Sunday, January 9, 2011

My Winter Vacation

I spent one week of my winter vacation in British Columbia, Canada with my family. We visited Vancouver and Whistler both of which were 2010 Winter Olympic venues. My family and I skied in Whistler and at Cyprus Mountain in Vancouver.

British Columbia is known as Beautiful British Columbia, I agree with that description. Everywhere we went the views were amazing. I took many photos, I hope you enjoy the ones that I chose to share with you.

Leila and I at our hotel in Whistler.  It  was one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics.                                                                                                      

In this photo, I had just finished ski school in Whistler. The red band on my leg is a GPS device that keeps track of all the kids in ski school!

This photo was taken in our hotel after a long day of skiing in Whistler.

Whistler Village, outside of a store.

The Olympic rings in Whistler. That's me in the middle!

Skiing down Whistler mountain.

The Olympic rings at  Cyprus Mountain, a ski resort in West Vancouver.  This was  another venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

A spectacular view from  Cyprus Mountain. That's the ocean in the background!

Colorful Canadian currency! In the picture you don't see a 1 dollar bill because Canada has only a 1 dollar coin!

Have you been to Canada?

If so, where?

Have you ever skied before?

What did you do on your vacation?


  1. Dear Hannah,

    Thank you for this beautiful and breath taking post.
    I loved your photographs they really made your post extra special.

    I have a question for you did you feel the cold?
    Did you build a snowman while your were there?

    Keep up the great work on your blog.

    From your pal,

  2. Dear Hannah,

    Well done for putting up a wonderful post. I really enjoyed reading about your winter holiday.
    I like how you had add photos too your post. What a great concept having a GPS taped to you while skiing.

    You made me think back to when I was living in the Snowy Mountians. Every winter my family and I would travel to Mount Kosciusko to the snow.
    Mind you back in those day we did not have a GPS so we made it a point not to travel out of sight.

    Great work Hannah.
    From AA.

  3. Dear Bianca,

    Thank you for leaving a comment. I'm so glad you like my photographs.

    To answer your question, I did feel cold especially when I was skiing in Whistler and the snow was hitting my face like needles. I did have a chance to build a snowman with my friends from ski school. It was a lot of fun!

    Your blogging buddy,

  4. Dear AA,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I am glad you enjoyed my photos.

    I agree with you, having a GPS attached to kids in ski school is a great idea. I have gone to other ski schools but this is the first time I have seen a GPS device.

    I have a question for you:

    Where is Mount Kosciusko and do you still go there?


  5. @ Hannah,

    Thank you for your interest about Mount Kosciuko.

    Mount Kosciuko is one of the highest mountians in Australia.
    Mount Kosciuko is located in New South Wales. It is also special not only for the wonderful snow but for its magical national park.

    Unfortunately, Hannah I have not been to Mount Kosciuko for a number of years. As when I lived on our farm we would travel every weekend to Mount Kosciuko for a fun day at the snow.
    I have to admit it did get rather cold but somehow when your having fun you really do not feel it.

    From your friend,

  6. Hi Hannah joon,

    Great photos on your post! Looks like you had a great vacation.

    Just like AA, I am pretty impressed with the GPS device that the kids at ski school wear. I know Whistler is a very big ski resort so it must have put your mom and dad's mind at ease to know that ski school has the latest technology.

    You ask if I have ever been to Canada, unfortunately I have not but I would love to visit one day. For my vacation I went to Las Vegas, very different from British Columbia!

    I look forward to your future posts.

    Khaleh Minoo

  7. Dear Hannah,
    What a wonderful and intersting post. I love your photographs of whistler and I remember watching the winter games.

    To answer your question, I have been to Canada a couple of times. Like the United States, Canada is a pretty large country. I have been to Toronoto twice, which is located on the eastern side of Canada, and Vancouver once, which is on the western side of Canada.

    Skiing looked so much fun and you looked very good doing it.

    Victoria (Miriam's mom)

  8. Dear Hannah,

    I love the photographs of your trip to Canada. I especially like the one of you and Leila looking up at that big black bear!

    I have never been to Canada but after seeing your pictures and reading your comments about how beautiful it is, I am tempted to visit soon!

    I don't know how to ski, but maybe one of these days you can teach me!

    Keep up the good work.


  9. Dear AA,

    Thank you for responding back to me and sharing information about Mount Kosciusko. It sounds like a fun place, I would like to visit it one day.

    Going to the snow every weekend sounds like a lot of fun. I wish I could go to the snow every weekend!

    I agree with you, when you are having fun in the snow you don't feel the cold, at least most of the time!


  10. Dear Khaleh Minoo,

    I hope you had fun on your trip to Las Vegas. I have been to Las Vegas, when we went there a few summers ago it was very hot!

    I am glad you like my photos. I look forward to you visiting my blog again.


  11. Dear Victoria,

    How nice of you to visit and comment on my blog. I also watched the winter games so it was fun being where the games had taken place.

    I think skiing is a lot of fun. As I have gotten better and better each season, I have enjoyed it more and more. It's especially fun to ski with your family, as I did this time.

    I hope to one day visit Toronto.


  12. Dear Vanna,

    I am glad you liked my photos, I had a feeling you would enjoy them.

    Canada is really beautiful, I think everyone should visit it.

    Maybe one day when I become a great skier, I can teach you!


  13. Dear Hannah,

    What a great post! I like the picture of you with the bear. The bear is very cute.

    I have skied before in fact I am going skiing this Sunday. I am so excited! This year I don't have to take classes anymore. I can ski with my mom and dad.

    I have never been to Canada but I would like to go. Last year I saw the winter Olympics and the skiers were very good. Too bad the winter games are every four years.


  14. @ Hannah,

    How right you are it was fun going to the snow every weekend.
    As a matter of fact I have too admit that when I lived near the snow I did take it for granted.
    As I would often say to my dad and mum I wish we could live near the beach, whicn now we do.

    But somehow I seem to miss going to the snow as I really much rather the colder weather than summer and the beach.

    I really hope you do get a chance to visit the Snowy Mountains one day as it really is such a wonderful place to experience.

    Looking forward to your nexted post Hannah.

    From your new blogging buddy,

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    Dear Hannah,

    What a terrific post about your fabulous vacation in Canada! Canada is our neighbor to the north!

    I especially liked the photo of you and Leila with the giant grizzly bear! Like AA, I had no idea that they give kids a GPS band. What a terrific idea!

    Your photo of the Canadian currency was a wonderful addition to the post. I had no idea that Canada did not have a one dollar bill but rather a coin. I wonder if we'll every drop the one dollar bill?

    I started skiing when I was in high school. Recently, I started snow boarding. It was very difficult to learn, and I am still a beginner, but I enjoy it very much.

    Did you know that Canada is the second largest country after Russia? Like us, the country is broken up, but they don't call them states. Do you know what they call them?

    Terrific work, Hannah!

    Your teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  16. Dear Miriam,

    Thank you for your lovely compliment. I am very happy to hear that you will be skiing this weekend. How great that you don't need to take classes anymore so you can spend time with your family and ski.

    When we were in Canada Leila and I got a chance to ski one whole day with our parents, it was a lot of fun but tiring!

    Have a great time skiing.

    Your friend,

  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a thoughtful and thought provoking comment!

    I also wonder if we will ever drop the one dollar bill especially since we already have a one dollar coin.

    I am very impressed that you started snowboarding. I find snowboarding very scary! Maybe when I am older I'll try it.

    I did some research and found out that Canada, our neighbor to the north, has ten provinces and three territories instead of states. The provinces have more autonomy than territories. Canada is also a bilingual nation with both English and French as official languages.

    Your student,

  18. Dear Hannah,

    I really enjoyed reading your post about your holiday!

    I have never been to Canada so it was interesting to read a bit about it and see some photos.

    Also, it is summer here in Australia so I was keen to hear about your winter adventures.

    I was particularly interested by the Canadian money because I thought their notes looked a little like Australian notes! They are colourful and we both don't have a one dollar note.

    Congrats to Mrs Yollis for learning to snowboard! I recently told Mrs Yollis a funny story about my husband Nate trying to teach me to snowboard two or three years ago. Nate spent some time in the USA as a snowboard instructor so he thought he knew what he was doing but after about 30 minutes I sprained my ankle very badly and spent the rest of the weekend in the lodge!

    I am impressed that you can ski. I've always thought it must be easier if you learn as a child! Who knows, maybe one day we will see you at the Winter Olympics!

    I have a question for you. Do you know where the next Winter Olympics will be held?

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs Morris

  19. @ Mrs. Morris,

    I really enjoyed reading your comment about my post.

    I hope that you get to visit Canada one day, it is a beautiful country.

    It's so fascinating to me that it is summer in Australia when it is winter for us! Altough, it has felt like summer the past few days since it's been so hot! I really enjoyed the Christmas music you sent us, it's so different from our Christmas music which is about snow, sleding, and all things winter!

    I looked at some Australian notes online and I agree with you, they look very similar to the Canadian one's.

    Sorry to hear that you sprained your ankle when you were learning to snowboard. I hope that it doesn't stop you from learning to snowboard in the future.

    To answer your question, the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. It is officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games and will be played from February 7, 2014 through February 23, 2014.


  20. As a Vancouverite, I am so glad to hear you had a great visit. Vancouver is also great in the summer because one can do lots of hiking, sailing and more.

    A great blog post!


  21. @mmeveilleux,

    Thank you for teaching me a new word, I did not know that people from Vancouver are called Vancouverites!

    I agree with you about how great Vancouver is in the summer. I was there in August and had a wonderful time. I went hiking, went on a suspension bridge, played in Stanley Park and overall had a lot of fun.


  22. Dear Hannah,

    I have not been to Canada but my mom was born there so I would like to go there. I have skiied before and I learned from my mom because she is a professional skiier.

    How did you learn to ski?


  23. @ Kristen,

    Thank you for leaving a comment. I had no idea that your mom is a professional skier! Wow, that is an amazing accomplishment!

    You asked a good question. I learned skiing by going to ski school and watching my father ski.

    Where in Canada was your mom born?

    Your friend,

  24. Dear Hannah,

    It looks like you had a great vacation. Also great post. Your pictures were fantastic. It looks like it is very fun there.. Keep up the great work! Happy blogging :)

    Taylor* in Mr.Salsich`s class


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