Winter is just around the corner and rather than hiding inside for the next few months, why not get outside and enjoy winter this year by hitting the slopes? Skiing and snowboarding are two of Canada’s most popular winter sportsand are two of the best ways to stay active during the winter months. Don’t let your kids hibernate this season. Once they feel the pride and exhilaration of sliding down the hills for the first time they won’t want to stay home and play video games.

"One of the great things about the Canadian outdoors is that it encourages children to stay active during the long Canadian winter."

Getting started young

In an effort to help encourage children to stay active during the winter months and to experience these amazing sports, the Canadian Ski Council, along with over 150 ski areas from across the country have come together to offer children nine and 10 years old, the opportunity to discover skiing and snowboarding.  Children from grades four or five (or who are born in 2003 or 2004) are eligible for special programs that can teach them the basics of these incredible winter sports. Getting children involved from a young age gives them the ability to continue being active and enjoying winter for the rest of their lives. Many of our Canadian athletes heading to Sochi in 2014 started their careers in a similar way.

“Skiing and snowboarding are healthy and fun outdoor activities, and what’s more, they’re family sports that everyone can enjoy together.”

A family affair 

One of the great things about the Canadian outdoors is that it encourages children to stay active during the long Canadian winter. “Skiing and snowboarding are excellent ways to get kids outside and active in winter,” says Patrick Arkeveld, President and CEO of the Canadian Ski Council. “Skiing and snowboarding are healthy and fun outdoor activities, and what’s more, they’re family sports that everyone can enjoy together.”

 
Canadian Ski Council
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