Ski Hounds

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Donna and Alex in the Carpark of Horse Valley Looking up the main valley of Horseshoe
Donna and Kate, ready for action! Kate was a speed demon and picked it up really quickly
Alex, heading up to the top of the double chair Donna and Kim
Donna, Alex and Chris taking in the scenery Sean and Kim Smith
Kate helping Laura on the snowboard Kim and Donna... a couple of ski bunnies!

We had a great day today! Our new Canadian friends the Smiths offered to take us skiing up to Horseshoe Valley, just north of Barrie. Sean, Kim and their two girls Laura and Megan are very keen skiers and try to ski every few weeks during winter. Donna, myself and the kids really enjoy our skiing too, so of course we jumped at the chance to join them for a day of sliding around in the cold white stuff.

For some reason I never really expected to do any skiing while we here in Canada, I guess because Australians only ever hear about the skiing on Canada's west coast. Obviously, the skiing to the north of Toronto is on a much smaller scale than places like Whistler, but then it's only about an hour and a half away and the lift prices are really reasonable. The terrain was just fantastic for the kids, and they were really skiing quite well by the end of the day, as well as a few more interesting runs to keep Donna and I amused. The runs were not all that long, but the lift queues were pretty quick and it was easy to get a lot of runs in. Temps were around -10c, so the snow was crisp and dry, and to top it off the weather was spectacular with clear blue skies and not a cloud in the sky! We plan to go back there a few more times before the end of the season.

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