Baby, It's Cold Outside


Kelly Hopkins is a familiar face around here - she's made Collingwood her home for the last 20 years and calls the hills of Blue Mountain her old stomping grounds.  When she's not busy being a new mom to daughter Audrey, Kelly spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors with activities like skiing, hiking and running.

Leading up to March break, Kelly steps in as our latest guest blogger on The Barn.  Her goal is to share the great experiences she's had at Blue and encourage new mom's to get outside.  In her first entry, Kelly talks about tackling the cold and the hills after becoming a mom only 10 short months ago.

Baby it's cold outside!

No one can deny that this winter has been a chilly one.  With extreme cold temperatures consistently in the forecast, it's easy to huddle up inside under a warm blanket.   Let's face it, this isn't exactly the kind of weather that calls you out the door in the morning, especially when you have a 10 month old baby!

I had to ask myself the question: am I crazy enough about skiing that I took the opportunity to get out again on a blustery -15 morning? Yes, yes I am.

Packed up baby Audrey and dropped her at nana and papa's. Hugs and kisses and out the door. Here's why, in my opinion, it's important to do this... because it's AWESOME to get out in the fresh air for some much needed mommy time!! And, because you need to take a break sometimes. Why not make it count and get back out on the hill?

Blue has always been my home ski spot. Plenty of varied terrain, and no doubt Ontario's best snow. I took to the north end where the lines are short and it's quick to get in as many runs as possible.

Snow guns were going but I was pleasantly surprised with the snow coverage and a little bonus layer of dry powder on top. What a great sensation to carve into a little bit of sugary snow after taking my last season off, while expecting.

Outdoor exercise, especially in the winter, must be an essential part of every new mom's routine. It has to be one of the best ways to beat the baby blues, get some vitamin D in and improve your general mood so that you can best enjoy quality time with your family. I must admit, I was on a high for the rest of my ski day.

My advice to other new moms: get back out there! Spend some time the night before your first morning gathering a bag with helmet, goggles, gloves, outerwear and don't forget a bit of cash for a dark Belgian hot chocolate from Royal Majesty café in the village to complete your perfect ski day.

Happy trails!


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