Snow fun like snow fun

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

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Howdy folks,

I had 3 nights off this week and I wanted to make the most of the clear, blue, sunny skies which had been evading Banff of late. Dave's mate from home, Andrew, came to stay for a few nights and we got up to a few different activities. On Saturday night, four of us went out to the Bavarian Buffet at the Banff Park Lodge which was complete with lederhosen clad accordian player and good German food. That included: roast pork. spatzle, schnitzel, smoked fish and potato salad with black forest cake for dessert. Good food, but over indulgence causes bloating!

On Sunday afternoon, we went down to Melissa's bar to watch the NFL Superbowl which was between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. The halftime show was pretty wild although we couldn't hear Madonna sing properly in the crowded bar. The final score was 21-17 with the Giants winning which left Dave pretty ecstatic. They had a pretty big party night, but I had to go into work.

Monday was indoor soccer and I scored my first goal in 3 months. I made a good tackle to take possession and fired in a cracker shot off my left foot to put it in the net. Fantastic. I went to work and came home in the morning to get 2 hours sleep before we set off on the 10am bus to Lake Louise to go cross country skiing. Dave's other mate Jack works up at the Lake Louise ski village so he was able to get us some cheap rentals for $20. We started walking down the road towards the town because we missed the bus, but decided to go for a ski on the snow down the road bank. That turned out to be a really bad idea because the powder was up past our knees and we had to struggle to get going. Eventually we gave up and swam through the snow to get back up to the road.

We continued walking down the road and across the highway until we came to the Bow River. There was an actual ski track this time so we made good progress. After a few tumbles, we eventually made it to the bridge crossing and stopped for lunch. It was a really nice spot to stop as the sun was out and we could see the water flowing underneath. Eventually we went back on the other side to the town and caught the shuttle back up to the village. After a few beers in the village I was pretty tired and slept most of the ride back to Banff. I had an early night and slept 12 hours!

The next day was another sunny day so Steffie and I headed up to Sunshine to go snowboarding. It was the 14th time I'd gone so I was keen to add a few more runs under my belt. Because the visibility was so great, Christian and I went up the Continental Divide lift after lunch which took us to the top of Lookout Mountain right above the Angel lift. We walked to the summit and were taken aback by the sweeping view of the mountains around us - Standish, The Eagles, Goat's Eye and Mt Assiniboine to name a few. There were more peaks than you could name. It was like standing on the top of the world. We made a few more runs before coming down although they were a bit icy. They haven't had much powder lately which makes falling down a bit harder and Steffie bruised her tailbone. Hopefully it will snow a bit more next week.
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