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Last year while talking programming with my assistant we came up with a concept that changed the way I think about yoga. A good friend is an amazing yoga instructor and is big on working in the outdoors. I have been looking for a way to combine hiking and biking with other activities and in a moment of inspiration Amber came up with the hike and yoga concept.
Combining the experience of finding new trails, being outdoor in nature and the exhilaration of a hike to a viewpoint overlooking the vista below with the relaxing and rejuvenating experience of yoga was magical. The first session was amazing; despite not really knowing what to expect and apprehensive about the ‘yoga studio’, timing and the après there was no escaping the calm one gets from doing yoga in a mountain top setting with a slight breeze rustling the leaves.
Yoga is a challenge for me. I am a busy person who likes to stay busy, although I love doing yoga and love the results I get from yoga I still avoid it. I find it hard to still the mind, realizing that the busyness is the way to avoid all those thoughts and as soon as I am still they all come rushing in. However, being outside I found it easy to relax, still the mind and listen to the sounds of nature all around. It was the best yoga session I have ever had and I was excited for the next session.
The hike back down was delightful, all downhill, I found my awareness to the beauty around me was heightened and delighted in the sights and sounds of the journey back to reality. The session was followed up with an après, which gave us the chance to ground ourselves, and relive our experience together.
Overall it was an awesome experience. The combination of the rigorous hike to the studio, relaxing yoga flow and meander back down left me ready to take on the world. Join BettyGoHard and Kerry Yoga this Spring for our Sunday afternoon hike and yoga series starting APRIL 29TH. Register online at www.bettygohard.com.
What could be better than free? Blackjack are keen to show off their groomers and get you out playing in the snow. If you don't have plans on Sunday I would say - why not go skiing?
LAST FREE SKI DAY March 11 2012
Bring family and friends to experience our beautiful trails.
Hosted by MtnFM bringing you tunes and hot chocolate.
See you there.......
With a current spell of warm weather my mind has been turning to my bike with a combination of excitement and sadness at the melting snow. It has been an interesting season this year with the lack of snow in North America. In Rossland we had snow but not nearly as much as we like, it makes you wonder when you are still talking about 'early season hazards' at the end of February! Personally I have had an eyeopening season with many new opportunities taken and a whole new world opened for me.
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 oz/60 g)
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp (5 mL) Club House Pure Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup (150 mL) Club House Rice Flour
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) baking powder
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt
¾ cup (175 mL) chopped nuts or raisins (optional)
In medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat.
Stir in sugar and let stand 5 minutes.
Beat in eggs and Club House Pure Vanilla Extract until light and fluffy.
Stir together Club House Rice Flour, baking powder, salt and nuts or raisins (if using).
Add to chocolate mixture and mix until smooth.
Pour into lightly greased 8 x8 inch (20 x 20 cm) pan. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20-25 minutes. Cool on rack before cutting into squares.
The Betty team is heading out to Panorama this weekend and I am super excited about trying their newest feature - the Mouse Trap. Designed by 25-year-old Kyle Wynia of Abbotsford, B.C., The Mouse Trap was Wynia's design entry into a joint contest put on by Panorama Mountain Village and Rockstar Energy Drink.
The Rockstar Bike Rodeo—Dream it, Drop it! contest had mountain and stunt bike enthusiasts enter their own stunt feature designs. Wynia's winning design was selected by a panel of judges, including pro free-rider Kurt Sorge.
The feature was debuted on July 16, 2011, and was christened by Wynia and Sorge before it was officially opened to the public; it received positive feedback from riders, spectators and Panorama staff. The new feature, The Mouse Trap, consists of a steep lead-up with a jump, which lands riders on a wooden track. At the end of the short track, riders can either launch up onto the adjacent wall and ride it across to the finishing mound, or make a full jump off the launch ramp to the mound if they so choose.
If you didn't know Panorama Mountain Village is just 15 minutes north of Invermere in B.C.'s Columbia Valley. They are open till September 4th so get out this weekend for one last chance to experience lift assisted downhill at its best. Panorama offer a variety of trails for many different levels of riding with fun stunts and challenging features for those looking for a bit of adrenaline. For more information, visit the resort's website. And we will see you there!
This endurance athletic event will come to Kaslo on October 1st & 2nd, 2011. A 2 day Multi-discipline Stage Race including XC & DH mountain biking & trail running amidst the spectacular scenery of the Selkirks in an area steeped in history. Challenge yourself to complete one stage or compete for the Monster Challenge or Cody Quest Challenge to be the overall greatest sufferer!
There will also be a kid’s event taking place on the Kaslo River Trail. Kids ages 13 and under will have the option of biking or running down the Kaslo River Trail on the side closest to town. They will start from the bridge and leave one at a time at :30 second intervals. 8 & under will complete the 2k distance, 9-13 yr olds will complete a 4k course.
All races will finish on Front Street in downtown Kaslo in front of the historic Kaslo Hotel overlooking spectacular Kootenay Lake. Front Street will be blocked off, a professional race announcer will be covering the race and a live video will be shown via large screen projector. The finish area will be extremely exciting for all. It will include a 10ft high wooden jump for the bikers to enter Front Street 'in the air' if they choose, putting on a show for the spectators.
Courses Info & Maps
**Please note, all areas of the course are habitat for bears, cougars, deer, elk, moose, grouse, woodpeckers and much much more... please take caution.
Schedule of Events:
XC “no drop” group rides
- Beginner – Evening Ridge, Shasta, Expresso
- Intermediate – Log Jam, Frog Jam
- Meet at Mountain Station at 5pm
DH Rides – free shuttles courtesy of Dirt Tours to Giveout Creek Trails
- 4:00 Shuttle leaving from Sacred Ride
- 5:30 Shuttle leaving from Gerick's
- First come, first Served
Fat Tire Kick Off Party: Starting at 7:30pm at Jackson’s Hole and Grill, enjoy food and drink specials and good times!
Rosemont Events: kids XC, Dirt Jump Jam, BBQ, kids activities, trials demos
10:00 sign in/registration (available for all events)
10:30 2-5 year olds race; awards
11:00 6-8 year olds race; awards
11:30 9-12 year olds race; awards
12- 2 Dirt Jump Jam
11- 2 BBQ hosted by the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skateboard Park Society; Kids Activities – bike decorating, face painting, activities courtesy of the NDCC
5:00 Parade Gathering: meet in front of Gerick’s Cycle with decorated bikes
5:15 Parade Start – to Sacred Ride
5:45 Crit starts: 2-5 year olds
5:55 6-8 year olds
6:10 9-12 year olds
6:20 13-17 year olds
7:45 Clunker Crit – it’s free! Bring your funkiest bike and join in!
8:00 Awards (teens and adults)
Post Race party @ the Royal - they will be offering food specials and have donated prizes for the crit...even the crowd can win, so don't forget to come down and watch!
Sunday: Morning Mountain
8:00 sign-in/ registration
8:45 race instructions (@ start)
9:00 race start
11:30 race end
11:00 DH Sign on and practice runs
1:00 DH race start
We've got a kids tent and activities, so if Mom and Dad want to participate in an event, the kids will be occupied. And if you are worried about being hungry, don't be - we've got food vendors (BBQ, wraps, gelato!).