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Whistler Insider - Off Mountain Activities

Our guides take a break from skiing and snowboarding to try out some of Whistler’s activity highlights. From high-octane bobsledding and tree-top trekking and zipping, to a cruise through Whistler’s aboriginal culture and a dip at an outdoor spa. - See more at: http://whistler.com/insider/#sthash.uXDdCRp1.dpuf Check out more at http://matadornetwork.com

13 rookie signs it’s your first Colorado ski season

1. You’re confident your two-wheel-drive Honda Civic will survive the winter.

Sure it “did great in the snow back in Boston/Chicago/Wisconsin,” but I’ve got two words for ya: sell it.

2. You gorged on ski passes.

Epic Pass? Check. Steamboat-Copper Mountain combo? Check. Winter Park? Sure, why not? Loveland four pack? Definitely! Couple days at Monarch? Might as well buy them online now. Once you do the math next summer, you’ll realize that one pass is probably enough.

3. You get schnockered every après.

I know everything is awesome, but pace yourself young Padawan; it’s a long season and you’re going to need a functioning liver come closing day.

4. You take whatever job comes your way…as long as you don’t have to be there until 3pm.

Ski. Every. Damn. Day. That’s why you’re here. Just because you have a master’s degree in microfinance doesn’t mean you’re too good to wash dishes at the slopeside greasy spoon.

5. You take whatever apartment comes your way.

It’s November and rooms are going faster than pancakes at fat camp. You don’t really care if “it’s technically a closet” or “the walls aren’t insulated” or “burn marks from the hash-making explosion are still visible.” You just want to know where to sign and to whom to make the check out.

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8 reasons you need to see Quebec in the winter

1. Dogsledding

Take a tour through Quebec’s many wide-open wintry spaces with the friendliest tour guides around. One of Quebec’s original forms of transportation, dogsledding is now one of the funnest ways to explore the Canadian wilderness during the wintertime.

You can learn how to drive a team of huskies as they pull your sled between trees and through the snow. They might look all cuddly and adorable, but these dogs can definitely pull more than your weight. Trying to use your own body weight to get them to stop or slow down is more of a vague suggestion than a command, but these huskies know what they’re doing with or without your help. And it’s clear the dogs are completely in their element, having a blast, and totally at ease in the environment.

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