26.03.2006 0 °C
The end of the season is nigh so it’s time to pack my bags and head off to explore the big wide world.
I have mixed feelings about leaving - very excited about all the adventures and exciting people to meet but also sad to leave Golden which has been my home for the past 83 days. I honestly feel like I belong here and found a home-from-home in a mountain paradise. Simple as life here is, it never ceases to bring new surprises each day, both on and off the hill. The locals here have been simply amazing, so welcoming and willing to go the extra mile for you unconditionally. The people take such pride in their town, Canada and pretty much anything they do - pick up an product in a super market, any TV or magazine advert and you‘ll see the word ‘proud‘. The Canadian culture seems to be defined through complex interactions of people in day-to-day life maintained with absolute pride an integrity, rather than a set of rules or overseeing control by government, corporations etc. Thinking back to my sociology A-Level I think this is actually termed ‘interactionism‘, but don’t quote me on that. I’m not disillusioned in that like anywhere there are bad seeds, but I could not think of a single incident in the past 3 months that would burst this bubble.
To celebrate the end of an epic season and wish all the best for pastures new, a slap up dinner was held at Eleven 22 - a super-nice restaurant in Golden town, with PowderTrip picking up the tab (which is nice). All the usual suspects were there, plus some honorary guests including Megz, Bruno, Christie (as seen in Backcountry Adventures Part I), Marie and Gary (owners of Alpen Rose where the rest of the PowderTrip rabble stayed), Colin, Mike, Lisa and Carrie (from the KHMR Snow School).
For pure comedy value and a bit of harmless fun, John Boyte (PowderTrip Director) organised some awards for the crew, accolades as follows:
Gnarliest tricks - Me
Best Helmet Hair & Best Attendance - Matt
Novice to Expert - John
Most Exotic & Numerous Injuries - Mike
Most Entertaining Dancing & You Pull that Sh*t Again and I’ll Cut Your Balls Off - Tom (Ice Man)
The night was completed with a trip to Taps for some obligatory shot-skis and our last dose of Altitude lager (@ only $10 a pitcher!). To finish, as it’s Monday where else is there to go apart from a last soiree at Fresh Meat Mondays @ The Roadhouse, where for a change the Dollar draft was surprisingly good quality with a hangover arriving after only 4 glasses rather than the usual 2. It was a tear-jerking farewell as I said goodbye to peeps and time to head back home. A jolly 11 hour Greyhound to Vancouver awaits in the morning, joy joy joy.
My thanks to the following people for making this the best season ever:
Matt, Olly, Travis T, Nicci, John, Tom, Mike, John B, & Neil (Powder Trip); Bruno (ski lessons); Ryan, Lisa, Trevor, Colin, Don, Carissa, Leanne, Mike, Steve, Christen, Crystal, Sarah, Ana, Lyndsey, Trisha, Jenna, Mallory, Claire & friends (KHMR); Polly, Ronnie, Annette & Marlene (11th St); Megz (dudette); Dave & Bridget (double-dudes); Kurt & Garcy (The Cabin Owners), Brady & Ryan (Ontario dudes), dude no-name & Lee (Selkirk Sports), and all other dudes I missed.
Golden - I love you and hope to be back soon. Bye for now! Next stop Vancouver.