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364. Skiing on the Sky

Park, Keum-bi 기자2016.11.07 12:33:58

It has been almost a year since I arrived in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Canada. Usually Canada is portrayed as an ice world, but Vancouver is different. Similar to Busan where I came from, Vancouver and Victoria are the only big cities that are not cold in winter in Canada; The temperature rarely goes below zero. This is the most important reason why I decided to come to Vancouver rather than big cities, such as Toronto or Calgary.

However, once you visit the Whistler ski mountain in winter, you can understand why Canada is called the ‘Kingdom of the winter’. The whole city and mountains are colored white and you can see the sort of the snowy scenery which you have only seen before in books. It makes us feel that we are the main characters in a modern fairy story. While you are walking in the heart of the city, you feel like you are in the city of Santa Claus, because of the esthetics stores which line in both sides of the road.

When you buy a ticket for a skiing gondola, you will be shocked by the surprisingly expensive ticket price, which is roughly twice that of tickets in Korea. However, you will consider that the price is reasonable when you finish your skiing. One of the most amazing facts is that there is no fence to block the sides of the ski track, so you can feel a natural thrill while you are passing between trees. In addition, because of the huge size of the two mountains called Whistler and Blackcomb, you can enjoy skiing at your own speed, not like in Korea, where you are stuck in the crowds.

When you take a gondola, it takes about twenty minutes to take you up to the top of the mountain. While you are in the gondola, you can see the Whistler city getting far away and you cannot even see it after reaching a certain height. In addition, you can see the fluffy clouds getting close and you will peer through them to see another frozen world appear just in front of your eyes. When you stand at the top of the mountain and look down, you might think that the whole world is under your feet and you are the king of the earth. Because the mountains are extremely high, it is extremely hard to go down from the top to bottom without stopping, so there are two stops at the middle of the mountains. You can take the gondola from the stations to go to the top again.

On the top of the mountain, there is a gondola called ‘Peak 2 Peak’ which connects between two mountains. This gondola makes you feel you are flying in the sky and the gorgeous view is a bonus. You can see the difference of the mountain’s color in every season, so it attracts people all year round. There are two special gondolas at ‘Peak 2 Peak’, where the floor is made of glass, so it looks as if you are floating on the clouds.

           People might think that only high level skiers can fully enjoy skiing on Whistler, but this is not true. There are so many tracks that you can ski at any level including beginners. At the same time, there are also courses for professionals, for example some parts are almost vertical. Whistler also offers ski schools for juniors and adults who are beginners, or families. Parents tend to send their kids to ski school so that they can enjoy their precious ski time without any interruption from their children. As a result, you can see lots of kids following their instructors on skies, just like baby docks following behind their parents in a line.


There are many sports and amenities to enjoy apart from skiing, either in winter or summer, so people from all over the world come to visit Whistler. However, there is a disadvantage. Once you have skied in Whistler, you will not be interested in skiing anywhere in Korea. I am pretty sure that every second of your Whistler memory will remain in your mind forever, just like mine.

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