Bon jour from Banff! The going never stops out here in beautiful Canada – the days of lessons keep bringing back an abundance of smiling faces and new knowledge for our Snowskoolers. Any hurdles that were there to begin with have been overcome and only excitement and anticipation now greet the challenges that occur each day.

Sarah and Jordi managed to catch a couple of groups up the mountain this week and shot a bit of footage, getting some pearler snapshots while the students were training. We have uploaded these along with a long-awaited, but awesome photo of the Aussies.

The weather seems to be warming up with many bluebird days this week which was a nice change to the -25 that greeted the Snowskoolers on arrival to Banff initially! We have had one big dumping of snow so far making for epic skiing and riding the next day. Unfortunately, it was a weekend day so the new snow and no work for locals made Sunshine Village a little more crowded than usual.

On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to be able to view part of the Olympic Torch Relay as it came through Banff for the Whistler Winter Olympics. We managed to push for an early dinner so people could rush down for the 6 o’clock parade. The torch bearer was Karen Percy Lowe.  She grew up in Banff and won two gold medals (downhill and GS) at the Calgary 1988 Games.

Wednesday nights are now our football tournament nights. There are eight teams, at least one girl in each team (captain, naturally) to be played indoors at the gym. We had our first four teams play against each other this Wednesday and next week the remaining four will compete. Results and updates will follow each week on how the league is going!

We have also started a photo competition each week where candidates enter five of their best shots by Friday and the best photograph wins jugs of beer! Sounds fair enough? The winner of this week’s best photography skills went to JJ who collected his prize from the Storm Cellar on Friday.

Sunday nights are weekly pub crawls which take you around five of Banff’s favourite watering holes. These are organised by the hostel and are open to anyone who wishes to join. Luckily, it was not too late a night with the second week of training waiting on Monday.

Karaoke night happened again this Friday with this week’s theme being ‘Ladies Night.’ You can imagine what the majority of the attire was! Nick Maycock and Charlie Young put in a terrific effort with their ladylike costumes!

Unfortunately, a few more injuries have occurred. This is generally expected on a ski and snowboard instructor course and thankfully, they all seem to be healing fast! Kate M, Aiden & Mel, we hope you get better soon!

On a sad note, we said goodbye yesterday to our wonderful Australian rep, Marion, who returning home to a scorching Aussie summer. Without her initial support and welcoming smile, the early arrivals may not be as settled as they are now. We left Marion, Glenn, and Eliza with a little ‘thank-you’ present of the Aussie photograph that they all signed to show our appreciation. Thanks for all your amazing help, Marion.

Celebrating his birthday this week is Ed Sabourin. Happy Birthday for Thursday!

Until next week,

Au revoir,

Sarah, Dunk & Jordi


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