Pre-Trip Fun for Whistler, Canada
. "Whistler," the series -- What secrets lie beneath the snow? When an Olympic snowboarder dies mysteriously, the secrets and stories begin to unravel. Many of the outdoor shots are pure Whistler, with indoor shots filmed in nearby Vancouver. (Teens)
Warren Miller movies -- This famous ski and snowboarding filmmaker has produced hundreds of films on skiing and other outdoor sports. The photography is stunning and the talent is jaw-dropping. (All ages)
Maple syrup -- The maple leaf on the Canadian flag says it all!
Hot chocolate -- Try flavoring this winter stand-by with a few drops of peppermint, vanilla, or cherry extract. Marshmallows optional!
"I Can Ski" -- Charming pictures and simple sentences introduce the smallest ski bunnies to skiing downhill, taking a spill, and going to ski school. (Preschool)
"Garfield's Awesome Ski Adventure" -- Everyone's favorite kitty curmudgeon is less than thrilled about a mountain ski vacation. But despite freezing fur and a snowy wilderness, Garfield -- as always -- finds his way. (Ages 4-8)
"Nancy Drew: Mystery at the Ski Jump" -- When the Drews' housekeeper is duped into buying stolen fur, Nancy herself becomes a suspect. Traveling through New York and Canada to solve the crime, she encounters plenty of snowy adventure. (Ages 9-12)
"The White Gates" -- Snowboarders will love the action scenes in this murder mystery, complete with spooky curses, snowboard chases, abandoned mine tunnels, avalanches, and scandal. (Teens)
Pine Cone Skier: Glue an acorn "head" (complete with built-in hat) to a pinecone "body." Use popsicle sticks for skis and toothpicks for poles, and decorate freely with scarves, googly eyes, and crystal glitter. (Makes a great holiday ornament!)
Snowflakes Fold a white coffee filter or paper in half, and then in half again. Then fold it in half a third time, in the shape of a triangle. Trim any corners, then cut little slits, triangles, and rectangles along the edges. Unfold and hang in a window for snowy fun!