Sulphur Mountain – Winter

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The view of Banff from the top

Sulphur Mountain is a great place to stop in Banff National Park, and is the perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful views from a higher elevation. Normally I would prefer to hike up, but this time I cheated. I’d been skiing at Mount Norquay in the morning, and didn’t quite have enough time to get to Sulphur Mountain to do the hike (it was December a couple of years back so not so much daylight!). Instead I took the gondola.

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Going up!

Obviously it’s quite a bit faster than the hike up, but it’s also nice to see the treetops as you glide up the mountainside. Well, sort of glide, it gets a little bumpy each time you pass a pylon.

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Mount Rundle

Once I reached the top, it was time to take in the views. It’s so different up here in winter, to summer, with the peaks and the valleys covered in snow.

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You can just see Sanson’s Peak

After spending a little bit of time at the upper gondola terminal on the observation deck, I went out onto the boardwalk and headed along the route to the Meteorological Observatory building at the top of Sanson’s Peak.

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Looking through the trees

Though it was a pretty cloudy day, the views from the top were surprisingly good. Stopping to take some photographs at the top, I hadn’t realised quite how cold it was. I’d changed out of my ski gear, after finishing skiing at Mount Norquay, so at this point I was wishing that I’d kept my ski pants on instead of changing into jeans!

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The boardwalks to the top of Sanson’s Peak

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Meteorological Observatory at the summit

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Looking down from the deck of the meteorological observatory

After spending as much time as I could at the top, I headed back down to the gondola station and hopped into a cabin and headed back down. Luckily I remembered to bring my swimshorts so went and warmed back up in the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

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Lake Minnewanka through the trees

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The boardwalk on the way back to the upper gondola terminal

This is a great trip to do in winter – it will give you a completely different perspective on the mountains around Banff. Just make sure to wear or carrying some extra warm clothing with you, if it’s a cold day! Afterwards is a great opportunity to enjoy the Upper Hot Springs, so don’t forget your swimwear!

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