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Day 17 Thur Feb 7. Fernie 5100m vertical (45000 total)

Always strange when you arrive at a new place in the dark, and went for a wander around the compact village a bit after 8 after picking up my lift ticket.  This place is supposedly ski in / ski out … Continue reading

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Day 16 Wed Feb 6. Canmore – Sunshine – Fernie BC. 3600m vertical (39900 total)

YES !!!!!!!!!!!! Of course it was with some trepidation that having started to lug all my gear out to the Jeep, I went to start it but it kicked over without a moments hesitation.  SO glad I managed to find … Continue reading

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Day 15 Tue Feb 5. Canmore

Frustrations part 3, 4, 5,  ……… Of course it wouldn’t start this morning either would it.  On the phone to my favourite roadside assistance number and now they tell me there’s an Enterprise depot in town and they’re willing to … Continue reading

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Day 14 Mon Feb 4. Canmore

Frustrations, part 2 Figured I’d have a creatively slow start and this time check the snow reports a bit more carefully.  At 9am Sunshine was again closed, but based on forecast temps and yesterdays discussion I figured / hoped things … Continue reading

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Day 13 Sun Feb 3. Lake Louise. 3000m vertical (36300 total)

So it turns out yesterdays temps were just a taste of things to come – about 25C below as I headed out.  Had thought driving might be pretty nasty and was considering heading to Banff and catching the bus, but … Continue reading

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Day 12 Sat Feb 2. Canmore.

POWDER DAY (and I’m not skiing it !!??) Up relatively early still trying to convince myself it was practical to head for Sunshine today but gave up pretty quickly.  The legs would have probably won the argument with the powder … Continue reading

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Day 11 Fri Feb 1. Radium Hot Springs – Lake Louise – Canmore. 3600m vertical (33300 total)

Return to (proper) winter. For once I was actually happy to look out the window and NOT see snow on the car this morning.  Packing the car a bit before 8 it was still almost pitch dark – weird.  Just … Continue reading

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Day 10 Thu Jan 31. Kalispell – Whitefish – Radium Hot Springs BC. 3000m vertical (29700 total)

  Another overcast morning and even the occasional flake wafting down as I packed the car.  After the failed attempts to ski off piste in the first two days I was firmly in the cruising camp today.  Not sure if … Continue reading

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Day 9 Wed Jan 30. Whitefish. 3900m vertical (26700 total)

Overcast morning but still pretty chilly.  With the firmness of snow figured there was absolutely no point in rushing up the hill, so relaxed start.  While I knew it wouldn’t be soft I figured it was still worth trying East … Continue reading

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Day 8 Tue Jan 29. Missoula – Whitefish – Kalispell. 3600m vertical (22800 total)

Grumpy start when I couldn’t get the shower to issue anything remotely resembling hot water only slightly tempered by being able to grab a decent coffee at Liquid Planet before leaving town.  Cold but sunny drive up the Flathead valley … Continue reading

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