New Hampshire Skiing: What's New in the White Mountains

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are the stuff ski legends are made of. And why not? After all, the sport of skiing in North America began here, at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway. Now joined by nearly a dozen other mountains, New Hampshire’s White Mountains are a primary ski destination for skiers in the east.

Here’s what’s new for the 2010-2011 season.

Mount Washington Valley

Attitash (Bartlett): Starting 1,400m feet up the mountain, the resort’s new mountain coaster runs on track 2,800 feet long through dips, turns and straight-aways. This attraction will be open year-round.

Black Mountain, Jackson: Black is one …

Cross country skiing trails in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin and Michigan – Chicago Adventure Travel

Cross-country ski trails near Chicago include some great areas within a four hour drive. After learning a little bit about the sport and getting acclimated to being on skis it is time to venture out of the city and find some areas with some actual country to cross including some hills.

First off it is important to note a differentiation in cross-country skiing. There are two styles of skiing called classical and freestyle or skating. Classical cross-country skiing is shuffling along in two ski tracks in a path that has already been made for the skier by a snowmobile and …

Alpine Skiing

There are two primary types of skiing, Nordic and alpine skiing. Nordic or cross-country skiing takes place on terrains that range from flat to gently rolling hills. Alpine, or downhill, skiing is skiing on snow-covered hills and mountains. The terrains range from gentle inclines to the extreme steeps of mountain faces. Originally, skiing was used as a transportation system and for work. It was developed into a sport in the early 1700s.

Alpine skiing is one of the most fun-filled sports of winter. When first developed in the 19th century, very wealthy Europeans primarily enjoyed it as a leisure activity. …

Tips for Transitioning From Skiing to Snowboarding

In high school, I got my first job. I was a ski and snowboard technician in the rental department at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. My first time skiing was actually in Girl Scouts but that was years earlier and by this time I had forgotten much of what I had learned. I relearned the sport during ‘ride breaks’ at work. Next season, I worked at Meadows again and was encouraged, by a friend, to try snowboarding. Skiing is a lot different than snowboarding. If you’re looking to make the skis to board transition, I have some advice and …

The Chicago adventure traveler goes alpine skiing in Utah – Chicago Adventure Travel

There were two reasons for my avoidance of downhill. First, I felt like I already had an adequate list of hobbies. Secondly, I did not want to put up the money for new equipment for another sport; however, I have always been curious to try it. I always wondered if cross-country ski skills would easily transfer over to alpine.

I was able to pick up the sport pretty easily thanks to the strength and balance I have built up in my legs from many cross-country ski outings this year. Although I am not an expert, I was able to move …

Whistler Winter Skiing Season: Get Great Deals on Lift Tickets and Accommodation

Winter Skiing Season

Skiing during the “winter” months in Whistler Blackcomb is a large window of opportunity. The mountains open in November and the season doesn’t end until April of the next year. Average snowfall is 33 feet per year, while temperatures stay moderate at –5 degrees Celsius on average.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains span an impressive 8,000 plus acres of terrain. The high-speed lifts, smooth corduroy cruisers, steep alpine bowls and a number of basic runs make the experience comfortable for beginners through to professionals.

Great Deals on Lift Tickets and Accommodation

The best deals are found before leaving …

How to make the most of your Austrian skiing trip

A look at school skiing trips to Austria and what you can do to make sure your students have the best holiday possible.

Austria has long been one of the most popular school ski destinations. The reasons are obvious; there are excellent slopes on which to ski with plenty of novice options, the resorts are used to catering for groups of enthusiastic school children and all are easily accessible from mainland Europe.

Where to go
All of the ski resorts in Austria provide the same standard of accommodation and slopes for their visitors but some are more expensive than others, …

Skiing in Meribel: Popular Ski Resort in France Founded by Captain Peter Lindsay


The History of Meribel - Learn About this Alps Ski Resort

Surprisingly it was a British army officer, Captain Peter Lindsay, who was the founding father of Meribel as a ski resort.

Captain Peter Lindsay

Back in the 1930s Captain Peter Lindsay spent his holidays skiing in Austria, but when Hitler took the country over in 1936, he decided to look elsewhere. High in the French Alps he found two tiny villages close together at the foot of gentle slopes.

Captain Peter Lindsay thought they were ideal for skiing and even managed to set up a primitive chair-lift, nicknamed the Red Dragon, using an elderly bus hauled up the hillside …

Crested Butte is One of Colorado's Last Great Ski Towns

The history of Crested Butte, Colorado has a familiar ring to it: Miners find gold/silver, boom town springs from the valley, good times roll, mine runs dry, people move away. Then, somebody decides to strap a couple boards to the feet and let gravity do it’s thing.

The Crested Butte ski resort is a bit off the beaten path, but the skiers who make this their ski vacation destination know that the isolation is part of this town’s charm.

Crested Butte is a Ski Vacation Destination

Hidden away in central Colorado’s Gunnison County, Crested Butte is seemingly caught in a …

Ski Lessons Teach Children Basic Ski Techniques: Ski School Classes Versus Instruction from Parents

Almost everyone who skis remembers their first time on skis, and it usually wasn’t pretty. To the contrary, “I fell off the lift,” “I careened right into a ski patrol member,” and “I got on a slope that was too steep by mistake and had to walk down” are not exaggerations: They are typical stories about learning to ski, for both children and adults..

Children do have some advantages when it comes to learning to ski: They have a lower center of gravity, and don’t tend to fall as hard as adults do. But the first day on skis can …