I have always been a person who likes to experience new things, and snowboarding was one of the first things I tried in 2009 when I moved to Canada. I wanted to do it so badly that I rented a snowboard and went to Grouse Mountain with a group of friends who had never snowboard before. To make a long story short, we spent the whole time on our bums but we had lots of fun and I told myself that one day I was going to be able to snowboard.
Finally, after almost 2 years of collecting all the snowboard gear that I needed, I officially started snowboarding. With no car and not enough money and not many friends to snowboard with, I only went to every free monday night on Seymour and paid a couple of times on Grouse Mountain.
After I started Mountain Biking I realized that a lot of my new friends were skiers and that I would love to go with them to Whistler or Cypress Mountain, but instead my friends Brent and Tahnee decided to take me out to my first backcountry experience. So this winter I had my first backcountry experience at Duffey Lake.
This was a challenge for me, something that I thought I would only see in the movies and something that has given me more courage to keep challenging myself. It has also given me motivation to keep exploring the mountains and take advantage of this beautiful place that I am very, very lucky to call home now: British Columbia.
I have been told that I talk too much on my blog, so this time I will try to keep it visual – but before I show you my photos and video I also want to say a huge THANKS to Tahnee and Brent because they were super brave to take me out there. They kindly helped me carry the food, hiked the mountain slower so that I was able to keep up with them and they always made sure that I was safe. Eventhough I really sucked at snowboarding they were always patiently waiting for me and always cheered me up. I am so pumped!
Without them I wouldn’t be able to show you these photos and video. I wouldn’t know what a true backcountry experience is, what a beacon, a shovel and a probe are for, and what a blue bird powder day on top of a mountain is! Thank you guys cause without you, I wouldn’t have hiked a mountain and snowboarded down a glacier and basically had the best winter experience of my life!