|Holiday Horses at Fernie December 17|
|Hotel de Verbier, prime position at Place Centrale - courtesy of © VERBIER PROMOTION|
|Pere Noel on Telemark Skis in Verbier |
Courtesy of © VERBIER PROMOTION
The attractions in Verbier included the immense ski-scape covering four valleys with incredible off-piste areas, glacier and itineraries, the quaint and hospitable Hotel de Verbier right in the town centre where we always stayed, and the sensational Swiss cuisine - fondues and raclettes are still my fave food! One day I will get back there, I hope, to see what has changed and what has endured in my 17 years of absence. I still have friends there thanks to the internet and this blog!
In Canada, there are so many things to love about Christmas, not least the wonderful wintery white that makes all the rustic buildings, fir trees and ski slopes look like part of the seasonal decor scheme. There is nothing better for me than wandering around the individually-owned shops in Canmore and Banff early evening after skiing, picking up stocking fillers for the boys and Simon. I also have the challenge of finding innovative little gifts that can fit into Christmas crackers
|Heart-warming hearth at Deer Lodge, Lake Louise|
|Mt Norquay, Banff|
|Hubby, sons and cousins in Canmore|
Cold breath, icy nose, red cheeks, frozen hair - all these things I find invigorating as I trudge along crispy snow-covered hiking paths in Canmore to get to the shops, nightlife or friends' houses. The forested trails are so achingly beautiful, running alongside Policeman's Creek, criss-crossing it via whimsical wooden bridges with vivid views of the Three Sisters Mountains punctuating the tree-scape on clear days. Bundled up in Norwegian-style beanie, scarf, thick mitts, down jacket - and of course my secret weapons against the cold: Smartwool layers topped with my heated vest (from Volt)! - I am so happy and energized in the frigid, freezing environment. And, then, arriving at a cosy café or the inviting hearth of someone's home, what joy warming up by the fire and gradually peeling off all the layers in an ambient atmosphere of après ski appetizers!
|Cosy contrasts at Sunshine Village - warm and welcoming in the lodge and pristine and powdery outside|
|Carol singing in Breckenridge - courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office|
|70s skiing in Europe, my mum is there on the far left and I am in the middle fourth from the left next to my sister, Jo|
on my right. Photo provided by Jackie Pountney on my left - Happy Memories!
|Sunshine Village, Banff|
|Lake Louise Snowboarding Santa - Photo by Leigha Stankewich|
I would love to know how you spend your skiing or snowboarding Christmas. Feel free to send me photos and details at email@example.com if you would like to be included in next year's Christmas articles.
Here are an assortment of photos and links to help you decide where you would like to spend your perfect Christmas in the years ahead.
Events include free ice skating, visits with Santa and reindeer, s'mores-making parties, art, ornament-making, stocking-decorating workshops.
The Holidays in Snowmass
December 6-24, children can drop off their gift wishlists in Santa’s Mailbox. The Snowmass Sun will feature select letters in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Annual tree lighting ceremony is Dec 10 with cookies, hot choc and carols. Free photos with Santa at his Magical Village Dec 21-24.
|Santa is just as rugged as the runs at Revelstoke - Photo by Agathe Bernard|
|Gingerly icing a roof at Panorama|
|Fat Biking Santa and Elf team at Kimberley|
|Naughty or Nice? at Nakiska|
|Santa practicing for descending chimneys at Panorama|
|Eldora Ugly Xmas Sweater Competition|
|Santa lends a helping hand at Deer Valley|
|Big Red skiing at Big White|
|Father Christmas cruising the corduroy at Aspen Snowmass|
|The ultimate ski in/out hotel - Sunshine Mountain Lodge at Sunshine Village|
|Race of the Santas at Breckenridge - courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office|