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August 17, 2004
Your Tour Includes:
- Snowshoes & hiking poles
- Hot chocolate & light snack
- Hotel pick up and drop off
Departs Banff Daily: 8:30 & 1:30
Duration: 4 hours
Children: 6-12 yrs $30.00
Return Distance: 2.8 Kilometres
Elevation Gain: 120 Metres
Available from Lake Louise: Mon, Thurs, Sat
From journal Whisk me away to Alberta!
Brighton, United Kingdom
March 4, 2002
I could argue the conditions weren’t right. We managed to coincide our lessons with the coldest part of our 2 weeks in Banff, minus 37C, with practically all parts of my body in regular contact with the snowy slopes. Nor did our instructor rate our equipment. We both were told to get our boards re-waxed after the first lesson – at one point I was standing on a reasonable slope just glued to the spot with the instructor struggling to shove me along! And with small, narrow, feet I found myself swimming around in well worn hired boots.
In spite of the cold, and less than ideal equipment, Banff was a great place to learn to snowboard. The instruction was excellent, the slopes were quiet, and above all snowboarders are not looked down upon as they are in Europe. Only one guy had a ‘bloody snowboarders’ moan at me as I sat recovering from a fall in the middle of a slope – and he was British. We had a couple of hours instruction in the morning, and left to practice in the afternoon.
Conditions aside, I just didn’t get on with snowboarding. In spite of good balance, and being accustomed to a barrage of knocks and blows through playing Women’s Rugby, I just couldn’t seem to stay on my feet, suffering a heavy fall every time I felt I was getting anywhere. Being a reasonable skier, I possibly found it soul destroying to be falling over so regularly. My partner, who was not so confident on skis took to snowboarding like a duck to water, although possibly due to a skateboarding youth. After 3 days I’d had enough. I was black and blue, and had to be helped in and out of the bath! Deep down however there is something about the rare surfing sensations I experienced that tempts me to try again.
From journal Banff; A European's Perspective