DAY 1

Jan 22 2019

Salisbury

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Effingham

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DAY 2

Jan 23 2019

Effingham

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Terminal 2

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Terminal 2

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Calgary International Airport

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Banff Aspen Lodge

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Thanks to the magic of time zones, we arrived in Canada only 2hrs after leaving the UK, despite sitting on a plane for 9hrs..... 🤔

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DAY 3

Jan 24 2019
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The nachos "starter for one" culprit...
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DAY 4

Jan 25 2019
Took a local bus up to Lake Louise to have a look at the entries to the ice sculpture competition, and of course to walk across the frozen lake!
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But for some reason the first afternoon return bus was not until 1730.... So having had our fill of the lake we took a very expensive taxi back to Banff...

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DAY 5

Jan 26 2019
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Got up super early this morning to catch the first bus to Lake Louise. Got to the gondola before it even opened!
Great full day of skiing fuelled by some very tasty fries up on the mountain!

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Having tried to get a table at a couple of steakhouses with little success (Saturday night + Australia Day = Super busy restaurants!) we ended up at Chilis for dinner! Very good margaritas and fajitas 😁
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DAY 6

Jan 27 2019
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Had a hot stone and fondue dinner at The Grizzly House in our slightly weird private dining room. Food was excellent though!
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DAY 7

Jan 28 2019

Banff Aspen Lodge

CanadaCA

Golden

CanadaCA
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DAY 8

Jan 29 2019
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Dinner time 🍣🍤🤤
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DAY 9

Jan 30 2019
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DAY 10

Jan 31 2019
A rest day off from skiing. We went for a pleasant walk along the Bow River to the falls - the path was very icy and quite treacherous on stairs & slopes. We also walked through a fenland area hoping to see some wildlife. Only saw squirrels in the fenland, but we did see a deer in someone's front garden on our way to the fens!
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Fabulous dinner at Saltlik; duck tacos to start, followed by streak with fries and fried Brussel sprouts, finished with mango sorbet and triple chocolate cake.
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DAY 11

Feb 01 2019

We had planned to ski in the smaller, nearer, resort of Banff Norquay today. But just before going to get the bus, Laura read the snow report that Lake Louise had 10cm of snow overnight with more forecast. Change of plans to chase the snow! 😃

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DAY 12

Feb 02 2019
Went out to the mothballed ski resort of Fortress Mountain to do snowshoeing led by White Mountain Adventures.
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DAY 13

Feb 03 2019

So we should have known it would be cold skiing today when we were told it was too cold for the Sunshine Village gondala to run at - 31°C....

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We decided to go to Norquay today, the smallest and closest skiing area to the town of Banff available to us on our Ski Big 3 lift pass. And a mild -27°C there...
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Having ticked off Norquay today, that meant we had "skied the big 3" (including Sunshine Village and Lake Louise) so we went to the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub to claim our prizes (novelty piste/run signs and free drinks voucher).
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Instead of claiming our free drink today (that bar was rammed) we headed to the Park Distillery and tried out some of their gins and beers which were very good. Also had a light meal, including hot wings, which Laura proclaimed to be the best she had ever had! 😆
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DAY 14

Feb 04 2019

At -28°C this morning, it was too cold for the Sunshine gondola to be running again so we headed to Lake Louise. Beautiful conditions just ridiculously cold and unfortunately no amount of toe and hand warmers could keep Laura warm so she headed off on the earlier bus whilst Will did a few more runs.

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Quick freebie drink for completing the Trifecta Challenge.
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Followed by tasty Mexican for dinner.
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DAY 15

Feb 05 2019

Final ski day today ☹️
On the plus side, the Sunshine gondola was up and running so we were able to enjoy our last ski there.
Blue skies and beautiful slopes, still bloody cold though!

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Saying goodbye to our trusty skis and boots!
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Dinner time 🥩🤤
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DAY 16

Feb 06 2019

The start of our long journey home today...

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Treated ourselves to a breakfast out as recommended by our snowshoe guide. Epic breakfast of pancakes for Laura and an omelette (and some of Laura’s pancakes) for Will!
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Banff Aspen Lodge

CanadaCA

Calgary International Airport

CanadaCA

Terminal 2

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Fetcham

United KingdomGB

Effingham

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Salisbury

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