Well, New Year’s was quite some time ago – but it’s never the wrong time of year to share the glory that is winter in the Rocky mountains.
We spent three lovely nights in a Canmore condo with our friends, enjoying some incredible snowshoeing in the Sunshine Valley, watching a snowstorm blow across Lake Louise, spending frosty evenings in the outdoor hot tub, sharing wine and games into the night warmed by the cozy fireplace, and having delicious dinners of both homemade and restaurant variety to top it all off.
Our snowshoeing trip stole the show. It was a perfectly crisp, clear day, with the bright sun glinting off the fresh snow. The light and air were magical, the trees perfectly framed by clumps of pure white.
We journeyed along the Sunshine Valley floor for hours, taking photos and getting lost in the glory. And that night, we rang in the new year with good food and laughter. It was a perfect New Year’s Eve.
The next day, we drove up to Lake Louise so A could teach J how to ski, while B and I photographed everything in sight, went tubing, drank beer and hot chocolate, and drove around the Lake. So, basically the perfect New Year’s Day.
It was all over too soon! But we’ll always have these gorgeous memories. You’ll want to look at them babies in full screen:
Driving from Calgary to Canmore on a cold, windy day
We stopped a few times but it was too cold to take good photos
We stopped at the lake, it was frozen solid. And cold.
Arrival at Canmore – rewarding ourselves with some fine brew
Good morning from our window!
Heading up Sunshine for some snowshoeing
The views are great
The gondola lines
Looking out from the chairlift
Looking out over Sunshine valley
The snow couldn’t be better
This is why they call it Sunshine Valley
Mountains in the distance
We’re staying cool.
This tree is probably at least a meter tall
And we’re off!
We checked the snow depth here, 2 m
More gorgeous valley
That’s where we’re going
More valley views
Resting, snow angeling
A little tree detour
So much sunshine
… to the hot chocolate rest stop!
The whole group
It’s harder than it sounds
There is a lot of falling and getting stuck when bum sledding
Once you’re down, it’s impossible to get up
Crossing the frozen lakes
Beautiful lake view
Everyone needs some photos of this one
From whence we came
Time’s up, sun going down fast!
First time with ice beard crystals!
Cozy by the fire
Making tapas dinner
Happy New Years selfie!
We weren’t skiing, we just took the gondola up to photograph around
Perfect day with neat clouds and snow rolling through
Looking down at Lake Louise town
The sun peeked out
A little ski patrol cabin was a good place to see the view
Lake Louise selfie
Watching the snow storms roll past
You can even see the Fairmont chateau
Looking toward Banff
We crossed the rope for a second until we freaked out
You can see little crystal flakes in the sun
Ski hill pano
Polar man, in his element
Mine froze, but it was very refreshing!
We decided to check out the Lake
View of the Fairmont from the road
Even the parking lot was gorgeous
We took more pictures of the parking lot than the Lake itself
We didn’t have time to walk to the glacier, but plenty of other folks did
We had to stop for Beavertails in Banff!
See you in Indonesia!
And if those glorious views were not enough for you, here’s a message we recorded for the kids from the valley lookout:
Plus – bonus video of B and I tubing at Lake Louise, with a surprise ending (for me, at least!):
Happy (belated) New Year!