Boots has it figured out. Boots is Sparky and Bridgette’s cat that apparently “came with the house”. That puts Boots at over 17 years old. She sleeps under their woodstove at home in Rossland, B.C. a cool little mountain town I stopped off in for a couple days before heading to my CAA level 1 course.
Bridgette and Sparky, old friends and roommates of Pete and Sarah showed me an awesome time in Rossland. I had a bed, great company, food and even a lift ticket to Red on Saturday thanks to the ski patrol director.
Sparky’s daughter Sally was competing in the freeskiing comp that day and ended up winning it all in front of the home crowd. Red mountain is minutes from Rossland and an easy XC ski to the lift. The town has a great feel. Steep roofed homes on hilly streets a nice downtown and a major outdoor community influence.
During my stay I also got to meet John Tweedy, a big name in avalanche forecasting that ran the avalanche program at Kootenay Pass for 30 years. He is the avy guy in the new snowboard flick “The Art of Flight”. He was all stories and sage advice over a couple hours and a beer at the pub.
Currently I am set up in the back of the Explorer, piled with blankets and a sleeping bag trying to stay warm for the night in the staging area of my course. In the morning a heli will pluck me and 12 other students to fly us into Valkyr Lodge in the Selkirk Mountains.
Home in Valdez the faucet has finally turned off and the constant snows have given way to single digits and wind. Under Sparky’s woodstove Boots sits warm as can be and at the moment I am quite jealous of her position.