Those looking for a quick and easy local ski option could well follow the path of students at Children’s Garden School as they whoop it up “in class” at the Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre at 4169 Bathurst St. (just south of Sheppard Ave). It’s part of the broadly-based education these lucky Grades 1 to 3 kids get. CGS makes an excursion a couple of times each winter as part of the Outdoor Education curriculum. The Earl Bales instructors are excellent. They are there to help new comers learn the ropes as well as challenge experienced skiers.