- This cycle-friendly city on the river Loire has family attractions galore, super street art and tasty food options for children• In this series: Paris | Barcelona | Amsterdam | Berlin | London | RomeNot any more … Nantes is a wonderland for kids and parents. The city, on the river Loire, has seen a cultural reinvention in the past 10 years and there’s easily enough to do to fill a week – or a few days en route south, as my family and I tend to do. The best place to start
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It’s the latest Purgatory has been open in resort history!
With the incredible snowfall this season, nearly 22 feet of snow already and more in the forecast this week, Purgatory Resort was able to extend its season to April 30, the latest the resort has been open in its history. As a way to say thanks for such a fantastic season, Purgatory Resort is offering free lift tickets all weekend.Simply stop by the Ticket Window to receive a f
- There’s such pride in freshness, tradition and quality that it’s hard to eat badly in Italy. Tell us about a rural trattoria or city pizzeria – anywhere that’s stood out for youWith so many categories of restaurant – osteria, rosticceria, tavola calda, etc – it’s pretty clear that Italy takes eating out seriously. We want to hear about your favourite meals with ingredients straight from the farm, brilliant ristorante settings, friendly owners, agriturism
- The terms espresso bar and ‘anarchic ethical hacker collective’ don’t usually go together but this radical bitcoin-only hub in the Czech capital is no ordinary cafePrague has long been home to opulent coffeehouses, where everyone from Kafka to Einstein gathered to debate the burning issues of the day. Fast forward to the 21st century and the tradition of the coffeehouse as radical hub continues in the form of Paralelní Polis’s Bitcoin Coffee in the suburb of Hole&s
- Epic, windswept, dramatic – Daniel Koehler is captivated by the New Zealand beaches. Our weekly look at people’s travels through three pictures posted on Instagram Continue reading...
- Fabulous fresh food is the order of the day – every day – in this ancient riverside town. But explore the temples and beaches by bicycle and all those grilled dishes and pho will have been well-earnedVietnam’s former imperial capital, Huế, has the sights – temples, tombs and the Purple Forbidden City – but much of it was destroyed during the “American war” (from 1955 to 1975). The ancient town of Hội An, 100km south, down the coast, is a much
- Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation.
James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort, Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures and other resorts in the region announced the company is investing an additional $15 million for th
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Dirty Girl Mud Run Partners with Boarding for Breast Cancer on June 10
Boarding for Breast Cancer is the official beneficiary of the Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper
B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.
On June 10, Copper Mountain invites women to participate in one of the world’s largest women’s only mud runs to raise awareness for breast cancer. Boarding for Breast Ca
- In case you haven’t noticed, Spencer Miller, our Colorado College correspondent, is a bit of a gear nerd, and we mean that in the best way possible. Skiing and snowboarding is a gear intensive activity and companies are making improvements year after year to keep you warmer, dryer and safer – all with the goal of making the sport more fun. And let me tell you: it’s fun.
So to round out the year, Spencer wrote some reviews of the gear that kept him on the slopes all season. This
- The Ciro trail, from Dubrovnik to Mostar in southern Bosnia, is encouraging tourists back to the empty green landscape that was largely abandoned during the 1990s wars in the former YugoslaviaIt had become routine, after a hard day’s cycling, to check our Bosnian wild camping spot for landmines. So I carefully tapped the area with a six-foot branch, as I’d been taught on a security course, to make sure the stubby grass was safe. Then I gave the all-clear to my companion, who bounded
- A walking trail created to increase tourism in a rarely visited part of Nepal was in its infancy when the massive earthquake struck two years ago today. It remains open but the brave communities en route are desperate for more visitors and investmentThe young receptionist at Kathmandu’s Nepal tourist office gaped at me with a quizzical look when I asked about The Indigenous Peoples Trail. It was not a good start to my quest for hiking one of Nepal’s lesser-known treks independently.
- Can’t afford the $295 tasting menu at New York’s Eleven Madison Park, the world’s number one restaurant? Now you can sample budget versions of the same dishes at Made Nice, which opened todayThe new Made Nice restaurant is a modern, brightly lit space in New York’s Flatiron district adorned with colourful slogans like “Fresh & Natural” and “Green Power”. It’s here that chef Daniel Humm and co-owner Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park &nda
- At the start of Allergy awareness week, we examine the practicalities and airline policies of flying for those with a nut allergyFor Sophie Wilson, inhaling peanut particles could result in a potentially fatal allergic reaction. So when the 26-year-old boarded a flight to Rio with Lufthansa in October 2015 – having alerted them in advance to her allergy – she didn’t think she’d be risking her life.“I informed them a month before I flew – and the airline said t
- Disney has announced plans for two Star Wars-themed zones. They will probably be blockbusters, but could they join the ranks of the company’s imaginative failures?It has been called the most ambitious project in theme park history, but before you start jostling for a place in the queue for the grand opening of Star Wars Land, it’s worth knowing that a disturbance in the workforce is likely.Throughout their 61-year-history, Disney parks have become synonymous with development hell. An
- From the birthplace of samba to sundowners by the sea, our man in Rio knows where to go for a good night out, as well as the best spots for taking in the breathtaking tropical beauty of the ‘Marvellous City’Run, walk, hire a tandem or pedal a swan boat around Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, know to everyone as simply the lagoa, for one of the simplest but most pleasant evenings you can spend in Rio. Stop along the 7.4km course way for fresh coconut juice, a cold chope (draught beer) or an
- Venerable sweet shop Kwan Kee makes cakes and puddings from scratch every day, winning the Kowloon takeaway recognition from Michelin
• Hong Kong shopping guideKwan Kee snack store has been selling sweets on a busy corner of Fuk Wah street, in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po district, Kowloon, since the 1960s. Owner Fu Wing-Cheung named the shop after his father, Fu Kwan, who sold sweets at a street stall when Fu was a child. The shop is known for sweet snacks: rice-flour pudding, steamed eg
- Rhodes and Kos are the Dodecanese’s big names, but this new island-hopping trip focuses on the archipelago’s smaller gems, where visitors may have the gorgeous beaches to themselvesThere is a blueness of sea that seems feasible only via Photoshop or an Instagram filter, but which is made real around the south-east Aegean’s Dodecanese islands. The star players of the archipelago are Rhodes, Lesbos and Kos, but there are 12 large islands in the group, plus tens of smaller ones. T
- Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capitalBrussels is a city of grand townhouses and art nouveau. Yet plonked in the middle of the Belgian capital, on a nondescript street corner, has appeared a hotel that looks like downtown LA had it been swallowed by lava. An old 1970s art college has been redesigned and rebuilt, by people who usually make film sets, to become the oddest, most fashionable, most affordable stopover
- This pub/cafe/deli on the edge of the Brecon Beacons made a name for itself with its excellent food and laid-back charm. Now it’s added stylish accommodation ‘over the shop’ so diners can crash out after dinnerYou always want a good pub within walking distance of a holiday let. So a cottage that shares a building with a great pub/cafe/deli on the edge of the Brecon Beacons was an appealing prospect. Food writer and broadcaster Simon Wright and family took over the former Golden
- Two powerful earthquakes laid waste to parts of central Italy last year, but resilient producers in fabulously foodie – and beautiful – south-east Umbria are determined to look forward, not back
‘Would you like to meet the pigs?” said Giuseppe Fausti. It seemed a strange idea, popping in on friends and relations of the animals that had just provided a wonderful lunch of chewy salami and differently flavoured summer and winter prosciuttos. But Giuseppe’s must be amon
- To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernessesCanada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular landscapes are in legendary national parks, such as the Rocky Mountains’ Banff and Jasper, the Pacific coast’s Gwaii Haanas and the remote whitewater paddling heaven of the Northwest Territories&rsqu
- Drones were once the preserve of the military but are now available to all, and offer a new perspective on the world. This aerial photography is celebrated in a new book, Dronescapes: The New Aerial Photography from Dronestagram, published by Thames & Hudson Continue reading...
- via SkiingReduced prices are available for ski passes in the United States (West, Midwest and Northeast), Canada, Europe and Japan.
- Author Peter Kerr swapped his Scottish farm for an orange grove and discovered the history and laid-back attitude of ‘l’illa de la calma’The magic of Mallorca and the July atmosphere made me buy an orange farm there, on a whim. I was on holiday with my wife and we were driving through the mountains in the south-west, between Andratx and Cap Deia, when we stumbled upon it. The next day we signed the contract for it. We were farmers in East Lothian and had to sell – the 198
- On a group family holiday at a Normandy chateau, a sceptical dad is pleasantly surprised by how much fun the entertainment and activities are – and that doing nothing is an option, tooCall it an exercise in contrasts. At the summit of Mont Saint-Michel, the bronze statue of the archangel is glinting in the midday sun, sword raised and wings outspread. At the foot of Mont Saint-Michel, a small jam-smeared boy is wriggling through a tiny window in the fortress wall and idly breaking into the
- On an all-inclusive group family holiday at a Normandy chateau, a sceptical dad is pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the entertainment and activities are Call it an exercise in contrasts. At the summit of Mont Saint-Michel, the bronze statue of the archangel is glinting in the midday sun, sword raised and wings outspread. At the foot of Mont Saint-Michel, a small jam-smeared boy is wriggling through a tiny window in the fortress wall and idly breaking into the courtyard of a gendarmerie. The
- The Cali hilltop’s history includes an eerie legend but its present focuses on a park and market where local craftsmanship and creativity is showcasedAccording to Caleños, as Cali locals are called, there is an eerie legend about their cross on the hill. Here, in the mid-1500s, two African slaves are said to have defied their masters by getting married in secret. The couple were betrayed, and killed, and were never given a proper burial, so it is said their souls were left wandering
- On the river Yamuna, Mr Ramnath rows his boat, ready to feed the migrating birds. Many more locals do the same, eager for the good karma it may bring Continue reading...
- Wildlife, mountains, islands and forests … Canada’s natural wonders – from Nova Scotia to Vancouver – have left an indelible mark on our intrepid readersSend a tip for next week’s competition to win a £200 hotel voucherIf you want to experience authentic, raw, outdoor Canada then a few days in Willmore wilderness park will take you out of your comfort zone. Motor vehicles of any kind are banned, but you can hire a horse or a trapper (both about £20 an h
- Pauline Hanson’s home town is a top spot for a weekend break. Forget fish and chips, go on a flying food safari – or try a deliciously demented tasting menuLong the butt of big brother Brisbane’s jokes, Ipswich is coming into its own. The city that gave the world Pauline Hanson is now Queensland’s fastest-growing metropolis, home to 200,000 people from more than 100 ethnic backgrounds. (Today the One Nation senator’s old fish-and-chip shop in the suburbs is owned by
- No one does a pond skim quite like Copper Mountain. Check out the video recap from this year’s SlopeSoakers event to see what we mean…
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- The country is a major draw for its cultural and historic attractions and has great food and drink. Tells us about places to visit, B&Bs, memorable restaurants, museums, festivals and marketsThere’s more to Belgium than beer and chocolate, although that’s a good start. As well as the lures of medieval Ghent and Bruges there are many beautiful small towns, battlefield memorials, great museums and plenty of extraordinary architecture. Less well known are its natural reserves and gr
- The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe provide remote beauty – and a Unesco-approved biosphere reserve – as captured in our weekly look at people’s travels through three pictures posted on Instagram Continue reading...
- via SkiingCave paintings in the Altai Mountains may show the cradle of skiing is in China. But the ethnic minorities who live there worry the old ways are in danger.
- Brighton’s festival scene in May could be the reason for a spring visit but this creative and collaborative seaside town has inspirational art, music, food and drink on tap year-roundYou might imagine that Brighton, the seaside resort and party town, and Brighton, the lefty, bohemian city (the only one in the UK with a Green MP), co-exist independently. Talk to local creatives, however, and that distinction blurs.Brighton is about collaboration generated by the enthusiasm of the people run
- Photo by Dan Bayer courtesy of Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass Bike Park Nights and New Trails
Top-of-Aspen Mountain Summer Enhancement Project Continues
Expanded Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp Restaurant
Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race
Stars Above Aspen Community Astronomy Night Back by Popular Demand
Aspen Snowmass launches summer operations Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29 with the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain running from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily operations on Aspen
- History lesson and fun family day out combine at this sumptuous medieval house and its gardens near Tonbridge. The cycle ride to it is a joy as wellA vast medieval house at one end of sumptuous gardens, surrounded by bucolic Kent weald countryside. Does it sound a bit cup-of-tea, lemon-drizzle dull? Well, no, because there is an excellent adventure playground, a bewildering wheat field maze, a nature walk and a just-taxing-enough cycle from nearby Tonbridge. The gardens are organised into yew-li
This Guy Makes Your Powder Days Possible - Chain Monkey Steve Miesel has helped mountain-bound skiers get to the mountains for over 30 yearsDriving on U.S. Highway 395 in a blinding snowstorm, the shadows darting between roadside lamps seem like a pack of lurking yetis, but they are an entirely different beast. These are the Chain Monkeys, men and women who brave the cold, snow, and wind to chain-up mountain-bound drivers before the going gets steep. Steve Miesel
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- The city’s many bars are piled high with pintxos, the Basque country’s take on tapas, which are a great way of sampling regional specialities for a few euros. Or string a few together to create a brilliant bar crawlBilbainos consider good pintxos a fundamental joy of daily life, and bars dedicated to providing them abound; jocular crowds rather than fancy decor or high prices are the clue to the best. Many also offer a good-value menú del día. The best place to get a fl
- Editor’s Note: As Onno Wieringa gets read to retire after a 45-year career at Alta, Utah, including the last 29 as the resort’s general manager, we look back on this profile that originally published in the November 2015 issue of POWDER (Vol. 44 Issue 3), as well as a short film recently produced by Sweetgrass
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- via NY Ski BlogSnow-starved times call for desperate measures to get one’s ski fix. On a recent spring weekend, I day-tripped to North Creek Ski Bowl to get my fair share of abuse. The year season turned around for the metro area and points north. But on this weekend other options were closed, from the mid-February thaw. The […]
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- Colorado is blessed with an abundance of amazing terrain parks and the award winning park at Aspen Snowmass is right up there with the best of them. Sadly, the winter season at Snowmass has come to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce. This one is for all you snowboard park rats out there: the season ender edit from Aspen’s local Knuckledraggers crew, filmed and edited by Zach Hooper.
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- PHOTOS: Alric Ljunghager Magnus Graner and Pär Peyben Hägglund were stuck. Road-tripping from Finland to Eastern Russia to shoot with production company Level 1, the two young Swedes were stalled at the Russian border for an improperly registered rental car. In danger of losing their Russian visas, they weighed their options: Turn around; sneak through
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- Thailand’s capital is a labyrinth of great bars and restaurants to refuel in after, perhaps, Thai boxing, a river island cycle, or wakeboarding. From fresh mangoes with coconut sauce to acoustic karaoke … it’s all on the menuKo Kret is on the edge of the capital but it’s the sleepy, friendly Thailand that you’ve been looking for. This tiny river island north of the Old City can be reached by boat. Once you get to the pier, head off on one of the dozens of rickety r
- Restaurant and cooking groups whose food is served by refugees are part of projects in Berlin using meals to build bridges between Berliners and recent immigrantsLunchtime on a weekday at Alagami restaurant, in Berlin’s Neukölln district, is busy as usual. Waiters buzz around serving plastic plates brimming with orange-tinted saffron chicken pilaf, tabbouleh and hummus, and tall glasses of labnah yoghurt drink. Outside, a hijab-clad little girl zips past on her e-skateboard. The only
- Kangaroo Island, half an hour from Adelaide, is a haven for all sorts of endangered animals, and a new hiking trail has opened it up for wildlife lovers, tooA large clump of grass is running away from me. “Did you see it?” my guide, Mary, asks. “An echidna!” Its bleached-yellow tuft shambles across the ground, rocking from side to side as it goes. We’re on the Kangaroo Island wilderness trail and it doesn’t disappoint on the wildness front: we’ve only be
- A year on from Prince’s death, a visit to the muscial icon’s Minnesota home reveals he lived as flamboyantly as he performedInside Paisley Park, Prince’s mansion in the suburbs of Minneapolis, the first thing you see is a giant mural of Prince’s eyes, painted high above the entrance, with immaculate lashes and a burst of divine light beaming down from within. Anywhere else it would be the height of arrogance, but not here. If anyone could be forgiven a God-complex, surely
- From Darwin, through Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and finally to Adelaide, the train journey offers travellers something different each day
In the boundless island continent of Australia, too often visitors and citizens fly right over the top and out of the country rather than seeing what’s in the middle. Because of the vast distances of unpopulated areas, Australians – and the eight million tourists who visit each year – mainly travel the country by aeroplane. We hop
- The town of Hershey once supplied the US chocolate giant with sugar for its bars – and Easter eggs – and the railway line built for it is an original way to get around an area, east of Havana, rich in beaches and beauty‘We had the best sugar in the world… and we lived like kings. We had our own baseball club, bands, dances, concerts and movies,” 93-year-old Amparo de Jongh told me in her house in the model town of Hershey, Cuba.De Jongh, the first person to be born
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