Winter wonderland greets Capture Canada adventurers

On a snowy morning, early in November, 13 Trinity College School students and two chaperones undertook the second leg of the Capture Canada adventure. Flying at daybreak from Toronto, after mid-winter flight preparations, the hills and lakes of Ontario gave way to the snowy fields of the prairies as the group made its way to Calgary. Taking a bus from the city, through the foothills, Kananaskis Country, and into the Rockies, the group saw the mountains of Canada’s west rise up before them. Immediately all were transported into a winter wonderland of snow, ice and crisp air.

Staying at the Chateau Lake Louise, the Victoria Glacier, at first shrouded in misty clouds, served as a promise of the adventure that awaited. The students started each day with a full breakfast buffet including freshly baked pastries, a selection of traditional breakfast fare and an array of European style options. After a shuttle ride to the Sunshine Village Resort, the students quickly picked up their equipment and stepped onto the gondola, making their way up to the ski resort base, 7,200 feet above sea level. A variety of terrain was open and covered in soft snow. The service and attention provided to the students by the instructors in the ski and snowboard school ensured that every participant was in top form and best prepared to enjoy all that the mountain had to offer. By the end of the three days on the slopes, all participants were finding their own favourite ski lines and enjoying the treats of wintry Rockies.

Off-snow, the students enjoyed the various amenities of the hotel including the many restaurants. Fondue was a well-deserved treat after a day of skiing. On the final morning, some students went on a hike with their chaperones to see the Lake Louise valley from the Fairmont Lookout, a short hike of about 3.5 km. Walking up through a coniferous forest, the trees already heavy with freshly fallen snow, the students came to a platform that afforded a panoramic spectacle of glaciers, the lake, mountains and the valley.

While it was hard to leave, the group’s return was welcomed by the first substantial winter snowstorm to hit Southern Ontario. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

- By Dr. Greg Hodges and Ms. Ally O’Grady, chaperones