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Park City Primer: Off the Slopes, It's Time for Boozing and Bobsledding

December 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)


BOBSLEDS!

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Duh, the skiing and snowboarding around the Park City area is absolutely world class. They call it the greatest snow on earth for a reason, and if you're looking for challenging, aggressive terrain, in bounds or in the back country, Utah doesn't disappoint in the least.

Still, you've got to do something other than drink during après-ski times, so here are five of our favorite off-slopes activities around Park City:

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Park City Primer: Going to Extremes with Heli-skiing

December 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Sure, regular ski hills are a lot of fun. Sit in a lift, ride down, sit in a lift, ride down. Repeat until beer. Fun, right? But what if you fancy something a little more extreme on your trip to Utah? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a couple of ideas for a true adrenaline rush:

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Park City Primer: At the Peak of Snowboarder's Paradise

December 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Yesterday we talked about two of the best hills in Utah catering only to skiers. No need to despair if you prefer to ride though; there are plenty of other spots in UT that will welcome you with open arms. Nine resorts in the state have terrain parks, and the off-piste riding is absolutely world class. Many ski areas have a back country feel even when in bounds, and the treeline riding is simply breathtaking.

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Park City Primer: Skiers Only at Deer Valley and Alta

December 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Two of the remaining three resorts in the US that do not allow snowboards are within forty or so miles of each other in Utah. It's not really clear why these rules are the case, given that the rest of Utah is pro-snowboarder, but if you're a skiier who'd rather not share the slopes then heading to UT for your next trip could be the way to go.

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Park City Primer: Reaching the Slopes from Salt Lake City

December 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (2)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Spoilt for choice doesn't even begin to describe Park City, Utah. Whether we're talking skiing or snowboarding, snow-shoeing or simply building snowmen, there's a huge amount of varied terrain, most of which is very accessible and a great mix for all abilities. In fact, the three resorts closest to Park City are all easy to get to without a car (one is walking distance from downtown Park , and there are another half dozen ski hills within an hour's drive.

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Get INTO the Cold: Stowe, Vermont

February 12, 2010 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Trying to flee the freezing temperatures sweeping across the country is natural, but predictable. Instead, do what folks in these frigid destinations do—embrace it and Get INTO the Cold. The trick to staying toasty is chill-killing gear and lots of bone warming activity. So stop moping around waiting for summer to arrive and head to these five crazy cold places and get your winter wonderland on.

Cold Meter: Moderate-High
Early mornings at this classic New England alpine resort town can be deceiving when the bright sun makes it a bearable 30 degrees. But the mercury quickly descends to a body numbing 3 by late afternoon.

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Skiing brings in beaucoup visitors to Stowe each winter season where two mountains are split into six different traversable areas. Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak at 4,395 feet, is where the big dogs hang out on the multiple wooded trails and “Front Four” black diamond descents. Expect to shell out some duckets for lift tickets (min $57 day per adult during early/late season; more during prime and peak times).

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Colorado Picks Three 'Snow Virgins' For Three-Month Ski Vacation

January 12, 2010 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Colorado's most recent we-really-hope-this-goes-viral marketing campaign is drawing to a close, as the state's tourism board has settled on three lucky "snow virgins" to get 3-month all-expense paid skiing trips. The entire contest—which began with candidates sending in personal videos before getting flown in for final interviews—hopes to leverage a bunch of new social media to get Colorado's slopes exposure.

The three winners, who can be found on SnowAtFirstSight.com, will use blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr to discuss their experiences. In any case the kids all sound exceptionally bubbly. Exceptionally bubbly:

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You Are Now Free to Ski in Mongolia

Where: Mongolia
December 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know, you've been waiting and waiting for some Mongolian developer to finally open a resort on Bogd Khan Uul Mountain, the 914-meter peak that overlooks the capital, Ulan Bator. Well, the wait is over. As The New York Times points out, Sky Resort opened to skiers in November, with dirt-cheap lift tickets, lots of artificial snow making (while temperatures are very cold, Bogd Khan Uul doesn't get much snow), and a ski and snowboard school with 27 professional instructors. There are nine slopes in total, with names like Chuluut, a beginners run, and Khurkhreet, the resort's only black diamond run. Does anyone know how to say Cowabunga! in Mongolian?

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Take A Helicopter To Ski Where (Mostly) No One Has Skied Before

December 2, 2009 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Adventure sports company Canadian Mountain Holidays is already taking reservations for their winter packages, with a Canadian heli-skiing vacation scheduled for March 13-20. To save you the trip over to Wikipedia, heli-skiiing is when you crave downhill isolation so much that you actually book a helicopter to take you into a remote mountain region. The Tour D'Adamants vacation package - guided by TV sports commentator Bob Roll and Tour de France competitor Ron Kiefel and presumably part of the company's Powder Masters program - revolves around a stay in the isolated Adamant Lodge.

The vacation sounds awesome even before you begin to muse about the near-total lack of other humans, at which point it becomes exquisite. The price tag is where things begin to get a little problematic for us: $10,100 per person. So while we've been known to argue that remote vacations are literally invaluable, we find ourselves having to revise that number downward to mostly invaluable.

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The Ski Season Is Already Underway In Colorado

October 14, 2009 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many people are still putting the final touches on their jack-o-lanterns, but it’s already time to break out the skis from the storage unit. Winter has arrived extra early in some parts of Colorado this year. Last week a baseball playoff game was canceled due to a little snow and sleet, and the Loveland Ski Area fired up the lifts for the first time this season on October 7. It’s been cold enough and they've had the snow-making machines running at full force to get everything ready for the beginning of the season.

The resort is about 50 miles outside Denver and this is the first time they’ve opened this early in about 40 years—guess there’s no trouble with global warming up on the slopes. Unless some other ski resort sneakily opened their facility without any fanfare, Loveland is the first ski resort to open in North America this year.

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Park City's Upcoming St. Regis To Get Equally Swanky Funicular

Where: 2300 Deer Valley Drive East [map], Park City, 84060, United States, UT
July 17, 2009 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Right now, we're a little preoccupied with our summer cocktails and our river tubing spots to begin thinking about the upcoming ski season. Yet we did come out of our summertime haze for just a moment to read this press release about the first funicular to ever open at a North American ski resort. The lucky ski resort? Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

The funicular, which is nestled at the base of the mountain at The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort’s Snow Park Building and is adjacent to Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, ascends 500 vertical feet in just 90 seconds to the primary hotel building.

The funicular cars will have panoramic windows that are tinted and UVA and UVB-protected. They will also be heated (with AC operating in the summer) with leather seats and a separate area for luggage. Fifteen well-heeled (booted?) skiers can fit into these cars. But unlike other funiculars in the U.S., the Deer Valley cars will function independently so that "demand can be met at the base and top terminals."

The ride is free and the St. Regis is hoping you'll try the funicular on a lark and then of course, pop into their hotel to check out Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new J&G Grill, a wine bar, or the Remède Spa, or the ski beach overlooking Deer Hollow ski run or the outdoor terrace with its 40-foot long firewall.

A 500-ton crane is installing the funicular as we speak but the St. Regis Resort won't be open until later this year.

Related Stories:
· Park City Travel Guide [Jaunted]
· The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort [Official Site]
· Funicular [Wikipedia]

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Somali Pirates Strike Again

April 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

With so much travel news raining down on us, we don't always have time to give every story its own forecast. Here's more of the day's news, in brief.

· Hostage Situation: Somali pirates took over a U.S.-flagged ship near the Horn of Africa this morning capturing about 21 American crew members. However, the crew was able to regain control of their ship except their captain is still being held hostage. Story unfolding. [NY Post]

· Continental Airlines Switching to Star Alliance: Continental just received U.S. approval to join the Star Alliance. This alliance, which includes United Airlines and Lufthansa, will allow Continental to offer passengers access to more routes and better prices. So they say. Continental is currently a part of SkyOne which includes Delta/Northwest and KLM Airlines. After a 21-public comment period, Continental then can join the Star team. [Chicago Tribune]

· Kentucky Derby Travel for the Rich Only?: Hotel room rates in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby are averaging about $350 a night with the Hyatt Regency going for $1,130 a night. Reasonable or insane? [HotelChatter]

· Hotelicopter Is Kind of Real: One more from our sister site...The Hotelicopter is real in the sense that it's a hotel booking site, not an actual hotel. Oh. [HotelChatter]

· Ski Season Almost Over Dude: Lake Tahoe is closing up soon and LA Times gives you the closing dates for the ski resorts in the region. [LAT Daily Deal and Travel Blog]

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