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Ski with an Olympian in the Rockies

Travel Deal for November 26, 2012

vicky vacay deal of the dayYou can learn to ski on a bunny hill close to where you live. Or you can learn to ski in one of the world’s most exhilarating mountain ranges with vistas that’ll make you want to flip. You can learn to ski with the local ski expert — or you can get lessons from an Olympian and a never-forget experience.

The ideal choice is clear and the Paintbox Lodge in Canmore, Alberta gives you the opportunity. A boutique hotel operated by Olympians Sara Renner and Thomas Grandi, the Paintbox features a special deal for the “Quiet Season.”

Guests who book a midweek stay until December 19, 2012 or from January 6 to February 13, 2013, will be entered in a contest to win a two-hour ski lesson from Renner or Grandi. If skiing isn’t your thing, you also have the chance to win a cooking class for up to 10 people. The Quiet Season deal features a a gourmet cheese platter from Sylvan Star Cheese.

Studio rooms at the Paintbox can be found for as little as $159 per night in December (or $318 for the required two-night stay).

The package details include:

  • Sunday–Wednesday stays only. Excludes Sunday nights of statutory holidays.
  • Contest winner announced March 1, 2013. Private cooking class and ski lessons redeemed based on kitchen and Renner and/or Grandi’s availability for March 2013 or winter 2013-14. Recommends Canmore for an Olympic Experience Writer Jody Robbins had a chance to catch up with Grandi and Renner this summer when she wrote about Canada’s top Olympic cities. The Rocky Mountain hot spot won silver in the rankings based on its phenomenal fitness offerings.

As Grandi told Robbins: “Canmore’s a haven for Nordic skiers and is becoming more popular in the Alpine scene as well. The town’s got great facilities and there’s a healthy vibe going on. It’s just a magnet for athletes and healthy people.”

Read the rest of Robbins’ article on Canmore, one of Alberta’s gems.

To book the hotel deal with the Paintbox Lodge: Visit its website or call 403-609-0482.

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