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Momentum

Its all about momentum at this point. Today was day 31 so I have 69 to go, almost a third done. I just have to keep the flow going upwards and keep getting up and out there each day and this goal is feasible. Part of the issue about going public with my goal is if I fall behind and don’t achieve it. I guess its the trying that counts but I will do my best to make it happen.

It was a quick day in the fingers, four runs, all quality. deep snow, slightly heavy but very deep. Constant face shots. Nothing new and exciting just some great skiing and then home by 12.30. 10 400 feet.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

A few days ago Revelstoke Mountain Resort had their official opening party. This is the long awaited development that has been in the making for 20 years. The mountain itself has amazing potential and is one I tour often. For the last two years progress has been happening on the hill, from glading to road building. This last year I timber cruised the Gondola line. One of my summer jobs is to assess wood value in unharvested areas; so we walked the entire Gondola line before they cut it down. And now it is this long undulating 3500 foot run. Early in the season I had hopes to be the first to ski the run but I had other priorities and only skied it today.
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I left the car at 6:30 and toured the 6000 feet to the top of the hill, twenty cm of fresh snow lay carpeted everywhere. SO I had an great 4000 foot run and then back up my skin track to go and find the Gondola line.

I look forward to the hill development, it will change a few things but will benefit everyone in the end. With a great ski hill I can always take family somewhere for a great ski and it will also be a fantastic hill for my children to learn on.

Take a look at the Revelstoke skiing in this trailer my buddy Frank made.http://www.ifilm.com/video/2811156

The last two days have been 10 000 footers, quick and to the point. Home by 11:40 and time for family.

Motivation

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I often wonder what gets me up at 5 am and at the trail head before 6 am. How do I keep my motivation high while others are still in the comforts of their beds? It takes a certain something to keep my feet going upwards while my motivation goes downwards.

One thing that keeps me going is the need to explore. I get energized by new areas, new descents, anything that is exploratory. I have my maps at home and I diligently pencil in every line that I hike and ski. This in itself motivates me. When I am out touring in new terrain I can visualize drawing new lines at home. I can’t wait to get home and draw in the new line. Take yesterday for example I have wanted to ski Copeland for years and it was very satisfying to finally pencil in the new lines, even the 11 km of forestry road we followed home.

Powder… my quest is really to maximize my powder skiing. There is soooo much snow that falls in the mountains around here, and I love sampling some of it. Actually as much of it as I can. I can tell you that 10 000 feet of deep powder skiing is pretty amazing. It quenches my need for powder; for that day at least. But definitely the feeling of skiing through powder is what keeps me going. It’s the closest i can come to flying and I love it. Swooping down a mountain much like a bird would fly. Fast fluid and non stop.

Personal challenges also fuel me, trying hard and digging deep seems to energize me. Tires me out but drives me at the same time. I guess challenges make me feel like I am living and not just passing time. A day feels more complete when I feel like I have accomplished something. I just watched my daughter challenge herself and saw her eyes alight with self satisfaction as she accomplished her little climb. That is what it is. Challenge rewards me with a very self-satisfied feeling.

I guess I could go on for days about the different reasons I am motivated, perhaps it is an insecurity about having lost a finger and a need to prove to the world that I am equal to all the ten fingered people out there. Who knows! All I know is it feels great to be out there and I can’t wait for tommorrows mission.

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