Check out my epic ski day (and lodge lunch!) at Crystal Mountain in photos, and if you want my entire skiing history, read on!
I don’t have the greatest history with skiing. This kind of sucks when you come from a family of excellent skiers. Something always seems to happen to screw me over. Let’s go over the history:
Early 90’s: I’m about 5 years old and supposed to go skiing for the first time. I wake up with a fever, my mom wants me to stay home but I INSIST on going because I am so excited. I end up sleeping in the lodge all day because I’m so sick. Then I join swim team and never get the chance to ski till…
Fast Forward to early 2000’s: I am super lucky and end up skiing for the first time in Vail. My mom gives me a great lesson, but I am uncoordinated and fall constantly. Wiping out trying to get off the chairlift becomes my biggest fear (mostly because everyone sees you and it’s really embarrassing).
The Last Few Years: Skiing has been pretty nonexistent from being in a long distance relationship. When you are traveling a few hours to see each other, you don’t really feel like getting back in the car to drive to the mountain.
Present Day: Make way for one of many New Year’s Resolutions! SKI MORE! My goal is to make it to the mountain as much as I can, and to just get more comfortable. I tend to have an anxiety level that skyrockets in groups or in large crowds, which is hilarious when you know a large number of people who are basically professional skiers.
Luckily, I think I have broken my bad luck streak, because a few Sunday’s ago I had my best ski day yet! It helps that I was given a private lesson by this really cool ski racer I know…We got to the mountain right when they opened…and skied during the Seahawks Game (Poor Hawks) so there was barely anyone on the slopes…and it was BEAUTIFUL! Cold, clear, and crisp. I only fell ONE TIME! That’s a new record. Let’s hope I can stick with my goal, get out more, get comfortable, and see more beautiful days! I’ll report back, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Words cannot express my love for weekends away. Mini-vacations are all I can really afford to do with work and life in general these days (woe is me, to be a mid-twenty-something and not get a college spring/christmas/summer break)…I certainly didn’t waste my college years, studying abroad twice and visiting countless exotic locations…all unforgettable experiences that I am extremely thankful to have had. But I am getting too off topic here, my past travels are most definitely stories for another time…
So anyways, Canada….
Vancouver, BC to be specific.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump over the border from Seattle. Roughly a 3 hour drive directly North when you factor in border wait times, and the high likelihood you will get lost as shit reading the stupid Canadian road signs…WTF Canada, your signs are in English, I thought I would be able to figure this out?!? No exit numbers…wait, why did the freeway logo thingy just disappear off of EVERY road sign and now I’m not even sure if I’m on the right highway…? Ugh. That was the most frustrating part of our trip – and I even google mapped everything before leaving! Guess who’s highly considering the purchase of a GPS now?
We finally arrived at our hotel – The Met Vancouver, and I couldn’t help but feel a interesting vibe the whole time. Maybe it was me coming off an I’m-lost-in-Canada-and-need-a-freakin-drink rage, maybe it was the sketch parking garage under our hotel, maybe it was the interesting “retro” feel of the place…but it was a Living Social Deal, and things were actually pretty great. Next time, I would highly recommend the Four Seasons (Seriously, who wouldn’t?) or the Pan Pacific. Our room overlooked the Four Seasons epic indoor/outdoor pool, I was pretttttttttttttty jealous the entire time. The Pan Pacific is a recommend from a friend and right next to the Convention Center on the waterfront.
Our Living Social deal included a nice “Canadian” Breakfast – hearty and worth it. Fun Fact: did you know “back bacon” is Canadian for Canadian Bacon? Hilarious!!! Imagine how pissed a Canadian would be if they just read that…
Other than our Canadian breakfast and tons of ketchup chips and vodka rockstars (novelties not in the US, and I told you I needed a drink after our horrendous drive) we did one splurge dinner at Coast. Why Coast you ask?
Because it was featured on Top Chef…obviously! Cliche, yes – but I don’t regret a thing. Jordan and I shared a bunch of small plates and we loved every single bite. I would recommend this place to anyone who goes to BC – one of the best reasons is they have lobster poutine. That’s right…
Our other amazing dishes included…
There were tons of other tasty things on the menu – I want to go back right now!
Other notable stops along the way – the Vancouver Aquarium. Even though the place was packed, I enjoyed every second of it. I would definitely recommend going right when they open to avoid crowds and lines though. Here are some of the highlights…
Belugas are my new favorite animal.
On our way out, we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge that was only about a 15 minute drive outside of downtown. We AMAZINGLY did not get lost going here – everything is pretty clearly marked for all of the people that visit the bridge.
Even though it was a bit of a steep admission price at $30C, I don’t regret going. The park has a lot more going on than just the bridge, you can easily spend a few hours exploring everything.
That pretty much sums up our weekend in BC. Super fun to get away, and definitely went by too fast.
845 Avison Way (In Stanley Park)
Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Road
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada, V7R 4J1
1054 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3