Alberta boot camp ends

PlanetSKI reporter, Lisa Young, is on a snowsports boot camp in Canada. She has been enjoying the powder and occasionally the exercises too! See her concluding reports.


Day 5

We are at Sunshine Village today.

Not much sunshine, but there’s plenty of snow falling. It’s -5c, but quite windy which makes it feel a few degrees colder. About 50% of the resort is currently open, but more will open in the next few days.

The snow conditions are outstanding for this early in the season.

There is a base of nearly one metre, there are a few rocks around, but they should soon be covered with all the fresh snow falling.

Visibility was not great today, the light was a bit flat in areas, but we stayed lower down in the trees where the visibility was much better with more definition.

It was though just great to be out on skis in powder snow, for the early blogs on the boot camp on PlanetSKI see here.

We started out on the new strawberry high-speed quad chair lift, which was actually used in the Vancouver Olympics and then sent over to Sunshine. 

On one run we saw a massive Elk in the trail, sporting a giant stack of antlers on his head. It was one of the more bizarre sights I have seen in the ski slopes!

Otherwise it was just deep, deep powder.

This winter the resort is looking at promoting itself via its web cameras and social media.

“This year we are focusing on communications and live, real time Tweets from around mountain, so that people can receive fresh updates on their smart phones. One web cam will focus on the double black diamond Delirium Dive, where people can watch their friends take on the notorious off-piste drop, and for safety reasons, they must be experienced and wear avalanche gear with transceivers.  There’s a new web cam in the terrain park too,” said the Communications Director for Sunshine, Doug Firby.

Delirium Dive

Delirium Dive












Niko Algieri, our personal trainer, spent the afternoon shooting a video that will cover his Top 5 ski fitness exercises.

It will soon be available to download from the Travel Alberta website.

Another great day on the snow and we are off for more endurance training at the Banff Avenue Brew Pub, to try some of their local brews.

Then it’s on to The Maple Leaf Grille, followed by Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon for some live music and two-stepping fun and to discover exactly why cowboys make the best skiers.

Or so they say!

Day 6

Downtown Banff

Downtown Banff

It’s our last morning on Canadian snow at Norquay ski resort, a stone’s throw from downtown Banff.

It’s sunny, yet pretty cold and windy.

But wrapped up in my new Arc’teryx jacket and pants I didn’t feel the -15°C temperatures and biting wind. I wore an Icebreaker 260 bodyfit wool top and the jacket – that’s all. Not bad for deep snow on cold weather days.

The jacket is super warm, lightweight and one of the most comfortable items of clothing I’ve worn on the slopes.

Only a small portion of the mountain is currently open, but it’s a good time to work on technique on the few runs available.

There’s lots of kids race practicing, most of them are inside the lodge mesmerised by the Men’s World Cup Super G and other live races coming from Lake Louise – where incidentally snow is still tumbling from the sky.

Our airport transport rolls up to Norquay, and will take us straight to Calgary airport for our London bound flight.

We’ve had an amazing time here in Alberta, with more snow than we could have dreamed of.

Thanks to Niko we are all fitter than when we started, or at least we plan to get fitter.

Thank you Travel Alberta for a magical time and to everyone who helped make our trip so much fun.

Bye bye Canada

Mount Norquay













Don’t forget that if you want to see more about the Boot Camps and what is involved then see Lisa’s earlier reports on PlanetSKI.

Helpful websites: Sunshine Village and Norquay resort.

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