Monday, 11 January 2016

Aren't you bored living up at Whistler?

View of the Black Tusk from Whistler Peak (December, 2015)


It always surprises us, but it's a question we've been asked several times recently. Our answer is an emphatic "No!" With the snows of winter now well established here in Whistler, we have been (and are) more active than ever.

We typically go downhill skiing on Whistler and/or Blackcomb Mountains 3-4 times per week. Most times, we arrive back home in our condo (less than a 10 minute walk from the lifts, not including time for a stop at the liquor store...) at the end of the skiing day tired but happy.

Michelle heading down "Peak-to-Creek" (December, 2015)

At the Peak (January, 2016)

The other days of the week, we choose between

  • long walks (usually on the plowed "Valley Trail" or the nearby golf course). We see lots of other people and their dogs (the dogs clearly love the snow), and often see wildlife 

Walk on the Whistler Golf Course (Dec 28, 2015)

View of Blackcomb Mt while walking on the Whistler Golf Course (Dec 28, 2015)

For some reason, bobcats seem more plentiful this Winter (today's sighting was the 3rd bobcat seen by Michelle) 

Bobcat seen during walk today on the Valley Trail (Jan 11, 2016)

Bobcat on Valley Trail (Jan 11, 2016)

  • snowshoeing in the woods somewhere in the valley

1st snowshoe of the Winter (Green Lake Loop, December 2015)

Cheakamus River (Logger's Lake snowshoe, January 3, 2016)

Footbridge over Cheakamus River (Logger's Lake snowshoe, January 3, 2016)

Happy snowshoers...

Logger's Lake: our lunch goal on this snowshoe day (Jan 3, 2016)

Whiskey Jack (Canada Jay or Gray Jay) after our snacks at Logger's Lake
Whiskey Jack: Cute but persistent...

  • X-country skiing (so far, on free tracks set nearby on the Valley Trail or on the golf course; in the next few weeks, we'll likely go to the extensive trail systems at Lost Lake Park or Whistler Olympic Park/Callaghan Valley -- both requiring trail passes).

New snow on the golf course (Dec, 2015)
1st XC ski of season (Whistler golf course, December 2015)

X-C skiing at Rainbow Park, Alta Lake and Blackcomb Mt. in background (Jan 10, 2016)

Of course, just sitting in our living room with a view to the ski hills and watching the snow come down, as we are doing right now, is also an enjoyable past time.

No, we are not bored living here at Whistler.

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