Full of inspiration, The Bunch has released their newest short flim, India Kash. Taking to the city streets, snow-patched foothills, and evergreen forests of Kashmir for their latest project, the 20-minute movie takes footage from the group’s 17 day journey into this politically-charged mountainous region bordering India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. The fast-paced, skate-inspired edit,
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- PHOTO: Ray Gadd When Jill Rubin, 66, sold her first hot dog through the window of an old sheep wagon parked at the base of Sun Valley, she did it Chicago-style—with the works. It was December 1977 and Rubin and a friend were looking for a way to support their ski habit. What was meant
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- Tourism in Montenegro is booming, but the approval of plans for a new ‘eco-resort’ has led to protests from conservationists who fear it will threaten a stunning national parkLike it’s Adriatic neighbour Croatia, Montenegro is a rapidly-growing travel destination: in 2016 there were nearly 1.5 million visits from international tourists – up 6.9% on 2015. But although the country is known for eco-tourism and as a “soft adventure” hotspot, tourism development ha
- From a chef’s tour of Paris to the new Cornish pasty heritage centre, these mouth-watering trips across Europe are worth savouringWhether the name is to your taste or not, Cornucopia, a multimillion-pound food attraction due to open in Cornwall this summer, will hopefully satisfy the tastebuds of foodies visiting the West Country. Just outside the town of St Austell, Cornucopia will be home to the UK’s first Cornish pasty heritage centre, where visitors can try making the regional tr
- In Little Italy, the godfather of New York pizza joints serves up no-nonsense ‘slices of history’ (no pineapple or tandoori chicken toppings here) from an old coal-fired ovenThere are almost 75,000 pizzerias in the US, and the granddaddy of them all is Lombardi’s, an unassuming place opened more than a century ago at 32 Spring Street, in New York’s Little Italy. Its coal-fired oven, installed in the early 1900s, produces a chewy, blistered crust markedly different from th
- The new open-all-year ice hotel is the base for exploring the dramatic, snowy beauty of the frozen northThe teenage me, buried deep beneath midriff fat and caution, screamed yes at the thought of a trip to the Swedish Arctic. The grown-up me – mother, wife, daughter, fulcrum of home life – started to risk assess. But my father had died in June and I thought a small adventure would do me good.
After two plane rides, I landed in Kiruna, home to the largest underground mine in the world
- Santiago is emerging from the shadow of its South American neighbours with a vibrant food scene and rapidly changing neighbourhoods. Our local writer explains how to make the most of a stay in this dynamic city Santiago has always stood in the shadows of its South American neighbours. It doesn’t have the beaches of Rio or the faded opulence of Buenos Aires, but this modern city of seven million people on the edge of the Andes is beginning to win over global travellers. Airlines are jumping
- Of 44 resorts and cities surveyed worldwide, Portugal’s sunny southern coast offers the best-value, says ‘holiday costs barometer’The Algarve has been named the cheapest destination for UK tourists in 2017, a year that may be defined by the “currency conscious holiday”.The popular Portuguese region has topped Post Office Travel Money’s worldwide holiday costs barometer for the second year running. The survey looks at the average price of tourist staples at 44
- Whether you’re looking for a dream holiday or a last-minute city break, here’s the lowdown on how to find bargains and late deals for all types of getaway from now until December
Book now: Mediterranean favourites
If you fancy a Mediterranean beach holiday this summer, don’t take any chances. Last year, with thousands sidestepping Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey in favour of “safer” European options, there was a shortage of holidays in Spain, Italy and Portugal in July an
This Might Be the Run of the Year - Getting first tracks in 20 feet of snow off Mammoth's Chair 22 was nothing short of heavenAfter an unprecedented 10-day storm in Mammoth, which allowed for a new term—”atmospheric river”—to enter the skier lexicon, locals finally got to rejoice and indulge in the bounty. After three different storm cycles, featuring heavy snow, wind, and rain, snow totals ranged from 101 to 154 inches, with over 20 feet on the upper reaches
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- Like most skiers out West, I was watching the weather closely last week when forecasts were calling for 20-plus inches in Utah, real snow within Portland city limits, and more than 15 feet in Mammoth and throughout the Sierras. This guy thought the forecast was a glitch in the system. By Monday morning, it was
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- Warm welcome, fantastic breakfast, thoughtful extra touches … many things go into making a great B&B, and we’d like to hear about ones you’ve stayed at – in the UK and overseasThe British B&B is an institution – once derided but now lauded as the best in the world (at least according to recent Tripadvisor awards). Beyond the UK, B&Bs may not play such a prominent part in the holiday experience, but they can still make brilliant places to stay if the own
- Our 2017 competition gives readers the chance to win a fantastic 16-night wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus Travels – and see the photos from the trip published in Guardian TravelEnter our January competitionGuardian Travel’s monthly readers’ photography competition is an opportunity for you to share your journeys around the world, and for us to showcase your work in a monthly online gallery.The winner of each month’s competition (who must be a UK residen
- 1. The Guardian Travel readers’ photography competition 2017 (the “Competition”) is open to UK residents aged 18 and over subject to paragraphs 2-4 below.
2. Employees or agencies of Guardian News & Media Limited (“GNM”), Exodus Travels, their group companies or their family members, freelance contributors to GNM or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter the Competition. Continue reading...
- Love taking photos? Then enter our travel photography competition – via GuardianWitness for a chance to win a 16-night wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus Travels. There is no theme – just send us your best shot From landscape photography to atmospheric shots of a street market to wildlife and nature – we’d love you to send us your best travel shot. We’ll choose and publish a selection of our favourites, and the winning image will receive a £200
- ‘Strangers will invite you for a chai just to talk and exchange ideas.’ The guidebook writer says the West Bengal capital is very different from its City of Joy imageOld India hands know Kolkata as the most soulful city in India. Contrary to the picture painted in Dominique Lapierre’s novel City of Joy, Kolkata is vibrant, uplifting and probably the friendliest city in the subcontinent. Strangers will invite you for a chai just to talk and exchange ideas. Friendships are struck
Does the Freeride World Tour Still Matter? - Why competition skiing is still relevant—and always will be—in the social media ageLoic Collomb-Patton preps for his run down Chamonix’ Mont Blanc in 2016. The run earned him the top podium spot on last year’s Swatch Freeride World Tour. PHOTO: J. Bernard The world’s top freeride skiers will be dropping into the alpine needles of Mont Blanc Massif at the end of the month to kick off
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- Women ride in traditional costume to the opening ceremony of the winter Nadam fair in West Ujimqin Banner, Inner Mongolia, China Continue reading...
- With 100 gins on the menu, in-room cocktails and the chance to join a three-hour tasting, don’t expect a stay at London’s first gin hotel to be hangover free. At least it’s not far to stagger to bedI first went to the Ginstitute in 2012. Back then, it was a tiny room above a pub on Portobello Road, west London, where a handful of people could squeeze in to gen up on gin. After decades in vodka’s shadow, gin was finally starting to come back into fashion. This diminutive d
Behind the Cover: The Photo Annual - Take a closer look at the January cover shot in this episode of "The Storytellers" podcast“The Storytellers” podcast is back to take a closer look at the cover shot on this year’s Photo Annual issue (45.5). Host Sam Taggart chats with veteran photographer Jeff Cricco about his shot of skier Dorian Densmore as it came together in the Vail backcountry last March. Hear Cricco’s thoughts on the state of photography
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XXX Skiing: Vin Diesel Can Shred - Because Cody Townsend and LJ Strenio are his stunt skiers in the latest XXXWhat do you do when you’re stuck on the top of a radio in the middle of the jungle with the world chasing you? You put skis on and you jump. Duh. In the upcoming Vin Diesel thriller, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, the guy does just that. LJ Strenio, Sandy Boville, Karl Fostvedt, Cody
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Storm Dispatch: Crested Butte, Colorado - The biggest storm in memory is the reason we live in mountain townsIt’s 5 a.m., I just woke up to meet a friend and his Bobcat in front of my brother’s house where I spent the night on the couch because my truck is stuck in snow ruts in the road out front. It was only supposed to snow three inches last night, but there is at
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- One of the breakout stars from the 2016 film season, Connery Lundin likes to go big. Which explains how he stood atop the podium as the 2015 Freeskiing World Tour champion, in addition to landing parts in Powder Productions’ and KGB Productions’ 2016 release, Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks, and Matchstick’s film, Ruin and Rose.
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- Recent storms post challenge for resorts, but skiers enjoying conditions of a lifetime
On the morning of Jan. 11, the official snow report at Colorado’s Monarch Mountain was 6 inches.
Snow reports are usually accurate. This was a lie.
That’s because the day before, the lifts never ran. So much heavy, wet snow fell in such a short time, 46 inches in 48 hours, that the Colorado Department of Transportation couldn’t keep up and on Jan. 10 never opened U.S. Highway 50, the only ac
Keep Skiing In Your Heart - On this episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, Frank Raymond talks about keeping skiing realOne of the original rail skiers, Frank Raymond, of Montreal, was instrumental in paving the way for today’s contemporary urban scene. On this episode of the “Sponsored” podcast, host Mike Powell has an honest discussion with a very frank Frank Raymond about the untimely end of his career, and what he learned from skiing. “I
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Marco Sullivan on the World Cup’s Hardest Run - Endurance and mental toughness are needed to attack this treacherous Swiss track, the Lauberhorn DownhillBy Dave Brennan and Marco Sullivan At the base of the iconic 13,020-foot Eiger is a small Swiss village with a uniqueness that goes beyond its car-free environment or stature as the historical birthplace of alpine ski racing. This is the only World Cup venue where competitors and recreational skiers mingle freely while on the
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- Shot in more than 40 locations in LA, the musical La La Land is ‘a love letter to the city’, according to its producer. To coincide with the UK release, we asked a local writer to pick some of the film’s iconic settings• Spoiler alert: some plot points are revealed in this article. Continue reading...
- Explore the Andes on foot, take a campervan road trip, get close to volcanoes – some made of chocolate – or sample pisco sour in Santiago, and beyond. Guardian readers revel in the best of ChileThe volcano Villarrica is impossible to miss in Pucón; it looms over you no matter where you go in town. Climbing this monster, kitted out with crampons and mountain gear, was an experience I’ll never forget and the fact that it’s one of the most active in Chile made it more
WATCH: All Time Prelude – Mammoth - The wild "atmospheric river" weather phenomenon continues to hammer the Sierra, with blue skies finally in the forecastIf you’ve been following the deluge hammering the Sierra Nevada Mountains the last week, you’d know that Mammoth and Tahoe have received 14 feet of snow, and 20 feet in the depositions zones. TWENTY FRIGGIN’ FEET. And also 20-percent of water content, in addition to heavy rain and wind. But it hasn’t been powder nirvana.
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All Time Prelude: Mammoth - The wild "atmospheric river" weather phenomenon continues to hammer the Sierra, with blue skies finally in the forecastIf you’ve been following the deluge hammering the Sierra Nevada Mountains the last week, you’d know that Mammoth and Tahoe have received 14 feet of snow, and 20 feet in the deposition zones. TWENTY FRIGGIN’ FEET. Unfortunately, the snow is 20 percent water content. The area also has heavy rain and wind. In sum: It’s
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- People are comparing the storm cycle that’s pounding the West right now to the winters of ’98, of 2005, 2006, 2011, or ’83, or ’52. But the difference between the storms of 2017 and the storms of past is the sheer amount of record in the form of photos and videos documenting the dumpage. You
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- The forecast called for extraordinary precipitation on California’s Sierra Nevada. A week later, the region has seen more than 20 feet of snow, severe rains, flooding, and even more snow. This is one skier’s account from the epicenter, Mammoth Mountain. See the storm through a local’s eyes in the first two installments. Day 7: Monday,
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- Tell us about a river trip in Sarawak, a wildlife trek in Sabah, a hotel in George Town, or bar in Kuala Lumpur and you could win a £200 voucher from uk.hotels.comMalaysia has fantastic beaches and forest wilderness, plus a plethora of interesting towns with a mix of modern, colonial and traditional architecture. Whether you’ve found a great family-run hotel in Ipoh, delicious street food in George Town or come face to face with a shark while diving off Redang Island, we want to hear
- The city council is considering a charge for overnight visitors – but fears being labelled ‘the tax city’The “tourist tax” is one of those ideas that everyone agrees is great – and then quietly drops. But now the historic city of Bath might take the plunge and become the first place in the UK to implement one.With the city’s council facing £37m of cuts in the next five years, it is considering an extra charge for overnight visitors to Bath, a local
- Whether it be political, commercial or artistic, bold graphics and Chinese characters combine to dramatic effect on the streets of Hong Kong, as food and travel bloggers Gabriella and Nicolas show Continue reading...
- via NY Ski BlogLast weekend I drove to the Southern Adirondacks looking for more magic. I’m here to report that I did find it, at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge, NY. From some crazy reason, the mountain has been off my radar. I vaguely remember seeing a sign for McCauley on the drive to Snow Ridge last season. Then last week, […]
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Meet The National Brotherhood of Skiers - The storied history and uncertain future of the National Brotherhood of SkiersWords by Katie Baker Photos by Chip Kalback A Sunday afternoon in late winter isn’t typically the most festive time of year, but try telling that to the hundreds of folks slipping around the California-side base of Heavenly Mountain in Lake Tahoe this past February. They hugged and they hollered and—in the case of a
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- More than 100 years of history are on show in this listed, refurbished library in north Berlin – which has been a pool, a restaurant and a cinemaLibraries are among my favourite places on the planet, and I’m lucky that one of Berlin’s best, the Luisenbad library, is in the northern suburb of Wedding, where I live. It’s reached by a dark path between a burger joint and a kebab shop, or by a walk along the Panke river. Both lead to a bright courtyard with an impressive neo-
- Ever since the traditional ski-shop business model—buy a lot of product and hope to sell it for twice as much—ran into the e-commerce meat grinder a decade ago, it has only gotten tougher for shops to exist, never mind thrive. According to SnowSports Industries America, consumers bought nearly $1 billion worth of snow sports equipment
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- Hull is seizing the chance to show off its cultural hotspots – and appetite for a party. Our writer rejoices at her home town’s newfound cool, and lists the best places to eat, drink, stay and shopI’ve often fantasised about coming from somewhere cool: Brighton, say, or Liverpool, even Newcastle. Saying you’re from Hull usually gets blank or pitying looks. Vice magazine last year called it a “glum port town falling apart at the seams”. Its post-war centre is,
- The Ridge Cat at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.
Ski Areas Enhance Guest Experience Throughout the Season with Free Offerings
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas are known for their world class snow, skiing and snowboarding and overall guest experience, but many guests, including ski area veterans, may not realize there are many free offerings throughout ski country to enjoy.
Below are some of the free opportunities that CSCUSA members have to offer:Wolf Creek Ski Area
It’s Time for More Creativity in the Backcountry - Dylan Siggers, 23, is redefining the way skiers interact with backcountry terrainVideo above is an excerpt from Dylan Siggers’ segment in the Burrrlapz The Movie. When Dylan Siggers was a kid skiing at Fernie in British Columbia, he often sat atop the tower that housed the avalauncher to watch his dad and the ski patrol shoot explosive charges to trigger avalanches and safely open the ski
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Getting Creative in the Backcountry - Dylan Siggers, 23, is redefining the way skiers interact with backcountry terrainVideo above is an excerpt from Dylan Siggers’ segment in the Burrrlapz The Movie. When Dylan Siggers was a kid skiing at Fernie in British Columbia, he often sat atop the tower that housed the avalauncher to watch his dad and the ski patrol shoot explosive charges to trigger avalanches and safely open the ski
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- via SkiingBig Sky, one of the country’s largest ski areas, is relatively undiscovered. But $1 billion in development set for the next decade seems sure to change that.
- It’s difficult to remember when skiing didn’t hold significance for me, but I know that dark star of youthful frivolity still lurks, lodged somewhere in the ether. Doubtless those were days of physical fumbling, uncertain amusement, and awkward fraternity. Sometime later, as skiing became a more frequent habit, the worm turned: Solo time in the
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Gimme Some Sugar - Sugar Bowl, California, holds onto its independence through a community-first ethosThis story originally published in the October 2016 issue of POWDER (45.1). Subscribe to the magazine here. PHOTO: Grant Barta You blew it. I cursed myself as I turned the key in the Nissan ignition. It’s mid-January, and so far the winter has seen a conveyor belt of systems roll across Northern California. This was
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- Museo Atlántico will be inaugurated on 10 January as artist Jason deCaires Taylor completes his monumental underwater sculpture work, featuring more than 300 life-size human figures. All photographs: Jason deCaires Taylor and CACT Lanzarote Continue reading...
Photos from Tahoe’s Powder Cycle - From famed Sierra Cement, to flooding, and back into an epic powder cycleFull famed Sierra Cement, to flooding, and back into an epic powder cycle
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- via The Ski ChannelAscent to Powder is a film that highlights the unique atmosphere of a cookie cutter, ski centric Christmas town called Fernie. Heiko Socher and his wife Linda were the primary visionaries and founders of the unique resort town. Fernie is located in a small valley, that miraculously gets dumped on every season.
Ascent to Powder – Tale of a Ski Town (Fernie, BC Ski Film)
Back in the 70′s, Fernie was first introduced to the uncommon sport of skiing, before it became the town’s wa
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