Success at Cain is measured in a few ways. Centimetres of snow, number of powder days, the amount of Dark Matter consumed après ski, and the size of the smile on the faces of skiers big and small. Christmas break 2020, however, brought in some new metrics. This year success was measure by the distance between skiers, how many times we predicted the Lower T would open, and the number of skiers and snowboarders who made their way to the Upper T to get in some runs.
The daily commute would begin at about 9:00 as skiers and boarders contemplated the eternal questions – does it take more energy to go up the steep Face or the less steep but longer (and more scenic) Ridge Run. I know there is a physics major out there that can do the math on that but our poll on the hill suggests the debate remains deeply divided.
And then the lineup at L3 (bottom of the Upper T) would begin to grow. Coming along the traverse, it was startling to see such a long line – until you realized that everyone was standing 6 feet apart! After a day of skiing, snowboarding, and parasailing (okay only one person did that) down the hill, there was a warm fire and cold beer waiting.
While so many people were enjoying the snow, there has been a team of people working on the Lower T Bar and their hard work has paid off!!! The Lower T is working and it will be running next Saturday. There is no way to thank everyone who worked on the Lower T but I think I speak for all skiers and boarders when I say that we are very grateful for each and every person who lent a hand on this massive project.
And now the Christmas holidays have come to a close. Jamie at Turk’s Tavern need to return to Campbell River to stock up on more supplies and many of us have to return to work and/or school. And let’s all admit it – a hot shower would be nice.
But as we wrap up this holiday season and this strange opening, it would be remiss of us not to express our gratitude for all of you. Thank you for your patience as we get our lifts running. Thank you for laughing through the rain. Thank you for creating a community from 6 feet apart.
Next weekend will be a whole new adventure. I hope you will join us.
PS A few things I learned this week:
• The chicken chow mien at Turk’s Tavern is amazing
• Beer from a can tastes as good at draft when consumed by the fire
• If you wait long enough the rain turns to snow