K2inCanada's Blog

January 7, 2015

Sun is out, having fun

Filed under: BC Ski Trip 2014, Canada, Ski, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 11:10 PM

Day 3 (Dec 28): We got up at 7:15 that morning to get an early start. Roads were fine all the way to Revelstoke and we made it to the cross-country ski area by just after 10:00 (1hr45min driving). The sun even came out near Revelstoke and we skied Mount Macpherson in the Monashee Mountains just west of town for 3.5hrs. I did not remember it as that hilly – Mickey Olson, Evelynn’s Choice as a warm up, then up Lower Main Line, up Log Roller, down Hydro Hill, down Beaver Lake Rd, up Novice Glide, down Cedar Rambler, up Creek Crawler, up and down Upper Main Line, up Lower Main Line, up Log Roller, down Hydro Hill, down Novice Glide, up Cedar Rambler, up Hydro Hill, down Beaver Lake Rd and back to the cabin. Beautifully groomed trails. None of those hills are extremely steep so even I can stride up most of them. I used my Peltonen with the grip tape but had to work at it. Good grip early on but as I got tired it went away. Overall much better ski though than the previous two days – I guess I am getting the hang of it again. Temperatures were rather mild. Some nice views that day as well with the sun poking through here and there.

The drive to Golden was uneventful in mostly overcast conditions but roads were clear. It took about 1hr40min. We found the same motel we stayed in last year but things had changed. There was no more office!!! Only a phone number on the sign. And while Jeff tried to phone I found the new owner cleaning one of the rooms – the only one still available :-). It was significantly colder in Golden at -7C. Nevertheless we walked into town for dinner. It’s a few kilometers and it was pitch dark. We walked on the road the whole way which had some traffic on it. But we made it without getting run over.  We had dinner at “The Island” restaurant. Awesome food but not cheap. I had smoked duck meatballs on prawn risotto and roasted veggies. Jeff had elk risollo stuffed with gorgonzola and roast potatoes and veggies. Unfortunately, I only always take outdoors pictures, those meals would have been worth one too. All washed down quite nicely with Mt Begbie beer. On the walk back we discovered that there was a perfectly fine and cleared walkway on the other side…just hidden behind a snow bank so we could not see it on the walk into town.

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