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January 3, 2013

Day 2: Fom the Town of Deer to Grand Forks – China Ridge (Dec 23)

Filed under: Animals, BC Ski Trip 2012, Canada, Ski, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 4:56 PM

FINALLY I got to sleep in, kind of, if not for the coughing that woke me up a few times. Sure I woke up Jeff as well. Our motel was right next to our “usual” breakfast place Billie’s. Well we ate there twice before and it’s the only place I have eaten in Princeton so that must make it my favourite, right? Breakfast was good but too much. My dish – potatoes with sausage, ham and green pepper was loaded up with cheese on top and they didn’t go easy on the sausage either (only because I didn’t want the bacon).

After breakfast we drove up to China Ridge. Even though the sky in Princeton was grey, we moved above the clouds on the drive up the snowy road. Right at the edge of town we saw a couple blacktail deer crossing the road ahead of us with no urgency while we were watching them. When we got to the ski shelter on top the views were fantastic. The shelter already had a nice fire going as well. Must have been about -4C on the top. The snow looked nice and I decided to use my Peltonen with the grip tape. We (well Jeff was out of sight within 2 min while I had to stop to let another coughing fit pass) skied along the Ridge Trail to Lind Burn and back along K9. Awesome trails and great views – mostly blue skies all the way. Gentle ups and downs only – easy skiing even though I had to stop after each little climb to catch my breath. Some of the trails were really narrow single track – more like hiking trails, especially K9. My legs sure were tired from the day before and it felt really slow with some of the trails covered in 1 inch of fresh snow. I should have probably done a shorter trail but it was so nice out there. So I did another 16-17km  which took another 2hrs 45. Obviously I had to stop for pictures a lot :-).

On the drive out of town we saw 4 more deer right in the town centre at mid day! Not being bothered at all by all the cars driving by. So cool!. The drive to Grand Forks was long but pretty. The roads were fine even though we actually got snowed on in Keremeos. We didn’t get into Grand Forks till after dark though. Found this cute little motel – Riverside Motel- at the other end of town right on the Kettle River. Cheapest place we stayed at, $50. We were the only guests. For dinner we had Italian food at the Russian restaurant just across the road from the motel. After dinner we went for a walk through town before retiring in front of the TV watching Bond. There were a lot more Russian restaurants in town – all offering the best Borscht in town. Never knew that Grand Forks was a Russian town – actually don’t know anything about Grand Forks except that is on Hwy 3 on the way to the Kootenays.

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