It was like the North Pole on the Vancouver Island slopes last week!

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Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada

So ... last Wednesday I managed to arrange 2 days away from real estate to go skiing with my wife and son. Of course we were all really looking forward to this little break, but little did we know what was in store for us.

Mt. Washington is a 4 hour drive from Victoria up the island to Courtney - it was a beautiful day, sunny but cool. I had checked the weather and knew it wasn't going to be perfect, perhaps even a little extra snow. Our first day was great - we had fun with our 6 year old and my 16 year old nephew. Conditions were perfect, we had a good few hours of skiing and my son was even warned by the ski patrol to "SLOW DOWN" on the bunny slopes -and since it was only his second time skiing we thought that was hilarious.

First Day on Mt. Washington
Fun on the slopes of Mt. Washington

 

Next morning ...

 

Snow outside the condo. Mt. Washington
Talk about the North Pole!! How can I ski down this big hill Dad?

We awoke to huge piles of snow outside our condo ...

We were warned that we might not be able to get out that day - and we hadn't brought any extra food! The condo was rented and didn't have any provisions, so we knew somehow we had to get off the mountain that day.

Mt. Washington Condo Garage

Thank goodness for underground parking!!

 

By mid afternoon we had managed to dig a pathway out of the garage, and arrived back in Victoria by 8 pm.

There was a lesson to be learned that day - in future, take chains when driving to the North Pole, take extra food, and believe the weather forecast!

But I must admit, we had a super first day, and as our son loved it so much I will definitely make time to do it again before summer!!

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Sally Weatherley
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David - What an adventure!  We used to have a 2nd home in Qualicum Beach, and used to go up to Mt Washington in the winter.  What a great mountain to ski on.  We never experienced that kind of downfall there, though - wow! 

February 22, 2011 11:34 AM
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David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada

Hi Sally - Qualicum Beach is such a lovely little town - and so much closer to Mt. Washington than Victoria is, so you must have been able to ski often. Do you ski in Vancouver now?

February 22, 2011 05:18 PM
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Sally Weatherley
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Hi David - QB is beautiful - my parents are retired there.  No, I haven't skied here for a couple of years - took snowshoeing up, though - great snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour!  Your little boy sounds like he'll be a great downhill skier when he's older!

February 22, 2011 09:27 PM
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Valerie Zinger
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David:  You know sometimes easterners are just a little bit jealous of BC weather.  Thank you for making me sympathetic instead of green eyed.  Good photos,  I would not live through winter now without winter tires.  They make a huge difference - guess you don't need them the other 364 days a year.  Sigh. 

February 23, 2011 07:18 AM
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David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada

Hi Valerie - I had to laugh at your remarks re. our weather in BC. I know ... we do get a few "digs" in when friends from other parts of Canada are bemoaning the fact that they're fed up with their weather in comparison with ours on the west coast. I think if we're going to continue skiing I'm definitely getting winter tires and chains!!

Cheers!

February 23, 2011 10:32 AM
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