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What's the Difference Between Banff's Three Ski Areas?

March 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

View of North American chairlift at Norquay

Alberta's Banff National Park has three ski areas within its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other. We took a look at the views you can expect from each of them yesterday, but what else differentiates them? Below, we break down the Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise ski areas:

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5 Tips For Beating the Crowds at Vail on Holiday Weekends

January 16, 2015 at 2:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Beat the lift lines at Colorado's most popular resort by following these tips

The ideal situation when navigating popular ski resorts is to make your way to the mountain during the work week, when crowds are nonexistent and lines are thin. But in reality, that’s just not possible for many people.

Thousands and thousands of skiers and snowboarders will head to Vail for the upcoming MLK and President’s Day weekends, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste your day away in the lift line.

Below are five tips for beating the crowds on busy weekends at Vail:

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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.

Outdoor Adventures:
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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