Yes, I did in fact go to a ski resort in the middle of July.
This past weekend, I packed up the five outfits that aren’t stuck in my dorm room at school (definitely not mad about it) and drove up north to Collingwood with four of my friends from high school. Before I start, if you are not from my hometown you’re probably wondering where on earth Collingwood is, and to be quite honest, I genuinely have no idea either. Still, I always hear people saying they are heading up north, so for this blog post, I have decided to also sound like a pretentious prick and say that I went “up north for the weekend.” In other words, if Collingwood is not up north please don’t come for me. I have no geographical awareness for any place that is past Toronto and am clearly just trying to flex on my peers.
Now would also be an excellent time to share the crucial information that Collingwood is in fact, a ski resort. Why did I pay money to go to a ski resort in the middle of the summer? Good question. But honestly, I’ll do anything to get me out of Niagara for the weekend.
I have only ever been to Collingwood once before on a family ski trip when I was younger and the only thing that I remember about it was the Beaver Tails (if you don’t know what a Beaver Tail is you are clearly not Canadian, so ignore this part). However, heading here in the middle of July, I honestly did not know what to expect from what is often referred to as “a Winter Wonderland” on Trip Advisor. Here are some tips and tricks to make every “girls weekend” a success no matter what gets thrown at you or where you are going.
- Make Jungle Juice
In other words, get drunk. For those of you who don’t know what Jungle Juice is, it’s basically just large quantities of hard alcohol mixed with fruit juice. There is no exact recipe for Jungle Juice, which is part of the fun of making it! Some of my favorite things to add to it include pink lemonade Svedka (yes, I only enjoy insanely flavored types of hard alcohol), Frozen Palm Bay, Lime White Claw, and a ton of Fruitopia concentrate. I promise you, this stuff goes down easier than water.
Pro tip: add slices of fruit, and gummies for extra sweetness
2. Have a “themed” dinner night
We decided that our theme for Saturday night’s dinner would be An Evening in Mexico, and you can bet that we went all out. We started in the kitchen, making chicken tacos and nachos. I recommend choosing something easy to prepare like this because you don’t want to spend your whole vacation cooking. We paired this with frozen margs (essentially Jose Cuervo’s Margarita Tequila, Minute Made Frozen Limeade, and ice blended.) Just make sure that when you’re ready to mix everything in the blender, the lid is on (can’t say that we were lucky enough to remember this.) Finally, enjoy! We played some authentic music (by authentic I am referring to the fact that I played Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello on repeat) and got dressed up.
3. Go with people that you enjoy spending time with
While this is probably the most obvious thing, I cannot stress how important this is. If you don’t enjoy the people that you are going with, you are essentially setting yourself and your trip up for failure. Save the drama and keep your guest list to your friends that you know you can have a good time with.