Sunday, March 31, 2013

Rocky Mountain High

Limo to the airport, WestJet flight to Calgary, Brewster coach to Lake Louise (~an hour and 45 minutes), then this:
a sleigh ride along the frozen the lake and back to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, accompanied by Baileys-infused hot chocolate and the sound of sleigh bells. Magical!

At an elevation of 5,449 feet (1661 m) Lake Louise is the highest community in Canada, followed by Banff at 4,537 feet (1383 m), and more than twice as high as Whistler Village: 2,214 feet (675 m). This means a lot more of the white stuff.  So while Torontonians are chomping on their bits for patio season to start in March, ski season is still going strong in one of the largest ski resorts in North America, with over 4,200 skiable acres and 113 named runs.

The original Lake Louise Chalet, built in 1890, was designed to be "a hotel for the outdoor adventurer and alpinist". Skiing, snowshoeing, skating, hiking frozen canyons - and in the summer months: canoeing, horseback riding, mountaineering....It would be easy to forget that the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a well-appointed conference resort, offering 36,000 square feet of function space, all the latest technological systems, and excellent load-in/load-out capabilities within a purpose-built convention centre completed in 2004.

Mt. Temple Ballroom


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