I did write that we had four seasons. Some people dread the cold and gray of winter, dislike the stark contrasts and the biting air and the lack of warm colors. Canadians see it as a time to be outdoors even more. They ski, snowshoe, hike, skate and slush cross country to their heart's content. The anticipation of the arrival of winter was almost palpable at the Canmore Nordic Center where the Olympians train when we drove by. I saw athletes racing with in-line skates and ski poles up the sides of paved roads and up paved sidewalks. Get out your woolies and make some hot chocolate, because I am bringing you a virtual winter that we encountered as we climbed higher...winter just a little early...below.