Unlike many others who find themselves in Whistler, I did not come here to ski or ride.
As sick and twisted as it sounds, I came here to work.
I had just finished journalism school in Toronto, and faced the daunting task of looking for a job as a cub reporter when an old university friend, Pique sports reporter Andrew Mitchell, called me out of the blue and started talking about this paper called the Pique in Whistler. Its funny how your life can turn upside down based on a random chance phone call. Needless to say, Mitch piqued my interest and I thought Id give it a whirl.
On the day I left I said to my parents: "Ill stick it out for a year at least. Thatll look good on my resume."
That was four years ago.
I arrived in November and it was soon apparent that I wasnt like a lot of the other people here.
They asked what size skis I skied on. I couldnt even invent a number which sounded reasonable.
Early on I talked in this column about "the hill" only to receive a scathing e-mail about how I may have come from Ontario where there are "hills" but I was in B.C. now. These are mountains, I was told.
And most memorable of all was when one person asked me about Warren Miller to which I replied, "Whos Warren Miller?"
The horrified look he gave me haunts me to this day. "You dont know who Warren Miller is and youre working for a paper in ski town, B.C?"
What can I say? I was a city girl at heart.
Nope, I didnt come for the mountains, but part of the reason I stay, in addition to the awesome friends, the wicked community, the interesting job and the never-ending house of renovations, is the riding.
Since that first season I create a list of "things to accomplish on the mountains this season." I add that to my list of things to do today, list of things to do for my wedding, list of things to do for the house renos, list of things to do for work, and most recently, the list of things to buy/do for Christmas.
Most of these lists are filed away in my head, which is part of the reason why a lot of things dont get checked off from week to week.
Nevertheless, heres my list for the season.
1) Get up more times than I did last year. This shouldnt be too hard. I definitely didnt max out my Spirit Pass last year. I could blame it on the weather but the crappy weather is only partly to blame. After the rains and the cold, I sort of gave up on the season. I missed Marchs powder. I missed spring skiing. I lost interest. What a pity. By all accounts I missed out on a lot.