Skiing vs. Snowboarding For many, the topic of Skiing vs. Snowboarding can be quite controversial as it is often believed that one is better than the other. Although I have solely chosen one method my opinion is that both sports allow you to bolt down the mountain at unheard of speeds, graze through soft powder and offer countless hours of fun and exhilaration.
Every year we shop till’ we drop, bake until our stomachs hurt from eating the dough and sort out last minute plans to see every family member in preparation for Christmas holidays. The days pass by and the excitement builds as children await Santa Claus and we await time off work. Finally, Christmas is here and all the preparations building up to the moment are worth it and every minute is full of joy.
It's time to ski and ride again... Santa stopped visiting me many years ago, so these days seeing the chairlift turning is almost like spotting an overstuffed stocking on Christmas morning. Yahoo, this is now my best day of the year! The opening day ritual starts the night before... Where are my gloves? Did I fix the broken strap on my poles? Pick up skis from the shop after a much needed tune. Then, a couple of questions. Is all this preparation really worth it? Is it time to forget chilly chairlift rides and just watch ski racing on TV instead?
According to Peter Harding, our Ski Area Manager at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, the science behind making snow is simple; “14 snow guns + 15 million gallons of water + cold weather = white fluffy snow”. Although Peter makes it sound simple it actually adds up to 50 days of around the clock snowmaking, equating to a manmade base of approximately two feet. To get the best possible conditions Mother Nature needs a bit of help, a push in the right direction and a jolt of winter!
It was an odd feeling walking up to the front desk at Fairmont Hot Springs with a bag in tow preparing to be a guest at the resort for a night, but I was truly looking forward to a dinner out and a soak in the hot springs. Having only worked at the resort for a few weeks I thought it was best that I take the lady at front desk up on her offer of a map and a run through of the amenities of the resort.
According to the Canadian Ski Council in an article titled “Now Screening at BC Winter Resorts: La Nina: The Sequel” , it is predicted to be yet again a fabulous snow year for many areas of B.C. Ski Resorts all throughout Canada last year received record levels of snowfall, providing some of the best conditions we’ve seen in years. Weather experts have again issued a ‘white alert’, across B.C, so wax those ski’s and snowboards and get ready to hit the snow!