Monday, February 2, 2009

Skiing the Rockies

Neil and I spent last week skiing in Alberta, Canada (Lake Louise and Sunshine). We started out at Lake Louise and quickly noticed the lack of snow. There had been no snow fall for over three weeks and the runs were worn out (down to the base in some areas). We then travelled to Banff and the snow came!! They got about 10 cm which made Neil very happy since he had brought along his Powder boards! I didn't take a lot of pictures since the week started out being minus 31 degrees! I ended up buying a new pair of gloves to ski with since the ones that I brought from home couldn't keep up to the wind and cold despite using hand warmers. If you have a look through my pics, the 1st one is of Neil wearing a red ski jacket, standing underneath a tree on one of our runs. Take notice the 2nd picture. This is called "Delirium Dive" a double diamond run which comes with "special restrictions". As you can tell, there wasn't enough snow and the area was closed off. But you can imagine the extreme skiers taking a chute off the edge. I passed on this one!! We spent one evening walking around Lake Louise which is absolutely stunning. It was cold!! The skaters seen in one of the pics are two nurses that we overheard saying that they were from Ontario. They were attending a Pediatric Research conference at the Chateau Lake Louise, and employed at the Kingston General Hospital (same hospital where I work) but in the NICU. Small world!! We had fun visiting and wondered how we had never met before until now. We ended our last day of skiing at Sunshine by cutting our day short since the resort started shutting down the lifts due to high winds! We quickly got off the mountain since it was becoming dangerous with poor visibility. No broken bones this trip. As always, we had a great time and looking forward to our next skiing adventure.

At the base of the mountain is Lake Louise. If you look closely to the right side of the lake you will see a structure. This is Chateau Lake Louise where we stayed for three nights.