Chillin’ with INCREDIBLE ice carvers at Chateau Lake Louise

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I stopped by “Ice Magic” to watch the ice chips fly in Alberta, Canada…and to find out more about the fascinating international sport of ice carving.

Ice Carving is an intensely competitive sport. Under strict supervision and tight time-lines, teams compete.

Ice carving is done using special, and very expensive ice blocks (at $100 each). Carvers use a combination of improvised wood carving and home appliances. You must watch this! They work fast and they take their craft very seriously.

The “cool” report is here:


Igloo Building 101 in…where else? CANADA!

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In case you ever find yourself with too much snow this winter, learn how to build an igloo!

I slept the night in the igloo I built! The sleeping platform is a raised area. Because warmer air rises and cooler air settles, the entrance area acts as a cold trap whereas the sleeping area will hold whatever heat is generated by a stove, lamp or body heat. A cup of hot cocoa is warmly welcomed, though. 🙂

Pond Hockey, Getting to the roots of “The Original Hockey”

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Even though the first records of a game known as “hockey” was in the 1700s, it wasn’t until 1875 that the first organized indoor game was played. It’s a sport traditionally played on lakes or home-made backyard rinks with packed snow around the edges serving as the ‘boards.’ The first hockey “world championship” was outdoors in Montreal in 1883.

In 1892, Lord Stanley (then Governor General of Canada) donated the first Stanley Cup as a tribute to his favorite sport. Back then, it was simply an award for Canada’s top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. It was only later that it evolved into today’s iconic symbol of North American hockey achievement. In fact, for more than 20 years, Stanley Cup games were ALWAYS played outdoors.

Interesting fact:
Some 80 years ago, Alex Antoine, a “star” amateur pond hockey player drew serious NHL attention, being offered a position with the New York Rangers but declined instead preferring to play official Pond Hockey.

Before multi-million dollar contracts, player lockouts and nationwide game broadcasts, hockey was so much simpler. A few guys passing the puck on a cleared patch of ice on a lake, driven by nothing more than a pure-hearted passion for the game they’d grown up playing. This is the game — and the moment — that pond hockey brings back to the game’s most genuine fans.

My Polar Bear dip!!! Brrrr…..

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This year marks the 91st year of one of the oldest and coldest Polar Bear swim meets in the world. A record turnout of over 2,300 swimmers, many in wacky costumes braved the frigid waters of Vancouver on New Years Day.

I must be crazy, because I joined in, AGAIN…. Now, which way to Hawaii???