Back in The Canadian Rockies.
It’s great. Snow piled high along the sides and centre of Banff Avenue, the main street, scraped there early morning by snowploughs, a lot more moved out-of-town on huge trailers. Still leaves a layer of compacted, very ‘slick’, snow on all roads in the town centre. Not a problem as everyone drives carefully with consideration for other road users, especially pedestrians. Quite alien to Grey, very occasionally White, Britain. People climb over the snow piles to cross the road.
When I arrived temperature had risen to a toasty minus eight. It was minus thirty for two weeks before I got here so locals think it’s like Spring has come early rather than the end-of-the-world, ‘Extreme Weather Event’ forecasts from the UK Met Office when minus 1 and 5mm of snow are in prospect.
Photos are of Sunshine Coast, a great ‘Blue’ run on Goat’s Eye Mountain, part of the Sunshine Village Ski Resort which boasts the best snow in Canada. The access road to the base of the gondola is snow covered from the Trans-Canada Highway (the longest metalled road in the world). At 2800 metres (9,200 feet) and close to the Continental Divide the view from the top of Goat’s Eye is straight across to the summits of the many other nearby peaks.