Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sensational Start to 2016 Season!

Sunshine Village - first resort to open in Canada: today! Photo courtesy of Ski Big 3/photographer Reuben Krabbe
Welcome back to One, Two, Ski! I hope you're getting revved up for the 2016-17 season and enjoying all the raving reports of early snow everywhere - particularly in Alberta, Canada where Sunshine Village, Banff opens today, a week earlier than planned, on its earliest opening day in over 30 years! 

Below you'll find a handy list of other Canadian and USA resort opening days. Don't panic, you've still got a bit of time to ramp up your ski-readiness exercise regime and purchase this winter's latest gear, as well as get your ski schedule mapped out. My once-a-week articles will help you with all these elements which together make up the perfect ski trip.
Nozawa Onsen, Japan - Photo by Scout Ski

One of my first stories of the season will be about my debut dip into Japan's amazing powder earlier this year. I was lucky enough to visit Nozawa Onsen with Scout Ski in January during my round-the-world voyage with Semester at Sea

Watch out for the full story in the next week or so..............

Powder to the People!
Thought you should know about the 10 % discount promotion on Gift Cards. Buy them now - deadline 15th Nov - for the perfect Xmas or birthday gift. Redeemable at top ski resorts across North America, they are available online and can be sent to you or direct to the recipient. As well as lift tickets, the Gift Cards can be used for ski rentals and lodging deals with participating partners.
EpicMix App

With Vail Resorts' purchase of Whistler Blackcomb trending in all the ski news, I am also going to write about the benefits of that quintessential collective season ticket, the EpicPass (which coincidentally added skiing benefits at a Japanese resort in 2014). I'm going to be getting great mileage out of my first ever EpicPass at Park City, Breckenridge, Keystone, and maybe even the bonus days at Whistler this season. 

Revelstoke by Mikael Pilstrand

As I was only able to ski for a month last season - slope-time sacrificed for four months' global travel working for the Semester at Sea study abroad program - I am making up for it big-time this winter! So far my itinerary includes two major trips to Canada, totally over five weeks, when I will be skiing Alberta (Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska, Mt Norquay and hopefully Castle Mountain) and British Columbia (Revelstoke, Fernie, Kicking Horse and maybe even a few more) - in the delightful depths of December and back again for sprightly spring conditions. I am also skiing at four cutting-edge Colorado resorts late Jan/early Feb (Keystone, Breckenridge, Steamboat and Aspen) and touring as many Utah resorts as possible around Salt Lake City in early March (hopefully including Park City, Snowbasin, Alta, Powder Mountain, Solitude). Watch out for stories about these exciting experiences as they unfold throughout the season.

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For the record, I have now had over 63,500 views of One, Two, Ski! So, thanks to you all for your loyalty and please spread the word again this season via all your social media networks. Need to work on getting my book Winter Sport Tourism up to the same high count! Remember, it makes a great holiday gift for all your ski/snowboard friends, family and colleagues and is now out in affordable paperback.

FYI - Below is a recap of ski articles I had published in newspapers, magazines and websites last season. And for some actual action, do check out this short video clip - with a few quips from my husband - from a perfect powder day in Kimberley, BC, Canada last December: You'll also find some of my summer travel article links below, including Morocco, Charleston, Columbia and London.


Arapahoe Basin, Colorado - First resort in North America to open
Already open:
1st in USA: Arapahoe Basin 
1st in Canada: Sunshine Village, Banff

Scheduled Openings:
This weekend (hopefully): Loveland
Soon: Mt Rose, Tahoe
Early Nov: BanffMt Norquay
Nov 4: Keystone
Nov 5: Nakiska Ski Area (weekends only until full opening Dec 2)
Nov 16: Winter Park
Late Nov: Monarch
Dec 2: Fernie Alpine Resort, Nakiska (official full opening)
Dec 15: Powderhorn  
Dec 16: Castle Mountain                           
Dec 29: Silverton

Legendary lines at Lake Louise - Courtesy of Ski Big 3/photo by Dan Evans
Last Year's Publications

Sept 15 Silver Travel Advisor – Winter Sport Tourism

Sept 28 Houston Chronicle – Ski Pass Article

Oct 1 Andermatt Swiss Alps Blog – Global Ski Industry Trends

Oct 28 Houston Chronicle – Ski Gear Article

Nov 7 Boston Globe – Fat Biking

Nov 7 Boston Globe – Downhill Dealing

Nov 7 Boston Globe – Ski/Ride Swingers

Nov 14 The Dallas Morning News – Fat Biking

Nov 27 Calgary Herald – Lake Louise

Dec 14 Dallas Morning News – Millennials

Dec 14 Dallas Morning News – Pampering Article

Jan 10 2016 Dallas Morning News – Snow Business

 Jan 16 2016 Calgary Herald – Downhill Diversification 

Madada Mogador, Essaouira, Morocco
Here are the first of my Semester at Sea publications - more to follow: 
July 10 2016 Hotel Executive – Morocco Article

Soda City Market, Columbia, SC
New Venture - blogging for Here are my first few articles and there will be scintillating ski stories later in the season:
Sept 2016 – Columbia, SC Article
Oct 23 2016 – Charleston, SC Article
Oct 30 2016 - London, UK Article
General Link: 
London, Courtesy of VisitBritain

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