Learning to Ski Without Leaving the City

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I have to be honest. I was a little reluctant to go to C.O.P for some skiing a few weeks ago. Not because it’s bad but because the mountains are just an hour away and they offer some of the world’s best. However, my fiancés family were up from Mexico and her sister really wanted to try skiing for the first time. As a complete newbie, I wouldn’t recommend the mountains because I knew she would spend the whole time on the bunny hill. With a price tag of $110 (rentals and lift ticket only / not including lessons), it’s extremely expensive if your not taking advantage of the best runs.

C.O.P on the other hand is perfect. Not only is it actually located in Calgary, but for $55, a skier can get a 1.5 hour beginner lesson, rentals, and a full-day lift ticket. What a deal! C.O.P it was.

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We arrived around 10 AM for the lesson (we’ll, for them) and bypassed the long line of kids who were there on a school trip. The girls got fitted out and I grabbed my own skis and went straight for the chair lift. It was a beautiful day. Blue skies, white ground, and just about 2 degrees. I didn’t even need my jacket. Just a sweater, goggles, and snow pants.

Despite being a hill rather than a mountain, I had a blast. I probably went down the run 20+ times and ended up going into a half pipe for my first time along with trying some small jumps. I took it pretty easy I must say but if your someone interested in doing tricks, C.O.P is definitely the place for you.

The girls on the other hand mostly stayed on the bunny hill, learning to stop and getting used to having skis strapped to their feet. They had a load of fun though and were very happy that we didn’t go all the way out to the mountains just for a day on the bunny hill. It was really a perfect day for everyone. We all had a really great time.

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After Karla joined me for one of the main runs, we went out front to build a snowman. Karla’s sister hadn’t seen snow before her visit to Canada and so she wanted to try her hand at the famous snowman. The snow wasn’t very sticky though and her mom was desperate to leave, so it became a mini snowman and a rather sad one at that. We brought him to “life” for a few minutes, took some pictures, and headed to Peter’s Drive-thru for some delicious hamburgers and Oreo milkshakes.

For more info about C.O.P and everything they offer. Visit CanadaOlympicPark.com



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