It’s as if I’m being inducted into a secret society, following along with the trio of Breanna Gordon, Lisa Brough and Gillian Lockhart on their ladies’ weekend in Grande Prairie. For one, there’s the simple act of observing an (otherwise) exclusively women’s escape; and two, these three women are about as informed about the winter adventure potential in their city as any are likely to be.
The ladies have covered pretty much all their bases in two days: tubing and apres ski at Nitehawk, gallery-hopping, Nordic skiing at Wapiti Ski Club, snowshoeing on the local trails, dining and sampling some fine spirits, and OK, a little shopping.
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For Brough, it’s a perfect formula for a couple days’ getaway: “It would probably begin with a good breakfast, and then if it’s a warm day, go for a ski, then go shopping; then maybe an arts class or something around town and dinner. Alternately, if it was a little bit colder, we would start with shopping and then go for a ski once it warms up.”
Though she showed herself to be a decent hand at the pottery wheel during a stop at the Centre for Creative Arts earlier in the day, the centrepiece of the adventure, for Brough, would have to be the cross-country skiing. She was introduced to the sport about 10 years ago, and she has been hooked ever since.
“We have a long winter in Alberta, and Nordic skiing is one of the best ways to get out and be active all winter long,” she says. “I just fell in love with it.”
Discovering Wapiti Ski Club was a bit of a revelation for her. “I would sneak in early in the morning on a weekday and it was like, I don’t know who does this but the trails are always groomed and there’s always a fire going in the fireplace, and there’s always hot chocolate.”
If this all sounds too wholesome to be a secret society, it is - but we’re only scratching the surface here.
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