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As soon as the bar opens.
You wake reasonably fresh and ready to hit the slopes the next morning. Now if only you could find the slopes somewhere mysteriously hidden in the thickest, lowest clouds youve ever seen behind the torrential curtain of rain falling on their peaks wherever they are.
And on the way to Guest Services, to pick up your tickets which were inexplicably not in your check-in package at the hotel, some joker from the CBC shoves a microphone in your face while another joker in a matching jacket points the unblinking eye of a camera in your direction.
"So," says the joker with the microphone, "How do you like the liquid snow?"
Pondering the manifold insults heaped on your shoulders during the past 48 hours, still reeling from the 80-hour work week you knocked off to go on this trip, wondering why God has abandoned you in your hour of need, you shrug your shoulders and say, "Well, it could be worse."
That interview wouldnt make The National with Peter Mansbridge.
One of the reasons it wouldnt make the news is because, well, it isnt news. Now, take the sputtering, screaming, histrionic, Im-never-coming-back-here-again-after-spending-$20,000-on-my-vacation-and-having-it-rained-out kind of reaction. Thats news! Its news because its both heartening especially during the peace on Earth, goodwill towards men time of year to see someone who isnt you suffering such indignity, but its especially news because its rare to see an adult someone suffering such indignity with all the grace and aplomb of a four-year-old throwing a hissy fit.
Its rare. As in not the norm. As in deviant. The fact that its also both colourful and feeds right into the CBCs preferred bias, shared by an alarmingly wide swath of the Canadian populace, for getting a warm, fuzzy feeling when the successful stumble, ensures its news.
The boring fact is, most of the unlucky souls who chose the week before Christmas instead of the week after Christmas to holiday in Whistler suffered silently and stoically. Most of them were adult enough to comprehend the crapshoot that is a Christmas ski holiday. Most of them have endured less than idyllic vacations sometime in the past and most of them understand theyll very likely endure them again some time in the future. Its the nature of the beast. If you dont like disappointment, stay home.