Recap of my skiing trip…. I finally have a few minutes to write some blog posts now that April is over.  So here it is, enjoy!


On Spring Break this year we took a ski trip to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, in Canada.  It seemed to be an unlikely Spring Break destination for most people, but not for skiing families like us!  It was really the only time we could take the kids due to school schedules, so this was it – we were heading up North!

Here’s some fun things about our trip….

Poutine!  At the first chance I got, I ordered some poutine.  Poutine is a food they don’t serve in Ohio. I’m not sure if they serve it anywhere in the US?  It’s fries with brown gravy and cheese curds. This was my first time ordering it. My family was all afraid of it because of the cheese curds.  Alan and Zach tried it, but Sydney wouldn’t even taste it! I thought it was pretty good! I also thought it was quite “heavy”. I could eat it for the whole meal, not just the side dish, because it was much more filling than that.  Fear not the poutine!!


Vancouver was very pretty and so clean!  Actually, all of Canada that we visited was super clean and environmentally friendly (recycling everywhere!!).  The drive from Vancouver to Whistler was along the water and was so beautiful.

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There was a lot of Squamish language on the road signs – town of “Squamish” = “Skwxu7mesh”.  How odd that there is a number right in the middle of the word!


Whistler gets a lot of fog clouds which make for interesting skiing through them.


Kellogg’s invites you to add hot milk to your Mini Wheats!  We didn’t try it, but I think it would be good.


There is a gondola that goes from peak to peak, and it is has only 4 towers!  It’s 2.73 miles long and takes 11 mins to ride on it.  Until 2017 it held the world record for the longest free span between poles – 1.88 miles!  Amazing to ride on.


Heres the view from inside.  They did have two with glass bottoms, but we didn’t wait to ride one of those.


For Easter dinner, we had pizza and nachos.  We are a classy family, eh? Hey, dinner was expensive everywhere and we tried to be affordable.

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Kellogg’s also has protein cereal named “Vector”.  To me it seems like the manly alternative to Special K.  How many dudes eat Special K?? (there’s no shame in Special K.  I LOVE that stuff for anyone!)   PS, did you see that $6.69 price tag?  Cringe!!  Ain’t nothing cheap in a resort town.


We ate the world’s biggest pancakes!  (ok, maybe not the world’s biggest, but they were huge!)


We laugh at avalanche signs!!  (not really, we are law abiding skiers and don’t do stupid, life threatening things while skiing) ((but “proceed with caution” is OK!))


Alan and I are big kids who still fit down kiddie slides.  Yes, we were the only adults going on the tree fort slide that day 🙂


We were super confused by the “raisin juice”, until we flipped the boxes over and saw that they were actually just “grape” in French.


All in all, it was another great ski trip.  So glad my kids share our love of skiing!


Q:  Have you ever put warm/hot milk in your cereal?

Q:  Did you take a foreign language in school?

Oui!  I took French!  Sadly, it didn’t help me a whole lot on this trip.

Q:  Have you even eaten poutine?  Did you like it??



9 thoughts on “Whistler trip recap”
  1. I’ve been wanting to try skiing for years now, but just haven’t made it. Your trips always look like so much fun!

    I’ve never heard of hot milk on cereal, and it seems kind of weird….

    I took 3 years of German in high school (fresh, soph, and senior) and lived in Germany as a foreign exchange student my junior year. You could say my senior year was an easy A in class 🙂

    Most of my relatives are Canadians, so I’ve had my fair share of poutine. Generally we always get it as a snack or appetizer because it is most filling! I do enjoy a good poutine!
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    1. Oh wow, being an exchange student sounds very adventurous! And a little intimidating too, but with a friend that would be great.
      Glad to see you are on “team poutine” too. Good stuff!!

  2. Never heard of poutine before but it looks quite interesting. Your trip looks like so much fun!! I wish I know how to speak french as it sounds so beautiful. Ironically, I took English as a foreign language at my Spanish-speaker school. I also went to school in Israel for a couple of years and learned Hebrew. By now, English is clearly something I remember but not so much with Hebrew. I think maybe some day I’ll get back to it.
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    1. We just learned about poutine a couple of years ago when we went to Canada. I’m surprised we don’t have it around here, because we are Canada’s close neighbors here in Ohio! I agree – I think I took French because it sounded so pretty. That’s funny that you took English as your foreign language. You are mastering it quite well!

  3. I’ve had poutine! We have a restaurant here that has it, which is weird because this is the South. But I don’t think anything is as authentic as Canadian one. I love that you took pics of the cereals too and how things were so different there.

    I took French in high school and college but don’t remember much. It was a nice change of pace from all the writing classes, though.
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    1. The grocery store in the resort town was really small, and it took us forever to find anything so we had lots of time to look at all of the different foods while we tried to figure out where our food was! Ordering lunch meat in kilos was most interesting I think. I think we ended up going grocery shopping almost every day. Always something we ran out of or forgot!!

  4. This whole time I was thinking you drove there, but then thought, dang that must have been a long drive! Please tell me you flew!? 🙂 How did you know about the awesome ski resort? It looks very beautiful. Were you scared on the gondola? You could not pay me to go on one of those! I feel like I was on one at some point in my life but I can’t think of why. I will have to ask Paul if he remembers. I’ve only been out of the country once- we drove to Niagara falls for a short afternoon, so I don’t know what it’s like to be in a different country and notice all the little different things- like putting hot milk on cereal and VECTOR lol. That is so funny. I have heard of poutine because we started watching Big Brother Canada. It looks like you guys had such a fun trip! Remind me your summer plans? Big road trip, right?
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    1. Oh yes, we flew! It was Delta, so we enjoyed it quite a bit. Free bags! Can’t beat that when you have a bunch of ski equipment flying with you.
      Road trip out west! We have all of the camping reservations lined up, but I’m getting down to the day by day itinerary. We have to plan what to eat every day so we pack accordingly.
      It’s quite an undertaking, but it will be fun!!

      1. A case of hotdogs and beans and we will be fine for food on the trip! Maybe throw in a can or two of beef stew.

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