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So with the office doors closed for the year and the bags packed I figured it was about time to start up the trip report.

I plan to start the report with our adventures in the Valley and then Canada before passing the baton to @Lady Penelope when we cross paths in silver star.

now I’ve thought about the baton and what it should look like, and I feel most appropriately it will resemble a bottle of red with a straw! I figure this is most appropriate as I intend passing Lady P a bottle of red as she drives into silverstar after 3 flights, a car ride and a shopping trip all with two tired boys and little to no sleep.....

Hopefully Lady P will be able to pass the thread to the other Canberra crew playing in Canada this year.

The Zac family adventures start with a trip to our spiritual winter home, Thredbo, why? Great question, because according to our respective families we should like nothing better to do than travel Australia dodging bushfires (luckily none near us) just to visit them before buggering off.

so three days in Thredbo, which I am actually looking forward to, will be followed by a mad change over of gear, re pack of car and travel to Wollongong for three days! Love Christmas.......

From there the us and Canada await s I get a very well earned rest!
 

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This sounds wonderful, @zac150 ! I will be looking forward to that red wine in Silver Star on the evening of the 12th given my record of not sleeping on planes (and this will be Canberra-Brisbane-Vancouver-Kelowna). And then I’m picking up a hire car at Kelowna Airport :D. Thanks for starting this thread; I for one am looking forward to escaping the Aussie heat and drought in exchange for some hopefully nice cold temperatures in Canada. Silver Star and Sun Peaks, here we come!
 

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This sounds wonderful, @zac150 ! I will be looking forward to that red wine in Silver Star on the evening of the 12th given my record of not sleeping on planes (and this will be Canberra-Brisbane-Vancouver-Kelowna). And then I’m picking up a hire car at Kelowna Airport :D. Thanks for starting this thread; I for one am looking forward to escaping the Aussie heat and drought in exchange for some hopefully nice cold temperatures in Canada. Silver Star and Sun Peaks, here we come!
You will have to have your skates on in both terminals. Brisbane domestic to international is by airtrain or T bus, takes about 10 minutes. YVR long walk, hoping no crowds in front of you at immigration and security checkpoints.
 
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You will have to have your skates on in both terminals. Brisbane domestic to international is by airtrain or T bus, takes about 10 minutes. YVR long walk, hoping no crowds in front of you at immigration and security checkpoints.
Fun times indeed! I just love airports :p
 

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Well this has been a weird start to the trip and I have to say not very Christmassy, and it’s weird writing that given all that has happened! But I’ll start with the fact I am lucky to have amazing family and friends and equally lucky not to be battling fires as so many on here are.

Our journey started with a trip to Thredbo, my second home and a place where I have made so many great friends. But it was kind of weird sitting their reading news stories and posts knowing a friend I had met through Thredbo was losing their home. @Untele-whippet your humility throughout this period has been inspirational! Words can not say how sorry I am for what you (and others on this forum) have had to go through, words also can not express how impressed I am of how you and Fi have carried yourselves throughout your ordeal. I am sure their have been moments of heart ache but your continued support of those around you and your community is truly inspirational! Anything we can do to help you, your neighbours or the donkey please ask!

So with fires about and extreme conditions it’s fair to say our plans have had to change. Like many ex national parks my father in law was a remote fire specialist and I guess I tend to listen especially when I sense dread in his voice, the last time I heard him speak like this was 2003 before the fires hit Canberra.

Anyway our plans for a Wollongong Christmas soon hit the skids as the parents in law felt it best to stay at home; they live in a hamlet outside of Adelong so are at risk (albeit no fires are currently about). So from Thredbo to Adelong we went for an early Christmas and then back to Canberra to repack the car!

we know how dry the bush is so had fears of fires closing roads again, we came to the conclusion we can always fly from Canberra but the gong could be closed in. And time is always a friend.

So the decision was made to miss a beach Christmas and head straight for Sydney today before flying out tomorrow. Friends have kindly put us up , albeit on the promise of a nice red. Not the relaxed start we wanted but we are counting our blessings!

I think next time we will allow a few more days before flying out!
 

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Here we go.....

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Best laid plans, @zac150 ! Let’s hope your ski bags 1) arrive and 2) aren’t trashed this time. Looking forward to catching up in Silver Star! Good luck!!
 
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This Boxing Day travel is the bomb, took longer waiting for the cab, half hour late than to check in and go through customs (about 20 minutes), go figure!
 

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Ok so I thought I did an earlier post but I either posted in another thread or more likely the WiFi was shit.....

So with the high New Years prices we decided to delay starting skiing till after the first wave of Canadian holidays were over. So our first stop was San Fran and we flew United.

I had heard a few horror stories about United including the video United broke my guitar. Anyway I have to say I was pretty happy after our air Canada debacle. They were pleasant and the upgraded extra leg room was very worth it even for our shortarse family...

We stayed at the Argonaut in San Fran right down on the pier and next to the cable cars, great location and awesome hotel perfect after a long haul flight.

the location meant we could pop out for a walk then head back for a sleep before an evening walk and more sleep. Room was massive which is what we needed. I would very much recommend.

we did the obligatory cable car tour, pier 39, ride to the bridge etc etc before heading out to Yosemite! I’ve placed climbing pics in the climbing thread, but man is that place impressive, really puts into perspective free solo and the dawn wall.

we stayed in Curry Camp heated tents and the kids got to go ice skating which surprised me as we hiked about 20km a day in between checking out the boulder problems and general site seeing.

back to groveland tonight, which is part way back to San Fran and I have to say awesome. We had struggled to find accommodation just out side the park and our agent found this little town and it’s perfect. Old 1839 hotel done up very nicely and the whole town has a great feel, highly recommended.

Back to San Fran tomorrow and off to Vancouver en route to Whistler.

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Love San Fran, I have 3 nights there at the end. Nothing scheduled yet.

I’ve done the walk to the top of half dome, still took all day. It’s a stunning place. I went in autumn and camped in the park.
 

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Ok so I thought I did an earlier post but I either posted in another thread or more likely the WiFi was shit.....

So with the high New Years prices we decided to delay starting skiing till after the first wave of Canadian holidays were over. So our first stop was San Fran and we flew United.

I had heard a few horror stories about United including the video United broke my guitar. Anyway I have to say I was pretty happy after our air Canada debacle. They were pleasant and the upgraded extra leg room was very worth it even for our shortarse family...

We stayed at the Argonaut in San Fran right down on the pier and next to the cable cars, great location and awesome hotel perfect after a long haul flight.

the location meant we could pop out for a walk then head back for a sleep before an evening walk and more sleep. Room was massive which is what we needed. I would very much recommend.

we did the obligatory cable car tour, pier 39, ride to the bridge etc etc before heading out to Yosemite! I’ve placed climbing pics in the climbing thread, but man is that place impressive, really puts into perspective free solo and the dawn wall.

we stayed in Curry Camp heated tents and the kids got to go ice skating which surprised me as we hiked about 20km a day in between checking out the boulder problems and general site seeing.

back to groveland tonight, which is part way back to San Fran and I have to say awesome. We had struggled to find accommodation just out side the park and our agent found this little town and it’s perfect. Old 1839 hotel done up very nicely and the whole town has a great feel, highly recommended.

Back to San Fran tomorrow and off to Vancouver en route to Whistler.

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How did the little fellow go with the long walk?
 

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We are having 3 nights at the Argonaut from Jan 30. Great to hear it’s good. Alcatraz booked and a car from Alamo for another. What breakfast options did you take around there?
 

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We are having 3 nights at the Argonaut from Jan 30. Great to hear it’s good. Alcatraz booked and a car from Alamo for another. What breakfast options did you take around there?

On the car if you haven’t been to San Fran before (we hadn’t) it is a hike via a train to get to car hire.

we walked down to pier 39 Boudins and grabed really nice bread!
 

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You will like the Argonaut, don’t forget to ask for the bike hire tickets, the map shows the pickup location as a bit of a walk but it isn’t
 
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Ok so it’s been a weird few days traveling o/s whilst jumping on every available WiFi to catch the fires near me app.

The place in Mallacoota appears to be ok, homes at 2,4 &6 burnt (we are at 10), some of the pictures we have seen are scary stuff. Apparently the people who had hired the place stayed and put out a few spot fires. Needless to say our heartfelt thanks go out to them (and probably a free stay next year).

now Just for Thredbo to make it through.... the reports are a little confusing but I’m guessing it is wind direction that will put it at risk.

So with little we can do about things back home we are back to travelling!

Our dinner in Groveland was amazing, so nice to have a meal that felt home cooked, hotel had a B and B feel with a nice restaurant and craft beer / wine bar. Anyway ordering the beer one local recognised the accent, they had been through the Cal fires and he turned and said pray the fires don’t grow as big as here in 18, his face when I said we pray it does! I then explained our fire were now almost triple the size (I have heard 5mil hectares). Any way back to real travel.

We left Groveland at stupid o’clock to make it back to San Fran, for our Canada leg. We hit San Fran with time in hand and in the confusion of the streets near the pier I managed to make an illegal turn. Luckily the cops let me off with a warning and a nice chat, they were pretty cool actually.

so after picking up our skis and some last bits we headed for the airport and our trip to Vancouver, we stayed night one at the Westin, and again I was super happy with this accommodation. As an airport hotel I thought it was great and it served us well with a free shuttle which was easy after the flight and allowed us back to the airport in the morning to get a car.

Now I have had issues with Alamo last time trying to rent us ski racks with no locks, so I was prepared with pictures (showing locked ski racks had to be used with a key) , manuals etc what I wasn’t prepared for was the manager saying sorry sir we don’t hire ski racks anymore. Then telling me my ticking the box was a request only, I politely told him I only hired through them as they had racks available.

long story short they upgraded the car to fit skis in and we were on our way.

whistler here we come, via Granville island for food, MEC and arcteryx. Now for those who choose to arrive between Christmas and New Years, I highly recommend the Arcteryx outlet sale, jackets on sale for $300 that we would pay $800plus for it’s worth the wait, they only let a few in. We checked it out and the good discounts weren’t on gear we needed to replace.

whistler greeted us with big snow flakes some of the biggest I have seen, to be fair probably more impressive than whistler New Year’s Eve which really isn’t much.

Now for some skiing!

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Well the last few days can faaark right off. What a shit but so far a positive outcome and more positive than others.

We seemed to have dodged bullets in Mallacoota, Thredbo and Bundanoon, plus parents in law in Adelong. I’m not sure if we are lucky or the cursed, I’m going with cursed and you should all sell your property in Thredbo.....

We are talking close as well with properties lost two doors down, across the road and in the street. I don’t think I’ve sleep well, but I did ski.

Now to good news, long story short when I first came to whistler 3 years ago I brought my daughter skis at Comor sports. Huge shout out to them! At the time they gave me the wrong bindings and long story short they tried to get bindings to me but in the end we were going back so they held bindings for me and traded them over. Now Comor have a deal if you trade kids skis in you brought through them you get a discount off the next set. So not only did they honour the discount prices they brought her skis back at 50% of the original value (as a good will gesture) and I have one very happy girl! It’s a seriously good deal for those who head o/s every few years and the service has been awesome!

The snow at whistler has been ho hum but we have had an awesome time. Up till today when my son dropped his stock off gonzo chair! Faaark me that’s steep with pillows, was a genuine struggle but we got down and to my daughter (who skied with me) credit, not one complaint and she bombed it seriously well!

so as the time at Whistler comers to an end I look forward to the next adventure in Sunpeaks


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Update very happy girl with her skis, I’m super proud of her as she saved some money to go toward these skis.

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On the hotel front we stayed at Blackcomb lodge in the family studio, king down stairs and two singles in the loft. I’ve stayed here before and loved the location for a boys trip but it also worked well for the family. We have eaten in most nights and whilst the kitchen is cozy it’s functional and has everything you need. Lifts are a short two minute walk and with the small supermarket across the road it’s a great location.
 

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Ok so our time in Sunpeaks has come to an end and I have to say I’m seriously impressed. I was a little dubious as often things that are over hyped disappoint but after speaking to Lady P, we booked.

I’ll keep it short, we love the village, it has a real alpine, euro feel without millions of people. It has all the shops you need and just enough choice plus a few little surprises like the Rocky mtn chocolate shop.

the runs are awesome, heaps of choice from double black to green, and a lot of long runs that have long sections of green and blue or blue and black. We were also able to divide in runs so we got harder runs and the little one and +1 got an easier runs.

the tree skiing is awesome, and all the runs have lots of little hits and tracks on the side. Id highly recommend to anyone either family or a trip looking for steep and deep.

We stayed in ski in ski out in the east village which made life super easy. It is away from the village a little and the bus isn’t great, but you can easily ski into the village.

I’m a little torn with easy walk to the village versus ski in and out plus spa (and self contained), we used the spa every day and it warmed us to the core which was lovely. I’d love to hear from some of the Sunpeaks regulars on alternative locations that offer the above as I’d like to come back and spend a few weeks here.

Only because they have named a run Aussie Fart (yes I know the German meaning)

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Our unit and the point we put our skis on (Orange peg)

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Now our adventure begins! So today: 4 cities, 3 flights - what could go wrong? :p

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As per the generic Canada thread, I received a SMS at 6.30am advising firstly that our Air Canada flight out of Brisbane was delayed, then cancelled. After bundling luggage and boys into the car anyway, we headed to Canberra Airport where a lovely Qantas man did his best to help us as well as the emergency contact at Travelplan. He managed to re-book us on a flight out of Sydney although this has now also been delayed by 45 minutes. The excitement! Will we make the connection to Kelowna? How soon can we get a piece of that -27 degree weather? For now, we are enjoying the ambience of the airport :D
 

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Now our adventure begins! So today: 4 cities, 3 flights - what could go wrong? :p

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As per the generic Canada thread, I received a SMS at 6.30am advising firstly that our Air Canada flight out of Brisbane was delayed, then cancelled. After bundling luggage and boys into the car anyway, we headed to Canberra Airport where a lovely Qantas man did his best to help us as well as the emergency contact at Travelplan. He managed to re-book us on a flight out of Sydney although this has now also been delayed by 45 minutes. The excitement! Will we make the connection to Kelowna? How soon can we get a piece of that -27 degree weather? For now, we are enjoying the ambience of the airport :D
Did they give you a reason for the cancellation, or is this common for Air C? From previous threads, it seems to be hit or miss with them. Let's hope things improve from here?
 

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Did they give you a reason for the cancellation, or is this common for Air C? From previous threads, it seems to be hit or miss with them. Let's hope things improve from here?
Actually yes (well, via the Qantas man): passenger fell ill on the incoming flight and the plane had to turn back. Imagine the headaches involved in re-booking 350 passengers! And we’re moving (flight mode “on”).
 

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So the usual sleepless flight into Vancouver which due to delays in the Sydney outbound flight meant a VERY tight connection for our Kelowna leg. I’ve given Air Canada heaps in other threads but they lifted their game this time around getting the boys and me seats together on a re-booked flight at very short notice, checking our luggage all the way through from Canberra to Kelowna, and not losing any of our bags.

I picked up our hire car in Kelowna. A RAV4 with snow tyres (not M & S ones). Still a bit slidey on the journey to Silver Star. Our luggage fitted in neatly ...

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And a somewhat more manageable size than the Ford Expedition Platinum I drove last trip.

Silver Star looks very pretty although I was surprised to see that almost half of the runs are blacks. Hope the weather gives us some chance to explore over the next few days.
 

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So we’ve had two days at Silver Star. Very picturesque and colourful village, and we are fortunate to be staying in accommodation very close to the lifts (Silver Creek lodge, which is more a serviced hotel than a lodge, but why quibble). It has just been bone-numbingly cold, especially today. While the temperature technically is about the same as yesterday’s (mid minus 20s), the sun has not made an appearance and a breeze sprang up around lunchtime. We managed 3 runs before a break then ventured out again, lasting only 2 runs before hands froze so much it was painful. Took a good 10 minutes for my fingers to stop hurting once I got back. On the plus side: no lift queues! We even witnessed some children doing what appeared to be mogul training (jumps) with long-suffering adults standing by.

Our apartment has double-glazed windows but this didn’t stop a nice build up of ice on the inside ...

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The snow outside our room:

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And tough luck if you wanted to wash your hands after using the bathroom today at the cafe .. frozen pipes!

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So we’ve had two days at Silver Star. Very picturesque and colourful village, and we are fortunate to be staying in accommodation very close to the lifts (Silver Creek lodge, which is more a serviced hotel than a lodge, but why quibble). It has just been bone-numbingly cold, especially today. While the temperature technically is about the same as yesterday’s (mid minus 20s), the sun has not made an appearance and a breeze sprang up around lunchtime. We managed 3 runs before a break then ventured out again, lasting only 2 runs before hands froze so much it was painful. Took a good 10 minutes for my fingers to stop hurting once I got back. On the plus side: no lift queues! We even witnessed some children doing what appeared to be mogul training (jumps) with long-suffering adults standing by.

Our apartment has double-glazed windows but this didn’t stop a nice build up of ice on the inside ...

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The snow outside our room:

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And tough luck if you wanted to wash your hands after using the bathroom today at the cafe .. frozen pipes!

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A season or so ago they just had a bottle of that antibac handwash there....saves entering the mens bathroom.
 

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So we’ve had two days at Silver Star. Very picturesque and colourful village, and we are fortunate to be staying in accommodation very close to the lifts (Silver Creek lodge, which is more a serviced hotel than a lodge, but why quibble). It has just been bone-numbingly cold, especially today. While the temperature technically is about the same as yesterday’s (mid minus 20s), the sun has not made an appearance and a breeze sprang up around lunchtime. We managed 3 runs before a break then ventured out again, lasting only 2 runs before hands froze so much it was painful. Took a good 10 minutes for my fingers to stop hurting once I got back. On the plus side: no lift queues! We even witnessed some children doing what appeared to be mogul training (jumps) with long-suffering adults standing by.

Our apartment has double-glazed windows but this didn’t stop a nice build up of ice on the inside ...

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The snow outside our room:

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And tough luck if you wanted to wash your hands after using the bathroom today at the cafe .. frozen pipes!

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Tried the bear claws from Bugaboos yet?
 

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Ok so as our time at silver star comes to an end I will officially hand the mantle to @Lady Penelope as we head home via Disney Land.

Our accommodation was fantastic, possibly not for everyone as it is a little rustic but great location and super cute (very warm as well).

the frigid temps meant we didn’t really get to investigate the mountain as much as we would like and I feel the backside of the mountain had enough to keep people interested. The village has enough to keep you interested and pond area has the best kids activities we have come across in Canada the tube and skating there was excellent. I particularly like the river skating around the island.

Would I come back, I won’t say no but I don’t think the village has enough for us for “off” days. I think it’s best described as a really good local hill.

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So a couple of thoughts on our ski gear etc for future trips:

1) we travel not just to ski so we always have more gear as we have ski gear and other gear.

2) packing cells are worth their weight in gold.

3) Aldi bags (the ones with the zips) are worth more than gold. We through a few in the ski bags just to help carry gear to and from the car that was in our ski bags which was brilliant.

4) we padded out the ski bag with a winter coat, I’d probably do this again.
 

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Glad you made it there despite the delayed start @Lady Penelope!

As we swelter in the heat and bushfire smoke here, I’m very envious of that fresh air and those cold temperatures!

the cold temps were only fun for a while!

I’m sporting some very angry patches on my back from the cold where I sat against the chair! Is it frost bite, chill veins who knows, what I do know is it bloody hurt (deep pain) to sleep for a few days and I’m just getting the mobility in the back, back! Luckily the car had heated seats which seemed to help.
 

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Glad you made it there despite the delayed start @Lady Penelope!

As we swelter in the heat and bushfire smoke here, I’m very envious of that fresh air and those cold temperatures!
Thanks @rime noreason , although as my fellow Canberran @zac150 says, it was VERY COLD!! I for one am glad to be away from both heat and smoke, although -26 was faintly ridiculous. Hope the fires are starting to be extinguished by some rain back at home.
 
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So today (after a rather sleepless night) I got packing and headed off from Silver Star to Sun Peaks. Sad to farewell the Zac clan, but appreciated their gifts of leftover food and some quite tasty gin!

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I really enjoyed Silver Star. Sure, it doesn’t have the ambience of the Sun Peaks village, but there is a lot of skiing/boarding terrain to explore, and the Back Side sported some VERY long black runs. There also appeared to be some terrifying double black diamond runs. While the boys salivated over these, there was no way on God’s earth I was heading down those ones. Tubing was free with your lift ticket, and there was a very nice skating pond. The RAV4 handled the road conditions well this time and we made it to Kamploops for a big supermarket shop within 2 hours.

A lot of unpacking, and the discovery that our room is rather compact at Sun Peaks! I have posted pictures of the “compact” bar fridge that will serve my little family over in the Sun Peaks thread, but here it is again along with a view of the kitchen ...

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And there’s no dishwasher! Fortunately the boys had some good washing-up training at the Zacs in and are busily doing this right now. The view of the village is quite attractive, though ...

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Made it to our LA accommodation finally, what a shit fight! The whole disney area is inundated with conferences and our hotel over sold (wtf).

the original manager tried to lie and say their was damaged suites and they had tradesman working on them! Ha really, I walk back and look out side to see no tradies cars, so I called her bluff and asked to see the damaged rooms (yep I’m a prick).

needless to say no damaged rooms.....

finally got onto the real manager and they put us up in another hotel and transferred us to and from the hotel and waived another night accommodation.

needless to say first manager I spoke to was a little sheepish as the true manager and I both have the same view, if you fcuk up, own it, be honest and make sure people aren’t out of pocket.
 
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Made it to our LA accommodation finally, what a shit fight! The whole dus eye area is inundated with conferences and our hotel over sold (wtf).

the original manager tried to lie and say their was damaged suites and they had tradesman working on them! Ha really, I walk back and look out side to see no tradies cars, so I called her bluff and asked to see the damaged rooms (yep I’m a prick).

needless to say no damaged rooms.....

finally got onto the real manager and they put us up in another hotel and transferred us to and from the hotel and waived another night accommodation.

needless to say first manager I spoke to was a little sheepish as the true manager and I both have the same view, if you **** up, own it, be honest and make sure people aren’t out of pocket.
Yes, much better to own up to a mistake rather than obfuscate!
 

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Two days in Sun Peaks now and the weather is warming up. We even managed to spend most of today skiing with the temperatures a positively mild -15 or so. Some fresh snow, and everyone was happy - until Mr 10 offloaded from the Sundance chair and was a bit slack getting his poles out of the way. Result: one broken pole. After half an hour of sullen insistence that he wasn’t going to ski anymore, he rediscovered his mojo and transformed himself into a pole-less park rat/freestyle skier. So there.

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This evening we headed into Kamloops with the Astro clan to watch a very one-sided ice hockey game where the locals triumphed big time over the American Tri-City team. We counted ourselves as being very fortunate to arrive in one piece as @Astro66 decided to drive down a street near the ice hockey stadium on the LEFT hand side of the road. Astro: please read the Driving in Canada thread. Which side do we drive on in Canada? ;)

Mr 10 was very disappointed that the game was a rather tame affair (ie no fights), but otherwise had an exciting time. Mr 13: “it was all right”.

Tired boys now in bed :)

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This evening we headed into Kamloops with the Astro clan to watch a very one-sided ice hockey game where the locals triumphed big time over the American Tri-City team. We counted ourselves as being very fortunate to arrive in one piece as @Astro66 decided to drive down a street near the ice hockey stadium on the LEFT hand side of the road. Astro: please read the Driving in Canada thread. Which side do we drive on in Canada? ;)
Good thing that @Astro66 does all those short sharp turns ! ;)
 

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Two days in Sun Peaks now and the weather is warming up. We even managed to spend most of today skiing with the temperatures a positively mild -15 or so. Some fresh snow, and everyone was happy - until Mr 10 offloaded from the Sundance chair and was a bit slack getting his poles out of the way. Result: one broken pole. After half an hour of sullen insistence that he wasn’t going to ski anymore, he rediscovered his mojo and transformed himself into a pole-less park rat/freestyle skier. So there.

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This evening we headed into Kamloops with the Astro clan to watch a very one-sided ice hockey game where the locals triumphed big time over the American Tri-City team. We counted ourselves as being very fortunate to arrive in one piece as @Astro66 decided to drive down a street near the ice hockey stadium on the LEFT hand side of the road. Astro: please read the Driving in Canada thread. Which side do we drive on in Canada? ;)

Mr 10 was very disappointed that the game was a rather tame affair (ie no fights), but otherwise had an exciting time. Mr 13: “it was all right”.

Tired boys now in bed :)

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Time for an update (I’ve mainly been posting directly in the Sun Peaks thread). So we moved accommodation in Sun Peaks yesterday having been unable to secure 15 days straight at Coast Sundance despite booking back in July. In some ways I’m not disappointed: the room at Coast was small with a bar fridge that is somewhat inadequate to house groceries for a family, while the room servicing was pretty much non-existent. 8 days without any vacuuming or bathroom cleaning is stretching the friendship a little, particularly when one is not provided with a vacuum cleaner or other means of cleaning the place. Hmmmm ..... We are now in a studio loft apartment at Hearthstone Lodge just across the road. Much more spacious. The boys are particularly happy that it has a dishwasher (and I’m ecstatic about the full-sized fridge). And then there is this ...

For the uninitiated, this is a Murphy bed - one of those things that swings out from the wall. It looks for all the world like a wardrobe, innocently situated against one wall. Then - voila! - it folds out into a quite comfortable bed. The boys sleep upstairs in the loft, and we all have lots of room.

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We continue to explore Sun Peaks, and are having a lovely time with the Astros. Thanks to @Beerman and @northsail for your company here, and the generous provisions (I owe you a nice bottle of red, @Beerman !). One last photo of delight:

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