We travelled about 1,000 kilometres by car yesterday. In the winter, through the Rocky Mountains, which can be a walk on the wild side. The snowy highway gods were feeling generous this year, and let us pass with no troubles. We made record time, in just over 10 hours.
I have been coming to this place since I was a teenager. And now my children have learned to ski here, recognizing certain landmarks year after year. Improvements have been made, but essentially it is the same.
In my job, I have the fortunate opportunity to visit and ski in some of the best resorts in North America, but there are a few things that make me love this place above all others.
- My family is here. It is a great time to connect, play games and put in some turns together. My husband and I believe that a family that which plays together, stays together.
- When you check in, or pick up pre-paid lift passes, no-one assumes you are trying to take advantage. There is no ID verification, they just take your word that you are who you say you are.
- The outside hot tubs are actually kept at 104 degrees F or better. You don’t get out there and wonder how long it will take to warm up.
- The shop that sells bathing suits has the largest selection in Western Canada with staff that know how to fit a bathing suit on a less than perfect body and make said body look pretty good.
- In the cold winters, there is an ice road that you can drive your truck across.
- The ski chalet on the hill is open beam wood construction, small and cozy with a real wood fire burning to warm your toes beside. You can always get a seat by that fire, even if someone is there first