I had a blast at this year's Snowdomia. Great weather and great people mix. We snowshoed up the 3 Joffre Lakes. Though
this year's snow was not heavy, we still managed to make pretty good size village.
Eileen, Brian and I arrived at the Upper Lake before daylight ran out, and managed to build our camp. Followed by another group,
they built their camps in almost complete darkness.
The second day was a fun day. Lots of packing snow, digging, cutting snow blocks .... I moved my tent to make room for our new
plan of building an amphitheater to host 30 people. We kept expanding and expanding until we build up an 8 feet wall. Later on,
people kept arriving at 5pm, 9pm and 11:50pm, just in time for the countdown celebration.
Andre was amazing, he brought up 2 firelogs, weighing about 10lbs, and more amazingly, he brought up enough ingredients to make crepes
on 2 camp stoves in freezing cold temperatures. Thanks Andre!
The last day when we hiked down, we had the best weather, clear sky and warm ...
2nd challenge ... figuring out the GPS, right ? Brian ?
Crossing the frozen Lower Joffre Lake.
Me and my 35 lbs pack. (Photographed by Brian)
Eileen going uphill. (Photographed by Brian)
Very colourful !!!
Crossing the foot bridge on snowshoes wasnt that easy!
On the Middle Joffre Lake.
Let's get some hot water going ...
I settled with my little tent pad for the night.
They were still digging for the foundation.
Let's see if it's big enough ?.
Dont under-estimate human power !
A simple kitchen
Scraping the overnight frosty snow off my tent. (Photographed by Brian)
Ryan in the castle. (Photographed by Brian)
Eileen's snowcave ...
We were going to make it bigger and higher.
Blue sky ...!.
Our amphitheater's 8 feet wall.
Project completed ... (Photographed by Brian)
Can you solve this tangram puzzle ?.
Water hole on the Lake. Acutally the water temperature was warmer the air temprature.
My favourite picture ... in the middle of the Lake.
A game of werewolf ....
Very cozy amphitheater ....
A little dancing .....
Passing on the electric jello. (Photographed by Brian)
Ryan and his party shirt. (Photographed by Brian)
ARhhh.. look at me in the picture ! (Photographed by Brian)
A moment of warmth ...
What ... did I miss the countdown ? No ...
Sandra coming down the luge
Nancy coming down with the Fireball..
The Orange Parka-ers ....
Making crepes out of camp stove in freezing temperature, only Andre could think of doing it! (Photographed by Brian)
Happy New Year ...!!!
A cup of hot tea in the morning ....ahh.....better than what ?
A good colour mix!
Watch this video clip of what we did in Snowdomia. (10 MB file).
Look at Sandra's smile ! (Photographed by Brian)
Ryan in the middle of the Lake .... (Photographed by Brian)
Christian wasn't snowboarding down ... he was sliding down with his snowshoes and with a 30lb sled.
Ryan ... tasted a tree well, on the way down .
It's a long road ... fresh tracks on the lower lake.
Me enjoying a pair of dry socks at the end of the trip ... (Photographed by Brian)
Description: The Snowdomia Story... Every year we pick a destination to build a snow village over a
few days to spend New Year’s Eve. We call it Snowdomia. This year, we will return to Joffre Lakes,
north of Pemberton. Last year, twenty five people & two dogs built a village complete with patio, suburbs,
and a luge track running through the centre of town. It was the best Snowdomia ever! Earlier, at a Winter Solstice
party, bad thoughts and memories from the year are put into effigy dolls which some of us bring to burn so as to
not bring them forward into the New Year. Snowdomia also has scenic views, snow caves, snowshoeing, skiing,
fireworks, glow stick poi, electric Jell-O, and a great New Year’s Eve party!
ALL are welcome, and friends may bring friends & spread the word but...