Might as well hit the slopes!
Contrary to all logic, the roads actually got better! Yipee, our ski day could continue! We made it to the hill just as it was opening, got our equipment and were one of the first people to get on the hill. It was fantastic!
I took this photo while we were waiting in line to take the Gondola up to the top of the mountain. I was feeling a bit nervous because I hadn't gone skiing all year and wasn't sure how my legs were going to hold up. Plus I had never taken a gondola before, only chair lifts. Apparently this route was too high up for chair lift access. Oh boy, time to suck it up and jump right in!
Making our way up the mountain on the gondola. It was a 12 minute ride to the top. Crazy if you ask me.
It was a lot colder once we reached the summit (not surprisingly) but the view was fantastic. We spent a few minutes just taking in the sights before we conquered the slopes.
Time to put on a brave face. There's only one way down!
The first few trails were thrilling. I definitely had to use some muscles that hadn't been activated for a while but it felt great to be back on the hill.
When we were approaching the bottom of the mountain, I spotted this little guy. He was skiing all on his own and let me tell you, these were no gradual slopes! I was very impressed. In fact, these metal stairs were more of a challenge for his little legs. His Dad told us that he was 3 1/2 years old. Wow!
A familiar comfort awaited us in the chalet. Mmmm....delicious! Such a great way to wrap up a day on the slopes.
As we leisurely headed back to the city, we decided to stop at the Fairmont Lake Louise. It was snowing and quite overcast at this point so we didn't even attempt to take the quintessential mountain/lake shot. However, I found the snow accumulation to be quite impressive.