Skating, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, the start of the new year is the perfect time to practice all your favourite winter activities alone or with family. Whether you’re a beginner or a novice, the key is to be well dressed. Here are some tips to help you choose the right pieces to get the most out of them and actually enjoy the cold season.
Meet at the Old Port Skating Rink for a unique experience in a magical setting. To be comfortable throughout the evening, opt for a quilted coat to still move around freely. No need to spend a fortune on a wind and water resistant down jacket, you'll find coats under $150 at our retailers like Zara. Next, make sure you’re well covered from head to toe: toque, scarf and mittens are musts. Lastly, choose pants that are easy to tuck into your skates, like leggings. If you wear jeans, we recommend thermal underwear from Helly Hensen, available at Sports Experts. In addition to being cute, it provides function and offers excellent moisture evacuation thanks to a merino wool and Lifa® fibers combo.
Mountain hiking enthusiasts will be delighted with the Mont Saint-Hilaire network of hiking trails, which total nearly 25 kilometers for all levels, from beginner to expert. The most important must-have item for practising this sport is a good pair of warm boots that won’t get wet. We recommend stopping at Ecco, they have a variety of boots for the outdoors. On the clothing side, look for softshell pants to help keep you protected from the cold and moderate rainfall. We also suggest a fleece sweater from The North Face which combines comfort and performance.
For a super trendy look, dare to sport a one-piece ski suit in black and white shades. For the more conventional woman, take inspo from the influencer uniform by pairing a fitted down jacket like Columbia's Bird Mountain, designed for long days on the mountain and a pair of black insulated pants, all to stay warm while your descend the slopes of Mont Saint-Bruno. A base layer made of merino is also a good lightweight option that offers increased breathability for superior comfort. Do’nt forget your ski goggles, a must to protect against wind and sun rays.
Before a long day outside in winter, what better way to prepare than with a vitamin smoothie (thanks IGA!) to find all the nutrients and vitamins you need to brave the cold. In addition to being a healthy snack before practising your favourite winter activities, it’ll give you an extra boost of energy.
- 500 ml (2 cups) frozen berries of choice (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
- 500 ml (2 cups) watermelon and apple juice
- 250 ml (1 cup) vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 ripe banana
In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth and silky, then serve.
*Recipe is courtesy of La Tablée des chefs.