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As we were planning our trip, I saw an ad for a mountain top New Year’s Eve yoga class. It seemed like an amazing way to wind down 2017. Upon closer inspection, I found out that you also had to take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. As someone who has always been terrified of heights, I figured I would worry about that part later. Last night I thought I might have a panic attack, but I made it to the terminal.

I waited until the very last second to get in the line. When I realized that two other people would be riding with us, I forewarned them that I might freak out. They were super nice and chatted with us the whole 8 minute ride. The woman kept telling me I was doing a great job, patting my leg. I had my eyes closed most of the way up but wanted this photo proof that I actually did it. I was pretty excited that I didn’t even cry.

It really was worth the terror to have this full view of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park.

After an awesome yoga class, which really helped work out the previous two days of skiing, we bundled up to check out the view from the observation deck. There are seriously mountains on every side – so incredible.

This is the face of relief, and a tasty tequila cocktail to help my nerves survive the way down.

They snapped everyone’s photo on your way back down in the terminal, right before the doors closed. We thought ours was good enough to buy.

On our way back to downtown Banff, we stopped off at Surprise Corner. It gave us a great view of the Fairmont Hotel (where we had sushi on our first night). There is another, equally as beautiful Fairmont Hotel in Lake Louise, about 40 minutes from Banff. 

We spent the afternoon walking around the shops in the shadow of the mountains. Afterwards, we soaked in our hotel’s rooftop hot tub (wearing our ski hats) and enjoyed the full moon. More on our NYE dinner in tomorrow’s post — but happy New Year to you!!

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