Family’s first time on the ski hill leaves them wanting more
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Immigrating to Canada isn’t easy, especially if you’re making the move from a completely different climate. Discovering that winter may mean a foot of snow and -30 C weather is jarring at best. And learning to ski or snowboard probably isn’t on the top of the list of “things to learn about Alberta” when people first immigrate – but perhaps it should be.
For Claire Hwang, it wasn’t her priority after having lived in Canada for 18 years. But this mom of three, who immigrated from Korea to Calgary, decided to put her kids in a couple of ski lessons but not herself. Until today.
In the early hours of the morning, at 8 a.m. when the sun was still not up and most people were asleep, Claire and her three kids, ranging from ages 11 to 19, were sitting at a table at WinSport with their winter gear on, snow pants and all.
All four Hwangs are excited to come back to ski, and as calendars turn into the new year, the family has already booked lessons to continue learning with Trevis at WinSport.
“You don't have to go to the mountains to get the lessons,” Claire says.
Plus, the work you have to put into skiing is well worth the experience, according to her.
“I felt like a kid again.”
When You Go
To learn more about all the options, visit Winsport's website for details.
WinSport - This is the place so many new Calgarians and residents of nearby communities learn to ski. It's accessible right in the west side the city. If offers an array of classes for all ages and abilities.
WinSport and Canada Olympic Park are located in the west side of Calgary along the TransCanada Highway - serviced by Calgary Transit.
While WinSport doesn’t rent clothing for your day on the slopes, here are a few good ideas about where to buy clothing: WinSport’s retail shop/Coffee Market (main floor of the Frank King Day Lodge), Play it Again Sports (a second-hand store) or Value Village can help get you outfitted for the day.
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