Recap our previous entries here.
Places Visited: Nelson (BC), Kokanee Creek Provincial Park (BC), Whitewater Resort (BC).
Meeting our seasonal gang. December brought with it the beginning of our winter season and a crowd of new faces to meet! We have been so lucky with the bunch we will be spending the next few months with. There’s a great mix of nationalities represented (although us Brits and the Aussies definitely dominate) and a mix of incredibly talented skiers/snowboarders and fellow newbies on the slopes.
We haven’t been more social or busy since fresher’s week at university so it’s been a bit of a shock to the system (and our livers). Nelson is such a small town that it’s almost impossible to walk around without bumping into someone and there’s always someone to share a beer with. We are welcoming our new social lives with open arms – although I am praying for more early nights in the new year…
Cutting down our own Christmas tree. Ryan achieved one of his childhood dreams this month as we ventured into the wilderness to cut down our very own Christmas tree. We printed off a permit from the council website which enabled us to legally remove trees from Crown Land or under power lines. With the piece of paper clutched in hand we drove to a patch of land we had hiked to previously and started the search.
After plenty of umming and ahhing, we settled on a handsome looking fir, cut it down and dragged it back to our friend’s car. Once at home we decorated it with our carefully curated collection of second-hand baubles and stepped back to take in the festive magic!
Life goal, complete!
Getting festive in Nelson. After the Christmas Tree felling, things only continued to get more festive. The first big snowfalls transformed the town into a winter wonderland, the mountain began to heave with excited skiers and a Christmas train even rolled into town! The train was traversing the country stopping in towns for a couple of hours to spread some festive cheer and entertain the waiting crowds with carols and singalongs. What more could you ask for?!
Christmas day with our fellow foreigners. As most of the people we’ve met in Nelson were spending the festive season away from home, we decided to gather together and host a pot-luck Christmas dinner. Everyone brought a dish of their country’s festive offerings and we ate and sang ‘Fairytale of New York’ until the early hours. One of our favourite non-traditional Christmases yet!
Learning to ski! December has been all about the skiing. Looking back over the past month it’s incredible how far we’ve come. We’ve transformed from wobbly first-timers to confident skiers and have loved (almost) every bit of the experience.
It’s changed the way we see winter, we’ve always dreaded the 6 months of hibernation winter brings but being able to ski has opened our eyes to a new-found love of the season. Instead of lazing about indoors, we spend nearly every daylight hour testing our new skills on the slope. Hopefully it’s the beginning of a lifelong pursuit!
Finding funds for the most middle-class sport there is… Cost is a massive barrier to many potential snow enthusiasts. Starting your ski career from scratch takes a massive chunk of cash, money we didn’t have. We cobbled together a few items from the local thrift stores but for now we will have to make do with racking up rental costs until we find some good equipment deals!
Being away from home at Christmas. Although our Christmas was one of the most festive we’ve spent away from home, nothing will ever compete with spending the holidays with family at home. We made the most of our unique living situation this year but home is where the
mince pies heart is!
Most Liked Instagram Photo
With all the excitement and activity (read: drinking) that comes with the start of the season, we were relatively quiet on Instagram this month. We have spent most of the month on the hill without our camera – hence all the grainy phone shots – but luckily we had it with us for this killer sunset.
As if the mountains weren’t beautiful enough, this rosy-tinted sunset packed quite the punch.
Here’s to many more tickled pink evenings in the snow!
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Destinations of the Month
There’s a clear front-runner this month (and probably every month until Spring), Whitewater Ski Resort. Our lives have revolved around this place and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.
Even in early season, the snow is amazing, the mountains beautiful and the people ridiculously friendly and supportive to us beginners. We are going to be racking up the hours here, both on and off the slopes and we couldn’t be happier about it!
Coming up Next Month
Who knows! January has already gotten off to a slower start, with everyone battling colds and Christmas induced fatigue. Ryan turns 26 (!) this month so hopefully we can squeeze in a couple of nights away or a day trip to another ski resort. I’m starting to feel the familiar itchy feet closing in and a change of scenery will be the perfect remedy!
Not that we are going to be bored with Nelson any time soon.