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GET READY FOR WINTER

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Winter is coming…

… and I am ready for it!

Winter is one of my favourite seasons of the year… the Canucks are back on, the mountains are ripe for poaching on the good ol’ snowboard, and I’ve been lacing up my skates recently to keep learning how to play ice hockey.

I’m really excited about snowboarding this winter for three reasons: first, I feel like I’m finally starting to progress and get better, second, we’ve picked up season’s passes to the fabulous Cypress Mountain Resort, and third… I’m ready to get back into making movies. As mentioned in previous posts, last year was pretty much a write-off… so we’re going to go hard this year.

Here are a couple of my favourite snowboard movies that we’ve done the past few years to get you all stoked about the upcoming ski and snowboard season!

Are you excited about this winter?


OUR LAST 24 HOURS IN GOLDEN BC AND COPPER HORSE LODGE (PART 3)

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

This is the third and final photo post… you may want to check out Part One and Part Two of my blog post series on Kicking Horse, Golden BC, and the surrounding areas. The fabulous HD movie of the trip is of course still coming!

Golden nestled in the mountains...

We really felt like we were part of a mountain community in Golden. The town is completely nestled in the hills, and they have spectacular views just about every day. Allan and I were pretty much seething with jealousy the entire time we were there. Talk about a sight to wake up to!

Frozen Waterfalls

We spent our last day there exploring around and found several of these frozen over waterfalls…

Allan beside a frozen-ish river..

We also explored under the river and the bridge until our fingers pretty much froze off…

Yes, mountain goats just wander around..

… and noticed that there were just mountain goats and other wildlife wandering around in broad daylight…

... and deer just hang out in the yard.

… or they would just hang out in people’s yards at night. We saw this deer family hop over people’s fences, hang out on their lawns for a while, and do a little tour of the neighbourhood. It was awesome.

Copper Horse Lodge and Corks Restaurant

Our last night we stayed at Copper Horse Lodge, which right in Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, just a 2 minute walk from the gondola. Pretty sweet location! They also have a fine dining restaurant called “Corks” which we ate at a couple times. They have a Twitter account as well.

Copper Horse Lodge Lounge

The Lodge has only 10 rooms, so it really is a boutique hotel. I managed to chat with the owner for a few minutes while I was there and he mentioned that they don’t want to expand at all because they care a lot about giving personal attention to guests. Again, I felt an extreme sense of wanting to open my own B&B or hotel in a mountain resort. Argh. Why am I working in video games again? :)

Copper Horse Lodge Hot Tub

Nothing like relaxing in a hot tub after a day of snowboarding.

Copper Horse Lodge Deluxe Room

Again, I was really impressed with our choice of accommodations here in Golden! We really lucked out… everywhere we stayed was awesome, and the people were so friendly. It kind of reminded me of Whistler 10 years ago.

Copper Horse Lodge Deluxe Room Copper Horse Lodge Bathroom and Jetted Tub!

Anyway, our room was HUGE! King bed, couch area, flat screen TV, and lots of places to throw our gear everywhere. The place literally looked like a train wreck after we were done spreading out all our snowboard gear to dry. The big bathroom was a bonus too… mmmmmm jetted tub.

Me making weird arm movements

We hiked around the area to shoot some little snowboarding videos. I can’t wait to edit it all together.

Local Hero Pub

After snowboarding we headed to the Local Hero Pub. It’s obvious to me that Golden is awesome. Where else do you have JENGA in the middle of a BAR? Haha!

At the pub with our new friends

We met up with our newfound friends, Mike (our guide from Canadian Powder Adventures) and Steve (from Tourism Golden… he helped us find places to rent our backcountry gear). Many tequila and whiskey shots were had…

Caesar at Corks Restaurant Mango Shrimp Appetizer Carrot Ginger Coconut Soup Chocolate Torte

Then it was off to Corks Restaurant (part of Copper Horse Lodge) for our last dinner in town. They had some really nice drinks and appies… we ordered several cocktails, had a mango shrimp appetizer, shared a carrot ginger coconut soup, and some different types of flatbread. Oh, and I snuck a little photo of the chocolate torte we had for dessert in here.

Mmmm pizza

Yes, we eat a lot. Well, Allan does. We also had to have pizza since pizza is a must after snowboarding. I noticed a LOT of locals were coming into the restaurant and getting pizza and beer as well.

Lamb with spicy mint sauce

The mains were really the best part though. Allan ordered the lamb which had an orange glaze and a spicy mint sauce… such a nice combination.

Tilapia with Tomato Saffron Risotto

I had the tilapia with the seafood and tomato saffron risotto. I LOVE risotto and this one was especially good… saffron is my weakness. The chef, Kalon is from Australia and you can definitely tell where some of his influences are from!

Mmm Eggs Benny for Breakfast

Why are my posts always about food? *sigh* I guess we just like to eat. Well, in the morning we woke up and had amazing eggs benedict served at Corks Restaurant by the couple who manages the place. Such nice people! Relocated from Vancouver… hmmmm… argh!

Bye Golden!

So alas, we had to say goodbye to beautiful powdery Golden, BC… till next time! We will most definitely be back. :)

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