The Canadian Shield Ski and Snowboard Tour
Canada’s premier slopestyle tour.
Date: Feb. 21-23
Location: Blue Mountain
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Competitors in the longest and most popular cross country ski competition in the world, Vasaloppet, taking place on March 4, can expect to ski alongside Pippa and James Middleton, the sister and brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate.
Every so often you hear of someone getting hurt while skiing or snowboarding. Sometimes it is from carelessness and sometimes a freak accident, that has no explanation. We know most know the basics but sometimes a little reminder goes a long way.
When the weather outside is frightful, it’s important that drivers make sure their vehicles are prepared for wintery weather conditions. Snow and ice can turn a normally safe road into a slippery hazard. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles. Firestone Complete Auto Care recommends these vehicle maintenance and safe driving tips to help families stay safer on the road this winter season:
By John Rodgers
There are three types of snowboards to consider: Freestyle, Free ride (all mountain) and Alpine (carving boards).
They are often twin tipped and multi-directional making them good for tricks and half pipes. These are wide, stable snowboards that are very responsive (flexible) which makes them good for novices. These characteristics make them good for pulling tricks but less responsive in high speed carving due to flexibility and edge grip.
This is for those new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding…a few things to keep in mind as you get your gear ready for some winter outdoor fun!
1. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, you will have to find goggles that fit over them if you have to use them to ski. There are two designs, the regular size which is smaller and the over size that accommodates for eyeglasses.
2. Try goggles on with a helmet: Test to make sure they fit comfortably on your helmet, as well as when pulled down so they are not too loose or tight on your face. Make sure the strap has enough “give” to make adjustments.
3.Tinted: As with sunglasses, goggles have tints that vary. Yellow/brown tints usually work well at varying degrees of sunlight. However, you may want to try on the various tints to find what works the best for you.
4. Test outside store in natural sunlight so you know what tint works for you.
5. Make sure they feel comfortable.
For many people, a winter vacation at Blue Mountain means skiing or snowboarding. However, if you have a guest who doesn’t ski or snowboard, there’s no need to stress yourself out just yet. There are tons of ways you can keep your guest entertained without hitting the slopes.
If your non-skier is the outdoors type, there are various alternatives to consider. You can always try snowshoeing or go skating at the Collingwood Central Park Outdoor Rink (705-444-2500). If that isn’t adventurous enough, you could take snowmobile lessons together at Ride On Rentals. For the ultimate voyage, they may like to try winter caving with Free Spirit Tours in Collingwood.
Canadian winters are long and cold. Getting away to do some skiing or other winter activities can make that long stretch between New Year’s and Easter go much faster. And if your credit card is still aching from its Christmas workout, you can still enjoy a Blue Mountain winter get-away without breaking your budget.
Here are 10 tips to saving money on your winter vacation at Blue Mountain.