Sunday, 15 January 2012

Imortal AttraXtion, Junk, and a Cougar?

Say What!!!!!
Ski bum classic! (no, these are not mine)
Yes, the Cat has new skiis! Rossignol Attraxtion 8. I demo'd three pair of high performance skiis on Friday. Nordica "Cinnamon Girl" Rossignol Attraxtion 8 154 cm & 146cm.  Loved them all. 
But, the Attraxtion were superior in the powder and bumps particularly 146cm length. Now, they are mine.

Saturday we were invited to hitch a ride with Rod and Christine to Cranbrook for some shopping.
 A tough decision since we awoke with a dump of snow and it was still snowing!  Off we went to meet them at their B & B (Windermere Lakeside Bed and Breakfast) 
Windermere Lakeside B & B
Cranbrook is 103 km outside of Invermere. Originally inhabited by Ktunaxa peoples, the land that Cranbrook now occupies was bought by European settlers, notably Colonel James Baker who named his newly acquired land Cranbrook after his home in Cranbrook, Kent, England.In 1898 Baker had successfully convinced Canadian Pacific Railway to establish their Crowsnest Pass line through Cranbrook rather than nearby Gold Rush Boom Town Fort Steele. With that accomplishment Cranbrook became the major centre of the region, while Fort Steele declined; however, the latter is today a preserved heritage town.
Fort Steele
On November 1, 1905, Cranbrook was incorporated as a city.

Can't do a thing with my hair!!!

These are not inline skates

Television repair gone wrong

Here we shopped for groceries and had a bit of fun exploring the antique shops. I will let the photos tell the story.

Neither can I....



 Homeward bound with a vehicle full of food, alcohol, a repaired television and hungry stomaches.

 Rod and Christine have a delicious pot roast waiting for us and we were joined by our Australian friends Sue and Dave. 
Rod & Christine

A great night, but the snow... 

More snow had fallen during dinner...29 cm in total.  It is 10:00 p.m. and time to travel up the mountain and snuggle in our warm beds.
What a ride!  The highway covered in fresh snow and more dumping down and we can't see in spots.  The mountain road is the first to be plowed and was in good condition.  A crawl up the winding road 20 km up to the resort.  With the high beams on, our Jeep (yes, a ski bum's dependable vehicle) is climbing and vision is good.  What is that climbing up the side of the mountain beside the road?  A large animal....Cougar! and not the two legged kind.  She was large and slowing scaling the steep pitch of the mountainside.  Amazing.  A cougar back home is a 40+ single female.  My Chinese Doctor explains the definition of women:  Ah, woman in 40's..they be cougar!  Oh, but woman in 50's...they be badger!  Well, I guess I am BADGER! (with skiis)  What an AttraXion!

Sun Bowl
Sunburst trail
I'm Hungry

After a great power snooze we awoke to even more snow.  A ski bum's dream.  We gear up and out we go.  What can I say?  Sorry for all the skiers back home in Ontario. They are just beginning to play in the snow.  We are now on day 37 for myself and 29 ski days for Bob; and counting.
More snow is on the way, as I gaze out the window waiting patiently...for tomorrow.  It will be another glorious day living our dream.

Igloo building in progress atop the Sunbird Chair
As for now... we wait, snow is on the way

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