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Christmas in Kamloops

Christmas Family Photo Take #11
We had a lovely Christmas in Kamloops this year. My younger sister, Kelsey, was kind enough to host 8 of us for a few days.

Making Perogies Head Perogy Chef Vegan Gluten-Free Perogies Christmas Chef
We had a somewhat traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner, with gluten-free and vegan dishes.

Warming By Virtual Fire Christmas Morning Christmas Elf Christmas Wrapping and the Cat
On Christmas morning we opened our presents, which we limited to simple stocking stuffers.

Kenna Cartwright Park Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park Family Snowshoe X-Country Ski Fun
The weather in Kamloops was perfect (other than the freezing rain on Boxing Day). We took advantage of the snow and mild temperatures, with lots of time spent snowshoeing at Lac Le Jeune and x-country skiing at Harper Mountain.

Ticket to Ride Matt the Musician Family Time Cat Throw Rug
We also spent time inside relaxing and playing a lot of board games (Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, Love Letter, and Upwords).

Christmas Family Photo
We also hosted some of Emily’s family for brunch a few days before Christmas.

More Christmas pictures on Flickr.

Cross-Country Skiing in the Callaghan Valley

Top of the World
We spent a balmy Easter Sunday cross-country skiing at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley.

It felt it a bit odd, but it was awesome playing in the snow in a t-shirt while the temperature hit 20° C. We had sunscreen to prevent burns, but nothing to prevent snow rash when we wiped out.
Wipeout Dangers of Skiing in a Tank Top Emily Wipes Out

The trails available cover a huge area and offer a wide variety of terrain. There was a good mix of long, flat green runs and hilly blue runs (we stayed off the black runs). The views of surrounding mountains were spectacular. We skied for 90 minutes over 11 km and only explored a fraction of the routes in the park. My only other BC cross-country skiing experience was at Cypress Mountain, where the trails are a lot shorter, hillier and lacking in flat sections.

X-Country Skiing Spring X-Country Skiing Weather X-Country Uphil Working It Top of the World Hut Porter's Glide Dan the Pack Mule Apres Ski Wine

It was interesting exploring the areas where the 2010 Winter Olympic events took place. The ski jumping ramp and the biathlon shooting range are still there, and they offer biathlon lessons ($20 for a 30 minute marksmanship course or $59 for a 2 hour biathlon course). I’m not excited about firing a gun, but I think I might try it out next time.

Biathlon Range Biathlon Shooting

Taking Modo to the Callaghan ValleyTotal Cost: $81/person
Day Pass: $22
Rentals: $31
Transportation: $35 (1/3 of Modo car share)

Directions: via Google Maps

Cross-Country Skiing at Cypress Mountain

Cross Country Skiing at Cypress
Emily, Mairy, and I a great time on cross-country skiing up at Cypress Mountain on Sunday. It was good to get out and enjoy the fresh mountain air and play in the snow. We stuck to the green runs and skied for 90 minutes, with a break in between for lunch, covering 9 km of trails with lots of ups and downs (map here). I only wiped out once the downhill.

We ate lunch at the Hollyburn Lodge. They had vegan and gluten-free chili, french fries, buns, and a few baked desserts. Pretty good for lodge food.

Cypress Cross Country Skiing Uphill Warmup X-Country Emily Mairy Goes Zoom Emily Enjoying the Fresh Air Vegan Lunch at Hollyburn Lodge Winter Window No Bikes Beams on Skis Cross Country Skiing Hollyburn Lodge X-Country Stretch View of the Alpine Area Skiing With Mairy In the Tuck Barrett's View Cypress Viewpoint Math Magic