Two Weeks on the Piste 2001

Panorama of the Lake Louise Ski Area

Well the holiday is over and I cannot wait to go again. As usual a great time was had by all. I don't really know what it is about a skiing holiday, but personally I get home and all I want to do is head out on the snowy slopes again. Maybe it is that after two weeks of very strenuous activity it seems such a shame to get back and have to sit in an office for 8 hours a day.

The usual plan for the day was wake up early (unavoidable in the first few days), get all your skiing gear on and head straight out for the bus. The bus journey take from 20 minutes to about an hour depending on which ski area you want to go to. Norquay is the closest and Nakiska the farthest away. As this is a skiing holiday, skiing is what we seem to do. After arriving at the ski area, it is usually the case that we get kitted up in all our thermals and head straight for the slopes. Somethimess we decide to ski together especially for the first few runs, then it is every man and woman for themselves. There is usually time for a few runs before the unfit legs start to complain. At this point it is time for a luch break and something to drink. The atmosphere in Canada seems to be very dry and with the air conditioning in every room you can quickly become dehydrated so I ended up drinking lots and not just beer.

So after lunch it is back out on the slopes again. The lifts close at 4:00 PM so there is time for about 3 hours more skiing and then we hit the lodge for a bit of apré ski. The better you are the more skiing you can do. During last years holiday, I may have only got 4 or 5 runs a day because it was so tiring. This year as you can see from the table below I managed to ski a whole lot more. I was able to ski more in a morning than previously in a whole day. I also fell down quite a few times. At least I managed to bring something back from holiday, bruises.

After the afternoon skiing session it's time for a few drinkies and some chicken wings in the ski lodge. Then it is time to head back for Banff on the waiting buses, where the hotel hot tub and steam room are calling. This is a great opportunity to loosen some of those tired muscles with something that doesn't come in a pint glass. After that, it is time to be thinking about going out for our evenng meal. There are some great reseraunts in Banff which serve a wide nationality of foods, Mexican, Chineese, Italian, Korean, you name it they cook it. As Banff is situated in Alberta it does mean that it is beef country and the selection of steaks is wonderful.

So that just about sums up an average day. Sleep, ski, food, ski, food, beer, hot tub, food, beer, sleep. We do have a few days off for a little bit of R & R and some shopping, but mostly it is skiing ( personally I find the shopping more tiring ). We hired a car this year and went to Calgary. With the current exchange rate, you can pick up some real bargains.

Bravery of the year award goes to Jo. After a very nasty tumble while snowboarding, she not only gave us a smile afterwards, but continued boarding and skiing for the rest of the holiday.

Stupid fall of the year award goes to me. After waiting patiently for Mark and Jo to ski past Colin ( with the camera ), I tried to avoid someone sprawled out in the snow and fell over backwards, what a plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Exhaustion of the year award goes to Mark for the state he was in after snowboarding the traverse from Goats Eye.

Fib of the year award goes to Colin, who ate everthing as well as salads and certainly drank his quota of beer.

Date

Location

Fall Count

No of Runs

1st February

Lake Louise
1
7

2nd February

Sunshine Village
2
8

3rd February

Ice Canyon Walk
Nearly
0

4th February

Banff
0
0

5th February

Lake Louise
1
8

6th February

Nakiska
Lots
Lots

7th February

Sunshine Village
2
6 Bad Snow Day

8th February

Norquay
2
9

9th February

Nakiska
Rest Day
Recovery

10th February

Calgary
Wallet Damaged
1

11th February

Banff
Shopping
and Surfing

12th February

Lake Louise
1
9

13th February

Nakiska
0
11

Ski Holiday 2001 Photos

Here are a few snaps of the fun and games experienced during the 2001 ski event of the year. They will include some disturbing photos of me with and without a certain amount of facial hair ( pity it won't still grow on my head ), a couple of Mark, Jo and Colin, plus the ones that were taken on the Ice Canyon Walk ( with a rather crazy ice climber ).