Day 2 in Whistler consisted of a hungover breakfast, endless hot chocolates and a trip on the peak-to-peak gondola between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain. In the afternoon, we did our second optional activity – zip-lining. Between mountains. With a hangover. It was quite the experience, as you can imagine.
After our 3 days in Whistler, it was time to hop on a plane and go to Banff in Alberta. Banff was quite a different skiing experience to what I’d done before – it is a very quaint little town with a Western kind of feel but it is around 20-30 mins away by bus to the nearest ski hills. There are 3 to choose from: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay.
While it is a bit more of an inconvenience to have to travel by bus to the hill, Banff was absolutely beautiful. The Rocky Mountains are incredible and I am so glad that I got to see them.
However, this is where I ran into a little mishap on my trip. In fact, it was around 10 mins after this picture on the left was taken. I had a very unfortunate fall right at the bottom of the piste and I got taken off the hill on a ski-stretcher to the first-aid building. As it turns out, I’ve ruptured my ACL (ligament in my knee) which means that I have a lot of physiotherapy and surgery on my agenda for this summer.
But at the time of the accident, our trip manager Alex came and found me at the first aid department and really helped me out a lot. I would not have had a clue about what to do without his help and I think that is a major plus for Contiki – you aren’t alone and there is someone to help you in your time of need!