The Big White ski resort is located in British Columbia, near Lake Okanogan, about 20 miles from Kelowna.
Canada, some of the readers of this blog may be aware, is located directly to the north of the United States.
In this part of the world, the further north you are, the lower the ambient temperatures tend to be.
Today's skiing was as cold as I can recall ever being (and I grew up in Chicago and rural Illinois). The temperature was in the single digits and the modest wind made it feel substantially colder. Add in the relative wind from the motion of skiing or riding the lift and, despite several layers, glove liners and hand warmers, I was perilously close to frostbite.
Do not think I complain, gentle readers, for I do not. Because this wintry chill was accompanied by a gentle yet persistent fall of feathery-light powdery snow, with several inches accumulating over the course of the afternoon, and more falling outside my window as I type this. I have said it before, and I will say it again -- Happiness is the sound of fresh powder hissing over the front of your skis.
16 January 2007
Posted by shadowfax at 9:26 PM