Shred Life Episode 4: Birthday Shred!

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full day of mountain fun ❤

Have been hiding out in Whistler for the week to get my ski on and also to celebrate my man’s birthday the best way I know how: in the mountains!  The sun came out and it was full on spring shred for his big day.  Thought I would take this opportunity to present you with another installment of Shred Life.  After reading this, be sure to check out Episode 3 here (and from there the rest) for all your Whistler/ski must-know facts for doing the alpine thing like a boss.  First off, if you, your friend, your man, or your mom love skiing…there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than in the sun, on a mountain, having a hoot. Here’s the agenda you need to follow (if you’re cool).

First thing’s first: breakfast. This can be done in a variety of acceptable ways, and I’ll highlight a few for you. Whip something up a home (chocolate chip pancakes are my specialty) to get fueled up for the day.  This is a great option if you live somewhere walking distance to the hill and don’t have to wake up super early to do so.  Option two is stopping for something en route.  My top two recommendations are: Gone Village Eatery (for your classic breakfast wraps and coffee vibes – a great place to post up with a book or your computer to work, too) or The Green Moustache (for a healthy smoothie to start your morning and also to even out the alcohol consumption that will inevitable be going down later in the day – my fave smoothie there is “The Einstein”).

Next it’s time to hit the mountains, and if you coordinate your day of birth with good weather…that would ideal.  Call up Mother Nature ahead of time.  The route: head up Whistler gondola, then up Peak Chair to get da view from da top.  Majestic mountains all around, with the Black Tusk right in front of you.  Great for classic Whistler photos (guilty).  Now it’s time to do a couple of laps on the Peak Chair in the sun!  After the appropriate amount of navigation through moguls to find fun pockets to ski on the peak, head over to Harmony and Symphony for some mellow high alpine turns…then it’s time to mountain hop.  Riding the Peak 2 Peak is always fun, those views will never get old.

Migrating to Blackcomb is key at this point as that is where the waffles are.  Delicious but with a high price tag, it’s the kind of thing you only get on a celebratory day.  Order them up with bananas, Baileys, or just berries: all options are approved.  The Crystal Hut is your run of the mill log cabin in the mountains with a patio overlooking endless mountain views.  Waffles and beer for lunch: it’s a diet.

Full of food, it’s time to get back on the slopes.  Spin a lap on Crystal then head to 7th Heaven for some sunny afternoon turns.  You see, you want to follow the sun (duh) and 7th Heaven gets sun into the late afternoon.  After some day-ender turns and then a speedy ski down to the bottom you need to complete the Birthday Shred with a little après.

Après in Whistler: options a’ plenty.  The Longhorn is great because you literally ski into the patio and it’s always rowdy.  There’s also the GLC, for a more chill “I’m so cool” vibe.  But, there’s tons of patios to post up at further in the village and a great one is The Beacon.  Caesars served in boots and jugs of sangria (plus beer, because obviously): sold.

There you have it, the perfect Birthday fun route!  What you do after après is up to you…haha.  Had the best day shredding around with Essex, so happy the sun was out all day!  Happy celebrating babeskillets, Tita xx

 

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Whistler: Snow, Sunshine, and Fun

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Life in the mountains ❤

Spent some time in Whistler this past week and it was so nice to be up there with Essex.  Love skiing with him, and just being in the mountains in general.  We had a mix of weather: some fresh pow, some clouds, and some sun.  Such a fun few days in the mountains…and I managed to stay on my study schedule, too (after hammering a few extra heavy study days in White Rock that is haha).  I lucked out and was up there for the annual BBQ the UBC crew (my alma mater) puts on…think hot dogs, back-flips, and beers in the snow.  So fun.  Here’s some snaps from my time up there (note Essex’s excellent outfit for the BBQ).  Good night babeskillets, Tita xx

Shred Life Episode 3: Solo Soul Searching Ski Days

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Is there anything more beautiful than snowy mountains?

We’re back for another episode of Shred Life (check out the last episode here).  This one is all about solo ski days folks.  I’m not talking about going out in the backcountry and riding solo, which is stupid and dangerous, but simply taking some laps on the resort’s runs sans company.  Love me a good groomer.  It’s nice to do this once in a while.  Maybe it’s because I grew up skiing and I have so many amazing memories from it, but whenever I feel stressed out, taking some time alone in the mountains always makes be feel so much better.  I used to do this the morning of big ski competitions, too to get help in the zone (what an intense little kid I was haha).  Even just waking up in a mountain town like Whistler is calming.  Who doesn’t feel less stressed when you look out your window, see a fresh sprinkling of snow on the pines, and your pretty skis perched up on the balcony just waiting for you to take them out for a spin.  Anyway, here’s my top 5 reasons why taking a solo ski day is rad and totally therapeutic:

1.  NO LINE UPS.  You get to use the singles line for the chairlifts which is generally a lot quicker.  Faster wait times = more runs.

2.  MUSIC.  Plug in your ultimate shred playlist and get in the zone.  I love skiing with music in sometimes, but when you’re with a crew you keep having to turn it on and off haha.  If you’re skiing alone you don’t have to interrupt you jamming at all, even on the lifts.

3.  NO RUSH.  You can do whatever you want: ski slow or ski fast, have a 10 minute break mid-run to take in the view…no one’s waiting for you at the bottom.

4.  PEACE.  In this world of hectic lives and technology everywhere, it’s so nice to take a moment alone all to yourself.  It’s easy to do this in the mountains…find a quiet spot off the trail and just BE.  Sounds cheesy, but I’m into it.  Turn off the tunes, sit in the snow, and look at all the beauty around you.

5.  FRESH AIR.  Duh!  Clean mountain air does wonders for you brain and mindset.  Somehow if you’re in the quiet company of only yourself you feel the benefits of it even more.

BONUS:  If you love taking photos like me, when you ski alone you can do it whenever you like without holding up the group.  I’m a sucker for a good mountain photo (and selfie haha).  It’s so amazing how at different elevations the mountain can look so different on the same day.  From the snow-frosted small trees in the high alpine with a view of the Black Tusk in the distance, to the large pine trees down lower revealing the snowy valley in between their branches…it’s all beautiful.  Mother nature, you did good.

So what are you waiting for?  Grab your skis, your tunes, and your inner peace…it’s time to go for a solo rip!  Happy skiing babeskillets, Tita xx

Shred Life Episode 2: The Ultimate Guide to Sunny Resort Days on Whistler Blackcomb

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Sunny 7th Heaven laps ❤

Welcome to another episode of Shred Life (check out Episode 1 here).  This time we’re talking about how to experience the resort the right way.  I’m not talking about those fresh snow, early morning powder days where you ski through lunch and come home with sore legs (those are awesome, too though)…but those chill days when you just want to have a vacation on a mountain.  Whistler is just the spot.  Spending the better half of my life skiing Whistler Blackcomb, it’s just my go-to home mountain where I can shred my face off.  I forget it’s an internationally acclaimed winter vacation destination…and sometimes you just need to remember that and take a day to LIVE. IT. UP.  Vacation style.  Read: the art of skiing while in reality not skiing very much.  So shall we begin?

10:00AM  After a leisurely morning in your mountainside lodging, sipping coffee and eating avocado toast, you decide it’s time to seize the sunny day and take in some high altitude and majestic views.

11:00AM  Decide which mountain to ski (Whistler or Blackcomb).  Obviously, Blackcomb.  It gets sun much longer in the day, especially the afternoon.

11:30AM  Reach the top of the Gondola and head over to 7th Heaven, the sunniest and prettiest afternoon zone on the mountain.

12:00PM Summit selfie time, duh.  Then proceed to take some sunny laps.  7th Heaven is great for vacation skiing as the runs aren’t long (you don’t need to be in shape), the views are epic (you get the ‘gram), and the terrain is mellow but fun (the whole crew can come).

2:00PM  After some happy laps in the sunshine, it’s time to grab a (Bailey’s) hot chocolate from the Horstman Hut at the very top of 7th Heaven.  Log cabin sippin’ at 7494 feet elevation, not too shabby.

3:00PM  Wait for the chairlift to close and the whole 7th Heaven bowl to empty out, then have a final epic ski down in what feels like your private ski resort (what’s more VIP than that).  Always remember to stop for the scenic photo op, though.

3:30PM  Ski all the way to the base where you’re lucky enough to be in within ten steps of all the après places you could want.  Whistler is a party town as much as a ski town, and a good friend of mine calls it Canadian Vegas.  A personal fave is The Longhorn where you can chill on the patio overlooking the mountains while sipping Caesars.  All good resort days end with a Caesar, of course.

And there you have it, the perfect “ski” day on the resort.  Treating yourself to the touristy stuff makes you feel like you’re a mini vacay for the afternoon and it’s awesome.  Me and Essex have this routine on lock and like to whip it out sporadically.  Stay tuned for the next Shred Life saga.  Until then, follow me on Instagram (@titaszlachetka).  Happy skiing babeskillets, Tita xx

Shred Life Episode 1: Powder Days in Whistler

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Shred days with my love ❤

Decided to start a ski series for the blog called Shred Life that documents my ski adventures here, there, and everywhere.  I absolutely love skiing, grew up skiing competitively, and my boyfriend skis professionally…soooo I guess you can say I spend a lot of my free time on the slopes.  I’m lucky enough call Vancouver home which makes Whistler, one of the biggest ski resorts in North America, my neighbor.  The mountains will can always zen me out if I’m stressed and give me an adrenaline boost when I need one (aka after studying all week).  This first post is all about those perfectly timed ski days when there’s tons of fresh snow, no line ups, and you’re with your fave ski squad.  I had a day like this not too long ago with Essex.  We played in the snow all day.  Tree skiing is my favorite, with little drops and hops here and there.  Cruising around in a winter wonderland…what a dream.  Skiing down the cat-track at the end of the day, legs tired and cheeks rosy, is one of my favorite feelings.  Fresh mountain air is the best medicine.  Always.  Happy shredding babeskillets, Tita xx

24 Hours in Whistler

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Whistler, the best place for a study break ❤

Happy Friday babeskillets!  Woke up refreshed and ready to study today.  Had a full day off of studying or thinking about studying and it was so helpful.  Sometimes when you’re going on too many full study days in a row you start to burn out, be less productive and need to step back for a bit to let your brain reset.  The best reset?  Whistler!  Essex picked me up and whisked me away to the mountains, best boyfriend award once again.  It was wonderful.  Hit up Pizzeria Antico for deliciously authentic pizza and beer (date night perfection).  Skied my heart out in knee deep fresh snow.  Had a cozy après ski featuring mac n’ cheese and tea from Gone Village Eatery (a fave chill food and coffee spot in the Whistler Village).  Of course lots of cozy time watching movies and just relaxing, too.  The best mini getaway!  I’ll be studying through the weekend so if you’re on the work or study grind like me…here’s to a productive weekend babeskillets, Tita xx

Hello Winter and Hello Updates!

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Shred Kit: jacket + pants – Airblaster, helmet + goggles + mittens – POC

Hello winter and hello blog!  It’s been a whirlwind fall and I can’t believe it’s already almost December.  According to my Instagram, I’ve been gallivanting around free as a bird the past few months.  It’s true, I did go on quite the collection of epic trips and adventures, but it was intermixed with hectic weeks of work and studying and set backs and changes in life plans and all that good stuff haha.  Everything is awesome though, and as all wise humans and miniature Buddhas covered in hair say everything happens just how it’s supposed to and it’s always for the best.   That being said, with my updated career game plan thought out (not a change in field, I’m more stoked than ever to doctor it up…but more so where I plan to do it…exciting, but scary, but exciting!!!) it’s time to get back to regularly blogging.  It’s something I genuinely enjoy so dang much and it’s my main creative outlet (among all the medical mumbojumbo I surround myself with, it’s the perfect pairing).  It’s rad that I found something creative to work on easily from anywhere, anytime I need a little break.  I love medicine, but I’ve always had an artistic side so I’m stoked I found a way to manifest it a little while pursuing my career.  Personal blogs: they’re lit.

After a blissful week in Maui celebrating oh so many things, I came back to cozy Vancouver and daylight savings time induced 4:00pm darkness.  So with that, we blinked and it’s winter.  I’m back in my mustard coat which I love (but will be looking for an updated palette for this season…if you feel good in your shred kit, you ski better and harder…it’s a fact, google it).  Whistler opened last weekend and as is tradition I went up for opening day.  So much snow, it felt like we skipped early season and went right into middle of winter conditions.  Then me and Essex drove to Fernie (a dope mountain town about  a 12 hour drive East of Vancouver) for a ski movie premier he’s in.  Big screen boyfriend in a cool old theatre, so proud.  He previewed another video project he’s working on for this season at the premier, as well.  He started to film for it in Maui and therefore it featured yours truly in the most epic snorkel segment of all time haha.  Such an awesome time, and I just love historic small towns.

So what’s in the books for the rest of 2017?   Well my babeskillets, I’ll be working my butt off to finish the first chapter of my research thesis by Christmas, finishing my seminar course (last “course” ever), and getting things sorted for a more American focused new year.  More about that another time, though.  In the meantime, I’ll be skiing when the conditions are good, hanging out in my favorite mountain town (Whistler) with my favorite boyfriend (Essex), and flying to New Orleans for a friend’s wedding.  Super excited for all of it!

Quite the reading load, but an update was warranted.  More outfits, cafes, escapes, ski adventures, and fun coming your way.  Here’s to Life of Tita 2.0 babeskillets, Tita xx