The Heights and Depths One Will Go to Find a Christmas Tree...
Love to You All!
All the Best for the Year 2008!
The above video is of Sunday afternoon's Slalom race. This shot took several tries - as the skiers flew by so fast, it was difficult to capture them. I am not sure what country this skier is from. She had a decent time, but did not make the podium. These girls are the best in the world!
Denise Karbon from Italy won the Giant Slalom and Marlies Schild of Austria took home the gold in the Slalom event. No Canadians made the podium and homegirl, Christina, took a fall at the top of the GS course and did not finish.
None-the-less, it was a great weekend!
I was thrilled that my camera was able to capture these moments so well!
When the helicopter was at its zenith over the ceremony, I nearly fell over from vertigo! I am terribly afraid of heights and we were standing on the top seat of the bleachers. I could not believe I was able to catch the fireworks, as well. They came as a complete surprise.
Jenny is in the group of children singing in the front. At this point, the National Anthem was being sung in French.
Front to back - our guide Troy, Bobby, Jenny and two Muslim women who were along for the ride, as well. We rode a one hour loop around the marsh in Banff. The weather was spectacular and the fall colours were brilliant!
The concept behind this bumper sticker has sparked debate and raised a steady argument between the environmentalists and the developers in our community. Several years ago a large ski resort was proposed for a remote and wild location in the Purcell Mountains. That particular location includes Jumbo Glacier, which would dramatically increase the length of any given ski season. Many residents in the valley have taken opposite sides and have stood fast in defending their individual philosophies on the matter. Personally, as a lover of nature as well as a passionate skier, I have been torn between the two concepts.
In the end, exhaustive environmental studies have been completed, various levels of government approvals have been authorised, and the Jumbo Resort developers have been given consent to procede. I cannot say that I am familiar with the full particulars of this contoversial idea but, from my simple point of view, I am happy with the decision to press on.
After all it does snow in Jumbo...
At last, an empty track where no truck should have been in the first place!
* The photos do no justice to the steepness of the slope. It was at least 45 degrees, making it difficult to negotiate even on foot.