Out my front window
We've had new friends staying with us the last week, in the form of 3 energetic and fabulous girls from Denmark. Mette, Maria and Sarah have been skiing every single day since arriving and have had nothing but sunshine. Their smile muscles are getting sore and they are enjoying every moment of their time in Banff. We've been feeding off of each others energy and enjoying the company.
Me, on the Bow River
The lovely Maria joined my for a late day run on Friday, when the world was a glow in gold on the ice and snow. The light was magic, the mountains alive and even the wildlife came out to play.
Maria, the Elk and the Banff Springs Hotel
How do I see out of those things?
As we were running along she said "It's unbelievable. It's like running in a Postcard!!" I couldn't agree more. We do live in a Postcard and it's great to be reminded by someone with fresh eyes.
Late Day Sunshine
Good company is always welcome on the trail. Speaking of which - last weekend I finally connected with Mike who has been one of my most consistent trail buddies in recent years. I haven't run with him since I've been back in town, so we had lots of trail time to catch up. I've convinced him to come join me on a June road trip for the Pocatello 50 Miler. Angela is going to join in the fun as well. :)
See Mike Run!
I also had some great ski time and play time with Angela. We were surprised at the amount of snow up on Sulphur Mountain and had a post-holing adventure in deeper than expected snow. It was a brand new PW or Personal Worst - the slowest amount of time we have EVER taken to get up the mountain. It was a total slog. Angela got her pack snagged by a tree and ended up on her ass. :) That was comedy.
....and then there was a glorious ski tour up at Sunshine. We couldn't have asked for a better day and the air temperature was so warm we all stripped down to our base layers. Sweet!!
The snow had the most sparkling, enormous crystals I've ever seen. They were exploding into clusters in places and made a unique sound under the ski. The snow was incredibly fast and it almost sounded like glass shattering when you carved a turn.
No ski tour is complete without a picnic and a thermos.
Keith and Suzy do it Right.
Life in a Postcard
We dragged our exhausted butts up Tunnel Mountain on Saturday night and Mette, Maria, Sarah and Angela did a Happy Dance as the sun set. It was picture postcard perfect. This mountain living is hard work. :)