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My sister Jen lives in Calgary, so I go visit
her every once in a while.
The first time I went was around Easter 2001, when we met up with my friend Heather
and did some snowboarding. I didn't know how to snowboard, so I took
lessons and hung out on the bunny hill a lot and hurt myself.
We also did some cross country skiing and a bit of a hike around Banff on our
extreme weekend. Later, when Jen went back to work, I entertained myself by going
caving in Canmore and wandering around Calgary.
August 2004Photos Hiking trip - browse photos on my site
I went in August 2004 with my mom and dad to do a lot of hiking in the Rockies.
It was a stopover on our way to Heather's wedding
I went again in April 2005 with my mom, Matt and Kendra
to do some skiing. This time, I had practiced and stuck to what I knew
(no more snowboarding exploits). Only have one photo up: right, bottom.
Feb 25-Mar 5, 2006Photos: Ski trip, Feb 25-Mar 5, 2006 - images on Flickr.com
The ski trip sas such a hit that we decided to do it again the next year: Feb
25-Mar 5, 2006. Unfortunately, Kendra couldn't come this time, so it was just
me, Jen my mom and
Matt. We'd had a crappy no-snow winter
in Ontario, so my mom and I had only been out once before we got there.
It made for some initial timidity, but no major injuries.
March 22-31, 2007Photos, March 22-Mar 31, 2007: Album 1 and Album 2 - images on Facebook
Since Matt and Kendra had no vacation time left, our ski vacation (March 22-31,
2007) group dwindled to just me, Jen my mom.
But we had a great time! This time, mom and I had been out three times
in Ontario already. Not that this prepares you for the Rockies, exactly,
but by the time we got to Kicking Horse (Fernie rained AGAIN) we were
tackling black diamonds in no time!
February 8-18, 2008Blog: Putting my vacation to bed
We had most of the family there -- all except my dad. We also had a
great day skiing in Fernie, finally, with something like five feet of
powder -- in which I promptly lost my ski. But I had a ridiculous
migraine most of the trip. We also got in some time at Sunshine and
Kicking Horse, although it was packed on Family Day! We even managed to
do a hike at Johnston's Canyon with crampons.
Photos: Ski trip, February 8-18, 2008 - images on Facebook
January 30 - February 7, 2009Blog: Sunday, February 01, 2009 - Skiing
Blog: Sunday, February 08, 2009 - Musings on vacation
Photos: Ski trip, January 30 - February 7, 2009 - images on Picasa
We skiied two days in Fernie, two days in Panorama and a day in Lake
Louise. We stayed in much nicer accommodations as we had seven adults
(Will and girlfriend Jo, Matt and Kendra, Jen, Mom and me) and a baby
(Freya) which reduced the cost per person significantly.
February 19 - 28, 2010Blog: Saturday, February 27, 2009 - My own personal olympics
Photos: Ski trip, February 19 - February 28, 2010 - images on Picasa
We skiied Revelstoke for the first time with mom and Jen, which was
awesome. And some standards with Will and Jo including Kicking Horse.
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