Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Sunday was the second ski class for this group. By the end of the class we were ready to explore Mount Royal's smaller forest trails and put our new skills to the test!
We practiced snowplow (a technique to slow yourself down on downhills). It's the same as for downhill skiing but a bit harder, because your heel isn't attached to the cross-country ski, so you have less control.
Friday, 20 January 2012
Monday, 16 January 2012
Finally we got to go cross-country skiing this Sunday. The snow conditions were splendid and it was nice and sunny... and minus 20 degrees or so! Very chilly for a first day on skis, ever. The group did great - many fast learners and everyone got a feel for it and managed to stay relatively warm before taking refuge indoors. Congratulations!
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Listen to us on CBC radio! I was interviewed this morning about our outdoor winter programming, along with David from Spain, who took our Intro to Winter Sports course last year. Thanks so much to David for coming. Here is the link to listen to the radio interview: http://www.cbc.ca/allinaweekend/2012/01/15/sweating-it-out-in-the-cold-instead-of-hiding-from-winter/
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Friday, 13 January 2012
...we actually put on our snowshoes right on Mont-Royal street, and snowshoed to the Mountain! We felt pretty fortunate to be snowshoeing in such ideal conditions. Above, Mylène and Bahar model two pairs of charming, old school snowshoes, which are definitely more of a workout than the modern kind! We practiced English while snowshoeing in between the trees, on small trails and through fields of deep snow. Next Thursday, join us for Snowshoeing and French Practice!
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Monday, 9 January 2012
Skating for the very first time can be daunting, especially if you've never been involved with snowsports. On Sunday, we had our first Introduction to Winter Sports class, 2012 Sunday edition, up on Mount Royal. There's barely enough snow for snowsports, so we opted to go skating. It was a mild day with a few snowflakes and even some sun in the afternoon. Newcomers from France, Spain, Germany and Sudan tried their hand at skating - many of them had never (or barely ever) skated before. It feels like a pretty crazy sport the first time you stand on the ice with your skates! Many thanks to all of the participants for their persistence and enthusiasm, which will definitely pay off. Everyone had improved by the end of the session. Thanks a million also to our volunteer, who also volunteers with the like-minded McGill organisation B.Refuge, and has years of speed skating experience! We got lots of useful tips!
Friday, 6 January 2012
Ressource - plein air et transports en commun en hiver - Outdoor Recreation and Public Transportation in Winter in Montreal
L'accès aux sites de plein air sans voiture me préoccupe depuis quelques temps. Beaucoup de Montréalais, résidents du Plateau, étudiants, et nouveaux arrivants n'ont pas de voiture. Plusieurs doivent se rabattre sur le covoiturage, Communauto et les clubs pour pouvoir faire du plein air. Par ces recherches initiales que j'ai fait, j'espère mettre en valeur les quelques sites sur l'île de Montréal et au-delà qu'on peut facilement accéder en bus, métro etc. En transport en commun, si les connections sont bonnes, on a l'impression d'être en vacances tout de suite! C'est plus écologique et parfois moins cher, puis accessible à plus de monde que prendre la voiture. J'aborde le ski alpin, ski de fond, ski nordique, patin à glace, raquette et paraski, principalement. Je vous encourage fortement de vérifier les conditions de neige, de glace ainsi que le trajet suggéré avant votre départ, car cette liste s'agit d'une recherche préliminaire. Merci de m'envoyer toute suggestion ou correction.
Our presentation on outdoor recreation and public transportation in winter for Montrealers went very well last night. Thanks very much to the 20 or so participants who came out to the Milton Park Recreation Association to listen, discuss and share ideas.
I've been interested in access to outdoor sites by public transportation for a little while now. Many Montrealers, Plateau residents, students and newcomers to Quebec/Canada don't have cars, yet still should be able to access the outdoors. Many are forced to turn to car pooling, Communauto and clubs in order to get out and play (all good options - but there should be yet more!). When the connections are good, getting somewhere outdoors via public transit can feel like a true adventure. It is a more environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, is accessible to more people, and is sometimes less expensive. My initial research into sites with good transit connections is with the intention of highlighting those sites that are particularly accessible on the Montreal Island and beyond. I focus on downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and paraskiing. Please note that this is initial research only, so before heading out, please be sure to verify schedules and routes, as well as ice and snow conditions. Feel free to send along any corrections or suggestions.