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Hot Date: One Night Only Extreme Sports Film

Chris Davenport shredding Portillo in Chile. Photo credit: Mike Arzt.

Oct. 27. Fresh powder, crystal blue skies, and not a soul in sight. This is the magical, adrenalin-fuelled world of Warren Miller‘s 62nd annual winter sports film Like There’s No Tomorrow (see trailer here). Follow world-class athletes Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Colby West, and Seth Wescott as they hit the slopes in five continents, from Squaw Valley in the U.S. to the Himalayas in Gulmarg, India. This is high-def sports cinema at its finest, narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist skier Jonny Moseley. The film is making its way across the country as part of the 2011 Canadian tour, which offers a jaw-dropping look at some of the world’s most legendary winter landscapes, and the people who dream of conquering this beautiful terrain. The film will be screened on Thursday night only at Centrepointe Theatre.

Ready, Set… Go!

Halifax hosts the 2011 Canada Games—the biggest sports event in Nova Scotian history

By Christina Copp and Trevor J. Adams

In February, all eyes will be on Halifax as it hosts the Canada Games. Running from February 11 to 27, the Games will be the largest multi-sport competition in Canada in 2011.

Sports fans have lot to look forward to during the Games. “Essentially, [there are] 20 different sports, so it’s like putting on 20 national championships over 18 days,” says Melissa MacKinnon, director of communications for the Games. She suggests that outdoor sports fans head over to the long-track speed skating at the new Oval on the Halifax Common. Admission is free.

All of the events at both ski venues are also free for fans. A 45-minute drive northwest of Halifax, Martock in Windsor hosts cross-country, biathlon and snowboard competitions Freestyle and alpine skiing take place at Wentworth, an 80-minute drive north.Other highlights include gymnastics, badminton and synchronized swimming at the new Canada Games Centre in Clayton Park, hockey at the Dartmouth Sportsplex and Halifax Metro Centre and boxing at the Halifax Forum. A 40-minute drive west of the city, the St. Margaret’s Centre in St. Margaret’s Bay hosts short-track speed skating and figure skating. The Metro Centre also hosts the opening ceremonies.

The party will continue after the athletes’ days are done, too. “Celebration Square in Grand Parade will be the place to be each evening,” says MacKinnon. The concert venue in front of Halifax City Hall will feature acts like The Stanfields, Christina Martin and Matt Mays. Martin, a multiple Nova Scotia Music Award Winner, was one of more than 300 acts who submitted their names to perform during the Games cultural festivities.

“I applied to perform during the Canada Games because I want to be a part of this monumental event that is taking place on my home turf,” says Christina Martin. “After experiencing the excitement from performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic event.”

Games CEO Chris Morrissey is excited about the potential to bring Haligonians, athletes and visiting sports fans together. “Everyone can come together to celebrate athletic achievements while enjoying live entertainment that showcases Nova Scotia talent and culture,” he says.

Running from February 11 to 27, the Games embrace a wide variety of disciplines. For schedule and venue details, click here or phone 902-490-2011.

Hot Attraction: Stellar Slope

Aerial view of Mont Tremblant. Photo credit: Mont Tremblant.

It may be two hours outside Ottawa, but the fabulous ski resort at Mont Tremblant is worth the drive. As the highest peak in the Laurentians, it offers spectacular views and activities for all tastes. Adrenaline junkies will love the 18 acres of ramps, rails, and jumps, but families with young children shouldn’t be dissuaded — there are plenty of options for budding ski bunnies as well. Like all popular destinations, the hill can get pretty congested at the expected busy times (avoid weekends if you can), even with 95 runs spread over 654 acres of skiable terrain and 14 ski lifts. Had enough skiing/snowboarding for one day? Sign up for any of the alternative activities, such as dog sledding, or wind down at one of the resort’s restaurants or spas.

Insider’s Guide to Skiing Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kananaksis, Golden & Panorama

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Seven ski areas, tons of snow and a November through May ski season. A world-class combination of ski terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities. No wonder Banff, Jasper and area draws skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Read on for insider ideas to help you make the most of your time on the slopes. (more…)

Winterstart Festival Nov 28-Dec 6

Winterstart Festival (credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau)

Winterstart Festival (credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau)

Celebrate winter during the Winterstart Festival in Banff and Lake Louise. The event kicks off with the World Cup Alpine Ski Racing (men’s Nov 28-29; women’s Dec 4-6) at Lake Louise Mountain Resort—cheer on world-class athletes as they vie for the final positions on the Olympic team. There’s also free on-hill entertainment by the Mocking Shadows Rhythm and Blues Revue (Nov 28). If you can’t make it to the hill, you can watch live racing action via Jumbotron’s big screen in Banff Avenue Square (200 Banff Ave). The festival continues in Banff with the Castle Carolers roaming downtown streets (Nov 28/Dec 5), Warren Miller’s Dynasty film screening (Nov 30), retail window decorating contest (Dec 4), Christmas in the Rockies with face painting, cookie decorating and free wagon rides (Dec 5), Santa Claus Parade of Lights (Dec 5), performances of Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT Theatre Troupe’s “Imaginanation”—a tale of hope, inspiration and natural wonders explored through puppetry, masks and music (Dec 5), Stuart McLean and a Vinyl Café Christmas (Dec 5), Mountaintop Christmas Sing-Along (Dec 6), and Bow Valley Chorus’ Christmas musical concert (Dec 6). With all of these family fun events, come and celebrate the glorious winter season in Banff and Lake Louise.