Our friends in Canada, out of the sheer sweetness of their Canadian hearts (they're filled with maple syrup!*), have given Slog something cool to give away: a two-night stay at Vancouver, B.C.'s posh Shangri-La Hotel PLUS winter-funtimes at the City & Slope festival, which runs February 9-12.
The winter-funtimes on the slopes: two passes, including skiing/snowboarding, to Grouse Mountain—15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, super-steep, and extremely beautiful—which on February 11 and 12 is open all day and all night for 24 Hours of Winter, with:
Grouse Mountain (click to enlarge)
· 24 hours of skiing/snowboarding/ice-skating · Sunset, midnight, and sunrise guided snowshoe tours · Sunset and sunrise tours to the Eye of The Wind · Live DJs · Bars open until 4 a.m. · Midnight Torch Light Parade · Action sport movie screenings in the Theatre in The Sky · Nighttime ‘dark’ Zipline tours · Snowshoe fondue tours
Snowboard or ski at sunrise! And putting the city in City & Slope:
As far as the city activities go, Illuminate Yaletown is a multi-night, entertainment-filled street party that features remarkable light installations from local artists. And the winner will be able to partake in all of the activities on offer, including the ice-carving competition at Yaletown Park, the animation at Science World, etc.
But how do we decide who gets all this awesomeness?
Dan Savage is sitting here, and Dan Savage says show us your gear! As it is Dan Savage's world, and we are but guests in it, to enter to win just submit a photo of you with your snowboarding/skiing equipment—including this week's Stranger cover in the photo so we know it's a picture of you—to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at noon. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of experts, and a legally binding Slog poll will determine the winner.
You may define "equipment" however you like (NSFW entries depicting, say, behinds will be behind a jump in the final poll). Make sure your passport's up to date, and hit the photographic slopes!
*Except the heart of the government, which is full of to-be-determined at this juncture.