Week four of the Banff program kicked off with some extremely chilly temperatures. The week averaged around the negative 14 mark, but despite the cold toes the group found themselves getting their last tips and advice before the level one exams kick off on Monday!
Monday had an abundance of snow for the group with Sunday night dropping about 10cm of white powder all over Sunshine Village. The skiiers particularly ripped some fresh lines in the trees off the WaWa chair in the morning.
A lot of sun and some freezing nights hardened the snow up for Tuesday making for some interesting and icy conditions for the rest of the week. Nonetheless, Sammy Jefferys began mastering the slopes, claiming Tuesday to be her best day of skiing ever a claim that was backed up by her instructors.
Tom Howse, Tyla and Ollie have all been throwing down in the terrain park on their skis. Flips, spins and switch hits are amongst some of the regular stunts being thrown by these guys. Ben W and Mason have been smashing some of the more challenging and intimidating rails and sliding features in the park too.
With the first round of exams quickly approaching the instructors have been hounding the group with tips on technique. Mark's ski group spent the entirety of Thursday morning in Snow plow position which resulted in plenty of sore leg and butt muscles by lunchtime.
The snowboarders, in particular John’s group, have been spending an abundance of time, most of Friday in fact, riding switch. Topping up their skills before the exams. Nicolas Duvivier, Sam Vaugn and Christian Blanchard are amongst the riders excelling in their switch boarding!
The Big Bear RailJam Festival is in Banff this weekend, showcasing locals and pros from around the world on a makeshfit rail run by the Historic Banff train station. Beer tents, RedBull Djs and a Tim Hortons coffee van were all on hand to help combat the heavy snow and cold temps. The Burton Pro team also made an appearance on Friday night throwing down some hammers! Along with local teams from Lake Louise, Mt Norquay and Calgary, the amateur part of the event was outstanding with the ‘Black Ice Bandits’ out of Calgary taking home the prize.
Sam Fletcher, Tom Howse and Gav Marpole put in some time at the wooden jib park over the weekend also. Braving heavy snow, cold air and sketchy features the guys got creative and threw some crazy stunts!
SuperBowl Sunday went down over the weekend also, with the group booking a 60 person table at the WildBills Saloon Bar to watch the Patriots take on the Falcons with cheap beer and $10 all you can eat Chilli Dogs (a North American delicacy!)
Not one, but two large weather systems have closed in on Banff over the weekend promising hefty amounts of snow right across the Rockys! Up to a meter of snow has been forecasted for some parts of the area making for some excellent skiing conditions and plenty of good snow for the SnowSkool group to smash their exams!