Sunny, Snowy Sulphur Mountain

Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
Trip End Jun 11, 2012

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Howdy folks,

On Friday, Adam and I went up to the gym to play some frisbee, basketball and go for a swim. The weather here has been so nice the last few days with blue skys and temperatures above zero so we decided to go for a walk around the Bow River. We walked up to Surprise Corner where you get the picture postcard view of the Banff Springs Hotel, but there was no snow on the trees. We then walked down towards the bridge along the river bank which was almost completely frozen. Adam picked a good spot and we walked across the ice to the other side. It wasn't slippery, but I was a little concerned that the ice might have melted too much because of the warm weather.

We walked back down towards the Bow Falls and the steps were quite icy. There was quite a beautiful sight with half the falls being frozen and you could walk a fair distance out onto the river. Eventually we walked up and had a drink at the Banff Springs Hotel before heading back into town.

Today I had a decent sleep after work before waking up at 2pm. Dave's mate Andrew stayed over on our couch as he is currently visiting from England and we decided to go up to Sulphur Mountain. Steffie finished work early so she tagged along as well and we caught the bus up to the gondola. After catching the Sunshine gondola which can hold 8 people, the 4 person Banff gondola seems tiny in comparison. Soon enough we were climbing up and in just over 5 minutes we were standing on the top of Sulphur. I was surprised at the lack of snow on the boardwalks, but there was still plenty of snow about the summit. I hadn't been up to the top since October so it was nice to see the view of Banff in winter on a cloudless day. At 4pm the sun was already beginning to set behind the mountains so we only had an hour to walk around and up to Samson Peak.

We didn't have time to hit the hot springs so we caught the bus back downtown to have a drink before dinner. Steffie and I went to the Rose and Crown and had a Big Rock Grasshoper Wheat Ale which isn't a bad beer, but a tad expensive. For dinner we went to the Banff Park Lodge for their Bavarian Buffet. I'm not usually a fan of buffets because it encourages gluttony and I never feel great after over eating. We walked in and there was plenty of food on offer and a solo accordionist pumping out the classic bierhall tunes. I hadn't had any food since breakfast so I was a bit peckish, but even with my slow eating I was full in 30 minutes. The problem is they always have such big plates that you feel you should fill up before going back to the table when in reality, the portion sizes are more than adequate. Steffie wanted me to request a song so I had the musician play "In München steht ein hofbräuhaus." After eating my fill of spatzle, schnitzel, smoked fish, potato salad and black forest cake I was really to go home and relax before work! I had a nice easy walk home for sure!
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