In one hemisphere or another, mountains and cold weather add up to frosty fun practically year round - including downhill and crosscountry skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, glaciering, and many other pursuits that depend on snow and/or low temperatures. Here we discuss it all!

 

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A few essential items to have for winter sports and travel

  PickPik Winter may now already be on its way out, but if this one’s for anyone already thinking of next season. A couple of months ago, in preparation for a whirl through the winter wonderland above Norway’s Arctic Circle, I realized that the usual winter togs that serve me well enough in Spain just weren’t going to cut it in serious snow, ice, and temperatures forecasted to drop as low as 5⁼ Fahrenheit (-15⁼ Celsius). So I educated myself about what new cold-weather clothes gear I would…

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7 of Austria´s best winter resorts

  gevison by Felice Hardy Did you know that you can ski in 274 countries - even including Hawaii and South Africa? The skiing countries of the world certainly do vary a lot, but if you're yearning for world-class winter sports outside cute, classic little chocolate-box villages with friendly family-run hotels and chalet-style architecture like the gingerbread house out of Hansel and Gretel - and perhaps cosy, gemütlich mountain eateries serving heart-warming comfort food - the Austrian…

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Finland´s winter wonderland in ´7 Awesome Active Vacation Ideas for 2023´

Hippopx.com For some truly memorable, frosty fun, Lappi (Lapland), a four-hour flight from Helsinki, serves up the perfect winter adventure. You can spend your day skating over the ice or watching reindeer or huskies run in the snow as they pull your sled. Spots like Kakslauttanen also offer day trips on the icebreaker Sampo as it clears the path through Bothnia Gulf. You can try your hand at ice fishing, or if you’re brave enough, even plunge into the freezing waters, followed by a nice hot…

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  • I grew up skating in rinks like the one in Millennium Park, Chicago - but this sounds fantastic! https://travelnoire.com/what-is-wild-skating-where-can-you-do-it
    What Is Wild Skating And Where Can You Do It? - Travel Noire
    Winter is the time of year when outdoor adventurists bundle up and prepare to face frigid temperatures. Skiing, sledding and snowboarding are some...
  • An inspiring story... https://www.euronews.com/travel/2023/03/06/inside-the-ukrainian-ski...
    Ukraine’s largest ski resort offers ‘respite’ from the war
    Bukovel is the largest ski resort in the country with 75 kilometres of pistes and 17 lifts.
  • An interesting essay on ice climbing and the challenges it faces with climate change: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/25/opinion/climate-change-ice-climb...
  • Now here's a ski destination you probably haven't thought of - and Travel+Leisure lays out why it's worth the trip (apart from being extremely affordable): https://www.travelandleisure.com/georgia-affordable-european-ski-de...
    The Affordable European Ski Destination You Should Have on Your Radar
    A beautiful country on the cusp of Asia and Europe, Georgia is a perfect ski destination for beginners — here's why.
  • Another sad casualty of climate change: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-64766191
    Warm winter closes Rideau Canal to Canadian skaters in historic first
    This year's mild winter has forced Canada's iconic Rideau Canal skateway to remain closed for the season.
  • More than most travel/hospitality players, ski/winter resorts are well acquainted with climte change and other environmental issues, and here's a look from CNN on how of some of the top spots around the world are going increasingly green (so to speak): https://edition.cnn.com/travel/amp/sustainable-ski-resorts-cmd/inde...
    10 of the world's most sustainable ski resorts
    Ski resorts have been introducing a host of green initiatives in the hope of a more sustainable future. These include using renewable energy to run t…
  • Climate change in action, and a harbinger for the future: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/no-snow-european-ski-resorts...
    European ski resorts close because there's no snow
    Higher temperatures and heavy rain have stripped many European ski resorts of snow, prompting half of France's 7,500 ski slopes to close and raising…
  • The 2022 World Ski Awards were recently announced in a multitude of categories, with Verbier, Switzerland coming in at the top with best ski resort destination and best ski hotel. Check out the various other categories and places across the world (even Australia has winners - who knew?): at https://worldskiawards.com/winners/2022
    World Ski Awards » Winners 2022
    It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 10th annual World Ski Awards.
  • Here's an interesting New York Times piece from early this year about the comeback of the Ascutney ski resort in southern Vermont, closed because of erratic snowfall and mismanagement in 2010, then brought back by local townspeople themselves using sustainable, volunteer-driven,nonprofit methods, expanding activities to adapt to climate change and so forth: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/01/travel/ascutney-cross-country.html
  • Ice climbing is a winter sport growing in popularity, and I was fascinated to read this BBC Travel piece about "the Switzerland of the USA" in Ouray (a nearly six-hour drive northeast of Denver), where frozen waterfalls are cultivated by "ice farmers." Qué guay, as we say in Spain! https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220216-ouray-ice-farmers-the-p
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