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The town of Banff Alberta sits at an altitude of 4,537ft making it Canada’s highest town and first established National Park. My wifeMeghan and I were excited to learn that Meghan’s cousin Jamie would be gettingmarried in downtown Banff, in the middle of February, outside. As ski enthusiasts, the anticipation for the trip grew even greater when we realized it would be taking place right in the middle of ski season. Of course the true reason for the trip was to attend the wedding. The wedding took place in the pavilion in the park in the centre of downtown Banff on a blustery Saturday afternoon. The view would normally have been of the surroundingmountains, however the weather had other plans. The wind blew and the snow fell and began covering the 100+ guests who were huddled under blankets around the pavilion sipping hot chocolate and amaretto, doing their best to stay warm among the snowflakes. Meghan and I in our full ski attire, not to be distracted by the cold, felt badly for the bride and bridesmaids shivering with their exposed shoulders in the wind…. After the vows, the skies began to clear and the sun poked out for the final few minutes to seal the deal! What a unique andmemorable wedding and a great way to kick off a ski trip! The following 4 days were split up between Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski resorts. Sunshine Village is located on the continental divide between Banff National Park and Assiniboine Provincial Park in BC. So at 8,960ft you can be in Alberta and as you descend the slope you

ski through BC! Sunshine Village was the favourite for us as there was an unprecedented amount of powder that fell through the 4 days of our visit. The amount of snow was so great mid-week, the road into Sunshine Village was closed and the mountain in-accessible until late in the day, making us wait for that much longer for our powder run! After killing it on the slopes (ok maybe we’re not that good…) we decided it was likely time to recover and ease our burning quads by spending the day touring downtown Banff and making a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Yessssss. The water from the hot springs is naturally occurring and fed directly from the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault and is normally approximately 100F. While in the outdoor pool located at the edge of the mountain, you can look across the valley and enjoy the vast view of Mount Rundle. Outstanding. The final 2 days were spent navigating the powder filled bowls of Lake Louise and some of the fastest tracks in Canada, being one of the first stops on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. A few tumbles, some sore muscles, breathtaking views and unforgettable powder, we concluded a great week and headed home to finish the ski season at Mount Chicopee… After a few runs back home, we’re already working on plans for next year’s trip out West! Adam and Meghan

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