January 31, 2011

Wild wild West

Western Bars, animals and cheap beer! We arrived in the USA.
After some relaxed days in Fernie, with awesome food, a lot of Dexter episodes and some good games we started our adventure in the states. We crossed the boarder south of Fernie. After getting our van checked, answering some questions about our plans and paying 12$ (we don’t know what for), we were on US roads heading to Whitefish in Montana. We were directly welcomed by some American Eagles, eating a dead dear in the ditch. On the same day we had our first real American experience in a Cowboy bar with cheap food, beer and peanuts, yeah! And the best was that you were allowed to through the leftovers of the peanuts on the floor...

Some days later we had an unbelievable awesome day at the Yellowstone National Park. It is really hard to describe the nature and all the animals we saw and we took so many pictures, that it is easier to show you as many of them as possible. Here is the slideshow:

If you ever should have the chance to go there, do it! It is an awesome and unforgettable time for sure!

That’s it for now. By the way, the clip of Sunshine and Lake Louise is as good as ready.

Stay tuned and ride save!

January 22, 2011

Videoblog episode 3: Marmot Basin (Jasper, Alberta)

The Marmot Basin Ski Resort is settled half an hour out of Jasper up on the mountain. It mainly is part of one big bowl in which all of the lifts are. With a lot of powder you can hike up to the top of the bowl or ski the sides of it. Even with minus 27 degrees and arriving one day too late (after a big dump of snow) it was no problem to find a lot of fresh powder! From time to time it was even too much of it...
And if you arrive there on a day without powder, there is a nice terrain park with obstacles mainly for beginners and advanced boarders and skiers.

January 17, 2011

Jasper to Banff - the most spectacular journey in the world

After spending two days in Edmonton and Jasper, (a clip of Marmot Basin, the local ski resort will follow) the highway between Jasper and Banff was ahead of us. The over 250km drive through the Jasper and Banff National Parks is supposed to be the most spectacular journeys in the world. And even though we both don't have any comparison we would say that it is at least one of the most spectacular ones. And that is for a reason. It's hard to describe it, but the size and beauty of nature is just unbelievable. We both were totally astonished and will never forget that.

There are a lot of pictures following (sorry for that), but I hope they give you an impression of the scenery and landscape.

Isn' it impressive?
After a couple of snowy days, the highways are closed due to heavy snow or avalanches. Therefore we got stuck at Lake Louise and hope, that we can make it to Panorama tomorrow.

Drive safe!

January 3, 2011

Fernie wonderland

After six awesome days in Fernie we are heading to Calgary tomorrow. We celebrated the New Year and had a great start on January the first with some cross country skiing up to Island Land Lodge. Island Land Lodge is kind of Paradise on Earth. Delicious food, a beautiful lake and a huge range of Mountains in the Middle of nowhere. The Lodge also is a special place because it was owned by snowboard legend Craig Kelly.

way up to the Lodge (about two hours)
view from the lodge

Craig Kelly Memorial

We went back on the ski hill today, unfortunately with not that much fresh snow...
While driving to the resort I saw an interesting looking Truck Gap. Even with a tricky inrun through a little forest it worked out really good!

from time to time the landing was too flat...

I also got some good clips and the next video is already in production. Look forward to that!

January 1, 2011

Our planned trip through Canada

Hope you all had a great start into 2011! We celebrated the New Year with a nice House Party in Fernie. We want to hit the road again on the 3rd or the 4th of January. First goal is Calgary and the Olympic Park there.
In the attached map you can find our planned trip through the East of the Canadian Rockies. After that we want to continue our road trip through the States during February and try to hit Canada again in Vancouver at the beginning of March.

have a closer look!

These are the planned stops in Canada:
- Fernie (at the moment)
- Calgary
- Edmonton
- Jasper (Marmot Basin)
- Banff (Sunshine, Lake Louise)
- Golden (Kicking Horse)
- Kimberley
- Fernie
- Whitefish (Montana, USA).