Friday, November 27, 2009

New Pictures

Last day at Sun Peaks

Hi all! What a great day here! Sunny Blue sky, Hard snow, long runs. Nice! We trained during the morning. In the afternoon we free skied on all the different runs. There are Three different mountains here. We skied on all of them. Long runs, it was amazing.

Enjoy the pictures

Thursday, November 26, 2009

US thanks giving

It's US thanks Giving today, so our dinner was turkey, mash potatoes, vegetables and stuffing. Lemon pie for desert.

It was warm today. Snow was melting. It rained yesterday. Tonight is suppose to be cold, so it should be nice and icy.

We have definitely put in a lot of km skiing here. Otani San and his daughter, Haruka have improved in basic movements! Yes, only 2 came this year so it was like a private camp. it was great for them!

See you soon


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sun Peaks Camp

Hello All,

Well, this season the snow here is amazing. Lots of it. Many different chair lifts are open so we are able to ski on Different slopes. We started off skiing on the flats. Doing proper balance changes, initial edging from ankles and shins, staying stacked over our feet, upper body forward, upper body down the fall line on deep turns, and steep slopes, and tuck turns.

The number of skiers here is small so it has been a very private camp.

Chrissy and Makaiya are here. Makaiya has been helping Chrissy cook. Of course she has her home work to do. She skied with me a little today.

Bye for now


The Austrain Women were training GS today !

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chrissy's new GS flags


Another year another stack of new GS flags. Chrissy made another seasons supply. They look great!

The Canada camp starts in a few days. Lots of snow this year. I have heard most of Sun Peaks is open. We are going to start off on the flats doing many long runs, repeating basic movements. As the week progresses we will then move to medium then steep slopes. I a really looking forward to it. Working on each persons pre race plan is also on the schedule.

Bye for now.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Ginger bread house

Yes, Christmas is in the air in the Ito House. Since I leave at the beginning of December we try to do some fun Christmas activity's. Last night we built a Ginger bread house. We all pitched in to build it. The best part is eating it for me. Some family's just leave it standing to look at. Not me! i ate some this morning! Hee hee!

See you soon.


Friday, November 13, 2009

First snow of the year in Kelowna!

Yes the first snow fall in Kelowna!

It was cold last night and it snowed in the early morning. When we drove Makaiya to school the roads were very slippery. Many people do not have winter tires and we saw a few accidents.

I have receently tuned my new Rossignol ski boots. There is more room around the toe area, but very narrow around the mid foot. I had to do a lot of punching, and grinding in the mid foot area. They are ready to go! I am looking forward skiing and coaching up at Sun Peaks!

Bye for now.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beer Fridge

Hello again,

So in the last pictures our fridge was full of beer. That is not our normal fridge, just so you know! That is our extra one down stairs. We do have food in our normal one up stairs!

It is very cool in Kelowna. Sun Peaks has lots of snow and the camp looks like it will be great! Not many people are booked but we will have great long runs working the basics.

Bye for now.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Chrissy's home Brew!

Hello all,

It is definitely Fall here. Snow in the hills and cool.

This year for the Sun Peaks camp, Chrissy made some home Brew Beer. Yes, Chrissy went to this business where you order the beer. In 2 weeks it is ready to be bottled or canned. Chrissy used cans this time. They taste great. They are much cheaper than normal liquor stores. One batch made 150 cans. And it cost $130. What a deal! They only last 6 months though. Because they are all natural.

Bye for now.


Saturday, November 07, 2009

Cow tongue

Hi All!

This late summer my friend I work with slaughtered his cow. I asked "what do you do with the tongue?" "I throw it away", he said. I asked if I could have it, and he gave it to me. He gave it to me frozen in a plastic bag. His friend also gave me his cows tongue. So that is 2 frozen tongues. Chrissy and the family thought I was crazy! People in Canada do not usually eat cow tongue! They think it is disgusting! Anyway, I took the skin off. Which was very difficult! When we eat it eat I use our meat slicer and cut it very thin. It was delicious! Once I prepared it properly and cooked it Yaki niku style, every one loved it. Especially Tajanna and Makaiya!

Bye for now.


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Scotch seminar

Hi all,

Chrissy bought me 3 tickets to a scotch seminar. I took my mom and Chrissy's dad with me. We had 6 Scotches to taste. It was fun. Yes, I did get a little tipsy. I like the peaty scotches the best. A smokey taste.

I had a day off today . I worked on my new ski boots. Punching them out in soar spots. My ankles. Also played golf. Shot 78. my best of the year.

Bye for now.


Monday, November 02, 2009



October 31 is Halloween in Canada. Makaiya dressed up as a girl pirate. We went to Orchard Park mall to trick or treat. All the stores give candy out to the kids.

In the evening Chrissy took her to a haunted house. Not a real one. Just one that a family made up to be one.

A week and a half ago Tajanna came down with the H1N1 Virus. She was very sick. She did go to the doctor right away. She started medication and was better in a few days. No worries she has completely recovered, and is back at work. While she was sick Makaiya and I stayed at my dads house.

It has been warm recently. Yesterday I played golf. Shot 81. I took lessons about 1 month ago. I learned many things, but it did hurt my scoring. I was thinking too much and was not relaxed. I am now able to be relaxed and use the new technique. This helps me with how some of you may feel when you are learning new movements in ski racing.

I am looking forward to seeing you all.

Bye for now.