Its funny how you may take something for granted when it is in your own backyard. All it takes is someone else to share their perspective with you in order for you to open your eyes fully and to have even more gratitude for what you already have.
There is a family staying with us that comes from Munich Germany. In the last few weeks they had been skiing at Kicking Horse Resort and Chatter Creek Cat Skiing. Eventually, they made their way to our lodge and they joined our phenomenal guides on an adventure of a lifetime. Martin, the father in the family, told me that he has “spent most of his life skiing all across Europe.” He is an adventurous spirit that shows signs of being one of those skiers that probably threw daffy’s and backscratchers as he made his way down the alps. What I wasn’t expecting from him was his unique perspective on why skiing with us was so tremendous.
As I listened intently, he explained to me that ” tree skiing in Europe is usually restricted and considered out of bounds.” He went on to say that ” most skiing is done well above the tree line,” and nothing could have prepared him for the amazement he would have skiing through our glades in our tenure. Our tenure is a unique piece of land that is famous for champagne powder and many different varieties of forests. Some of these forests have trees that are wide apart and you can make large powder GS turns through them. Others, have what Martin exclaimed to be “magical trees,” because they hold their snow and their branches become closer together as they are weighed down. These forests allow for tremendous glade skiing which is always a crowd favorite for our guests.
After the conversation, I had a new found love for the magnificent backyard that we have at our doorstep that is only a quick heli ride away. It occurred to me that our guests are truly fortunate as well and this may be one of the reasons they come in with huge grins after a great ski day.