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Beat the Winter Blues (Posted On: Wednesday, November 02, 2011)

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Even though it’s fall, many early birds have started to prepare their winter checklists.  Items might include winterizing vehicles, storing green season items, turning off outside taps, purchasing winter apparel and perhaps getting a new shovel.  But one piece that’s often missing is planning ahead for cold-weather activity.

Did you know that an estimated 15 per cent of Canadians experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, better known as the Winter Blues?

One of the best ways to beat the Winter Blues is to stay active.  This year, avoid winter hibernation and add winter exercise to your checklist!

Hockey isn’t the only winter tradition that can keep you active with friends and family.  Downhill skiing and snowboarding have tremendous health benefits.  The sports can improve balance, flexibility, agility, and leg and core strength.  It’s estimated that the average person can burn approximately 360-570 calories per hour while skiing or snowboarding.

“Skiing and snowboarding are great activities for the whole family,” said Graeme Dugale, Director of the Blue Mountain Snow School. “The sports provide fresh air, exercise and most importantly a fun and memorable experience – even newcomers can learn the sports with just a few lessons.”

Ontarians don’t need to travel afar to carve their way to winter fun, as the Province boasts some great ski and snowboard facilities.  In fact, Blue Mountain Resort, which is located just outside Collingwood, Ontario, was rated the number one family-friendly ski resort in Canada (second in North America) in 2011 by MSNBC and is the only Mountain Village Resort in Ontario.  

Similar to other activities, it’s best to plan ahead.  This year you can get great value on seasons passes across Ontario.  Blue Mountain has three types of seasons passes (Super Pass, 5x7™ and Night Value) that can have you skiing for free with just a handful of visits.  However, most early bird deadlines end by the beginning of November, so plan early!

Don’t let the beautiful colours of fall trick you – winter is just around the corner.  You can either embrace winter or let Jack Frost get you down.  Here are some tips to help prepare for the best winter yet:

Take part in winter activities such as skiing or snowboarding that are not only fun for the whole family, but have great health benefits

Consider planning ahead for better value – you can get some great deals on season passes or lodging at various resorts throughout the fall

Schedule an active winter getaway with friends or family and broaden your experience to include both on and off-hill activities

Don’t hunker down this winter, plan early to get outdoors and create some wintery fun.

By Collin Matanowitsch


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