{My Bucket List} Snowboarding on Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta

March 01, 2017

{My Bucket List} Snowboarding on the Rockies at Banff, Alberta

Snowboarding on the Rocky Mountains has always been on my bucket list. When hubs told me he wanted to do a snowboarding trip over the weekends, I actually hesitated at first. I didn’t think I was skilled enough to snowboard on "real mountains" yet (even though I’ve been boarding for quite some years already...) But like cool people always say, yolo right? We had two destinations to choose from, Whistler, British Columbia or Banff, Alberta. I’ve been wanting to revisit Banff as an adult, so I decided to head over there and gave it all I’ve got!!!

It was -22 degrees Celsius in Banff, so much colder than what we were both used to in Toronto! Good thing was we learned a great deal out of this trip. You could read more here.


Hubs was very diligent in prepping me for this trip too. We went boardin' almost every other weekend to get me warmed up and "better" in my skills. We even went boxing day shopping for new gears! And that's when I finally invested in a proper ski jacket and a pair of insulated snow pants. Ha-ha. I felt much more deserving to board on the Rockies.

We went to Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort on two separate days where we got to hit some fresh pow. Wearing 5 layers of clothes and 3 pairs of pants, we thought we were pretty much set to embrace the cold. I kept reminding myself to stay calm and to be cautious of all the surroundings around me. I seriously did not want to end up having an experience like this guy.

We took the gondola up the mountains and that was when I realized how massive these mountains are! The gondola ride literally took 20 minutes and that was only to the start of the slopes. We still had to take another ski lifts to get us to the top of the peak! It was very overwhelming and kind of scary to look down from those long ski lift rides. I didn't want to move a single muscle.




The runs were huge and wide open. But the flurries made it hard to see where we were going. Everything was white! I still enjoyed the runs regardless. The music from my iPod really calmed me down a lot. Otherwise, I'd be listening to my own breathing and every single heartbeat in my chest. The mountains and the trees were splendid. We just wished the sky was clearer so we could have a better look at this amazing view. I also rode glades for the first time in my life. It was nerve-wrecking but very exciting! (And thank God, I didn't hit a tree!)




At the end of this trip, I felt that my snowboarding skills improved tremendously. The runs were so long that they could be tiring. It was definitely a memorable experience for me and I'm so glad I did it! One more thing off my list! Now I could say that I'm no longer an amateur snowboarder ;)


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17 comments

  1. Banff is totally on my bucket list! It's gorgeous! And can I say, I'm jealous of your snowboarding skills? The last time I tried snowboarding, I was so sore! lol #WanderfulWednesday

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    1. Thanks Christine, you flattered me! I know that sore feeling. I had to wear knee pads and bike shorts (with padding) underneath when I first learned snowboarding lol!

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  2. Ahhh this makes me so excited for my trip to Swedish Lapland next week. Going to try snowboarding for the first time!!

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    1. Swedish Lapland? wow! I can't wait to hear about it

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  3. You're so much braver than me! Although you're probably 100 times more skilled than I am. Your pictures are gorgeous. #wanderfulwednesday

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    1. Thanks lady! But believe it or not, I was pretty nervous at first.

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  4. That looks like amazing fun - I bet it looks absolutely beautiful there when the sun is out! Sounds a bit cold for me! We have just returned from Denmark where it was -7 and i froze so not sure about -22!!! #wanderfulwednesday

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    1. Totally! That's the only regret we had, not enough sun! Everything we carried with us was frozen, including our lotion and eye drops! LOL

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  5. What a wonderful adventure! Your photos are beautiful! I hope to visit Banff one day.

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    1. I'm sure you'll have a great time in Banff, especially in Summer time :)

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  6. Wow, this is too beautiful! I have never been snowboarding or skiing. This reminds me that I really must take advantage of the Chilean mountains! :)

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    1. Thanks Marcella! It was very fun! Mind you the kids there were better than me. I've never been to Chile, would love to check out their mountains someday!

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  7. Would love to go to Banff one day - I'm a skiier though! You have lovely images and we're happy to have you join with #FarawayFiles. Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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    1. Thanks Erin! keep up the good work!

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  8. You guys really look like you know what you're doing in that video! So cool! I've gone skiing a few times, but I still get so nervous doing it. Good for you for going for it, looks like it was worth it and you had a great time! :D

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    1. omg haha! Thanks!! I used to ski when I was younger too. Just keep practicing :)

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