Tomorrow we're off to Siver Star it's about a two and a half hour drive across the Okanagan which should be an interesting run. The Okanagan area is where most of the British Columbia wine is grown as well as apples, cherries and other fruits, it's quite an odd place the valley has a number of lakes primarily, Lake Okanagan it's also designated a desert area, yet when you go up a mountain like Silver Star there is just heaps of snow.
This coming week or this "upcoming" week is Presidents week it's the American equivalent of a bank holiday and as a result Sun Peaks is filling up with Americans, the amazing thing is they are nothing like the people we met in America, maybe like the Brits abroad, they are not representative of their nation. The strength of the Canadian dollar however has reduced their numbers, which is obviously not good for business, and judging by the general credit squeeze here in North America I don't know how we in Britain can avoid a major slow down.
Russ and Sue are doing well, Russ skied two blue runs today that is the european equivalent to red runs, I have always thought the word blue here seems to cover a much too wider range of runs, they only have three designations Green, Blue,Black where in Europe we have Green, Blue, Red and Black I think European system is better as it " fine tunes " the runs as opposed to a more broad brush description, the one thing I have noticed having been skiing so many different mountains over the past month is the variation in difficulty that each resort perceives it's self to be. For example most blues in Jackson Hole would be blacks in most other places, whereas in Big Sky most greens would be light blues almost any where else.
Sun Peaks for me has been a kind mellow mountain it has'nt got any unexpected suprises if you ski a cruiser it's a cruiser, likewise ski tough it is tough. It's snow is not dis-similar to Whistler albeit a bit lighter, but the powder cannot be compared to Utah.
I am looking forward to up rooting again tomorrow Angus and I are now experts five minutes and we're packed, mainly because we never unpack that's the secret!!
We are all looking forward too Siver Star Long John's bar here we come.
LAST RUN AT SUN PEAKS
RUSS ON HIS FIRST DARK BLUE (IE RED)