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A Day in the Life of an EA Ski Instructor Intern

Friday 14th January 2011

Runaway skis & cliffs - stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Owen is an EA intern, currently doing his ski and snowboarding instructor course over in Revelstoke, Canada. Here, in an extract from his blog, he describes one of his more challenging days on the slopes.

“We have had a lot of sun recently in Revelstoke which has been great for the mood and vitamin D levels, but bad for the mountain, with very icy and cold conditions. The top of the mountain was even closed one day due to a temperature reading of minus 50 degrees Celsius, including wind chill. If you’ve never felt that sort of cold it’s probably because at that sort of temperature you can’t feel anything. However in the last few days the snow has returned, which is great for us, but bad for the last drop pub, whose promo offer of 10 dollar pitchers of beer whenever it snows at least 10 centimetres was, until now, going well for them. The mountain is really starting to generate a buzz, with more and more people arriving from all over the world to check out what all the fuss is about. Great for the resort, but not so much fun for us season pass holders who love never having to wait in line for a lift, and enjoy the fresh snow every day.

I’ve been working more on my snowboarding and it’s going well however I have found that I need to ski before I go home. I’ve yet to do a full day snowboarding, as I start with the best intentions to practice, and push myself in snowboarding, but by the end of the day I have to get my skis on and just really go for it. This is of course if my skis stay on my feet. Recently I’ve been having some trouble with runaway skis. On three separate occasions my ski has just vanished, on two of them it took a lot of digging, hiking and swearing in order to find them. The latest one was maybe a misjudgement on my part, at the bottom of a chute in the north bowl I saw what I thought was maybe a 7-8 ft drop, with fresh snow at the bottom, a dream come true. I set off down the chute, the excitement building, wondering why no one had seen this line yet, (it was late in the day). As I approached the drop I soon discovered why no one had been down it, the 7-8ft drop I had seen was in fact a 60ft cliff. It all made sense then, no one had come down it, because no one in there right mind would attempt a cliff like this. I made a swift stop and then discovered I was stuck between a rock and a hard place, literally .I was lodged on a rock and the only way to go was over the cliff. I did contemplate it, thinking the snow looks deep I won’t die and other such ridiculous justifications. After 15 minutes I decided my only way out was to take my skis off and hike back up and round. However I forgot one key fact, when skis aren’t attached to your feet they are still skis, and they, by nature, want to go down hill. However it was only after I’d unclipped that I remembered this, as I watched my ski drop 60 ft into fresh powder and all but vanish. I hiked up with one ski, slid down the other side, hiked back up to the bottom of the cliff dug my ski out spent another 10 minutes trying to put it back on, at which time ski patrol were doing there final sweep of the mountain to close it, all in all a very embarrassing encounter. I neglected to mention I was a ski instructor.”

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