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 Donna Spencer The Canadian Press Thu., Jan. 17, 2019 Xavier McKeever’s earliest memory of cross-country skiing with his parents is being used as a training aid. Robin McKeever and Milaine Theriault towed their toddler instead of a tire up hills during workouts. “I’d be on my alpine skis and they’d tow me up and I’d ski down the hill,” Xavier said. “That was pretty cool.” The 15-year-old from Canmore, Alta., will be among the youngest competitors, if not the youngest, at the world junior cross-country ski championships starting Sunday in Lahti, Finland. “He is the youngest age that it is possible to go to world juniors,” Robin said. Article Continued Below Robin raced for Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, before guiding his visually-impaired brother Brian to 10 of his 16 career Paralympic medals. Robin’s wife Milaine cross-country skied for Canada in the 2002 and 2006 Winter … [Read more...] about Another McKeever steps onto cross-country skiing’s international stage
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?
Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more travel stories and videosKIRORO, Japan: I dream of winter weather constantly. It is a direct effect of living in Singapore, an island strapped to planet Earth’s armpit, the equator.When I was about eight years old and the teacher asked the class what we wanted to be when we grew up, I’m pretty sure I answered: Cold. That’s 15 policemen, 10 firefighters, six astronauts, four businessmen, and one little boy who just wanted to not be moist.Like many of my fellow citizens of SweatyLand, I think frigid thoughts whenever I find myself trapped in the scorching heatscape that is scientifically known as “between the car and the building”. “Why?” I ask, sometimes aloud to startled pedestrians in my path. “Why can’t we have wonderful, seasonal, cold weather in Singapore?”My friends explain to me that the answer is: Science. And while I understand that, shouldn’t the … [Read more...] about The Japanese ski town that wants Singaporeans to move in