Staying Alive in the 905

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Please note: I work at Glen Eden during the winter months but not in a PR capacity. I am a part-time ski instructor. So, yes I am biased.  No one asked me to write this.  I write voluntarily because I believe Glen Eden offers a great customer experience.  I want to spread the word. 

GLEN EDEN OPENED TODAY!               Glen eden 

Glen Eden’s season begins today!! NEW state of the art guns have been blowing snow every possible hour of allowable temperatures.  Thanks to the hard-working crew the hill is opening only six days later than originally scheduled despite the unseasonable weather we’ve had. 

Special lift-ticket price for opening weekend is only $20.  What a great chance to take the first runs of the season for those of us who have not been up north.  Check the website link below to find out which runs are open.

I’m excited about the changes at the hill for our 2010 season.  Awaiting customers in the rental shop are 350 brand NEW pairs of skis and ski boots.  100 NEW snowboards have also been added.   This means that everything in the rental shop is new or 3 years new – nothing older! Looking good!  Be among the first to strap them on!

A brand NEW carpet lift replaces the T-bar at the Galaxy Learning Centre.  The terrain park has moved which means Twister is open again as a regular run on the west side of the property.  The main chalet has NEW floor tiles.  Everything is ship shape and ready to go.  Our season here in the GTA  is short but it is sweet.

The snow making and grooming crew at Glen Eden are the best! Last year we were the only hill to make snow late in the season and we were able to remain fully open through March break.

Check out all the options for passes.  Glen Eden introduced a 5×7 pass this year.  There is also special pricing for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening lift tickets at only $20.00.  

Glen Eden ski and snowboard center is part of Conservation Halton’s Kelso Conservation area.  Minutes from Milton, it is conveniently located just south of the 401 and only a short drive from Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener, Georgetown and Guelph.   The center offers 240 feet of vertical, 12 groomed runs, a terrain park and snow tubing.   The snow school at Glen Eden is one of the largest in Canada, with 300 instructors teaching more than 50,000 lessons to skiers and snowboarders.

I work weekdays teaching mainly school groups and adult ladies day groups.   I end each day with the four and five-year olds we call Kinderski and/or private lessons.  It is very rewarding to help new skiers overcome their apprehension and nervousness.  Gaining confidence is key to learning a new skill.   Eight years ago I attended the Glen Eden Ladies Day program to refresh my skiing after years away from the sport.  Then I took the CSIA  Level 1 course to make the jump to instructor.

This local ski and snowboard centre is a great place to learn the sport with lots of moderate terrain.  There are so many lesson programs at all levels for all ages.  Check the Glen Eden website for availability.   Bring the family. See you on the slopes!

 Here’s how to find Glen Eden.  Join me at the top of the escarpment – it’s a great view!  Be cool, not cold!  Being active is part of staying alive in the 905!

Can you tell I’m excited?  Have you ever visited Glen Eden?  Would you in the future?


Last night my dinner was prepared by a personal chef.  My friends and I were able to relax and watch Chef Jonathan McDonough prepare our four course meal.  Chef Jono is his corporate identity.  We were among 24 people gathered at tables in the test kitchen at the Hamilton Spectator for the one of the GoCooking fall sessions.

I subscribe to the Spectator and I’ve seen the advertisements for their cooking sessions on numerous occasions.   Each time I thought I would like to attend one of them.  Each features a different theme and chef. 

Thanks to friend Denyse, who made the booking in October, six hockey moms had a well deserved night out.  We came away with many tips we are eager to try.  Chef Jono presented a novel salad idea that I want to save as a surprise for my next guests. 

We watched and learned as Chef Jono demonstrated at an island with large mirrors mounted overhead.  He made a sophisticated looking salmon appetizer look incredibly simple.  He demystified some other culinary tasks and shared some recipes.

Our chef has an impressive list of creditentials.  He has worked at many top restaurants in Toronto and is the co-founder of ShaSha Bread Co. Inc.  As a self-employed personal chef he currently runs a catering business and conducts cooking classes.  Last night his company was involved in catering the It’s Always Something event held in Toronto to raise money for Gilda’s Club Toronto.

Two of his creations made use of  his own vinegars/dressings available in three flavours at specialty food stores such as Denningers and at Longo’s supermarkets.  We sampled the Pomegranate Balsamic and Blueberry Pepper.   I purchased both.  I will try the Hot Mango Pepper Sauce another time.

I see that the Spectator still has room at the table for the last fall session on December 1.  It features a Mediterranean theme with local chef Mark Farrugia.  Watch in early December for information about the upcoming winter series of events.

I hope to attend another of these sessions in the New Year. 

I visited the Chef Jono’s site today.  There are tips for party planning, recipes and information about his product.

Wines were presented by Roisin Furlong of Abuccuz Wine & Event Services, Dundas.

Yes, sometimes it is worth the drive to the 905 and… yes, sometimes I prefer to shop local.

I have a personal policy.  If I get good customer service and feel welcome at a store then I will gladly shop there and not scour for bargains elsewhere.  If I get little or no service then I may as well get a discount by shopping at a place where I am expected to look after myself and then get rewarded for it by paying a lower price.(i.e. Winners)  I especially frown upon young employees who are not nice to those who hold the purse strings – parents!

Shopping with my sons sometimes means I need to bite my tongue and forsake my policy in the name of coolness or ‘sic’dom.  Not at Boredem in Waterdown.

Boredem is the kind of place where I, as a mom, don’t mind spending money.  I’m not made to feel like a total loser because I’m a ‘rent!  

My sons get the board shoes they want or the skate/snow boarding gear and I don’t feel like they overpaid.  In fact, quite the opposite.  I have always left that store feeling like they want to help teens get the latest and greatest gear or clothes without overcharging them.  For example,  if they sense that money is tight they will suggest a cheaper binding that is by the same company and just as good.  Or they may reveal ahead of time that a sale is coming up.  They try to make everyone happy – kids and parents.  They truly want the customer to return and I never feel like my guys were ripped off or gouged. They also service what they sell.

My sons have some favourite stores in Toronto also but when it comes to shoes we always go to Boredem first.  We only go elsewhere if Boredem doesn’t have the model or size desired and can’t get anymore.

Boredem is an example of a young entrepreneur achieving success with the backing and support of his parents.  Back in 1996 Matt Mincoff was a teen skateboarding enthusiast who knew there was a local market waiting to be tapped.  He was tired of driving long distances to get what he needed.  So he opened Boredem.  His parents had considerable retail experience. He benefitted from their good advice and counsel.  

Matt also founded a local skateboarding club.  Then he lobbied for and helped design a skate park for Waterdown’s Memorial Park.  His business sponsors events such as the Cop Shop Skate Jam 2009 competition held this summer in conjunction with the Hamilton Police Services at Turner Park in Hamilton.  Boredem is a proud supporter of the Co-op Education program at Waterdown District High School.  Students have been placed there for over 10 years.

Despite owning the store, Matt did complete post secondary education.  While he was at school his parents minded the store for him and sometimes can still be found there.  They understand about kids wanting more than they can afford.  However, Boredem is about the real deal.  They take their skating seriously and offer top product lines.   

Boredem does not have a web site but there is a blog featuring product arrivals and videos etc.  Have a look.

Boredem, at 419 Dundas St. E., Waterdown, ON  905-689-5007



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