Author: Mhairri Woodhall

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Mhairri now lives in Calgary with her husband and daughter. Specialising in family, luxury and culinary focused travel, Mhairri loves exploring her new province, nourishing her wanderlust and writing about her adventures.


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Slicing through the feathery snow I power down my final run before lunch. A morning of fresh alpine air, moguls and knee deep powder has done a fierce number on my appetite. Thankfully, we planned ahead and reserved a table for four at Whitehorn Bistro – Lake Louise Ski Resort’s mid-mountain restaurant. Gourmet fare served alongside panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies make for an epic dining experience on the slopes. I can almost taste Whitehorn’s famous cheese fondue and signature seafood chowder.

What a day. Bluebird skies and fresh powder. Lake Louise Ski Resort is tops in my books. I love that there are runs for every ability from every chair. If I feel like taking it easy, the rest of our group can still push themselves to the limit on a black diamond and meet me at the bottom.

Learn with Lessons

I wonder how the kids are faring. They were beyond thrilled with yesterday’s adventures, so I imagine today will be just as exciting. My daughter, who’s four going on fourteen, is in the resort’s on mountain licenced daycare. While we tackle the runs, she colours, paints and plays. The level of care is fabulous and we can even add a ski lesson with equipment rental in the Beginners Fun Zone. My niece and nephew, who are way past the bunny hill, are in their second full-day lesson. I have a hunch that next year the little dare devils will be tearing up the Showtime Terrain Park’s jumps, rails and boxes. It won’t be long before they’re out performing us.

Après Ski Winter Fun

Tomorrow morning we’ll take a break from skiing and get silly in the Sunny Tube Park. Four groomed lanes promise a slip sliding good time for all. We’re also bringing my niece and nephew on a two-hour Scenic Snowshoe Tour, which explores the top of the mountain and includes an overview of the area’s history and wildlife. The views from the top of the Grizzly Gondola are jaw dropping and if we have weather like today my photos will be spectacular. All of the kids are dying to try ice skating, so as long as my legs don’t give out we’ll rent skates from the Fairmont Chateau for an early evening glide on Lake Louise. Then the older kids are booked into the Fairmont Kids Camp Pajama Party, we’ve hired a babysitter for our little one and we’ll get to enjoy an adult only dinner at the hotel’s Fairview restaurant. A win win for all.

Stay and Play in Banff’s Big Three

Next year we’ll take advantage of the Ski Big 3 pass, which will give us access to Lake Louise Ski Resort as well as Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village. We’ll stay in Banff and explore the town’s many gourmet après ski opportunities. Dog sledding, a Johnston Canyon ice climb and Banff Upper Hot Springs are also on my radar. We may just have to extend our trip.

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