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Sidetracks: Ice Climbing in Alberta

Trade skis for crampons and hike into an ice spire cathedral near the slopes of Alberta’s Lake Louise.

I strap nailhead-studded crampons called Icers over the soles of my winter boots and wonder just what I’ve gotten myself into. Others had raved about river-carved ice castles in Johnston Canyon, a notch in Banff National Park’s craggy peaks, so I’d signed up for a half-day hike as a midweek diversion for muscles weary from skiing Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise. Looking at the terrain ahead, though, I’m not sure how much of a break my weary muscles will get.

What's New at Lake Louise for the 2008-2009 Season

New Lifts, Ski School, and more are happening at Lake Louise

Photo by: Henry Georgi

Vonn Wins for Fourth Straight Year


Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), building her lead from top to bottom, won a World Cup downhill Saturday at Lake Louise for the fourth straight season.

Mancuso 11th, Smith Cracks Top 20 in SG


Leanne Smith (Conway, NH), who was 23rd in her World Cup debut one day earlier, raced into her first top-20 Sunday, finishing 19th in a super G. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) led U.S. women in 11th place while Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) crashed on the upper section of the run.

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