This trip was another first for the Mouat Outdoor Education program as we decided to move our snowshoe and tubing trip to Manning Park. For the snowshoe portion the group experienced a guided snowshoe trek around the 4.9km Lightning Lake loop, learning about various aspects of the Manning Park ecosystem, identification of animal prints and the sport of snowshoeing. Students were treated to stunning views of the lake and surrounding snow covered peaks as they traversed one of the many great hiking/snowshoe trails that the park has to offer. After a short bus ride up the mountain the group tackled the tubing portion of the trip on the Manning Park Polar Coaster. Unlike tubing runs at other local mountains the Coaster is unique in that each of its runs employ a turn at the halfway point. This results in high velocity at the start coupled with a long run out at the end. This activity was definitely the highlight of the trip as many students spent all 3 hours on the runs without a break. Highlights included the multiple double tube runs, as well as the multitude of races that took place throughout the day. The laughter and smiles abounded and this will definitely be something that will stay on the schedule for years to come! Thanks to the 3 new supervisors who joined us on the trip! Outdoor Education students (and anyone else who wants to) please leave a 100 word blog response below.