Over The Hills – Part 2 – An aerial winter look at the Banff area

This is a follow up to a collection of summery Banff National Park aerials I posted a few months back. Here’s a glimpse into the wintry heights of the Canadian Rockies. Prints are available for anyone interested – just get in touch!


Castle Mountain looking like a ship making its way down the Bow Valley.


Blue hour on the Three Sisters.


Cornices of Mount Bourgeau.


Mount Assiniboine and sun-kissed ranges framed by the summit ridge of Mount Rundle.


First light on the upper limestone cliffs of Mount Rundle.


Sunrise over Canmore.


Perfect day above the Deathtrap! Mount Lefroy on the left, Victoria on the right. Abbot Pass is tucked in between.


Looking back towards Lake Louise from the seracs of Mount Victoria.


Sidelight on Mount Assiniboine, which stands high above everything else.


Odaray Mountain towers over Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park.


Kingmik dogsleds from the air!


The sunlit quartzite of the Grand Sentinel.


The Lake Louise Ski Area. Perhaps one of the world’s most scenic ski resorts.


Chairlift shadows. Lake Louise Ski Area.


Lonely snowboarder dwarfed by the majestic setting of Lake Louise.


An overview of the Sunshine Village Ski Resort.


Lake Minnewanka stetches towards Devil’s Gap and the prairies. The original way into the mountains!


Shadow Lake and the incredible east face of Mount Ball.


Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. All Ten Peaks but one are visible in this one.


The huge north face of Mount Temple makes a skier look rather insignificant.

6 Responses to “Over The Hills – Part 2 – An aerial winter look at the Banff area”

  1. Jens

    Hi Paul,

    Great photos. I like the image showing Mount Lefroy on the left and Mount Victoria on the right. I’ve hiked up to the Plain of Six Glaciers viewpoint many times and just sat there for a few hours, in awe of these two mountains. I also remember being able to see the Abbot Pass hut.

    You had a picture once on your blog of your tent lit up at night, with the stars and Moraine Lake. It was one of my favourites. Did you worry about wolves in this area? I read that near Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper there is a herd of Roosevelt Elk that spend the winter there and Parks Canada was also plowing the road. The park wardens suspected that the wolves were travelling along the road at night to get to the elk and even took a few each winter. They are a small herd so they decided to stop plowing the road, in the hope of it preventing the wolves from reaching this area.

    I realize they are shy and elusive during the day, but did you ever worry about wolves when camping at night? Maybe, they won’t travel along the Moraine Lake road because the snow is to deep. Anyway, I was just curious, keep up the good work.


    • Paul Zizka

      Hello Jens and thanks very much for your kind words on what I do.

      The wolf issue is a hot topic around here this year, especially as Parks Canada recently announced that they will be closing much of Jasper National Park in order to control the movement of wolves.

      To be honest with you I have always found the wildlife-related danger to be a little overhyped. The likelihood of being attacked by one speciaes or another if one minds its own business is nearly negligible in comparison with less discussed, more significant issues like hypothermia, weather in general, disorientation, drowning, avalanches, etc. When you rationalize it the night becomes increasingly magical and less and the ambiant sounds less and less threatening…



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