By Jeffrey Gettleman The New York Times Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 Last winter, as I was riding in a car with my family through the Kashmir Valley, the driver’s phone rang. He listened carefully before frowning. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Man killed in avalanche.” “Who?” “A Russian, skier, went by helicopter.” Article Continued Below “Where?” I asked. “Where else?” The driver shrugged. “Gulmarg.” Gulmarg. That’s exactly where I was taking my family for a ski trip. Gulmarg is Kashmir’s underdog ski resort, tucked in the snowy Himalayas, a place of magnificent skiing and no frills. Few foreigners visit, for reasons I will get into, and as we drew closer, I began to wonder if this was such a great idea. I looked out the window. It was now dark and snowing, and we were winding our way up a narrow road into the mountains. After we passed another military … [Read more...] about A family ski adventure in the Himalayas
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By Lucas Peterson The New York Times Wed., Nov. 21, 2018 If I may borrow a phrase: Winter is coming. And with that come holidays, family gatherings and vacation time. Ski vacations are certainly popular during the winter months, but they’re not always easy to plan. Furthermore, prepping for a ski getaway can vary wildly, depending on whether you’re a single professional or a couple with children; if you’re hemmed in by specific dates or have a good deal of flexibility in your schedule. Below are tips for your next ski trip no matter what your profile—and while it won’t necessarily be cheap, there are ways to make it more affordable. The young professional You are adventurous, have some expendable income and, more important, have nothing to prevent you from getting away spontaneously for the weekend. Flexibility is your friend when it comes to planning your ski vacation, and it will help you target some good deals. Consider booking a … [Read more...] about How to ski for less this winter
By SHIVANI VORA The New York Times Sat., July 7, 2018 Summer is a popular time for beach vacations, but if you’re not into sun and sand, why not consider a ski getaway instead? In parts of the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s winter, the slopes beckon. Valle Nevado, which is 90 minutes from Santiago, Chile, has access to 7,000 acres of terrain and is one of the largest ski resorts in South America. The resort offers weeklong ski packages at three different hotels from the end of June to the end of September. At the two-star Hotel Tres Puntas, rates begin at $1,386 (U.S.) a person, and at the Hotel Puerta del Sol, they begin at $1,600 a person. At the Hotel Valle Nevado, they begin at $2,205 a person. These prices include lift tickets and breakfast and dinner. Book by emailing [email protected] or by calling the resort at 844-657-0466. Three- and five-night packages are also available. Read more: Article Continued Below Chile is a gorgeous, … [Read more...] about Why not a summer vaction skiing in the Southern Hemisphere?
SINGAPORE: When occupational therapist Jennifer Lam clicked on her Mobike app on Friday morning (Apr 20), she nearly dropped her smartphone. The 180-day Mobike pass she purchased last November for S$5 would be ending soon, and she was shocked to learn that it would cost her more than S$50 to extend her pass for the same period.“Instead of using Mobike for another six months, I'd rather use the money to buy a secondhand bicycle,” said the 26-year-old, who has been using the service for at least twice a day. “The whole selling point of bike-sharing companies is their low prices. If they charge such (high) prices, why should we bother to use them?” she added.Ms Lam was just one of many Mobike and ofo users who voiced their discontent over the recent price increases for the bike passes after the end of their respective promotional periods.China-based company ofo announced on their Facebook page last Monday (Apr 16) that it would be introducing … [Read more...] about Mobike, ofo users mull options after recent price hike
North Korea has two large ski resorts, estimated to have cost millions of dollars to build. The Masikryong resort’s $40 ticket price remains out of reach for most in North Koreans, where the per-capita income in 2016 was estimated to be about about $1,340. The resorts symbolize the disparity between the growing upper-class comprised of those close to the Kim Jong -Un regime and the rest of North Korea. South Korea last week sent a group of athletes to North Korea’s prized Masikryong ski resort for a joint training program before the Pyeongchang Olympics, thrusting the Kingdom’s curiously ornate resort into international spotlight. North Korea claims the resort cost about $300 million to build, and says it sees 70,000 visitors every year. Other estimates put the building costs at closer to $30 million. The resort’s facilities include 120 hotel rooms, a swimming pool, bars, cafés, … [Read more...] about Experts are questioning how North Korea paid for its swanky ski resorts