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A walk on the lake after the ski up the road

Mary tree pose


Marilyn on the lake





Mary makes an angel


Setting off on Friday, -15C

Ready to go

A brief detour

Mary (and Anna - Photobomb!)

And another

On the way to Oderay

The snow shoers

Bruce below an avalanche


Blue ski day


Nearly at the top

Ready to ski


Mary and the view

Happy Anniversary

And another Happy Anniversary

Me and my shadow

The lone larch

Back at the lake


A post ski walk

Ice fall

Mary's angel

On the lake

The ladies in red

Don't walk here!


A different view


On this date... shouldn't be this cold!

Cold outside, warm and cozy inside

Hearty Canadians


Dale is dressed for -30C

At these temps, you make your own fog

On the way to Opabin







Mary enjoys the view

Tree huggers



Into the shade, back to -40C

No dilly-dallying

-40 Selfie


One run down the glacier

Is that a white spot on your nose Dale?

Peter leads the way back

Over the shoulder shot

Back on the lake


Bill made it!

Not frozen

Recent travelers to Nepal

Back up to the lone larch


Ready for a ski down Wolverine Bowl


Table is set for a wine dinner



Ready to eat (and drink)











Thanks Henry! Another great meal


Post dinner relaxing...

...and cards

Dead Soldiers from Fairview Cellars

Lynn looking good on the ski out

Only -25C today...

...but a bit snowy!

Back from our annual trip to Lake O'Hara Lodge, a frosty one this time! It was a beautiful day for the ski in - just below zero. Day 2 was a bit cooler but very pleasant at -15C with lots of sun and no wind. Guide Peter took us on a fun tour up to Oderay Prospect where we had some amazing views and some decent skiing. The forecast was for cold on Saturday but when the thermometer showed -40 (C and F) at 8:00 am, it was a bit of a shock. We can honestly say that we have never seen a thermometer with the temperature showing the same amount in C and F before! Only one thing to do - go skiing! We waited until it warmed up to -30C, bundled up and headed toward the Opabin Plateau. Again, it was sunny with little wind so was very bearable as long as we kept moving. The cold temps resulted in clear skies and the views were spectacular! Stopping to take our skins off in the shade at the top of the Opabin Glacier was a different story. Back to 40 below up there with white spots appearing on a couple of faces, so we high-tailed it down the glacier and back into the sunshine. After lunch at the lodge, some of us were ready for more and followed Peter up to Schaffer Lake for a run down Wolverine Bowl. We worked up a good appetite and were rewarded with a fabulous dinner with wine provided by Bill from Fairview Cellars in the Okanagan. As usual, all of the meals were really great but Henry cooked up an extremely imaginative and tasty meal to accompany the 4 red wines that Bill brought. A really great evening with lots of good conversation and laughs to accompany the food and wine. It warmed up to -25C by Sunday morning but the blue skies were gone and the snow was falling. A slow and snowy ski out. Good thing we brought the booster cables, our Subaru was not happy with the cold weather and we required a little help from Lynn and Kevin's Lexus to continue on our way. Many thanks to Bruce, Peter, Henry, Lodge Staff and Bill from Fairview Cellars for a very memorable weekend! Same time next year...

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