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:
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.