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Skiing, Day 2! March 7, 2010

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We picked the right day to be back on the mountain! The Canada/USA Hockey game was on and EVERYONE was watching it…which meant we had the whole slope to ourselves! Literally, there was no one on the mountain but us. haha

Even this coffee shop shut down for the game!

The weather was perfect for skiing. Check out Whistler Village down below!

From one of the lifts, we could see the sliding center!



And then we stumbled upon the actual run the olympians used during some of the downhill and slalom events.

From up on the mountain, we knew Canada had won the hockey game because we could hear the village cheering from all the way up the top!!!! That’s how loud it was! We stopped skiing to listen to it, it was surreal.

Some of the runs took a couple of hours to do, and I knew I’d never make it down to the bottom in one piece after skiing all day. So I took the chairlift down! HAHA Irving raced me on skies and actually beat me!

Going down the lift!

HAHA…. I know, it’s cheating! But I have a race in a month and I didnt want to kill my legs!

The next day, we saw this sign posted on the slopes. HAHAHA (Click to enlarge)!

 

Medals Ceremony!

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We weren’t able to get reasonable tickets to any of the events, but we did score free tickets to the Final Whistler Medals Ceremony in Whistler village. We waited in line for a few hours, and it was totally worth it.

When we got in, they had free coffee and hot chocolate!

Before the ceremony started, we had some entertainment and Jake and Janie got on the jumbo screen!
 
And then we had some trivia: HAHA

Janie won a cowbell!!!

It’s a beauty huh?

Then the ceremony started! The set was gorgeous!


We were obviously rooting for America!

We were right next to the Athlete’s families. Those cutouts of that guy’s head was totally creepy. haha
 
A few of the winners:

Go Italy!

But the highlight of the night was seeing the American Bobsleigh Team take the gold! 



Then they raised the  American Flag  and played our anthem! It was amazing to be there to witness that! 

After the ceremony, there was a concert by Usher!



We stayed for a few songs, and then headed to the Whistler Cauldron!

 
Whoo Hooo Mounty Police!

 

Skiing Whistler!

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I haven’t skiied in a couple of years, but after years of lessons in Aspen, I thought I’d be ready to conquer Whistler… We rented some nice skies and headed up the lifts.

We just kept going up and up and up! We literally were above the clouds at the top! And it was snowy and hard to see!

 
Some fun highlights throughout the day:
-Skiing a Glacier!!! (It was fresh powder among cliffs of rock, truly beautiful). 
-Falling off the T-Bar at the Glacier. HAHAHA Irving was laughing at me!
-Crying at the top because I didn’t think I could make it down. HAHAHA I think my boots were initially too tight, and the powder was deep. And with the Whiteout conditions, it was really hard to see.  
 
But ultimately, it was an amazing day. I started sticking to solely green trails, because the blues really should have been blacks anywhere else. 


A quick rest stop at the top of the mountain:

A few years ago, they put in a “Peak to Peak” gondola connecting Blackcomb to Whistler mountain at the top. It was amazing. The whole thing is a mile long, and there are only 4 support poles holding it up!




How cool is this picture? (Click to enlarge, it’s worth it!) We in the clouds!

On the other side, we saw the famous Inukshuk Statue! (Did you see it on TV during the Olympics?!)


 
On the way back on the Peak to Peak, we got the “Glass Bottom Gondola!” But it was too foggy out to really see much, but  still pretty cool.
 

I wish I got a picture, but one of the trails we took was a “5k”! It was 3.1 miles long! And it was just a gentle decline, almost flat actually. But it took FOREVER! At least it was beautiful!

By the end, I was just exhausted. Since we were staying in a “Ski In/Ski Out” hotel, I waited on the mountain and Irving skied down and returned my skies for me. What a guy. HA! I sat in the snow and waited while he hiked back up. HAHA

 

Whistler Village!!

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We LOVE Whistler!




Here’s a replica of the torch!

The village was hopping with all the nations. I particularly loved the Swiss House… that thing was made out of chocolate!

How funny is this! That’s Janie and Irving!

I fell in love with these Ice Wine Truffles!
The sliding center was kind of hidden in between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain valley, but we hiked up a trail to try to see some of it.



We weren’t able to see any of the track, but we did see the Bobsleighs all crated up ready to get shipped to their home countries. I thought this was so neat!

This was one of the bobsleighs!! We were so close to it!

We were really sad to see this Memorial for Nodar Kumaritashvil (The luge slider who died during a training run before the Olympics).

One day, we walked about 5 miles from Whistler Village to Creekside Village. It was a gorgeous walk around some frozen lakes to get there.

So much better than taking the bus there.

It was cold though. Good thing we had our mittens!
  
Creekside is where most of the alpine events take place.

 


Whooo Hoo!! Athletes Village!


At Creekside, we took the chairlift up to the finish line of the Downhill Ski events. So cool!!!


It was so weird to get off the chairlift without skies on. haha

These were the grandstands for the crowds watching the skiiers finish!

This is the finish line where all the skiers came in!


 
We thought this was funny. The sign says "Snow Tools".

And then we rode the chairlift back down! (Those are Irving’s gloves and shoes. haha)

Our hotel was the home to "Camp Norway". The Norway support team was there. We thought that was pretty cool. 

We made sure to show our American Spirit in our room…. so our room went from this:

To this! PERFECT!

We TOTALLY lucked out. Our hotel was slopeside on Blackcomb Mountain. This is the view from our room… you can see the chair lifts! (Click to enlarge!)
 

We literally had to walk DOWN the ski slopes to get to the village. The road wasn’t really an option. haha It was awesome!


The village is great during the day, but really comes to life at night! They had these awesome "Fire and Ice" shows at night where snowboarders and skiers jump through a ring of fire. So fun!



Check out that moon coming up over the mountain! Those lights on the mountain are snow cats grooming the trails!

Good night!

 

The Road to Vancouver/Whistler

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On Friday, we woke up in Los Angeles, had breakfast in Seattle, lunch in Vancouver and dinner in Whistler! It was a long, but beautiful gorgeous day.

We met up with some of Janie’s family in Seattle and had breakfast at a cute diner called Endolyne. It used to be an old train stop that was at "The End of the Line". Get it? I wish I had pictures, it was a cute place.

As we got on the road, I got my first glimpse of the Seattle Needle as we whizzed by!

We were really excited once we got closer to the Canadian border. We started to see signs for the Olympics!


We stopped for an hour in Vancouver to explore some of the Olympic areas. Obviously first on our list was the Cauldron. It was fairly easy to find (follow the crowds!) Even in the rain, it was beautiful and impressive.

Hi Jake!

We love all the gorgeous blue/lime logos that were everywhere!



We battled the crowds to get a glimpse! 



We even found a bobsleigh to try out! HAHA



The highway from Vancouver to Whistler was closed to the public. You had to have a special permit to be able to drive up to Whistler. Good thing we had one! We felt special. 🙂

 
Next stop….Whistler!

 

 
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