Calgary, The Zoo

We woke relatively early, consumed many pancakes with nutella, syrup and banana, and proceeded out on foot to the zoo.  The Calgary Zoo was extensively flooded and damaged in the floods last year, but they are rebuilding pretty well. The zoo is located on two sides of the river, connected by a bridge.

Calgary Tower
Calgary Tower

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Olympic Plaza
Olympic Plaza
Curling!
Curling!
No horseplay!
No horseplay!
A bridge
A bridge
Still
Still rebuilding

After a 40minute walk, we arrived at the walking gate, only to find it was closed, and a sign sending us back to the north entrance.   We headed back that way, but ended up walking right around the outside of one of the islands, which was a bit frustrating for me, coz I wanted to be inside looking at the animals, not freezing outside!  However, we got to walk along the river, pretty and mostly frozen, and we saw a whole bunch of canadian geese (who were just standing in the unfrozen bits of the river, like it was balmy), and a very cute, fluffy, black squirrel.

Icy sun ring
Icy sun ring
Geeses
Geeses
Geese in the river
Geese in the river
A SQUIRREL
A SQUIRREL

We finally made it to the entrance, and went inside.  It was freezing outside, with a slight breeze.  A slight breeze I’m sure that brings the temperature down so much!
mThe zoo was pretty quiet, I don’t think it is that much of a Winter destination haha.  The zoo itself I enjoyed, many of the enclosures are well designed and interesting, both for the animals and the people.  The indoor penguin enclosure was awesome, with glass walls and pools that you can see into, with tunnels under the walkway, and when the penguins get out of the pool, they are at your head level, so you’re kinda looking up at them.  You can lean on the glass wall, and while doing so, a penguin decided it would be a good idea to peck my hands.   We’re not allowed to touch the penguins, but they are allowed to touch us!

Serious face penguin
Serious face penguin
Being one with the penguins
Being one with the penguins

After the penguins it was to the Canadian Wilds area, where we saw mountain goats and sheep, caribou, bison, elk.

A hairy goat
A hairy goat
Bisons
Bisons

An aviary housed some very fluffy owls, who all blinked sleepily at us (apart from one, who had intent yellow eyes, and he stared at us, no matter where we moved.  There was one who was snuggled under a heat lamp, so cute!

Sleepy owl
Sleepy owl
He kept staring at me with his yellow eyes.  Even when I moved, his eyes followed me
He kept staring at me with his yellow eyes. Even when I moved, his eyes followed me

Then across the bridge, where we found zebra, which were interestingly camouflaged with the snow and rocks; a pair of the coldest looking lions I have seen – two males, with decent manes, one was stretched on a rock, but the other was curled into a ball like a little housecat!

Aw nuuuu
Aw nuuuu
Curled up lion
Curled up lion
Silly sign!
Silly sign!
Stripey zebra bums
Stripey zebra bums

There was a very cool indoor African area, where they house the hippos, with a viewing pool, so you can watch them while they swim… on land they are massive, fat, and droopy.  In the water, they are like large ballerinas, and it is very cool watching them.  Also in the Africa area were giraffe, porcupines, and meerkats.  I was (being mean) very amused by the fact that the meerkats were all quite terrified of my fox hat…I would stick my head over the viewing wall, and peer down at them – if I didn’t have my hat on they would peer up at me, and then go about their business, but if I had my hat on, they would peer up, look startled, and then if I moved, they would sound an alert, and then all run off and hide in a log or ball or den.

Porcupines
Porcupines
HhhhHippo
HhhhHippo

 

I had two favourite parts of the zoo – the first was their snow leopard exhibit, which we walked past and couldn’t find anything in, so we went along to the tiger exhibit, which was my other favourite part.  The tiger exhibit was quite large, and had a lovely stream/pool in the middle (though frozen over at this time of year).  it was full of bare trees and snow, but looked neat, and there were two tigers prowling in it.  They looked much happier in the snow than the lions did, and their stripes and orange was very striking against the while.  They both looked alert and curious and prowled around the cage a bit.  They were so cute!  One was cleaning his face with his paw, just like a house cat.

Lion likes the snow
Lion likes the snow

On the way back, we went past the snow leopard cage again, and there were two snow leopards!  We were super excited.  They are very pretty, they look so fluffy and soft, and their tails are amazing.  So thick and long (I think they are up to 1 meter long, just the tail).   They prowled around, and glared a bit.

Watching the keeper walking by
Watching the keeper walking by
The "Where is my Dinner" look
The “Where is my Dinner” look

Lastly we visited the elephants, who spent a while finding their food, in puzzle balls and holes in the walls.  Their trunks are so dexterous!

BEAR PRINTS (Actual bear was sleeping)
BEAR PRINTS (Actual bear was sleeping)
Relaxing wrestling
Relaxing wrestling

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Chillin out
Chillin out
So much hair!
So much hair!
Dinosaurs!
Dinosaurs!

We left the zoo, and caught the train into town (too cold and far to wander any more, and still sore from skiing), and went to the center mall, which has an indoor garden on the 4th floor.   It is quite lovely, to sit amongst the trees and warm, while it is freezing outsdie.   There were koi, and a few water features.   The gardens were all so perfect, I thought at first they were fake.  But they are real; I guess they grow pretty equally, with similar light, humidity, no breeze or animals or erosion to make things look different.

Koi!  Don't touch
Koi! Don’t touch
Garden, on the 4th floor of a mall
Garden, on the 4th floor of a mall

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Lake Ohara. Tues 25th Feb

Tuesday we were up nice and early for cross country skiing, fully bundled up in all the clothes, and we were on the trail by 8.10am.   It was freezing.  Absolutely literally.  About -22 degrees.  We got our gear on and got moving as quick as possible; if you sat around for any length of time, all your bits started  to freeze.   The first few kms were pretty easy, getting used to up and downhill, and trying to make the skis slide nicely.  It took 3kms for my hands to unfreeze, and another before I could feel my toes – it was a good incentive to keep right on moving.

A cool start
A cool start
Start of the icicle growth
Start of the icicle growth
Just a fraction of what we can do with icicles
Just a fraction of what we can do with icicles
Bunny prints
Bunny prints

We stopped after a couple of hours, at 6km, for a hastily munched snack of solid muesli bars (sorry, granola bars) and chocolate.  They were not quite frozen solid, but pretty close.  Had to be careful to blow the water out of the drinking tubes so they wouldn’t freeze.  With mine, the plastic had frozen, but was able to drink easily.  We only stopped for about 5 mins, but our fingers started freezing again, so we had to keep going.  We both had grown ice forests, with icicles hanging from the sides of the hats.  I didn’t get any pictures of the ice farms at their peak, though, unfortunately.   They dripped everywhere during lunch.

A knob
A knob
Delicate colours
Delicate colours

Another couple of hours got us to the campground, where tent sites were a metre deep squares dug out of the snow.

A Canadian tent site
A Canadian tent site
Don't leave your food our for the bears
Don’t leave your food our for the bears
My, what a big roof you have
My, what a big roof you have
An extra snow roof
An extra snow roof

Furthur on took us past the lodge (I’m not sure if it operates during winter, but it is super expensive to stay there.  An incredible location, but I think it was something like $300 a night). Must be fantastic in summer, they have a whole pile of cute little log houses on the edge of the lake.  They were all closed up for winter, but we found one in the sun to perch on the deck and eat lunch, as the snow was too deep to do it anywhere else.  It was another ridiculously pretty place to eat lunch, with the white covered lake in front of us, and the high peaks all around.

Perfectly sunny weather
Perfectly sunny weather
A lovely lunch view
A lovely lunch view
Cute little cabins on the waterfront
Cute little cabins on the waterfront

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Lunch was interesting.  We had the cooker to  make noodles and soup, which was great..  However, our egg sandwiches had somehow manage to freeze a fair amount.  Especially the egg bit.  Frozen egg is not delishuz, not even a little bit.  Dale tried warming his up on top of the pot, and I stuck mine down the front of my jersey.  It took a couple of hours to thaw enough to eat ><
After lunch we traipsed across the lake (you can’t climb to a frozen solid alpine lake and then not walk across the middle of it!), to the deep blue of the waterfall we could see on the other side.   I’m not sure if it is even a massive waterfall in summer, but in winter it is a great, pretty wall of blue blue ice.

Warming up the sammiches
Warming up the sammiches
Ready to go again!
Ready to go again!
Across the lake
Across the lake
Sharks teeth in the upper left corner, sticky out cube rock in the left lower
Sharks teeth in the upper left corner, sticky out cube rock in the left lower
Time to go up
Time to go up

We took our skis off at the edge of the lake, and climbed up to the falls.  It was lovely, we stopped to take a few photos and videos, and saw a couple of squirrels in the trees around, and a flock of little dark coloured birds who would keep flying to the bit of the waterfall that was still flowing, and hop around in the water.   Weirdos, its cold!  I think they might be called Dippers.

Ice!
Ice!
Frozen
Frozen

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Looking back across the lake
Looking back across the lake
Under the waterfall
Under the waterfall
Dale, doing some go-pro-ing
Dale, doing some go-pro-ing
Ice!
Ice!

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By this time it was about 2.30pm, and we needed to get going, so we could make it out by dark.  Starts getting cold again when the sun goes down.  We swooshed across the lake, then started the interesting part of cross country skiing, that is going downhill!

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HI HENRI, WE MAED YOU A SNOW
HI HENRI, WE MAED YOU A SNOW
Cute cabins
Cute cabins

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Cross country skis are meant for traveling long distances, not for downhill skiing!   They are very thin, and do not have metal edges, the whole thing is plastic.  There are funny bits on the bottom, like fish scales, that help stop them from sliding backwards when going uphill.  When going downhill, you have to stick your foot out and snow plow, and you can’t steer very well because of the no edges.  I fell over a few times on the steep downhills, before I figured out how to slow myself properly with the skis.

Bunny party
Bunny party
Dale didn't do well in powder
Dale didn’t do well in powder
Picnic time?
Picnic time?

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Shadows
Shadows

Heading down was much quicker than going up, most downhills meant you could just cruise, and try not to fall over.  You sound like a train when you’re going fast with your skis stuck in the ski tracks.  Feel a bit like a train too.  Easy to derail!   It was much more fun going downhill, but by halfway back I was ridiculously exhausted.   We stopped for a snack – I had been keeping my food down my top to keep it warm, and the rest of my egg sandwich was finally unfrozen, so I got to finish that.  The last 3 kms were very hard, only because we were so tired.  We finally made it back to the car, going out took us just over 2 hours.

A lovely afternoon trail
A lovely afternoon trail

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Light and shadow over the top of the mountain
Light and shadow over the top of the mountain

Back home to Field, where we went to the local restaurant, Truffle Pigs, for dinner, to celebrate our last night (and we were also too tired to bother cooking).  Food was delishuz.

(Even More) Powder Days, Part 2. AKA ALL THE POWDER

We worked the weekend, Craig and Kim went away, leaving us to look after the hostel.  We worked till Tuesday, then got up early Wednesday morning, and headed up to Revelstoke.  We planned carefully, what with crossing a timezone, and being aware of roads that were closed for avalanche control.  We made it to the mountain by 10am, which is not too bad, only had one delay with avalanche control, though the roads were slow, as they were all firm packed snow.  As we approached Revelstoke, the piles at the sides of the road got quite large.  There is one section of road, through Roger’s Pass, where the road is often covered by tunnels, which are in the paths of avalanches, so that part of the road is protected.  The road past Revelstoke was closed, so there were heaps of trucks lined up before the town, waiting until the road opened.

Snowy roads
Snowy roads
It starts to clear a little
It starts to clear a little
Trucks waiting to get through.  We got to drive past them all
Trucks waiting to get through. We got to drive past them all

I don’t really have much to say about Revelstoke, except that it was amazing.   They had over a meter of new snow in the week before we arrived, and it snowed 5cm every night, and 12cm during one of the days.  We were still finding freshies on the third day.

Excited about powder
Excited about powder

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It cleared for a bit of a view
It cleared for a bit of a view

Revelstoke has quite a decent vertical drop, a truck ton of snow, and lots of snow laden glades.   My very favourite place was the Powder Monkey Glades, where the trees were nicely spaced, but in places the snow was so deep and foofy and lovely.  We spent much of our three day visit in amongst the trees of the numerous glades, swishing and twisting and trying not to hit trees.  I loved it.  Best snow days ever.

Zoon
Zoon
Some of the terrain was a bit steep
Some of the terrain was a bit steep
I loves the trees!
I loves the trees!
Another view
Another view
Swoosh
Swoosh

They had some interesting names:  Iron Gladen, Glades of Gnarnia, Powder Monkey Glades, Glades of Glory.  The other interesting thing is that you don’t really go out of the ski area boundary here.  There is plenty in the boundary to keep you entertained, but going out of it means you get charged a lot if you have to be rescued, and apparently they have had a few people this season being stuck out all night because they were not found.  Cliffs, and cold.

Warning sign
Warning sign
Many of the trail names were neat
Many of the trail names were neat

They had a run called Lemming Line, where you have to walk a few minutes up over a ridge, but you get to drop down into a bowl, and the snow is ridiculous.   Once in the bowl, you drop down through trees, and then cruise through glades for quite a while before you hit the bottom of the lift.  The good thing about the bowl (or bad) is that you have to go in a roundabout way to gt back up to the top of it… you have to drop down to the bottom of one lift, catch that up, then traverse a few kms across and slightly down the mountain to get to the next lift, catch that up, and then traverse back across to the top of the bowl.  So you can’t just ride it over and over and over until all the freshies are gone.  Which is why they weren’t all gone.

The trees at the top of the field were all super snow encrusted, pretty much white all over.  On Wednesday, we were doing a bit of a trek to reach the edge of the field (a run called Hot Sauce), and Dale saw an Ozone windsock.  He thought that was interesting, and I said it was probably because they kite up this way.  Then I turned around, and lo and behold, there was a guy just above us unrolling his kite.
On closer inspection, it wasn’t a power kite, but a glider thing.  We helped him get it up, he had skis on, and the kite was attached to him with a harness, and two steering handles.  The kite only sat a few meters above him.  It took a couple of go’s, but once he had it in the air, he pretty much just took off, and soared above the field and off into the distance.  It was awsum.  Hopefully he landed ok, we didn’t see him again.

Hike to the freshies
Hike to the freshies
A paraglider
A paraglider
Another view
Another view
More hiking
More hiking
Helping get set up
Helping get set up
And he is off!!
And he is off!!
Zoomzoom
Zoomzoom

Thursday was the best day, with so much snow, and zooming through trees; very exciting, as you had to commit to your turns, you had to turn this way then that way, and error usually ended up with you against a tree.  The amount of snow made the really steep slopes relatively easy to navigate, and a few times we stopped at the bottom of a slope, to look back at the almost-cliff that we had just dropped down.

Where did my snowboard go?
Where did my snowboard go?
I loves the trees
I loves the trees,and the fluffy snow
Branches
Branches
loves trees
loves trees
These tiny cheeses are individually wrapped in wax, they are so cute!
These tiny cheeses are individually wrapped in wax, they are so cute!

Friday we were ridiculously tired, but as we already had lift passes we felt the need to go all day, and I think this was our longest day, as we also had to drive 3hours back to Field.  Ridiculously tired and sore, after 3 full days of boarding.  But it was fantastic.

We stayed in a new little Hostel called The Cube, which (was in the shape of a cube!) was right in the middle of town, near to food, supermarkets, and board waxing shops.  It is quite a good hostel, the rooms are pretty private, the beds are very comfortable, and you get your own heater and tv.   The only downsides was the soundproofing, and the door rattled a bit when others were closed.  But it was a good place to crash out.

There is also an aquatic center in Revelstoke, and we got a pass from the backpackers to go.  It was interesting, swimming around in comfortable temperatures, while you could see the snow softly falling outside.  The aquatic center also had a hot tub, and 2 types of sauna, all of which we tried out.

View on final day
View on final day
River in the distance
River in the distance
Heading home
Heading home

Powder Days Part 1

After watching the weather forecast with bated breath, we knew it was going to start snowing again.  So Excited.  It also meant the temperature was going to rise a bit, and while -30 degrees was interesting to experience, it is fine if it doesn’t continue for our whole trip.

It started snowing!  We had to work for another day, but that was fine, as it meant the snow could start building.

On Wednesday morning, we consulted the internets, and due to the 10cm of snow overnight, and the accumulated snow over the past few days, we decided to go to Kicking Horse again.  There were puppies playing in the carpark.  They don’t seem to care about the snow.

Happy Snow Puppies
Happy Snow Puppies

It was ridiculous and amazing and so soft and foofy.  The whole day was great, the powder was great, the field was so much fun with that much snow.  Everywhere is so much fun with powder!    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Cruising down into the bowls, it is all quiet and peaceful, and the only sound you can hear was not the scrape of board over firm snow or ice, but the “WooooOOOOO” and “YEahhhhh” of the people riding around you, everyone was just so excited and happy to have a powder day.  Even Canadians get excited about powder!  It was the best day we’ve had, and Woooooooooo.

I love the trees in the snow, not only for zooming around them, but they look so pretty!  And they have squirrels in them!

Foof!
Foof!
Valley
Valley
I love the trees!
I love the trees!
Trees trees trees
Trees trees trees
Trees trees trees
Trees trees trees

Thursday (today)  we decided to mix it up and go to Lake Louise, as it was closer, even though they hadn’t had quite as much snow.  We had a great day there, we stayed on Larch and Ptarmagin lifts, over the far side of the field, and the whole day was great, lots of zooming through trees, falling around trees, and a few swear words, but mostly it was fantastic and there were freshies galore!

Snow on branches
Snow on branches

We arrived home to nicely plowed streets, and a large ledge of snow in our driveway, so we had to spend some time clearing it out before we could park.   Not so much fun after a couple of full days of boarding, but it was nice to get the driveway clear.

I’ve formed a theory, on why Canadians are so nice and helpful.  I think it is cause of the powder, and cause their country is so pretty.  They can’t help but be super happy after having a winter of riding powder, it makes everyone so very happy!   And everything is just so pretty, even when there is no snow, the mountains and trees and lakes are all So Pretty, that it just makes everyone happy.  All the happy.

Skiing! 7th February

So, it got cold!!  Like, your face is freezing off cold.  I think our new record low temperature is -36 degrees C, Chilleh!  I’m very glad we got the down jackets, they are amazing at being warm.  It is quite ridiculously cold.  I stopped going for runs, coz I felt like I was going to give myself pneumonia just by breathing.   Is quite an experience.  We haven’t been doing much, it is the kind of weather where you stay inside and be warm!
We went for a walk with Yogi the dog (Craig’s dog), up the hill, and he was absolutely adorable, running around, and rolling upside down in the snow like he was at the beach in summer.   He liked to eat elk poo, which was sad.  He loved to chase sticks, and would go bounding through the snow, much like a dolphin through waves, and send a spray of snow everywhere as he slides to a stop in front of you.

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A winding trail
A winding trail
A dolphin!
A dolphin!
Excited
Excited

Our last movie night in Banff, with some lovely negative temperatures, and the new headlights are much better, these ones actually light up the road.  Dale also adjusted the height of them a bit, so now we can see stuff while driving.

Chilly drive
Chilly drive

Friday, we decided to go skiing.   Didn’t want to board again, as we had plenty of boarding at the places we had been, but after a week of no snow, and barely any the week before that, we didn’t want to go again.   It wasn’t icy (it hadn’t warmed up enough to melt), but it was solid enough.  Groomers are only fun for a few zoomy runs.   Off piste is all tracked out, and there are moguls.
Lake Louise has a fantastic learners area.  Areas.  Especially compared with Ruapehu, where most of the learner trails are either quite flat, short, very skinny, and have lots of people.  At Lake Louise the green runs are mostly very wide, smooth, with a good mix of slopes, and with mid-week skiing, pretty much empty.  Based on these criteria, I decided it was time to try skiing again…I have been keen to get good at skiing as well as boarding, but every time I tried in NZ, either we had awsum people to board with, it was a fantastic snow day, or it was very busy.   I haven’t been skiing in a  couple of years, and have only done around 4-5 days, over the course of the years before that.   When I first started snow sports, way back before I moved to Wellington, I tried skiing for a few days, then tried snowboarding.  I liked the boarding so much, I went out and bought all my snowboard gear, and hadn’t looked back since.

So, we went skiing at Lake Louise. It was a cool and clear day (read: freezing, literally), and it was mid-week, so very few people.  We got some very nice hire skis from the local rental place, and proceeded to ride all the green trails, with pretty much no one to bother me!  It was exciting and interesting doing something different.  You can go pretty much all over the whole area, and still find green trails, so that was good.  It was a novel experience, not having to sit down all the time, unstrap your foot, and sitting on the chairlift was super comfy, you get to sit straight, and rest your feet, unlike boarding, where something is always twisted a bit.  Getting off the chairlift was also the easiest thing ever – even though I’m decent at boarding, sometimes getting off the lift can be a slight challenge.

Dale
Dale
View
View
Standing
Standing
Skiing!
Skiing!
Ring around the sun
Ring around the sun
Pretty skis :)
Pretty skis 🙂

Anyway, by the end of the day I was attempting many parallel turns, and even zoomed a few times, even though I didn’t always want to.  I only fell over a couple of times, and while you could argue that meant I wasn’t trying hard enough, I was incredibly tired at the end of the day, like, ridiculously tired, and we were in bed before 10pm, which has been unheard of so far on this trip.   The scenery was all amazing, and we both had a lot of fun.

 

3rd Feb, 2014

Turns out it is February already, not sure how that happened.  I like Canada.

I am a little disappointed it is not snowing more.  When we arrived in Field, it was in the middle of a week or so of snow, and it was all cloudy and snowy and delishuz.  After a few days it stopped, and has only snowed twice since then. I wish it would snow more.  I need more powder on my skifields.   I do appreciate the sun, and the sun makes the amazing scenery that much better… but… snow..

The temperature has been dropping over the past week.. our first couple of weeks here, the minimum was about -10, and some days it got up to 0, but now we’re getting usual temps of -15 to -25, and much colder overnight.   It is certainly an experience.  There is a windchill warning on the weather network website, as the windchill can make it ridiculously cold

I went for a run yesterday morning, even though it was -20 degrees C.  I wasn’t that keen on it, but thought I had better try it out, to see how it would go. I put on an extra layer on top and bottom, along with a balaclava and a hat, covering everything except my eyes, so I could see.  I thought wearing snow goggles to run was a bit extreme, but maybe next time!
The problem with running is that you generate a lot of heat, steam, sweat, evaporation.  As you heat the air around you, and the moisture settles on your balaclava, legs, hands, it then freezes again, and you get a nice little farm of ice crystals growing all over you, especially around your face.  At one point, my balaclava was frozen to my face, but it was better than having a bare face!

It was awkward, but doable, and it encouraged me not to stop during the run, as you get too cold!

Dale has some flu/cold/bad cough thing, that is exacerbated by the cold, dry air, so we are sticking close to home for a few days.

We will have to decide what we are doing in the next couple of weeks, for the rest of March, and whether we are going to stay in Canada.   I love it, and want to stay for the rest of the year, but we shall see what happens.  There are other things coming up that might be an incentive to move on sooner.

We saw a video on the net the other day, of people throwing boiling water out into the air, when the air temperature is less than -35 degrees C..  We don’t quite have that yet, but we thought it would be a fun experiment.  It ends up a lot of steam and foof, and not much of the water makes it to the ground.

 

Kicking Horse Skifield. 30th Jan

Friday we headed to Kicking Horse Ski Field, as I was feeling well enough, and there had been a bit of fresh snow the day before.  We had been holding off going to Kicking Horse, as we were being fussy, and wanted fresh powder.  The weather is being fickle with us though, and providing us only with foggy days, or clear sky days, and pretty much no fresh snow.  The first world problems!

Morning
Morning

Kicking Horse is mostly intermediate and advanced terrain, and it was a bit of a challenge for us, with very little new snow, and lots of large moguls.  It was also very cold – hard to feel how to steer, when the front half of each foot is numb!  We both had sore feet problems, on top of the cold.  They have a gondola that goes all the way to the top of the field, which is pretty cool, but it is a long ride, I think it was just under 15 minutes.

A brilliant day
A brilliant day
Looking down towards Golden
Looking down towards Golden
All the mountains
All the mountains
Pretty trees
Pretty trees
Top of the skifield
Top of the skifield

We overall had a good day, but occasionally wished we had certain crazy skiiers with us to take us crazy places!  As we would often take the easier path, as it was.. easier!  Sore feet makes you pick the easier path too ><   We did do some challenging terrain, found some freshies, and zoomed through some more trees.

Bowls
Bowls
Eek, scary place
Eek, scary place
Edge of the world
Edge of the world

The ski area is home to a rescued bear, who in Summer, roams over much of the mountain, and in Winter, sleeps in an enclosure in the middle of the field.  The bear area is fenced off, but you can zoom past the Winter enclosure, even if you can’t see the little bear.  Unfortunately I was going too fast to stop and take pics of his house.  From the gondola you can see down into his territory.  They can’t release him back into the wild, so they keep him as an ambassador for his species.

Kicking Horse Resort
Kicking Horse Resort
Base Area
Base Area
Bear hug
Bear hug
Rawr
Rawr

We stopped in Golden on the way home, and bought some new headlights, which we shall try out next time we go out at night, and perhaps we will be able to see the road without having to put high beams on!  We can dream.