Day 89 - Hitting the slopes

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Friday, December 28, 2012

After breakfast with the family, Dad, Tess and Anton headed to the ski rental place to get sorted out for a day of boarding and skiing.
Merrily putting on skiing boots and showing our very limited snow background - changing sizes and getting boots that fit perfectly, we worked out we needed different boots for snow boarding!
We got sorted out with our gear and snow passes. Tess and Anton got newbie passes, while Craig and Dave got the full slope passes for the day.
The newbie circuit is very cleverly and well organised. There are 5 different training stations for snow boarders. Starting off they teach you the basics of putting on the board and moving about on flat areas. You move to station two, which gets you moving down a small hill. Station 3 teaches you how to control sliding down proper slopes on the edge of the board. Station four then starts you turning from the front edge to the back edge - the key to snow boarding. And finally station 5 adds a proper ski lift and larger hill to practice your new skills.
We have both had a little snowboarding experience, so we wizzed through 1 - 3. We spent most of our morning on the station 4 hill practicing turning. The hill has a magic carpet to take you up the hill. A very clever system and a great revolution from the old button lifts which were a nightmare to deal with, especially on a snowboard.
We met up for lunch with the rest of the family at our room in the Grand Georgian, enjoying cheese and cold meat.
After lunch we were back to getting our turns right. Determined to try the ski lift and station 5, we headed up for the last run of the day. It was Tess' first time on the ski lift. We ended up next to a South African, can you believe it! He fell off the lift at the top, possibly because of us, we managed to get off scot free.
The top of he hill was steeper than station 4, so Tess went down slowly, sliding on the edge. Getting closer to the bottom she decided it was time to start some turns - unfortunately she didn't quite get the turn right and ended up having a great big fall, hitting her head, even breaking some of her helmet. Luckily she was fine, but a little shaken.
Anton went up one last time. Tess took some pics.
It was a fun day!
For dinner we headed into town to join Marie and Joseph at the Huron Club. Collingwood has an ice sculpture exhibit along its street. It was great to check out some of them down he Main Street. Really incredible and beautiful.
Dinner with family was a great end to a wonderful day.
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