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Icy roads

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alexmoura

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This journal is less and less about programming :)

Anyway, the common theme here is icy roads - Went up to whistler over thanksgiving:


Lots and lots of snow - the day they opened the peak the line to get up was humongous. We did get to watch the first few guys coming down:



Crazy, right?

Here's the approximate trajectory:



And here's the run I actually did:


That was a tiring day, but the most fun I've had in a while.

And why Icy roads? I've finally bought a new car:


We drove from Whistler down to Seattle with snow on the road down to Mount Vernon - took us 6 and a half hours, and I'm bloody glad I had the Subaru - that thing handled so much better than the old mazda did in snow (and elsewhere). Turns out that a co-worked actually took 10 hours and 45 minutes (!) to drive from Seattle up to mount vernon this monday night.
The funny thing is, driving in the Canada side was quite easy - the snow was smooth, and people knew what they were doing. The second, and I mean the second you cross the border, all hell breaks lose - the road now resembles gruyere cheese, but made of ice, and everyone seems not to know how to drive on slippery conditions. Accidents followed accidents, and apparently snow plows are unheard of north of bellingham. Basically, it's like we crossed the border to a third world country.


The driving exam should include driving in low friction surfaces.
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First the bike ride, now this? Why do you get all the outdoor fun?
I will have to post my pictures when I hit up Beaver Creek and Vail in a couple weeks. Maybe then YOU will be the jealous one.

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The last time I tried to tackle a double black diamond (although this looks like a triple) I did this the whole way down



Course... there were lots of moguls on that trail. I hate moguls. I like to just ski straight down really fast. So I guess this wouldn't have been so bad... I just woulda died when I reached the bottom.

Awesome.

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been there - but that one is only a single black :). It was a lot easier than it might look because of the powder - you end up riding a lot more upright, and the snow bleeds a lot of your speed.

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As I'm (partly) Swiss and big fan of good old, salty gruyère I'm pleased that you mentioned it. Hopefully you're getting the real stuff over there in case that you do even eat it. As a meal after a tiring and fun day of skiing I recommend eating a cheese fondue. I always enjoy the moitié-moitié (half-half) (mixture of Gruyère - Vacherin fribourgeois). In fact, I just ate one (but without the skiing part unfortunately).

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As I'm (partly) Swiss and big fan of good old, salty gruyère I'm pleased that you mentioned it. Hopefully you're getting the real stuff over there in case that you do even eat it. As a meal after a tiring and fun day of skiing I recommend eating a cheese fondue. I always enjoy the moitié-moitié (half-half) (mixture of Gruyère - Vacherin fribourgeois). In fact, I just ate one (but without the skiing part unfortunately).


I've been meaning to try some fondue - I seem to enjoy molten cheese, but for some reason the solid stuff tends to make me sick to the stomach. In any case it's one thing to try.

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