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.
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.