Loving the place I live - skiing in Vancouver

Thanks to Gabrielle of Design Mom for inviting another series of posts on "loving the place you live"! (The first one that I did is here). There's more than one reason that I love the place I live and here is another...

Because I am Canadian I love this:

And because I am Canadian I have a special affinity for the Scandinavians. It's not just their great design sense or their fab movies and detective novels. We share something else that's unique to countries like ours in the northern climes - it's winter sports.

Yes I do watch the Summer Olympics but it's the Winter Olympics that really grab me. I've done many of the Summer Olympic sports at one point - track, cross country, discus in junior high school til we all hit puberty and my competitors had 50 pounds on me, swimming. But being Canadian it's the winter sports that I can REALLY relate too. I cross country ski, downhill ski and snowboard. I ice skate. It's just what you do when you live here.

One of the reasons that I love the place I live is that while this is happening in the city in February and March:

Forty minutes away I can do THIS at Mount Seymour:

We were up on Saturday and Sunday morning this past weekend. The girl had a ski lesson while the man skiied and I boarded. (I am STILL in love with my new snowboard - there it is leaning against the car - smooch!).

It's a locals' place - lowkey and family oriented. There's snowshoeing and tubing and cross-country skiing in addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding. We have a family pass that you can purchase at a huge discount in the fall. Local businesses provide subsidies so that kids in need can still ski and snowboard. It's all about getting outside and being active together.

We're a family who loves galleries and art and museums and theatre. And we're a family who also loves to ski and snowboard.

And so after a great morning with excellent snow we drove back down the mountain...

...and stopped in for some frozen yoghurt. Now THAT'S a good Saturday morning!

How about you? Do you get outside with your family where you live? What do you do that you love?