Canmore, Alberta to Whistler, British Columbia
21.03.2011 - 04.04.2011 10 °C
Our days of enjoying the winter wonders of Alberta and BC have come to an end. What a wonderful adventure. I can honestly say that the beauty of Alberta has certainly impressed me. I have seen much of the East Coast of Canada (which is amazing!) but until this trip had not experienced the wonderful West Coast. I will be back.
Our final events in Canmore included a few days boarding at Lake Louise, some lazy hours reading at the local coffee shop, an ice walk at the Grotto Canyon and a fun night out at a local pub.
The Grotto Canyon Ice walk was interesting. We didn't realize it was an "Ice" walk until we got there. We opted out of renting metal cleats for our shoes to save $20 (in an effort to act like the poor travelers we are supposed to be!). The Grotto Canyon walk is a couple of KMs up the frozen water in the canyon. Picture an ice rink on an incline. Let's just say that not having cleats made the ice walk very interesting! It would have been a lot easier with cleats but the slipping and sliding without them actually made the trip quite fun! haha!
Ash trying to find a way to go...
Me in Grotto Canyon
Ice climbers at the falls
Rocky Mountain Sheep between Canmore and Exshaw on our way to Grotto Canyon
Our days of snowboarding at Lake Louise has us ready to take on a few new mountains. As we move on from Banff/Canmore our road trip takes us to Kicking Horse and Revelstoke on our way to Whistler.
Kicking horse was fantastic...fresh snow waiting for us when we arrived made it a ton of fun. Ash really enjoyed the snow through the trees...though for me, the mountain kinda kicked my butt! ha! It's a tough mountain with something like 80% black and double black.
Revelstoke was an interesting one. TONS of snow. It was a great day of boarding but the one thing that was a bit difficult was only 2 lifts and 1 gondola with little signage. Not knowing the mountain caused a couple of trips back to the gondola when aiming for the chairs. Going all the way back down to the gondola wasn't great - not much groomed on the lower part of the mountain made for a rough trip over moguls and crunchy, hard snow. Once we got familiar we stayed up high and enjoyed the ride! Revelstoke is a mountain to watch out for. BIG plans for expansion especially in the village. If it goes well I think this will be a must visit location in a couple of years.
On to Whistler!!! Ok...I was very excited for this one. All I've heard about over the past few years was Whistler, Whistler, Whistler! It seems like all skiiers and boarders have been there except me. Now that I'm ready let's do it!! I was like a kid in a candy store when we arrived. I had no idea the village was so big and lively. A Lululemon right in the village!! Heated outdoor patios for an apres ski drink!!! I think I'm in heaven. The mountain also lived up to my expectations. Since Ash worked at Whistler previously he showed me around the runs. We managed to find some fresh snow and the groomed runs were in great condition too. The slush riding this time of year was especially fun! Whistler was a blast. I'm ready to book a 1 week group package for 2012 whenever you are!! Who's IN?!?!
Me, top of Whistler Mountain
Ash, Olympic Rings in Whistler Village
The boards are now packed and on a Greyhound bus somewhere between Vancouver and Toronto. On to the next stage of the travels! After quite a roadtrip across Canada we've arrived safely on Vancouver Island. The next couple of weeks will be enjoyed relaxing and taking advantage of Mom's cooking - yum! It'll be great to spend Easter with the fam. Then the overseas adventures begin! The next post will be somewhere over the icy cold waters of Alaska or in Iclenad near that volcano that starts with an "E" that no one can pronounce.
Safe and happy adventures wherever in the world you are!!
Denise (& Ash!)
Beer(s) of the Day:
Revelstoke's Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
- Powerhouse Pale Ale
- High Country Kolsch