We had the chance to get away during the Christmas break!! Leith and I really wanted to, but it wasn’t looking realistic…until we suddenly booked a Saturday night in Canmore. We originally planned to ski at Lake Louise, but right after Christmas, we decided that cross-country skiing was more within our budget.
Read: $90 for 2 days, instead of close to $500!
The bugz received princess skis for Christmas. They were a great little purchase: $40 for skis that strap to their winter boots, grow with them, work for beginner downhill and cross-country,and includes poles. We really wanted to get them out and used to the winter, instead of hiding indoors for 8 months…
We decided to get cross-country sets for ourselves as well. There are so many places to go where we live, and it’s so much cheaper to get outfitted than for downhill! Our skis weren’t ready to go before we left, but we had boots, so off we went…
We spent Saturday at the Canmore Nordic Centre, where Sku met us and helped out big time. My kids always respond so well to her She had them out on their skis while we waited in line for our rentals. By the time we caught up, Kit-Kat was in love with skiing. C-boo was doing really well, but she wasn’t as confident as her sister.
We went about 1.5km down the easy trail before we turned around. It was slow-going, and not at all the workout I expected, but it was so much fun! It was nice to take it easy, too – I hadn’t skied since Girl Guide camp in 1992 or 1993… C-boo tired out quickly, and was done. She alternated between skiing and stubbornly trying to carry her skis!
We warmed up with some hot cocoa in the lodge, and then headed out for some skating! Grammy and Poppa gave the bugz their first ice skates this year, and they were SO excited to finally try skating!! Kit-Kat was a natural once again. Within 5 minutes, she was actually taking steps on her own for short distances. When we left 30 minutes later, she was barely holding on to my hand for support!
C-boo wasn’t as confident, but she still got her skates on and tried! She liked “skating” with her winter boots on a little more
We tried to get out again this morning, but it was much colder and neither kid wanted anything to do with skiing. I can’t blame them: they got more fresh air the day before than the entire month previous! We packed up before lunch and headed to Sku’s for a visit instead.
Today may have been a bust, but I’m still excited to get out again! I love downhill skiing, but it gets far too expensive far too quickly. For rentals and trail fees, we paid only $90 for two days of cross-country! At home, we’ll have our own equipment, and plenty of free trails. With more practice, I think our girls will learn to love winter As Kit-Kat said:
“I love skiing, but sometimes I don’t.”
Thank goodness for a big backyard!