Sunday August 24, 2014
Well I better start this post by saying, I get to claim “world’s worst father” as I am heading to the snow, as Ryan is celebrating his 16th birthday. Sorry buddy, I will definitely try to go some way to making it up.
The bus picked us up from our digs around 8:00, and Bruce dutifully handed out the shopping lists for all to pair up. (Great job Bruce). We needed every minute of the 30 minutes that the bus driver allowed us to stop to get through it!
Heading to snow
One of the many heavily laden shopping trolleys
John C was already on the mountain and had scoped out that one of the units would be available earlier than the 4:00 checking time. We arrived at our units around 12:00, quick unpack of all the groceries in the unit, quick welcome beverage, get changed and head down to the village to grab our gear.
One year I will get boots that don’t hurt
Our lift passes are 5 days, but they through in a bonus half day from 1:00 the previous day, so we were lined up and ready to go shortly there after!
It was a glorious afternoon, and Gilly and I got in some great runs, heading up to the highest lifted point in Australia
There is a bar on the mountain, black sallees, that has become a harry institution for popping in during Schnappy Hour. It has a magnificent outlook of the thredbo valley, a great selection of beers and shots, and my favourite beer on tap!
My skis parked outside sallees
Budvar on tap!
There is also another tradition that any new folk on the tour, get to try a shot of a drink that isn’t on the menu, and very much an under the counter drink. If it’s name of “Undertaker” doesn’t put you off, the sight of the floating chilli pulp should… Pete stepped up with John G placed an undertaker in front of him.
Part of the ski patrol / rescue’s role is the sweep down the mountain ensuring that no one is left out over night. This included clearing out bars such Sallees. There have been many an interesting trip back down the mountain with the ski patrol shadowing is. Things have sometimes got a little “loose”.
even our best skier Kim has a rest post sallees
The first night tends to be a little excitable as people get to catchup for the first time, in some cases, a year. Different drinks are inevitably mixed up from the bar. There is a bar tax of 2 bottles of spirits, 1 being a higher shelf variety.
Fire and Ice shots come out
Last year, in a moment where some people may have been tired and emotional, the idea of having Hamster onesies to wear was put forward and met with lots of laughs. Ted managed a great feat, in that he remembered the conversation firstly, and then order 14 of the onesies to bring along. Looking into the unit, it would have appeared to be a secret cult (and it is).
Today’s song of the day is The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony as it I missed the bear’s birthday, but got to ski. Sue also bought me this CD for Christmas in 1997 when we were living in London, and we knew at the time that we were expecting Ryan to join us the following year.