The last few weeks of the school holidays were spent skiing at Whistler and it was beyond fabulous. I know, I am very lucky. I hope the boys realise how lucky they are as well one day. We were blessed with gorgeous weather and fantastic snow and skied almost every day.
From Whistler village you can ski two different mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. The two mountains are joined by the Peak to Peak Gondola a record breaking feat of remarkable engineering. It is the longest unsupported span for a lift in the world and the highest lift system of it's kind in the world. It was an amazing experience riding in it, although the Captain admitted to me afterwards he felt a little wary, the 4 year old however is a daredevil and as you can see had his eyes trained out the windows of the gondola the whole way.
We stayed in Whistler Village and it was just gorgeous, all the Christmas lights were still up and the atmosphere was amazing. I felt like I was walking through an illustration in a vintage children's picture book about Christmas.
Whistler for kids is a magical experience. The ski school was fantastic, great instructors and everything else you would expect from a ski school program. They even attach Flaik's (a GPS) to the kids so that at the end of the day you can go online and track the runs that they did each day. Probably so the instructor doesn't lose a kid either I suppose. We couldn't believe it when we saw that the 4 year old had done a couple of black diamond runs. I mean, he said that he had done them but we, and I know it sounds bad but we didn't believe him! But with "big brother" watching his every move we discovered he was actually telling us the truth!
There are even a few playgrounds dotted amongst the many runs. This one is called The Tree Fort! Hard to believe that they managed to scamper about all over this in ski boots.
The highlight of the holiday? Well for this one it was that he got poles! Quite the milestone for a little powderhound!
On either side of Canada we squeezed in a few days in the States. Including a quick side trip to Legoland.
Luckily for the grown ups someone at Legoland has a sense of humour. Even R and I had a wonderful time. (I am allowed to laugh at the Volvo thing, my parents have always had one!)
Several weeks away though and we are now thrilled to be home and I am looking forward to catching up with you all. I have been thinking of all my QLD friends and hope you have all survived the wild weather. It even made the news in Canada!