though, skiing is skiing.  I'm a poor student, so I'll take what I can get, and thank Seymour for being the only local mountain to offer such affordable rates for a student who otherwise would be in front of the computer.

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