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Have you ever wanted to try to skiing?

I have always wanted to try. Today I had my first ski lesson and it was even more fun than I could have ever imagined. No experience required.

After my lesson, I met with Chef Dino L. Gazzola and he shared the delicious menu coming up for Valentines. Good news, there are still reservations available!
Emma in Rentals came from England and is loving Grouse Mountain!
Organizing rentals for my ski lesson was a breeze, Emma greeted me with a smile at the rentals chalet and had all of my ski equipment in the computer. After checking in I went upstairs and picked up my rental equipment.
Hannah from New Zealand loves snowboarding!
Hannah was waxing skis when I came in to pick up my equipment. She came all the way from New Zealand to be a part of the Grouse Mountain team. After work, her favourite  snowboard run is "Heaven's Sake".
Luca and Blake ski instructors
I went outside and it was snowing!

I met up with Luca (left) and Blake (right) ski instructors. We were divided into two groups. One group was a more experienced set of skiers and the other group for people with little or no ski experience (that's me!).
After practicing the basics of stopping and turning, Blake, our instructor, took us to the Magic Carpet.

So easy, we just hopped onto this moving platform and it took us right to the top of a gentle slope.The perfect spot to build confidence and get used to coming down on two skis.
After two hours of skiing I had an appetite!

How lucky was I to meet with Chef Dino L. Gazzola at the Observatory fine dining restaurant. Dino is a snowboarding enthusiast and had some wonderful dishes for me to try.
The food just melted in my mouth and Dino shared with me that they have an extensive wine list (more than 500 different wines!) and take the time to cook fresh meals that are in tune with the season. He designs the delicious menu with local fresh ingredients in mind. Yum!
Chef Dino also noted that they have dining options for all types of dietary requests.

What better way to end a perfect day of skiing, than with a glass of champagne and the beautiful views from the peak of Vancouver!
As I said my goodbyes and thank you to Chef Dino, I noticed at the entrance of the Observatory hanging on the wall, a framed photo of Gertie Beaton, ski champion in 1938.

Such an inspiration and perfect ending to a magical day!