Strapped into wide, racquet-like mini-skis, we yomped through powder snow
more than a metre deep, climbing so high we could see the Slovenian mountains.
After completing the first arduous climb, a flat section and then another ascent, skiers completed the 2.6-kilometre (1.5-mile) course with a well-earned cruise to the finishing line on beautiful powder snow
. "I'm very happy, we trained really hard, seven days a week as soon as snow started to fall," said Sajad Hosseini, a local guide.
Our Boot Camp was set in the heart of the Rockies, amid the spectacular scenery of Jasper (where fiercely loyal Canadian royalists like to boast that the Queen Mother, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have all stayed), Lake Louise (where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited) and Banff, set in a wilderness teeming with wild life, the darkest of night skies and whitest of champagne powder snow
Baugher said she was part of a party of three skiing in expert terrain in a steep area of powder snow
. The skiers triggered a small avalanche.
A friend of mine once declared that the only thing better than good sex was skiing in fresh powder snow
! Personally I have never been a good enough skier to test the veracity of that statement!
"[It's] Very good quality of snow --light snow, good powder snow
," Karam said, adding that even though the storm will continue through Friday morning the resort will be open for the weekend," he said.
Such a long, steep descent--the whole way through powder snow
and in safe conditions is certainly not the kind of thing you get to experience every day.
About 40 pounds of goose lay stone-dead amidst the decoys, powder snow
and cattle tracks.
"It was very difficult working in confined spaces, with everything covered in thick powder snow
, in darkness and involved some very technical rope work.
More than a foot of fresh powder snow
had fallen that week, and I'd thought about strapping snowshoes to my pack before leaving the truck.
For half the price of some American and Central European locations, you can enjoy all the fresh powder snow
and exciting slopes you could wish for.
Known for its world-class powder snow
, the town of Niseko is quickly becoming the Aspen of Asia, attracting a high-end skiing crowd.
Spectacular resorts sprung up across the Albertan wilderness offering mile upon mile of skiing on what locals claim is the best powder snow
in the world.
I imagine it's just as gorgeous in the summer but when the mountains are covered in powder snow
and icicles are hanging from every branch it is a winter wonderland.
"We had visited Utah on ski vacations for many years and just fell in love with the powder snow
we couldn't get in New York," Reddy recalls.