Westworld Alberta

Winter 2014

Westworld Alberta

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66 W e s t W o r l d a l b e r t a | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 roadside Home Ice Advantage by Kevin Brooker | photo by Kevin Light "Keep your head on a swivel" may be every hockey coach's mantra, but at frozen Lake Louise, the most scenic, photographed "pond" in touristdom, keeping your eye on the puck is by far the greater challenge. Scraping off two informal rinks – one for hockey, one for skating – is an old tradition at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It got slightly more serious in 2010 with the launch of the annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic. e February tournament is one of many semi-serious pond hockey competitions that have sprung to life this century, owing to the codification of what was traditionally a free-for-all: four skaters, no goalies and a comically squat net – with final scores like 27-14. Winners earn a berth in the Alberta Pond Hockey Championships on Lac Cardinal, outside Grimshaw, and a chance to qualify for the World Championships in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. Sure, there are more historic places to play, like Windsor, Nova Scotia's Long Pond, which may or may not be the birthplace of hockey itself. But nothing can match the fierce joy of playing shinny under awe-inspiring Victoria Glacier. And nothing ever will. W See the beauty yourself. Save 30% on rooms* at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise when you book online at AMATravel.ca/ AlbertaHotels. *Subject to change and availability. Blackout dates may apply.

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