|Ice flow on the road to Panorama Mountain Village|
Skis: a pair of long,thin, flexible runners that permit a skier to slide across the snow and into debt.
Bindings: Ingenious automatic mechanisms that attach the skis to the ski boots at the heel and toe. Bindings very effectively protect skiers from potentially serious injury during a bad fall by releasing the ski from the boot, sending it skittering across the slope where it trips another skier, who avoids serious injury when his bindings release, allowing his skis to spring loose and trip two other skiers, who fall, causing their bindings to release before they suffer serious injury, sending their skis into the path of four other skiers, and so eventually causing the entire slope to be closed, thus protecting every skier in the area from serious injury.
Boots: (see: pain)
|Happy to be on the hill again|
Time for custom fitting my new boots. remove my socks, stuff cotton balls between my toes, Shane tapes my feet with green drywall tape (very attractive) slides on a stocking, then a neoprene cap, another stocking, then the boot liner, another stocking and into the cooked (and very warm) boot shell. Shane did warn me that this would be a bit uncomfortable. He shackles up the boots very tight. "O.K. now stand up and invert your toes on this wood plank and balance for approx 20 minutes." Sounds like a mid 13th century torture chamber. When the hammer stops hitting you in the back of the head, it feels good! Off with the boots, tape, cotton, etc. and back into the newly formed Soul Sister. WOW...just heavenly, and time for lunch.
The Cottage Restaurant: Borscht, home made breads, a BLT with chicken noodle soup. I say, one of the best lunches on our list! Beth and Pat Thom, have been owners for 24 years. Everything served at this lovely establishment is hand crafted every day.
|Cat skiing on Outrider...66 kmph!!! Woo Hoo|
|Bob, Husband and best friend|
It is great to ski with my Best Friend, and husband Bob (who is 130% recovered from surgery) for another glorious season. Panorama does feel like home....our winter home. We have been visiting here for the last 15 years to ski. The terrain has everything a skier would want from greens to double diamond bowls. We are breaking in our muscles, joints and bones gently this year as we have been taking more days off than our previous seasons. More room for Apre's ski time.
After a morning of great skiing, we break for lunch in the Great Hall at Panorama. Since this is the year for the Sochi Winter Olympics, and Para Olympics, Panorama is host to the most incredibly talented Para Olympians in the world. Sochi 2014.
|Ski Team from Japan|
|Mick's Sit Ski|
Bob and I are skiing all day these days.....Building stamina despite all the training we put ourselves through to prepare for the three months skiing. Time for some apres' time. An evening of presentation, "The Geology of the Panorama Ski Hill" by Walter Benstead BSc, P. Geol. and a very good ski friend. Walter, who has and interest and passion for rocks as well as skiing, wrote and published this very informative book.
|Bob & Walter|
Snow Snake: an invisible but malevolent creature whom skiers, blame for causing their falls. Other troublesome unseen slope dwellers include the rack rat, who knocks over carefully propped up skis; the pole cat, who snatches ski poles from skiers' hand just as the chairlift starts and flings them into the snow below; the piste weasel, who momentarily obscures or reversed trail marking signs; and the powder parrot, whose weird squawks make it appear that an exasperated skier has just said something extremely crude.
Time to ski.....