My cunning plan of actually getting some sleep didn't work out so well - but I seemed to have survived the day OK. Driving back out to Nakiska, I was pleased to be avoiding Sunshine as the traffic from Calgary (opposite direction) was very heavy heading to Sunshine & Lake Louise. Nakiska is a nice little ski hill that is a legacy from the 1988 Olympics - they held the alpine skiing events there, the skifield was built for that purpose. The Bow Valley has done pretty well out of those Olympics - the Nordic Center in Canmore is world class & Nakiska seems to be quite popular too as it's great for beginners & the closest hill to Calgary. There were insane amounts of kids learning to ski & tweens racing - it was best to avoid the lower slopes.
Accordingly, we (my sort-of boss, Viviane & her fiancee, Alex [yes, yet another one]) spent all morning doing runs off the top lift as the runs were good & the queues were non-existent. Viviane is one of those people who learnt to ski when they were two years old & Alex was pretty handy too. So it was good fun trying to keep up with them & learn a little. All the runs were groomed nicely - it was pleasant to be able to try & concentrate on my technique a little more rather than just trying to stay upright as was the case last weekend (not that I'm complaining about powder). It was another gorgeous & warm day - didn't need a down jacket all day, this was helped by my remembering to bring my soft-shell this weekend.
Looking across the Kananaskis valley.
Alex - I actually managed an action shot.
There's Skogan Pass behind me - where Alex (C) & I biked over a few months ago.
The wind really picked up in the afternoon up the top & blew a lot of the snow off near the top of the lift leaving some pretty nasty ice, so we dropped down the hill a bit for the last couple of hours before I returned home & had a nice big nap, dinner & an hour of skating on the pond with friends & friends of friends (Adele you'll be intrigued to hear I met a climbing GP from Wanaka here for a few days on vacation). Must sleep before Sunshine tomorrow (avalanche risk is still pretty high this weekend - so no backcountry for me again).