Travels02 Apr 2010 11:59 am

It has been over five years since I last skied. In moments of terrible stress, I often reflect on a peaceful moment I had on the back bowl of Lake Louise many years ago. I was on a run by myself, surrounded by lush green conifers and deep, deep powdery snow. The trees were releasing an unearthly evergreen scent – one that makes the canned scent in spray cans or candles a joke. Everything was completely silent, the trees and snow cushioning all noise around me. It felt as if time stopped in that moment. It was extraordinary.

This weekend I scored rare time off and will use it to visit friends in Calgary and Lake Louise, and to go skiing again. I don’t know how it will go this trip. I’m older and wiser but also stiffer and more fearful. But I hope to have fun and to enjoy the view. It truly is one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. If anything I will simply enjoy having a weekend off work.

And even though watery generic brand hot chocolate and cheese and crackers can be heaven when you’ve spent the day skiing, I am looking forward to taking in the legendary Post Hotel brunch when we’re in Lake Louise, too.

I guess I’ll try to find time to squeeze in some watery hot chocolate at Temple Lodge during the ski day, too.

One Response to “Skiing”

  1. on 06 Apr 2010 at 2:17 pm A Canadian Foodie

    Welcome home… and then you are back out to the mountains. Beautiful photos! Can’t beat out mountains.