Learn from my mistake.
I vaguely knew about white balance, and always relied on the automatic setting for my photos. I knew my ice and snow photos had a blue tint to them when I was at Lake Louise, but somehow I thought it was too complicated to set it manually. On our last evening at Lake Louise, I went out to take photos of the sunset, and when I previewed this photo on my camera screen, it was so clear to me that this was not the golden glow I was seeing. Luckily for me, I had read the D60 manual so many times,.. it is bedside reading! So, in that freezing cold instant, I thought "I don't have time to run up to the room for the manual. I have to give this custom white balance a try, cuz the sun is going down, and I have all blue photos!"
Well, miracle of miracles, Nikon has made the solution pretty idiot proof. As long as the idiot takes the time to give it a whirl! So, on the D60, when you go to the settings for custom white balance it pretty much walks you through the process right there on the screen. I had remembered that you can just shoot a photo of a patch of snow for the test shot. And so this is what I did. And it was really as simple as that!
And from one minute to the next, on my last day of vacation, I became the master of white balance. Please learn from my lesson and give it a try! Especially with the snow shots!