|Just back from our annual anniversary trip to Lake O'Hara. Our anniversary didn't actually happen while we were there this year but close enough! We've been going to Lake O'Hara every winter since 2000 and we enjoy the trip as much or more each time. Bruce and Alison are excellent hosts, the lodge is comfortable and atmospheric, the food is fantastic and the skiing is always fun. But the best thing is that we get to spend a weekend laughing and having fun with friends (old and new). This year, in addition to regulars Barb, Kevin, Ellen, Jeff, Sharon, Tony and Jenny, we were joined by new friends, Julie and Brian from Stettler (we met them at Purcell Lodge last year). And as usual, there were a few new folks to meet at the lodge. We missed the girls from Toronto this year, hopefully they'll be back next year!
We're generally pretty lucky when it comes to snow conditions and this weekend was no exception. Despite a lack of snow and warm temps for the 2 weeks before our trip, there was fresh snow right before we arrived which made for some great skiing. The conditions were perfect for the ski into the lodge and we were able to wax in, even on the big boards. The only eventful thing that happened that first day was that Kevin beat all of the women to making the first clothing purchase from the O'Hara store!
We played on Oderay on Saturday and were lucky to have conditions that allowed us to ski Easy Skankin'. It was the first time the conditions have been in our favour on this slope since we started coming to Lake O'Hara so we took advantage of it and did 3 fabulous, long runs. After a bit more snow on Saturday night, we made fresh tracks in Shaffer's Bowl on Sunday.
We'll be continuing the tradition next year with our 10th year at Lake O'Hara lodge!