Day 92 - New Years Eve 2012

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


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Monday, December 31, 2012

A day for skiing - with the perfect weather for it. Craig and Dad headed off early after breakfast. Tess decided on trying Skiing for the first time. We went to the rental shop to get our gear and passes sorted out. Tess then went to the newbie circuit for her ski training and Anton went to join the boys on the main slopes.

Once, Anton had found Craig and Dad, we headed up the ski lift. The view from the top of the mountain is really beautiful - it looks over the blue mountain village, to Collingwood town, and Georgian Bay, a part of Lake Huron.

Blue mountain is not very high when it comes to ski resorts, but it makes up for it in the number of slopes which are available across the mountain. We decided to ski heading toward the southern slopes. Each time when we got to the bottom we went up the next ski lift and skied to our right. Covering a number of slopes during the morning.

The weather conditions were perfect. It snowed when we arrived so the snow was good for skiing - they also produce their own snow when needed to ensure the best possible conditions. The cold is much worse when it is snowing - so it was very pleasant without snow fall while we skied.

The ski lifts are fast and take 6 people per chair - so lines which looked bad actually moved rather quickly.

Dad skied, while Anton and Craig snow boarded. Boarding can be scary at times, especially when you only do it infrequently. Turning a board down a mountain and trusting you your ability to keep control of is rather tiring mentally and physically. As you gain experience it is less stressful and more fun.

Really great to be out together.

Tess in the meantime was learning to ski - something she has never done. After a morning she was already on the graduation slopes testing her skills. The ski instructors were very complimentary on how quickly she picked it up. Unfortunately she had a bit of a fall, but was ready to try again after lunch.

We met at Tholos, the village Greek restaurant, for lunch. Eating too much.

Dad and Anton went back to hit the slopes for the afternoon. Tess also had another 2 hours honing her skiing skills.

Anton found Tess in the village after coming off the slopes. We wandered through the village doing a little shopping. We had been eyeing a shop selling 'maple taffy on ice' since we arrived. This is like toffee made from maple syrup, which is poured onto a bed of ice - kept outside in the cold - and rolled onto a lollipop stick. It was is a delicious, jaw stopping goo, with the ice adding a surprising icy refreshment - a wonderful thing.

We had an early dinner planned for 1800 in the room. Craig had already started cooking the chicken when we got to the apartment. Dinner was delicious and special, spending the last meal of the year with family.
Tess and Anton headed out after dinner to enjoy the mood of the village. We bought 'beaver tails' - a flat dough thing with delicious topping - which is shaped like a beaver tail.
We had a chocolate and banana, and a cinnamon sugar too. Yummy.
We wandered down to see if there was any ice skating happening on the village pond, to just make a fire works display - an early family and fader celebration for new year.
They were really very beautiful and really set to mood.
The town was abuzz with a festive feeling. People were all dressed up. We even saw a silly lady trying to walk in the snow in stilettos.
Not quenched of our thirst for festivities or chocolate - we went to the bakery which makes all sorts of delicious hot drinks to try. Tess tried an egg nog steamer and Anton a mint mocha.
We had nice chats and reminisced on what a special year we have had.
It's was still not New Years and we decided to fade back to our room. We got ready for bed, planing to fade - but as we were putting our heads down the time was 1145 and so we decided to stay up and look over the village square to see the year in.
The count down started, and at the stroke of mid night, the village erupted in cheers and the slopes in fireworks. A fitting end to a fun and wonderful year.
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Chana on

Happy New Year guys! It all sounds amazing!

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