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No-excuse guide for outdoor fun: Family-friendly deals and events!

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I was born and raised in Canada where winter sports are a way of life. My earliest memories are freezing on subzero chairlifts and flooding our garden to make an ice-skating rink. My parents even met when they were on the same curling team.

If that isn’t a Canuck love story, I don’t know what is.

When I married an American, we spent our first Christmas in Calgary. My family gifted The Husband with hockey skates and the implicit instructions that any of our future half-breeds should be born on the blade.

And they have been. Between skating, skiing, sledding and snowshoeing, we go full-throttle year-round. But here is what surprises me: Though many Coloradans are lovers of the outdoors, so many families with younger kids hunker down for winter. My friends cite a number of reasons, including

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