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Trudeau Hits The Slopes In Whistler (PHOTOS)

03/01/2016 03:26 EST | Updated 03/02/2016 03:59 EST

VANCOUVER — Justin Trudeau is applauding his personal security detail for their skills on the ski hill.

The prime minister took some time out of running the country over the weekend to shred some powder with his family in Whistler, B.C.

Fellow snowboarders and skiers alike took to social media, posting pictures with the photo-friendly leader.

Trudeau was asked light-heartedly at an event today in Vancouver whether he jeopardized his security by snowboarding with his bodyguards.

"I have many times and will continue to praise the RCMP for the extraordinary work they do keeping Canadians safe every day, and I was very pleased to be able to see see they are as good as the slopes as they are anywhere else in the world," he said, prompting applause and laughter from the crowd.

See photos from the prime minister's trip:

Does the leader of your country board. Cut me the cheque whenever @endeavorsnow #blackcomb #canada #trudeau

A photo posted by Adam Mills (@adam_mills) on


So this just happened.

A photo posted by Caitlin Iles, Nutritionist (@nourishedbycaitlin) on



Met The Prime Minister of are country today..... Sweet fella!!!!!❤️💗❤️😍😘🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

A photo posted by Sophie Livingston (@sophieelivingston) on



Just met the Prime Minister 🍁 #justintrudeau #canadian #whistler so glad I'm Canadian #itwasnttrump #aprés #snowshoeing

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In the late '90s, Trudeau was a ski and snowboard instructor at Whister-Blackcomb. His friend, Sean Smillie, said the future prime minister was "perfect" for the job.

Trudeau also became an advocate for mountain safety after his youngest brother, Michel, died in an avalanche in 1998.

The Vault - Avalanche Safety by Justin Trudeau

There's plenty of pow up there to get after, but make sure you've got a plan and be safe. Take a few pointers from our Prime Minister and former Whistler Blackcomb employee, Justin Trudeau.Go get some freshies, enter to win two Fresh Tracks tickets courtesy of our friends at The Globe and Mail. To enter, tag your 'Grams & Tweets with #WBTurns50

Posted by Whistler Blackcomb on Thursday, February 18, 2016


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