Vancouver 2010 Blog Posts

Vancouver 2010 Blog Posts

From sporting and cultural events to fantastic finds for anyone visiting Whistler anytime, the SnowSeeker team covered it all.

Sochi, anyone?; an Olympic wrap-up

- Mar. 1/10

This Olympic journey has been three weeks in the making for the SnowSeekers crew, but in a sense it's also been 6 months (since the season started), 2 1/2 years (since the company started), and a decade and a half (since the bids for Vancouver began). For some, these past few weeks have been the culmination of five year's work, others their entire lives. But when that calendar page flipped over to March 1, the journey was all over. 

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Our closing ceremonies

- Mar. 1/10

Even though they were a few hours away from the Closing Ceremonies in Vancouver, the people of Whistler were as awash in the glow of victory as any of their provincial neighbours last night. 

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So this is Whistler

- Feb. 28/10

It's embarrassing, but today I finally got in a ski on Whistler Mountain. In my defense, the frickin' Olympics are kind of going on right now, so don't start building my cross or anything. Realistically, I can ski any time I want and I may never experience the Olympics first-hand ever again. Not much of a toss-up, in my opinion. That's what I thought.

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The perfect ending

- Feb. 28/10

I can't recall a time where I've felt such euphoria, such uninhibited joy. I hugged more strangers in the last hour than I have in my entire life. My hands are red from the high fives I've given. My throat is run raw from the screaming I've done.

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For the love of pancakes

- Feb. 28/10

No disrespect to Doc Pow and the bountiful breakfasts that have been cooked up in the SnowSeekers RV all week, but today's pancake breakfast at Canada House was the best meal I've had before noon all Olympics long.

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The spirits speak

- Feb. 27/10

I'm not what you'd call a paranormal fan. I don't buy into ghosts, or spirits, or the netherworld. I regard clairvoyants in much the same way I do Criss Angel or David Copperfield. Given this preface, I did something strange today. I went to a psychic.

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The need for speed

- Feb. 27/10

Try as it might, the pouring rain couldn't dampen spirits at the Whistler Sliding Centre today, nor could the bracing cold, or the agonizingly long lines that, I swear, must have stretched from Whistler all the way to Penticton.

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Just imagine an Elmo made of mittens

- Feb. 26/10

As of this morning, there have been no reported deaths by way of "mitten mauling" in Whistler Village. From what I saw today while waiting to get into The Olympic Store, I suspect that those numbers have been smudged a little.

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The naked truth

- Feb. 25/10

With just one walk through Whistler Village a person can marvel at and take photos of a dozen sculptures and statues.

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An hour of reflection amidst the chaos

- Feb. 24/10

It's called the Norwegian Church Abroad (or Sjomannskirken), and it has served as the hub of Norwegian activity during the 2010 Games.

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A true Olympic fan

- Feb. 24/10

For Patrick O'Meara of Connecticut, the Olympic Games have become a bi-annual event. After attending the Sydney Olympics in the summer of 2000, O'Meara has experienced every Olympics since, both winter and summer.

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Canada vs. Germany – Post-game

- Feb. 24/10

It pretty much went according to plan.

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Canada vs. Germany – Pre-game

- Feb. 24/10

Team Canada was on a slippery slope. The loss to the Americans on Sunday was a shock to the system, for sure, despite the fact that the Canadians carried the play for the majority of the game, and were the victim of some shaky goaltending in their own end and some stellar goaltending in the other.

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You! Tube!

- Feb. 23/10

There are certain activities that, when doing them, one can't help but feel like a kid again: Go-Karting, watching Looney Tunes, pouring milk in a bowl before cereal ("it tastes better...").

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Down the rabbit hole

- Feb. 23/10

Whistler Village was ever-so-slightly brighter today, blissfully alive with dancing faeries and pretty pixies. Adorned in ruffling tutus, hats shaped like flowers, and flowers shaped like hats, the revelers displayed a sense of wild, unadulterated glee unlike anything I've seen.

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Heidi's limited edition

- Feb. 21/10

Made by skiers, for skiers, heidiskis were inspired by the longest days and most spectacular conditions. Today, at the Switzerland House in Whistler's Marketplace, Heidiski founder, Heidi Blum spoke of the company's goal to change the expectations for how skis should perform.

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A true champion

- Feb. 21/10

When Melissa Hollingsworth went into turn six during her fourth and final run on Friday, she hoped it would catapult her into first place and a gold medal.

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B.S., bull riding, and snowboards

- Feb 18/10

The afternoon was winding down and I was enjoying some beers in the lounge car of the Vancouver to Whistler Alberta Train with Alberta country music star, Aaron Lines, chuck wagon driver, Kurt Bensmiller and bull riding champ, Ty Elliot. 

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Head first on the Alberta Train

- Feb. 18/10

Growing up in Alberta makes you a little crazy, and extremely outgoing. After all, how many places is sliding head first down a river-valley ice-bank, in –30C, considered recreational … and social?

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Travel in style on Alberta Train

- Feb. 18/10

So many ski trips begin early in the morning. Forcing yourself to get up, load up, and head out can be tough. But today is Alberta Day, and today things were different.

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Together we stand

- Feb. 15/10

The cowbells clanged as the crowd began to chant, “Robbie, Robbie, Robbie.” 

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Swiss bliss

- Feb. 15/10

Nadia Durig, from Kelowna, British Columbia, jumped at the chance to represent her family’s heritage by getting in on the action happening around the games.

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Forget the games, try the food

 - Feb. 15/10

“I have a Canadian for Will,” shouted the chef, holding a beautiful disaster. The tin corrugated dish – normally reserved for Chinese take out – bowed under the sheer weight of the meal it contained.

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Whistler is live!

 - Feb. 13/10

Are you ready for a bash? The folks in Whistler are. 

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