It has been quite a few years since I have spent any amount of time up at a ski hill, so it is easy to forget how intoxicating the mountain air can be.
I realize not every day this season will be as beautiful as opening day was up at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (Dec. 2), but the good days always seem to outweigh the bad.
I was once a very avid snow border, growing up near Sun Peaks Resort.
I would count down the days all week until I would be up on the slopes, feeling that rush of adrenaline as I carved my way down the run.
Somewhere along the way, however, I just stopped going.
I believe it was around the time my parents stopped paying for it.
But I find myself in the position to learn all over again.
And I must say, I find the idea both exciting and terrifying.
In the nine years since I have strapped on a board, I have turned from a fearless teenager, into a frightened twenty-something.
And the number of hard-core skiers and snowboarders that call Kicking Horse Mountain Resort their home does not make it any less intimidating.
But standing at the top of the gondola, staring out at the powder-covered mountains with the sun shining on my face is all the motivation I think I’ll be needing.
The slopes were full of people of all ages who were so eager to get out there that they had to rush up for opening day.
And who can blame them?
Most of these people haven’t been on a ski hill since early spring. And those months without fresh powder has built up so much anticipation they can’t wait any longer.
My nine years of anticipation, however, are putting little butterflies in my stomach.
But I think that will be half the fun.
It was Eleanor Roosevelt that said “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Well this should fill up quite a few days on that quota. I only pity the poor Kicking Horse Mountain Resort employee who has to teach me.
Snowboarding is not the only winter sporting skill I have lost over the years.
After being forced to go ice skating with my elementary school gym classes, I haven’t put on a pair of skates since.
So this is my chance to catch up on all my winter wonderland activities, since I now live in what I can only assume is one of the winter sport capitals of the world.