I was 29 when I first moved to Whistler. I was living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, about as far as you can possibly get from Whistler while still in North America, when I decided to pursue the mountains and west coast. I wanted to dip my toes in the Atlantic Ocean and then drive all the way across Canada and jump into the Pacific.
I kept hearing about this place that was awesome for winter sports yet what intrigued me the most was that the winters were mild in Vancouver and the Whistler area. I was sick and tired of freezing my balls off in Halifax each winter.
I was always disappointed when snowboarding in Nova Scotia as I would be to the bottom of a run in about 45 seconds. All they had were little mole hills to carve. I could barely get 5 or 6 good turns in and one or two pops and boom, I was back at the bottom again.
I craved more. I kept hearing about this 7 mile long run at Whistler. I wanted to do that! I was moving to Whistler!
I decided to officially take off and move to Whistler once I secured employment. I lucked out big time. I was working as a bellman at the Westin in Halifax and saw a job posting online for In Room Dining and Bellman at the Westin Resort and Spa Whistler. I forwarded them my resume and they hired me from all the way across the country. I knew all the four star standards and performed well in my role. I had good references from my managers. I was an expert at customer service.
Finding a good job in Whistler is tough. Moving to Whistler is tough. I felt truly lucky to have a job waiting for me. My new job even had staff accommodation waiting for my arrival. I didnt know what to expect but at least I knew I would be able to rest my head and put my stuff in a closet when I arrived.
I filled my car, a little Honda Civic, with beef jerky and all kinds of snacks. I added a small amount of clothes, my laptops and filled up a massive travel mug with the strongest coffee I could find. I was ready to go for it!
I kissed and hugged everyone I knew in Nova Scotia, said goodbye and floored it! I was finally moving to Whistler…to be continued… 🙂