What happened to the winter???
Trip Start Feb 22, 2005
47Trip End Feb 11, 2006
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It was up at 4 a.m. the next day for the drive to Banff with David to get a couple of days skiing in. For most of the way the drive was pretty dull with flat fields as far as the eye can see until all of a sudden you driving through the rocky mountains with massive steep rock faces rising up all around you. We eventually got to Lake Louise for the first day's skiing which was pretty good, unfortunately being early in the season, a lot of the runs weren't open yet but there was still some good snow around and we found a few good steep runs to challenge ourselves with. I did manage also to fit in a pretty impressive tumble, I was trying to edge down a fairly steep but very icy slope when my skis slid out from under me and I proceeded to accelerate down the slope head first on my stomach until I fortunately managed to slide of into some soft snow on the side and just dug my fists in to slow down and got a pretty swift cooling down.
Day number two was off to Sunshine Village resort where the day was occupied mostly by searching for air time. The knees and back and arms and, well, pretty much everything got a solid workout. David and I found ourselves a couple of good fun runs where we spent most of our day going off rocks and jumps and attempting a couple of little tricks. I attempted a 360 for the first time ever and managed to get half way round which I thought was alright for a first effort, luckily it was in a patch of particularly soft snow so you couldn't really hurt yourself if you stuffed up the landing. I again managed to have a pretty spectular stack, this time going of a rock which was perhaps a little higher than I thought and I wasn't quite prepared for the hard landing which resulted in a solid faceful of snow and a slightly bruised ego.
Long story short though it was a great couple of days on the slopes and I'm still feeling the effects 2 days later. Next on the agenda, I'll be leaving here in about an hour and a half to head to the airport to fly to my next stop in Saskatoon where I'll be catching up with Joleen and Sam who I met at a toga party in Venice about 7 months ago for some end of uni fun and apparently, by the end of the week a return to some hardcore winter temps.