This tour is based out of the eco-award winning Aurum Lodge in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Province of Alberta. The Lodge overlooks Abraham Lake in David Thompson Country and is approximately 35 minutes from the Banff Jasper Icefields Parkway (Hwy. 93). Aurum Lodge is the only accommodations open in winter in the immediate area of the lake. Many photographers flock to photograph the famous methane bubbles and cracks in the ice of Abraham Lake. Staying right by the lake means that we don’t have a long drive and are just steps away from the lodge.
Join Leslie Degner and Alan Ernst (from Aurum Lodge) on this tour that explores “Winter Mountain Magic” in the company of like-minded photographers. As this is a tour we have no planned classroom instruction as would be expected in a workshop, but Leslie and Alan will be on hand to help you with your photography questions.
As the temperature drops and it begins to freeze, ice forms over the lakes and along the edges of rivers, while snow blankets the mountains, winter arrives in the Rocky Mountains. No matter what the weather gives us there are always little jewels to be found if you just take the moments to open your eyes and look around. It can challenge you to look beyond the starkness of winter to see the subtle beauty of the Rocky Mountains dressed in white.
Sunrise and sunsets are at reasonable times of the day. Keep in mind that this time of year can bring significant snow, wind and very cold temperatures. But we will hope for great conditions and make the best of it.
Evenings may find us reviewing, editing or critiquing our images from the days shoot, or possibly discussing various aspects of photography.
It is recommended that participants have a basic understanding of photography and are reasonably familiar with the gear they have and basic camera functions.
Participants should be in reasonable shape and have the ability to hike short distances over rough terrain up to a couple of kilometers with their camera gear.
Tour package includes:
- Four nights accommodation at Aurum Lodge
- All meals and refreshments during the workshop
- Maximum of six participants
Price is C$1599 per person plus 5% GST; Shared occupancy is C$1399 per person plus 5% GST.
Deposit of 1/3rd is required at time of reservation, 1/3rd due 3 months prior to the tour and the remaining 1/3rd at check in.
Transportation to and from the lodge is the responsibility of the participants. During the workshop participants will be expected to car pool, each taking a turn doing the driving to the field locations. This helps to reduce the environmental impact and some locations may not have much room to park.