The anticipation starts when you meet up with the 11 other people in your group. You’ll be talking about all the turns you’re going to make; how much fun you are going to have; all the face shots you’re going to get; all the stuff you are going to jump off.
Sitting in the cat as it climbs up the mountain you look out the window. You’ll see the snow getting deeper and deeper as you get closer to the powder runs, giving you butterflies. Seeing huge mountains all around brings back the feelings you had the first time you ever went into the mountains. Excitement, anticipation, nervousness, and best of all exhilaration.
Stepping out of the snowcat at the top of the run, whether it’s your first time ever in a snowcat or your 100th trip, seeing all that powder with no one around to track it up other than you and your friends is something you’ll remember forever. Clicking in your bindings after listening to the guide describe the run you are going to take makes you so excited you feel like a five year old on Christmas morning.
The days, weeks, and months of waiting for this exact moment are over: you’re finally here. You drop into the run and sink your first turn. It’s everything you’ve dreamed of. It’s the best thing ever, and it’s only the first turn of the first run of your first day.
At the end of the day you ride back in the Powder Mountain 4×4 vans to Whistler. Boisterous laughter and shouts of “great run”; “It was so amazing”; “I didn’t think it was going to be that good or that easy”; change to silences that fill the van with just as much enjoyment as the laughter did moments ago. People you didn’t know at the start of the day have now swapped email addresses and phone numbers to make this magic happen again. You realize that the silence in the van is everyone thinking: “this was the best day ever!”
It’s amazing when you can be somewhere that gives you feelings of “The Best Day Ever”.
Powder Mountain Catskiing and Catboarding is that place.