A 5 day journey throughout the iconic Albertan Rocky Mountains staying at three picturesque Fairmont Hotels, in 2015 BMW a diesel X3 & X5 with three olympic athletes (Jesse Lumsden, Brent Hayden & Helen Upperton) = The Ultimate Rockies Road Trip.
After meeting with the crew in Calgary we headed West out of the prairies and into the Rockies stopping for epic views along the way.
After our first night at the impressive Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise we woke up to fresh snow, that meant for a day on the hill!
Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden rippin' it up on the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Hill with views of the Chateau under the cloud.
We set out to the Fairmont Banff Springs prior to taking in the scenery along the way. The BMW X3 was the perfect luxury adventure vehicle for us to explore around the area.
The prestigious Banff Springs Castle made for a relaxing night at the Willow Stream Spa with mouth watering meals from Bow Valley Grill before heading North to Jasper.
One of the most beautiful drives is from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park via the Icefields Parks Way. The drive was even better in the X5 with the panoramic moonroof, allowing us to looking up at the blue sky and mountain peaks.
A quick stop at the Columbia Icefields made for the perfect break on the drive to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Here Olympic Bronze medalist Swimmer, Brent Hayden stands taking it all in.
Our quaint rustic cabin at the Jasper Park Lodge created the perfect setting for our 2 nights in town.
This view of the Mighty Athabasca River is what you see while driving to and from the Jasper Park Lodge, we caught sunrise here before heading off to explore the area.
A guided tour throughout the frozen winter wonderland of the Maligne Canyon was a definitely a highlight of the trip. the bright blue frozen waterfalls and riverbed leave you staring in awe.
After our dinner at the main lodge we went outside, only to be surprised by Aurora in the sky, we took off in the X5 and chased the glowing lights that danced across the sky.
Our final morning we left the Jasper Park Lodge and the Ultimate Rockies Road Trip came to an end in Edmonton, AB.
The rooms, dining, activities and company were more than anyone could ask for!
I am super thankful to have been apart of this trip along with @calsnape, @fairmontcll, @fairmontbanff, @fairmontjpl & @BMWCanada. For more photos and different perspectives of the trip check out #bmwlifex on Instagram.