This ingenious means of transport was invented by the Aboriginals and later adopted by the coureurs de bois, or woodsmen. There’s still no better way to stay atop the powder on a winter hike. Snowshoes are great for scaling snowy slopes and striding through vast wooded areas. In the cold season, don’t leave home without them!
It is a feeling that most parents have probably experienced at some point. That moment in a supermarket or a playground when you suddenly realise that you do not have a clue where your child is. You fight to contain the panic that is rising and almost overwhelming you until perhaps a couple of minutes later you see your little one idly strolling along, completely unaware of the nightmare you have just endured. Now, just imagine you this scenario on the side of a mountain covered in snow. Finding your child suddenly becomes a whole lot more difficult.
Thankfully, modern day technology has found a solution. The ‘flaik’ GPS system has been introduce into a handful of ski resorts around the world, including the stunning Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec, Canada. Children under 12 who enroll in the snow school –English speaking instructors are available are given the apparatus and they give you real-time tracking of the wearer and let you know precisely where your kid is on the mountain.