Little Feet and Lots of Sisu
In Finland, sisu is used to describe people who have a certain outlook on life. Those of us from Sointula, which was founded over 100 years ago by Finnish settlers, are very familiar with this concept. For those of you who are not, it can best be described as having “perseverance in the face of adversity”. And this week, with the Lower T not working, we are seeing a lot of sisu as a steady stream of people hike up to the Upper T to get in some runs.
While Cain has a lot of backcountry skiers who are used to hiking, many people are trying this for the first time. Stand on the Ridge Run for a bit and you will see a steady stream of people making their way up the hill carrying skies and boards or making their way on skins. And no one is showing more sisu than the kids who, with great determination, are climbing the hill to go skiing. No tears, no attitude, no hesitance. Just little feet and lots of sisu. And really awesome parents to carry their gear.
While we all know it would be better if the Lower T was working, thank you to everyone for making the best of an unfortunate situation with laughter, camaraderie, and a sense of adventure. All while standing 6 feet apart and wearing masks. This opening, like the rest of 2020, will be remembered as the year everything was upside down.
Weather: The lovely fluffy stuff that fell last night became wet and heavy when the rain came. There are still 2 inches of snow on my deck (one of Mount Cains’s official weather data points) and report from ski patrol says there is 10-15cm of heavy snow on the top part of the mountain. Temperatures will be dropping again soon with 30 cm predicted to fall on Jan 1.
Update on the T bar: It’s coming. I promise. We are hoping to have it inspected on Friday but we are not making any promises. As soon as we know for sure we will post on FB and the website.
Cain Cup: COVID may have caused the cancellation of the Olympics but it is not stopping the Cain Cup from happening (take that IOC). Cain Cup will be held on January 17th and is open to ages 16 and up. In order to avoid registration lineups, you can now register online here. No training required. In fact no experience required. Just show up with your skis and have fun skiing the course. Note: COVID Protocols of masks and social distancing are required.
Turk’s Tavern Jamie is cooking up a storm! There is an outdoor take out window and delicious warm food available. Thank you Jamie for continuing to feed us during this pandemic. You can take you food inside but please remember that seating is limited to 15 minutes if there is a lineup.
Après Ski Everyday after skiing, Jean Luc and Sally light the outdoor fire. So once you grab your beer and snack at Turk’s Tavern come stand by the fire (6 ft apart of course). There are 2 bonfires and several picnic tables so we can still après ski in a pandemic. Please note that you cannot bring your one beer into the fire area. We have expanded the area covered by our liquor license to include the outdoor space so you must purchase drinks from Turk’s Tavern in order to drink around the fire.
Please remember that the COVID protocols are in place. Everyone must wear a mask in the lineup, on the lift, and inside all buildings. Please remember that physical distancing is the best was to ensure that COVID is not transmitted to please show love and respect for your fellow skiers by staying 6 feet away from them.