Canadas Homeschool Alberta 6.2 Winter : Page 5

CONTRIBUTORS Ski Adventures THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO by Gisele Dumaine B.A. Parent Our Family likes to ski. While other families pack shorts and vacation in warmer climates during the winter months, we pack snow pants and toques to travel to at least one new ski hill per season. We find that some of the best chats we have had with our kids are while riding the chair and drinking hot chocolate. Lift lines are not homework or laundry. They are a chance to discuss things that you don’t often have the time for during a busy week. Leaving Leo and I in a cloud of snow, our children take off ahead of us. Their ski time together is special. It gives them the opportunity to remember that they actually enjoy each other’s company and have something in common. Over the last couple of years we have enjoyed two visits to the Whistler/ Blackcomb Ski Resort. We are fortunate to have friends to stay with and the hill is so huge that we can ski for days on different runs. ON THE COVER Kimberly, B.C. Mark and Kate skiing Lake Louise Tawatinaw Valley The photo on the cover is taken at the summit of Whistler Mountain at the top of the Peak Chair. From this point (7160 feet, the highest point on Whistler Mountain) you have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area which on a clear day is nothing short of with spectacular or, in our children’s words, “cool”. The run which you descend is called “Peak to Creek”. It takes you on a seven kilometer (over 4 miles) journey on an intermediate and groomed run into the Whistler community of Creekside. Our children were photographed on the cover in front of an Inuksuk. The Inuksuk is the symbol of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. An Inuksuk “is a manmade stone landmark or cairn used by peoples of the Arctic regions”. The Vancouver Olympics Inuksuk HomeschoolersGuide.ca is actually of the “Inunnguaq” variety which refers to a cairn that represents a human figure. The Olympic Committee named their Inuksuk Ilanaaq which means friend in the Inuktitut language. With the Olympics coming up in February, we are looking forward to catching glimpses of familiar ski lifts and runs in the background of news broadcasts and print media. We will be close to the action as we have some tickets to the Games! Our family will be attending Short/Long Track Speed Skating, Men’s Ski Cross and Women’s Aerials. This year we will be trying a new ski hill. We are looking forward to spending time at Sun Peaks in Kamloops, BC. Keep warm! WINTER 2010 7

Ski Adventures THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO

Gisele Dumaine B.A.

Our Family likes to ski. While other families pack shorts and vacation in warmer climates during the winter months, we pack snow pants and toques to travel to at least one new ski hill per season. <br /> We find that some of the best chats we have had with our kids are while riding the chair and drinking hot chocolate. Lift lines are not homework or laundry. They are a chance to discuss things that you don’t often have the time for during a busy week. Leaving Leo and I in a cloud of snow, our children take off ahead of us. Their ski time together is special. It gives them the opportunity to remember that they actually enjoy each other’s company and have something in common.<br /> Over the last couple of years we have enjoyed two visits to the Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort. We are fortunate to have friends to stay with and the hill is so huge that we can ski for days on different runs. <br /> The photo on the cover is taken at the summit of Whistler Mountain at the top of the Peak Chair. From this point (7160 feet, the highest point on Whistler Mountain) you have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area which on a clear day is nothing short of with spectacular or, in our children’s words, “cool”. The run which you descend is called “Peak to Creek”. It takes you on a seven kilometer (over 4 miles) journey on an intermediate and groomed run into the Whistler community of Creekside.<br /> Our children were photographed on the cover in front of an Inuksuk. The Inuksuk is the symbol of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. An Inuksuk “is a manmade stone landmark or cairn used by peoples of the Arctic regions”. The Vancouver Olympics Inuksuk is actually of the “Inunnguaq” variety which refers to a cairn that represents a human figure. The Olympic Committee named their Inuksuk Ilanaaq which means friend in the Inuktitut language.<br /> With the Olympics coming up in February, we are looking forward to catching glimpses of familiar ski lifts and runs in the background of news broadcasts and print media. We will be close to the action as we have some tickets to the Games! Our family will be attending Short/Long Track Speed Skating, Men’s Ski Cross and Women’s Aerials. <br /> This year we will be trying a new ski hill. We are looking forward to spending time at Sun Peaks in Kamloops, BC. Keep warm!<br />

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