Madness here trying to find time to sit and write!
23.02.2012 -20 °C
Sorry taking so long internet in this place is worse than in some countries that don’t have clean running water! Here is just a quick bit of a catch up until I finish another hectic week of 6 hour full lessons and 4 hours a night of First aid training...
Lessons started after the big freeze on Friday and Saturday temp was still -20 and below but hey it’s a winter sport if we wanted sun and hot temperatures we would have taken up surfing! Start of the first day was a quick analysis of how much snowboarding we had already done and see what rough groups we should be divided into. By the end of the day we had all been mixed around got lost, found each other and had a solid day of riding under our feet I finally felt I was in Canada and about to begin training to be an instructor.
There’s not much I can say about the lessons to be honest or the day to day life. Every morning we are up at breakfast for about 7 for the continental buffet and the daily choice of scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes and naff American bacon or weird sausages and very occasionally pancakes of course all of this offers the option to pour maple syrup over it all, after over a month still confused by that one. We’re on our school bus by 8.15 and the bus stays silent as people try sobering up or catch an extra half hour of sleep until we roll into the base chalet. Soon as we arrive though, like someone has switched on a light switch, everyone is up and climbing off bus and eager for another hit of snow.
Here we get all wrapped up, get boots on and tied and walk up to the container where all our gear is kept. Basically a glorified sea container with a porch and stupid number padlock where you have to spin it 300 hundred times one way 13 the other get the number spot on twice back again and then rotate it in reverse to another number to open it, fills a lot of people with fear and dread to attempt opening it and some just don’t bother and wait to be let in, like lazy cats not bothering with their cat flap. In the first week lessons were doubled up to replace the ones we missed during the big freeze so had a good 6 hours riding per day, which I’m not complaining about but was a lot of information and rider progression to take in one go. So anyway that week rode nonstop all day every day until Thursday when I had to take the day off due to hurting my ankle on one of the last runs the previous day. It wasn’t anything serious iced it, deep heated it and was back on the snow with my old trusty ankle support on for first thing Friday. Thanks to the support I haven’t had any issue with it since.
Along came the weekend and boy did I need it but we weren’t allowed to rest too much, we had to represent the CRA as volunteers for the “Jasper in January” festival. This is a big street event where the main and pretty much only road in town is blocked off and there are fire pits, performers, traditional Inuit products on show and for sale plus music from them and a DJ, all the shops were open late with big discounts. There were stands with different tourist information, events that go on around town, different sports teams, street hockey and a whole range of food stalls selling things from maple syrup ice lollies to hog roast baps. And I would tell you more about it but I was put on road block duty with a few others as my volunteer role and only got to walk through festival once. The event went on pretty late and finished with some pretty spectacular fireworks, which illuminated the nearby mountains and had the explosions rebound back to your ears from all different directions and at different times. To finish the night off the pub was defiantly needed.
Will get some more up asap!