'most notable memories' don't have to be just picturesque ones, though I am confident people will list those...just whatever what was well, memorable, and stood apart from other trip and always stands out.
1-for me quebec city (mont st anne) still kicks butt ...something about the history of that amazing city.(and old montreal rocks too, close to mont tremblant)..quebec city has tons of real ambiance and charm...ie the small bistro we had dinner at (cobble stone streets all around us) had a lantern burning outside, not some floodlights...the place was over 100 yrs old with little renos done to it.
2-other one and most recent: my first bad injury from skiing on ungroomed trails at whistler last winter ...it made me return to cypress (my local mtn) the following week thinking groomers are 'a cake walk' compared to 'real skiing'...was a great eye opener.
3- with my company's ski trip at an annual trip to Big White in Kelowna BC (my first time with group, but they've gone repeatedly over last 20 yrs)...all these late 40s-60s dudes (some even with OLD skis) rocketing down steep blues and loving it, smiling, all while I"m trying to keep up with the pack, screaming inside "I'm going to die...I'm going to die''
...and since I'm the slowest they all wait for me at various points and get to rest...well being 'the straggler'' as soon as I catch up they all peel away again (no rest for me, LOL)...so for them it was a 'blue bird day' and for me it was a 'Depends' day ...never has the Lulu lemon mantra rung so true: 'Everyday do something that scares you'...so yeah I was forced out of my comfort zone...I did appreciate that experience.
...this season i'm seriously thinking of heading to sunshine, lake louise and jasper in Feb ( all in neighnbouring Alberta) for 8-12 days...something about skiing in the rockies that just 'does it' for me ...I have bicycle toured and driven through those stunning vistas and just so moved.
...and the awesome kick ass 'Icefield parkway' http://www.icefieldsparkway.ca/
and it's stunning 3 hr drive from Lake Louise to Jasper rightfully rates up there as one of THE most premier mountain highways in the world.
Edited by canali - 10/19/10 at 8:16am