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Taking a trip to the snow is one of the most fun and exciting things that you can do on your family holidays. There’s simply something magical about a skiing vacation, and there’s something that every age and skill level can enjoy when you choose the right resort. If you’re looking for the best places to hit the snow on your next holiday, here are some of the top ski resorts that the whole family can enjoy.

The Remarkables

Located just 45 minutes from the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown, The Remarkables is popular with families who want to stay in town and travel to the slopes in between their other holiday activities. From gentle beginner terrains which encourage a steady progression, to adrenaline pumping Black Diamond runs for the passionate ski experts, The Remarkables ski fields can cater for every ability within your family. Their kids clubs are extensive and well planned, and there are plenty of great facilities when you’re ready for a warm drink and a bite to eat. Why not add a ski adventure at The Remarkables to your Queenstown holiday, and enjoy the best that the area has to offer.

Treble Cone

Here is a ski field that actively markets itself as being family friendly, with something on offer for all ability levels and ages. With great value family passes on offer and full gear available to hire, Treble Cone makes a day on the slopes a fun and affordable experience. There are specialised lesson systems for all ages, from one on one introduction classes for the little ones to exciting group lessons for kids aged 5 and over. There’s plenty of action to be had for the older and more experienced skiers as well, with a range of slopes tailored to suit all ability levels. With professional childcare available and a warm café looking out over the kids slopes for parents, Treble Cone lives up to its reputation as being one of the best family ski fields around.

Mount Hutt

Another family favourite, Mount Hutt sweetens the snow holiday deal by offering a very special promotion to families with children who are less than 10 years of age. For every paying adult, the Kids4Free program offers free travel, accommodation, meals and skiing to any child under 10 in partnership with local participating businesses. This initiative is one of the most innovative ways to make your next ski holiday as affordable as it is enjoyable. They offer a range of specialised kids clubs, beginner slopes and some serious advanced challenges for those seeking a bit more of an adrenaline rush. The whole family is well and truly catered for when you choose to holiday at Mount Hutt.

New Zealand offers some of the best ski slopes for families to enjoy their snow holidays together. When you’re looking for a great family getaway, keep these top ski resorts in mind to ensure that your getaway is truly the trip of a lifetime.

(This post was written by Emma Jane)

The majority of summers during our first three decades of marriage were spent camping in the national parks — from Acadia to Zion. And we did so in a series of four VW campers, the first of which was so underpowered it was unable to make the minimum speed limit heading west against the wind on a Wyoming interstate. Indeed, spending three months each summer in a VW bus is the gold standard for testing the oft-repeated vow “….. for better, for worse.”

Elements of campground desirability tend to be homogeneous. Most of us probably prefer a peaceful environment, beautiful scenery, spacious sites offering a degree of privacy, availability of drinkable water and flush toilets. Showers, of course, are a nice addition. Cost isn’t a differentiating factor for national park campgrounds because rates span a relatively narrow range.

Still, there are some campgrounds that stand out. So, here are some of our favorites. We are listing only those that are accessible via a typical family vehicle. Therefore, no hike-in or backcountry campgrounds are included.

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument: Belle Fourche Campground 

This is perhaps our favorite among all national park campgrounds. Located in a grove of cottonwood trees (unfortunately, lack of water is causing the trees to look pretty shabby) the campground is seldom crowded. Most campers depart relatively early in the morning after staying only one night. Thus, we nearly always have the campground to ourselves throughout most of the day. A number of campsites offer excellent views of Devils Tower. A trail leads from the campground through a prairie dog town to the visitor center at the base of the tower. Another meanders along the Belle Fourche River.

Glacier National Park: Two Medicine Campground 

It’s a great location to appreciate this wonderful park without the crowds. Located about 13 miles from East Glacier, the campground is near peaceful Two Medicine Lake and a camp store that was constructed as a chalet by the Northern Pacific Railroad. Many of the nearly 100 sites provide shade while a shuttle offers transportation to locations along the east side of the park. Red Bus tours also make a stop here.

Olympic National Park: Kalaloch Campground

Olympic National Park: Kalaloch Campground 

It would be difficult to find a campground with a more spectacular setting than this relatively large unit (170 sites) that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The driftwood-covered beach below offers a world-class place to stroll, and dozing off with the sounds of circling gulls and the ocean’s roar isn’t a bad way to spend part of a lazy afternoon. Fog, mist, and wind are frequent visitors to the Washington coast, but this is all part of the coastal experience. Kalaloch Lodge is a short walk north so a warm restaurant with hot coffee isn’t far away. During our first drive to Kalaloch many years ago, the fog in the distance was so thick that we were certain a major forest fire was in progress.

Grand Teton National Park: Signal Mountain Campground 

Situated in a grove of fir and spruce trees, Signal Mountain is an ideal location from which to explore the Jackson Lake and Jenny Lake areas of Grand Teton National Park. Even with nearly 100 sites, the campground fills very early from June through August. Groceries, supplies, and meals are nearby at Signal Mountain Lodge. Although views of the mountains and lake are not available from all campsites, a short walk will reveal some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the country.

Lassen Volcanic National Park: Manzanita Lake Campground 

This large campground (179 sites) has been a favorite since our first visit in the mid-1970s. In a pine forest at 6,000 feet, the cool summer temperatures are a welcome relief for travelers who have driven up from the hot and dry Central Valley. The giant sugar pines drop cones so large they could stagger Mike Tyson if he ever decides to camp here. A path circling Manzanita Lake leads to Loomis Museum and its exhibits that document the 1914-1917 volcanic eruptions here. Bring a canoe or inflatable raft and enjoy a quiet morning paddling the lake.

Capitol Reef National Park: Fruita Campground 

One of the most unusual and enjoyable campgrounds found in any national park, Fruita is set amid an orchard maintained by the National Park Service. We haven’t camped here for some time, but we have pleasant memories of picking apricots, apples, and cherries, the latter of which were eaten with such abandon that we both got sick. The National Park Service description of the campground as “an oasis within a desert” is spot on.

Kings Canyon National Park: Sentinel Campground

Kings Canyon National Park: Sentinel Campground 

Sentinel is one of four campgrounds in the Cedar Grove area of the park. Actually, any of the four would be on our favorites list because we consider Cedar Grove such a great place to camp, but Sentinel is closest to Cedar Grove Lodge with a small market and dining area. The campground sits along the Middle Fork of the Kings River that can really roar in the spring and early summer.

Big Bend National Park: Chisos Basin Campground 

Surrounded by high cliffs, this 60-site campground is in an area that offers hiking, beautiful night skies, and a chance to see some javelina — a strange looking pig-like mammal — chow down on a cactus or two. The campground isn’t far from Chisos Mountains Lodge, which offers a market and restaurant. One night while camping here we heard a commotion from a nearby campsite. It turned out that a skunk had gotten into a tent. The commotion was from the human occupants, not the skunk.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Rocky Knob Campground 

We have generally considered the Blue Ridge Parkway to have some of the National Park Service’s most pleasant campgrounds. In fact, it is difficult to choose which is best among the nine that are along this 469-mile drive. Rocky Knob Campground at milepost 161 is certainly near the top of the list, in part because it is only 9 miles from Mabry Mill and its excellent breakfast biscuits. Some campsites are in the deep woods while others are more open. An attractive picnic area is next to the campground.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park: Juniper Campground 

Located in the badlands of western North Dakota, this national park has always been one of our favorites. We prefer the smaller Juniper Campground in the park’s north unit to Cottonwood Campground in the more popular south unit. Juniper Campground sits beside the Little Missouri River in an especially scenic area of the badlands. This unit of the park is more distant from the interstate and receives fewer visitors. A visit to the small town of Medora near the south unit is a must.

(By David and Kay Scott, NationalParksTraveler.com)

ISPO

ISPO

About ISPO

Thanks to its many events and services ISPO is considered the leading international sports business network. Every year, more than 2,000 international exhibitors present their latest products from the segments of Outdoor, Ski, Action und Performance Sports at ISPO MUNICH to over 80,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.

For over 40 years the global leader has provided a comprehensive overview of the entire range of sporting goods, athletic footwear and fashions, as well as the latest trends from these segments. Year for year the custom-tailored trade show concept with special communities and authentic side events guarantees a very unique, personalized and communication-rich atmosphere. As the only multi-segment trade show the event also offers its participants an opportunity to discover discipline-overlapping synergy and cross-selling potential, as well as recognize new segments and trends in advance. Thanks to close cooperation with the industry ISPO can identify market requirements and offers international sports business professionals the best possible presentation and networking platform at ISPO MUNICH.

In order to sustain its internationally leading position throughout the future the organizers continuously work on further improving ISPO MUNICH. Among the tasks is the endorsement of the new generation, as well as drawing the media’s and the public’s attention to industry-related topics. To reach this goal, ISPO will focus even more strongly on networking and partnerships.

ISPO

ISPO

Opening Hours and Location

ISPO MUNICH: February 3 to 6, 2013

Opening Hours Exhibitors Visitors
Sunday, February 3, 2013 7:30 am – 6 pm 9 am – 6 pm
Monday, February 4, 2013 7:30 am – 6 pm 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:30 am – 6 pm 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 7:30 am – 5 pm 9 am – 5 pm

 

Location  
By car, taxi Messe München Trade Fair Centre, Germany
By U-Bahn line U2 (Subway) Messestadt West, Messestadt Ost

More information: http://www.ispo.com/munich/en/All-Sports/Home

  • Baqueira Beret, Spain

Baqueira Beret, Spain


Baqueira Beret, Spain

The finest ski station in Spain boasts state-of-the-art ski lifts, more kilometres of piste than any other, and its strategic orientation pretty much guarantees good snow. This year there’s an added attraction: the Refugi de San Miguel, a designer bar set on the slopes of Port de la Bonaigua. Offering a selection of tempting tapas by the celebrated restaurateurs Dani Garcia and Paco Roncero, it’s all set to be the new on-trend rendezvous for skiers. The tasty morsels are perfect to pair with the great Spanish San Miguel beer, or the Baqueira cocktail, a treat concocted specially by renowned mixologist Javier de las Muelas.

 

  • Courchevel, France

Courchevel, France

Courchevel, France

In Haute-Savoie, in the heart of the French Alps,
this is one of the most prestigious ski stations in all Europe. Together with Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, in the Three Valleys, it forms the biggest ski area in the world with over 300 pistes and multiple themed areas for recreational skiing. The big designer brands – Valentino, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fendi and Gucci… – are bound to be on display here to dazzle and delight fashionistas from around the world.

 

  • Zermatt, Switzerland

One of the best known and most exclusive ski resorts in Switzerland, nestled in the valley at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt first became internationally famous in the 1860s when the Matterhorn was first attempted and subsequently grew to be a resort for mountaineers and skiers. Almost all vehicles here are electric, making it a car-free holiday resort that retains its original charm. The ski zone is criss-crossed by mountain railways, ski-lifts and cable cars and boasts over 300 kilometres of pistes. The Paradise Glacier is the highest spot in Europe reachable by cable car and offers a superb 360° view of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps.

 

  • Aspen, Colorado, USA

Aspen, Colorado, USA

Aspen, Colorado, USA

After hosting the World Alpine Ski Championships in 1950, Aspen became one of the world’s most glamorous ski resorts, a reputation that continues today, as it is popular with celebrities such as Kevin Costner and Antonio Banderas. The Colorado station may seem familiar to film buffs, too, as it has served for location shoots on a number of occasions, including being the setting for the crazy adventures of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber.

 

  • Lech Zurs, Austria

In the Austrian Alpine region of Arlberg, Lech Zurs is considered one of the best ski resorts in the world. Frequented by the beautiful people and full of glamour, the ski resort is popular with royalty, which, once you know the place, makes perfect sense: marvellous slopes, a picture-postcard village and breath-taking scenery. Quality is guaranteed in the lifts, the hotels, and on the slopes. They even limit the number of skiers to ensure a better experience.

 

  • Grandvalira, Andorra

All eyes are on Andorra’s famous Grandvalira resort this year, firstly because the mythical Soldeu Avet track is hosting two test circuits for the  Women’s World Cup Alpine Skiing, but also thanks to a particular deal available this season: a treat designed especially for the girls, this one-day package includes the chance to ski with Spanish Olympic medalist and former World Cup alpine ski racer Blanca Fernandez Ochoa.

 

  • Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The ‘pearl of the Dolomites’ and a favourite gem among the jet set, Cortina d’Ampezzo’s fame dates back to 1956 when the resort hosted the Winter Olympics. Add to that the sheer beauty of the landscape characterised by 3,000 metre peaks such as Tofana, Cristallo and Marmolada, the highest in the Dolomites. Not only does the area boast great skiing, but there are also the attractions of the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo set at 1,200 metres and offering a host of shops, hotels and restaurants and a lively atmosphere both day and night.

 

  • Crans Montana, Switzerland

Synonymous with luxury, style and class even among those who know it only by name, the Crans Montana ski resort offers year-round activity: the winter is enlivened by all types of winter sport, and in summer there is fine golfing and other outdoor activities. The strategic south-facing location provides long hours of sunshine and a spectacular panoramic view of the Valais and the Swiss mountains. This icy dominion includes 150 kilometres of slopes ranging from 1,500 metres at the base of the station up to 3,000 metres on the Plaine Morte glacier, with its spectacular 12 kilometre cross-country skiing circuit.

 

  • Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada

The spectacular Rocky Mountains provide the setting 
for Whistler, the biggest ski resort in North America – so big, in fact that you could spend a two week skiing break here without repeating a piste. Together with Vancouver, Whistler was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics and it is one of the best places in the world to practise heliski. Add to this the wooded slopes and the open slopes, the skiing from 2,300 metres to 600 metres, the wide range of snow-based activities and sports… there are plenty of reasons to visit.

 

  • Saalbach-Hinterglem, Austria

In the valley of Saalbach-Hinterglem, close to Salzburg, this is a magnificent location for skiing. The name is taken from the two towns Saalbach and Hinterglemm, which are practically on the slopes themselves. There are some 200 kilometres of wide, long pistes with sections for all skill levels, all very well connected and accessible. The lively apres ski atmosphere guarantees an enjoyable break.

(Source: HELLO DAILY NEWS)

 

The Board of Directors for Snow Sports Industries America (SIA) has announced a shift in SIA Snow Show dates to an earlier mid-January time slot beginning in 2013. The Snow Show will begin on Saturday, January 12th and run through Tuesday, January 15th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The On-Snow Demo will follow the Show at Winter Park Resort and Devil’s Thumb Ranch on January 16th and 17th.

In 2014, the SIA Snow Show will follow the same mid-January pattern and begin on Saturday January 11th through Tuesday, January 14th followed by the On-Snow Demo on January 15th and 16th. This mid-January/Saturday start will be used for all future Snow Show dates. SIA will be working closely with buying groups, regional rep associations and retailer associations to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The Board’s decision came after analysis of the industry’s current buy/sell cycle, changing production lead times, as well as date conflicts with major holidays and trade events including an overlap with ISPO beginning in 2012. Given all of the factors and constituencies SIA’s Board had to consider, the goal was to provide Show dates that would benefit the majority of the industry.

”In 2002, the SIA Snow Show was moved from March to January with the goal of creating a national show to kick off the buy/sell cycle where retailers could truly ‘See it, Try it, Buy It’. With the increase in private line previews, regional and national trade shows, the Board of Directors felt the Show needed to adjust to changes in the marketplace,” commented David Ingemie, SIA’s president.

The SIA Snow Show, January 31- February 3,  2013  at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, will deliver the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry. It will be the first time globally that the styles, technologies, innovations, culture and energy of snow sports for 13.14 will be presented. Industry professionals will meet to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars to feel the true essence of snow sports.

 

SIA SNOW SHOW

Thursday, January 31 — Sunday, February, 3 2013
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado USA

Thursday, January 31
Friday, February 1
Saturday, February 2
Sunday, February 3
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Get more show information, click “here“.

What could you think about winter?

Overcoats? Christmas? or Snow?

Today, I want to introduce a famous sport in winter. It is “ski”.

First, what should we prepare before we ski?

Skis

All skis have four basic measures that define their basic performance: length, width, sidecut and camber. So it is very important to choose a suitable skis.

Ski Boots

Ski boots are specialized footwear that are used in skiing to provide a way to attach the skier to skis using ski bindings. The ski/boot/binding combination is used to effectively transmit control inputs from the skier’s legs to the snow.

Ski Poles

Now, composite ski poles are much lighter and stronger than aluminum poles, though aluminum poles are still one of the main types of ski pole on the market.

Ski Clothing

The best ski clothing will allow optimal movement, look great, and keep you warm. Skiing base layer clothing should be lightweight and tight fitting to keep your body heat in and sweat out.

Ski Gloves

Ski gloves are an important part of your ski wardrobe, and unless you want cold hands, they can’t be overlooked as a non-important accessory. After all, a pair of well-fitting, warm ski gloves or ski mittens can make your ski day a lot better! Here is a selection of some of the best men’s ski gloves and ski mittens.

Ski Goggles

Although you may not realize it due to the cold temperatures, the sun is extremely strong on the mountain. Bright snow reflects the sunlight, and higher altitudes means the sun’s UV rays are ultra-powerful. Protect your eyes and increase your visibility by wearing ski goggles. Polarized lenses are especially helpful in reducing glare.

Here is more information about skiing.


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