Not to be outdone by last week’s video diary, our latest batch of diary writers in Banff really have displayed some raw publishing talent. If they don’t make it as ski and snowboard instructors, we’re sure the world’s press will be throwing editorial and design positions at them. Check out the cover, hot off the press (and scroll down to read the text).
Having had yet another ‘quiet’ weekend in Banff, a somewhat hung-over and slightly depleted group of NONSTOPers headed back to the slopes to meet their new instructors. It was around this point that it dawned on me that I’d agreed to write this week’s diary so here goes.
There was much anticipation for the dog sledding on Saturday and it didn’t disappoint! We arrived and were introduced to our teams of dogs and were soon on our way on the beautiful route. With names like Megatron, Thor and Blaze, the dogs weren’t messing around and before long we found ourselves back at the kennels (with the minimal amount of dog mess to wipe from our ski jackets!). Our reputation for a love of alcohol and cookies had preceded us and we finished a great day in the best of ways with booze and food around the camp fire.
Well equipped with rugby and football chants the group went to the Canmore Eagles ice hockey game. Whilst the Canadian crowd were silent, the Brits and Cockstralian did a sterling job of putting off the opposition with cries of “Moore likes sausage” and ‘’you’re sh#* and you know you are’’ echoing across the ice. Despite this fine display of the wittiest of banter, the team still went down 3-1. Jess and Mandingo took to the ice at halftime whilst large amounts of alcohol was hurriedly consumed in a failed attempt to keep it from the authorities. Spirits were up on the journey home, the quote of the evening being; ‘’Who won?’’ that’s the spirit Colorado!
The Olympic torch came to Banff on Wednesday! The whole crew traipsed into town for the party and had a great night out, as per usual. Mama Lake excelled in wild bills, lassoing a bull and all parties were suitably merry by the end of the evening!! An old NONSTOPer took part in a magnificent ski jumping display to celebrate the torch coming to lake Louise the following day but unfortunately succumbed to faulty equipment and took a tumble, I’m told his condition is stable and we hope he’ll make a quick and speedy recovery.
It’s been another fruitful week for Banff’s crows, they’ve stayed well away from the beers thus far but there are one or two starving NONSTOPers so I’m not risking it!
Down to business
Of course, being on an instructor course there has been a fair amount of training on top of everything else and the snow ploughs and power pendulums have been improving rapidly! LOVING THE COURSE SO FAR AND LOTS MORE FUN TO COME!