- The femme fatale was created in Cambodia’s legendary Hotel Le Royal, which has an aura and history as intriguing as the former first ladyIf Natalie Portman wins best actress at the Oscars for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, there’s a bar in Phnom Penh that will know how to celebrate.The former first lady visited Cambodia in 1967 and had an honorary cocktail created for her at the capital’s Hotel Le Royal, now owned by Raffles hotels. Continue reading...
- This unspoilt village on the doorstep of the vast Alpe d’Huez ski area offers stunning scenery, but is free of the crowds and commercialism of the bigger resortThe village of Vaujany, an hour by car from Grenoble, struck unexpected gold in the 1980s when the government compulsorily purchased a giant chunk of land for France’s largest hydro-electric scheme. Astute villagers invested the money in what was then the largest cable-car in the country, to reach the slopes above the neighbou
- There’s no better way to enjoy the drama of Patagonia than striking out on the W Trek – one of the most remote walks in one of the most beautiful places on EarthAs dusk fell, there on the skyline, at the top of a cliff nearly 100ft above us, was a female puma. Calm and elegant, she looked down on us as if she was choosing the next course of her evening meal.
She was joined by her two cubs. A group of us looked up as the mother groomed one of them and the cub returned the compliment,
Blower Pow Buries Alta - When the canyon closed down, these lucky bastards had the deeps to themselvesIt was a few days to remember this Wednesday thru Friday at Alta. Started with 14 inches overnight, a little dance but the perfect solution to the several days without snow before it. Then two days of incredible blower, the first day the a.m. report said 10 inches but it was really about 20. The
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- The Wildcats, last year’s N.C.A.A. champions, beat No. 23 Creighton, 79-63, to secure their fourth straight Big East regular-season championship.
- Mayfield was arrested and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Fayetteville, Ark., early Saturday.
- A 79-71 loss in the regular-season finale kept top-ranked Gonzaga from becoming the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss.
- All eyes are on LA ahead of the Oscars, and the city has more to offer visitors than ever: new bars and attractions in regenerated districts, better transport options, plus views and beaches galoreThe opening scene of La La Land – which looks set to sweep the board at the Oscars this weekend – may reinforce Los Angeles’ reputation as one big traffic jam, but the rest of the film is essentially a beautifully crafted love letter to the city.And while the famous landscape showcase
- Any doubts about the roadside location of this restaurant with rooms are soon overcome by its comfort, sumptuous food, Tudor charm – and secondary glazingThe house-made ketchup is the clincher. Two diminutive jars in tomato and mushroom varieties by the side of a classy full English breakfast: slow-roasted tomatoes, tasty bacon and sausage and the best black pudding outside Lancashire. The orangey-red tomato ketchup adds fruity depth with none of the usual sugariness, while the mushroom on
- Most visitors to Colombia skip Bogotá, but time spent in the city means discovering one of the best music and nightlife scenes in Latin AmericaBowling alleys will never seem the same once you’ve been to Colombia and played tejo. Not unless you employ equal amounts of beer and gunpowder. Here’s how this little-known Colombian sport works: you throw a lump of metal – it looks like a squashed version of what shotputters throw – down what looks like a bowling lane, aim
- A wave of construction is transforming the West Australian capital, while Rottnest Island and Fremantle continue to delight The first thing you notice about Western Australia is the light; light so piercing that the late David McComb, from the Perth band the Triffids, once noted that no foreign pair of dark sunglasses could ever shield you from it. It’s a dazzling place, all the more so when reflected from the glass towers of the capital’s central business district. Perth is also iso
- Until his debut this week, at the Nordic world ski championships in Finland, Adrian Solano had trained on wheels in South America.
Taos First Ski Area Named B Corp - Toas Ski Valley recognized for its commitment to social and environmental performanceThis week Taos Ski Valley became the first ski resort designated a B Corporation. B Corporations are for-profit companies recognized by the nonprofit B Lab that meet “rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” Long known for its steep and rowdy skiing, the northern New Mexico mountain is the first ski area
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- PHOTO: Courtesy of Sun Valley Fun fact: Sun Valley is a town, a region, and a ski area. The town of Sun Valley is home to the Sun Valley Resort, which includes the lodge, golf course, Nordic skiing tracks, and Dollar Mountain (a small ski hill for beginners, with a big terrain park for the
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- Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin pulled out of a World Cup race in Switzerland because of snow that was described as too soft to be safe.
- The two and another American, Laurenne Ross, pulled out of a World Cup race in Switzerland because of snow that was described as too soft to be safe.
- Champion freerider Reine Barkered on the food, ski trails – and gruff characters – of his mountainside home in northern SwedenMy first memory is being in a backpack as my Dad skied down a mountain. The whole family were skiers: my Mum crashed when she was pregnant with me. As I grew up though, here in Jämtland, I got bored with Alpine skiing – it was too serious – and moved to freeriding, where we hike up mountainsides then ski down, through forests, over cliffs. It&
- The first of a new occasional series on city walks follows a quiet path along the Wensum – rather than main streets – to discover Norwich’s architectural treasures and rich historyFaced with an unfamiliar city, the temptation for many visitors is to head straight for the centre. In Norwich, this is particularly true for those who go by train: the station forecourt seems to be pointing you towards the main drag, the bridge over the river, the shops, the castle and the museum.Tho
- You’re here. Finally. It wasn’t easy—you probably took a long train ride, or drove through the night and day, or sat on two pricey planes (at least) to get to the northwest corner of the “last best place on earth”—Whitefish, Montana. You and yours came because you like to ski where it’s quiet and clear.
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The Most Adventurous Woman on the Mountain - On this episode of the Nausicaa Cast, ski mountaineer Hilaree O'Neill talks first ascents and constant learningPHOTO: Mason Mashon/CLIF Bar On this episode of the “Nausicaa Cast” podcast, presented by Powder Radio, host Hadley Hammer interviews ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill. One of the most adventurous women in the outdoor sphere, she has made first descents all over the world. In 1996, O’Neill headed to Chamonix with plans to stay a few
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How To Use A Sailboat to Ski Powder - Exploring the seas and mountains via sailboat and skis with the Seeking Nirvana crewIn an age where every Backseat Barry has a webisode series, the boys from Seeking Nirvana stand apart. Winners of Best Editing at the 17th Annual Powder Awards, Riley Leboe and his crew have established their own unique aesthetic. Their latest episode, the first of the series’ second season, is called “Tales of Vienna.” The
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- A Pacific coast cycle to Malibu, unspoilt Catalina island and a visit to an 18th-century Spanish mission belie the view of LA being all about movie studios and freeway traffic
• Enter next week’s competition – the best tip wins a £200 hotel voucherLA is known as a car city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it by bike too. The ride along the coast northwards is fantastic. From Venice Beach, a cycle route runs right by the sands, to pass Santa Monica Pier. T
- This shot – taken from a helicopter by a news crew – reveals the scope of Kawazu’s early-blooming cherry blossom trees Continue reading...
- This part of south-west Australia is known for great cabernets and chardonnays but could soon have as many craft breweries as it does vineyardsThree hours’ drive south of Perth on the Kwinana Freeway, amid forests of century-old karri trees and kangaroo-filled grasslands is the town of Margaret River, centre of south-west Australia’s wine country. Or is it?Recently, this region has been showing a growing interest in beer. In the past year, a handful of microbreweries have started jos
The Master: Skogen Sprang - On this episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, freeskiing legend Skogen Sprang talks about the past, present, and future of the sportThis week on the “Sponsored” podcast, freeskiing legend Skogen Sprang stops by to talk with host by Mike Powell about his career as a competition and film skier, his style and versatility. “Appreciate what you can do.” —Read more on freeskiing pioneer Skogen Sprang. “I did look at it as you should be able to
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- Leave civilization behind in this video from Winter Park as one snowboard explores the Vasquez Ridge Territory, the place to go to get away from it all. Drop in from the top of the Pioneer Lift and leave civilization behind.
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Buttermilk Ski Area Reopens with Full Services for Uphilling Apr. 8–9
The City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company are partnering to extend the season for uphilling by hosting a full weekend of free access at Buttermilk Mountain the weekend of Apr. 8-9. Although the lifts will not be running, crews will groom 70% of the terrain to all three portals; Tiehack, Main and West for all-mountain access.“An event like this helps build the foundation of the Up
- Use these strategies for getting kids off the couch—and onto the chairlift.
Lifelong skiers and snowboarders know that snowsports have the power to inform your life, transform your mindset, and bond families and friends. Anyone who has set metal edge to snow and felt the near frictionless thrill of flying down a snow-covered mountainside will tell you the experience is incomparable. The sports of skiing and snowboarding, unlike say field hockey, are indeed lifelong sports.
Learn to ski an
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Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are ready to welcome spring as we head into March and April, traditionally the snowiest months, with full calendars of events, deals, promotions and activities for the whole family. Between now and the end of spring, guests at CSCUSA resorts can participate in a variety of fun racing events, enjoy a range of live music and much more.
Below is a sample of the spring festivities at resorts across Col
The Golden Ticket to A Dream Hut Trip - A dream trip to a British Columbia heli hut is within reach. Really.“What does holy mean? It’s from the church, right?” Seb asked. “It’s something sacred,” Kevin answered. Seb was quiet, then said, “We’re in a holy place, yeah?” Everyone sitting around the breakfast table nodded, suddenly solemn, at Sebastien Trudeau, the French-Canadian custodian of Meadow Lodge, our home for a week in the Golden, British Columbia,
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- Share your experiences of a great local guide, homestay or community project you’ve come across in India. Send us your tips for a chance to win a £200 voucher from uk.hotels.comThere’s a wealth of community-based initiatives for visitors to connect with and explore the real India. We want to hear about experiences: maybe an inspiring family homestay, locally organised tour or women’s co-op selling handicrafts or textiles.Send us a tip about the ordinary people who make up
- When it comes to getting social, Gothenburg leads the way, according to a new survey, which also reveals New Yorkers eat out the most and Madrid loves to party – but London fails to make top 20Gothenburg has been named the world’s most sociable city, according to a new study looking into the social behaviour and attitudes of residents in 39 destinations. In the study, commissioned by the booking site Hostelworld, cities were graded in 10 categories, including the frequency with which
Bring Bump Skiing Back! - The Midwest Mogul Mash makes damn sure you don't ever forget about the bumpsThis story originally published in POWDER’s November 2017 issue (Vol. 45 Issue 3). PHOTO: Arnie Tydell The Who: Terry really wants to click his poles against my poles, in mid air. This is not sexual innuendo. It’s a trick he just came up with. We’re at the top of 230 vertical feet of muddy, slushy
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- Instagrammer Genie Austin’s shots of northern Morocco capture its exotic allure as well as everyday life Continue reading...
- Regularly part of the Tour de France route, this 1,474-metre Pyrenean pass is also bird of prey central in summer and autumnIt’s not the highest pass in the Pyrenees, nor perhaps the most spectacular. And it certainly doesn’t get the attention of close neighbours, the Tourmalet and Aubisque. But for me the Col du Solour is wonderful for two reasons. First, it was the first Pyrenean pass that I managed to cycle up, much to my own surprise – it’s 1,474 metres above sea leve
- A world away from Florida’s crowded water and theme parks, the 900 springs that bubble up into the state’s streams and rivers provide stunning oases for swimming – and in winter you’re likely to have them to yourselfWe looked underwater and understood Rainbow river’s colourful name. Shafts of late afternoon sun tipped blades of lime green eelgrass with gold, while silver bubbles trailed behind our flippers in the blue water. Every day, over 400m gallons of crystal-c
An Interview with The Jaded Local - Hear from columnist Hans Ludwig on this episode of The Storytellers podcastGrab a PBR and sit back as host Sam Taggart chats with The Jaded Local on this episode of “The Storytellers” podcast. Hear from writer Hans Ludwig on the column’s beginnings, its evolution over time, and how, in its various creative iterations, it continues to cut through the absurdities of skiing and the ski industry:
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Nor’eastah Slams Sugarloaf - Maine ski area receives five-plus feet in 10-day storm cycle, making for All Time conditionsAll Time, produced by Powder Productions, is brought to you by Abom. Filmer Taylor Walker still can’t get over how light and deep it was. Over a 10-day period, starting in early to mid-February, five feet of snow fell in the Northeast—specifically, Sugarloaf, Maine. But on the morning of February 13, Walker and his crew
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The Great Afghanistan Hope - How two Afghans are bringing positive change to their country through skiingWhen the two men slid through the finish line in the World Alpine Ski Championships at St. Moritz last week, they didn’t have quite the same crowds that lined the racecourse at Corviglia, the slope where champions like France’s Tessa Worley and Switzerland’s Beat Feuz would clinch gold. Coming in 73rd and 74th out of
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Vail Resorts to Buy Stowe Mountain for $50 Million - The Vermont ski area will be Vail Resorts' first East Coast propertyUntil now, Stowe was the only ski resort in America under the same ownership since 1949. PHOTO: Courtesy Stowe Mountain Resort Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that it will purchase Stowe Mountain Resort from current owners for $50 million, making it the company’s first mountain resort on the East Coast. The addition will be Vail Resort’s
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- via NY Ski BlogMount Greylock Ski Club is a small members-only ski area located on the flank of the tallest mountain in Massachusetts. Established in the 1930s, the club has no electricity, plumbing or telephone. It also has no snowmaking and no chairlifts and two rope tows. In most meaningful ways it’s no different then when it was […]
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- Ditching the usual tourist suspects, Guardian Travel’s reporter takes us on a tour of his favourite clubs, bars, venues and restaurants around LondonSee more tips from our correspondents around the worldOne of my favourite venues in London is The Yard Theatre. Taking up one corner of the courtyard that is also the home of Crate Brewery and the raw nightclub Bloc, the Yard has managed to carve a niche as a lighthearted venue that programmes interesting contemporary dance and theatre, as wel
- Photo by Nic Alegre The lost boys and former circus freaks stand on Shuksan Arm, waiting for the light to clear. We’re on the lip of Beast Ridge. The glaciated face of Shuksan, the spine-striped ridgeline synonymous with Mount Baker, fades in and out of fog in the distance. I cannot see shit. Finally, the
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Pushing the Limits of Ski Cinematography - How 25-year-old Swiss skier Nico Vuignier lit the internet on fire with his unique and creative video projectsThis interview was first published in our November 2016 issue (45.3). PHOTO: Reudi Fluck Professional skier, graphic designer, filmmaker, and, in his own words, “technology geek”—all encompass the essence of Nico Vuignier, the 25-year-old Swiss skier who lit the internet on fire last winter with three unique and creative video projects. From swinging a cell
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- As cycling grows in popularity among Indians, Darjeeling has opened the country’s first hill station bike path, with views of the world’s highest mountainsI am eating peanut butter straight from the jar with my hands. It’s not my finest moment but my body needs fuel: I have just cycled 20km at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. It is worth it, though. Around me is a thick pine forest under clear blue skies. In the distance I can see the Himalayas, notably Kanchenjunga, the third
- From witchetty grubs to sapodillas, crocodile meat to laksa, the variety of food and drink on offer in the Top End is rich • Northern Territory: regional guideWhile not renowned as a culinary destination, the Northern Territory offers plenty of adventures for foodies willing to try bush-tucker delights or deep dive into the tropical fruits and flavours of the Top End. For lovers of seafood, locally caught wild barramundi is plentiful, and is often cooked in native lemon myrtle or with chill
- For seamless days on the slopes with the family, you need to strategize.
There is little in this world more precious than the vision of a toddler bundled in a snowsuit, helmet, goggles and ski boots. Talk about a photo op. But getting the smallest of skiers and riders—the toddler set—onto the slopes can feel like a monumental undertaking. Some would say getting to the top of the Seven Summits is easier than getting pint-size skiers to the top of the Magic Carpet. Just remember, you&
The East Coast Gets Redemption - Returning from a bad snow year, there’s nothing like deep pow deliveranceThanks goodness for the return of deep days. PHOTO: Lenny Christopher It’s 7:15 a.m. and the combo of sand, gravel, and salt that coats New England roads from November to April is no match for Mother Nature’s last performance. The season’s first Nor’easter has delivered 24 inches overnight, leaving the roads slick, and pushing Western
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Which Ski Run Is Better for the Planet? - The method of clearing a ski run can be the difference between a permanent scar on the mountain and a healthy landscapePHOTO: Hank de Vre We’re on a mountain, but at the moment skiing is a distant abstraction. I’m sweating through my shirt and pining for sunscreen, following Jennifer Burt as she leads the way through shoulder-high brush. “In retrospect, maybe I should’ve brought you up the trail,” she says. We’re at Powder Bowl ski area,
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- It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution started in St Petersburg. These tips from The Calvert Journal’s new app explore the city’s fascinating history as well as its contemporary youth cultureFounded in 1754 by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage is one of the world’s oldest museums and has the largest collection of paintings in the world, as well as classical antiquities and decorative art. It came screaming into the 21st century when the new contemporary art wing, in the
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