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Winter is here. And with it comes the start of ski season.

To make the cold weather more bearable, I’ve recruited a new ski bunny to join me on the slopes and she asked me to make her a list of what to wear on and off the hill when we go away for a week in March.

The thing with skiing in the Maritimes is the weather is very unpredictable and usually pretty wet. Our winters are windy with high precipitation and it gets cold! Not a dry cold like other parts of Canada but an under-your-skin damp cold.

Fun right? Not always, which is why if you’re going to face this climate, you best be prepared and bundle up.

I’ve had the same ski jacket for more than ten years so I’m on the hunt for something which will keep me warm but look good and I have been eying the winter jackets from Fjällräven Canada.

jackets

I love wearing a light padded jacket with a shell on the slopes. The shell keeps the wind away and I stay toasty with the padded jacket underneath. If the sun comes out and the day warms up, off goes a layer! The Iceland Anorak is a great choice for every day wear – plus, I love the side zips and the big front pocket.

So with my new jackets picked, here are my On The Slopes and Après Ski essentials for our ski holiday:

on-the-slopes

  1. Fjällräven : Women’s Keb Eco-Shell Jacket
  2. Fjällräven : Women’s Keb Padded Jacket
  3. Burton : Women’s anon. Insight Goggles
  4. Smith : Women’s Holt Helmet
  5. Helly Hansen : Women’s Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip
  6. Helly Hansen : Women’s Warm Pant
  7. Smart Wool : PhD Slopestyle Medium Wenke Socks
  8. Fjällräven : Gear Duffel
  9. Smart Wool : Women’s Isto Sport Sweater
  10. The North Face : Women’s Sally Pants
  11. Fjällräven : Keb Fleece Balaclava
  12. Burton : Women’s GORE-TEX Mitt + Gore warm technology

apresski

  1. Fjällräven : Women’s Iceland Anorak
  2. Oakley : Women’s Forehand Sunglasses
  3. Lululemon : Women’s Studio Pant III (Lined)
  4. Fjällräven : Kiruna Beanie
  5. Fjällräven: Totepack No. 1
  6. Sorel : Women’s Out N About Leather Duck Boot
  7. Towsen : Après Ski Sweater

Happy trails!

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in the woods

Oh May. You are jammed packed with action – it’s hard to keep up.

Two weekends ago was the Eco-Endurance Challengean exciting and challenging eco-adventure hosted outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. The E2C is physically and mentally demanding, with an event area of more than 100 km2 of thick forests, wet bogs, fast flowing streams and miles of backwoods trails and cart tracks.

It’s a 24-hour event (from noon to noon) and I have done it with my mom (and sister Jill / cousin Kathleen / and mom’s hiking friend Alice) more times than I can count. You use your map and compass and have only a few hours prior to the start to decide a POA. What’s cool is there are all sorts of teams including trail runners, orienteers, mountain bikers, military, SAR, competitive, recreational, young, old and even a few dogs.

Here are some pictures from this year – we had great success. Success being measured for us not by winning, but by surviving… finding every checkpoint we searched for, no epic fails (unlike 2013) and injury free. EcoChalleng_16.1 EcoChalleng_16.2 EcoChalleng_16.3 EcoChalleng_16.4 EcoChalleng_16.5 EcoChalleng_16.6 EcoChalleng_16.7 EcoChalleng_16.8With my excellent search and rescue skills, I managed to find some old, older and really old pictures from past years. As I was once reminded… “it’s not a fashion show out there”!

2015: (cancelled because we had TOO MUCH SNOW)

2014: Jill, Alice, Mom and I had a great year. It was wet but we did well. We heard coyotes and persevered. EcoChalleng_14.1 EcoChalleng_14.2 EcoChalleng_14.3 EcoChalleng_14.42013: Jill, Alice, Mom and I had an epic fail. This happens when you get so lost that you are actually no longer on your map. We literally kissed the trail when we found it. EcoChalleng_13.1 EcoChalleng_13.2 EcoChalleng_13.3 EcoChalleng_13.4 EcoChalleng_13.52012: Alice, Mom and I on the goEcoChalleng_12.12011: My cousin Kathleen joined us one year – she was such a treat to haveEcoChalleng_11.1 EcoChalleng_11.2I can’t recall how many years it goes back for me but here are some more shots from other years.

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-EcoChalleng_old2 -EcoChalleng_old4 DSC02211.JPGTrust me, it is truly an adventure! I strongly encourage you to polish up on your compass skills and meet us out in the woods next year. After all, it’s for a good cause – Halifax Ground Search and Rescue. So If you do get lost, they’re great to have handy!

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oh baby it’s cold

Have you heard about the ice bucket challenge?

I will admit, I was really hoping to avoid this. Stay under the radar but throw my kid in front of the camera, after all, it is for a good cause. And for some reason, I can’t get enough of these videos. Good or bad amateur or pro, they all make me laugh.

Anyway… as the challenge appears to be tapering off… I got nominated by my sister-in-law Rachel (and to be fair, I kind of asked for it. It was my uncle who nominated my dad who nominated my son who nominated his cousin who nominated his mom (Rachel).).

But, since I already made a donation to ALS.ca, I decided to donate to another cause which does not get as much attention: Choroideremia

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The CHM Ice Bucker Challenge – Freeze Blindness

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I’ve chosen CHM because a friend of mine has Choroideremia, which does not just effect himself but his whole family. And speaking of his family…

I need to pay-it-forward and nominate someone(s) else.

Sarah Overmars I nominate YOU!

and to my mom, Theresa Rushton … who has made me do things I didn’t want to do, I nominate you too.

Good Luck, you have 24hrs.

A few things about the video I need to mention … since I am not redoing it

  • I really do hate the camera… can you tell?
  • I also really hate being cold and caterpillars.
  • I did it in my tub because the kids at the at-home-daycare were in the backyard next doorish and I didn’t want to be a bad influence.
  • The information I speak about is above the video, not below. Oops.
  • I still call my best friend by her maiden name … which I stumbled through. Stage fright. Overmars, you know who I am talkin’ about.
  • I put the ice in the bucket about 20 minutes before I shot the video just to cool the water down. I also did 50 push-ups while I waited to warm myself up.

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