Love from the Finnish

In the south of the Netherlands we celebrate carnaval at the start of the traditional fast before Easter. In Finland they’ve got their own way of celebrating: Laskiainen. The day I celebrated Laskiainen coincided with valentine’s day or ystäväpäivä. The university I went to had a cool program for exchange students called the friend-family program.…

Shaken, not stirred

I am a shaker. No. I am the little balls inside the shaker. An eager toddler picks it up and starts banging it against the furniture. I have no control. I cannot make it stop. The toddler happily bangs on, eager to hear the curious sounds it produces. Once you start trying adventure sports, you…

The advantage of being little

They are smarter than you think. Kids. Every time I stop skiing, take my kids to the bathroom, sit with them in the gondola, or just try to get them from A to B, someone will make a comment. “O, they are so cute.” “They must be a handful.” “You are going to be an…

Hello new life!

Right. Just over a week ago I came to Whistler. All I can say is. I am impressed. At first I was more overwhelmed. This mountain is huge! The amount  of staff working here is crazy. I keep looking at the ski instructor uniform on the coat rack and have to remind myself that it…

Wiping away the cobwebs

A million things are going through my head. It’s all too much. It’s overflowing. It’s going to burst soon. Time for some decisions! At the end of October I’m flying to Canada! My flight is booked but I have no clue where to go. I had already applied for jobs this winter, since I really…

Off to ‘the other mountain’

It took me a whole season, but I’ve got it! The photo with the view… Working at Coronet Peak, it’s just so convenient to just leave my skis up there and enjoy the mountain on my days off. Taking my skis down to go to a different mountain seems like just a task. And thus…

The heart of a skier

Skiing isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle. I’m a rookie in this world. Studying for my instructor level 1 exam is finding out about all the things I don’t know. Where other people cruise down the mountain, I am thinking about lateral movement, if I’m supposed to feel this or that muscle and how…