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Bar Supervisor Tom Falland creating his signature Smoked Old Fashioned drink at the Den Bar and Bistro in Silver Star Mountain, BC. Credit: Yvette Cardozo

Apres Ski: Artisanal Cocktails At Silver Star

Smoky Cocktail Better Than A Beer And Chips? The food and beverage manager over at the Den calls it classic cocktails “with a twist.” And, indeed, these are not your usual Old Fashioneds or mojitos in the Den & Bar Bistro at Silver Star Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Downstairs in the basement, below Coffee+ cafe, along Silver Star’s main[Read More…]

by January 6, 2020 1 comment International
Can You Do This?

Can You Do This?

Another Caption Contest. This is Tobi Heinle, ski guide, Voekyl-Marker-Dalbello pro athlete, doing his thing on Zugspitze Mountain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen. More on Tobi, click here. Click on arrow to see video. And try to caption it. Write your entry below. [Editor Note: Thanks to Snowbrains.com for originally posting this.]

by December 11, 2019 6 comments International
Poutine, a Frency Canadian comfort food dish. Credit:Yvette Cardoao

Canadian Cuisine? Sun Peaks, BC, Has Poutine Plus

Poutine Is A Huge Comfort Food. Add That To A Mighty Bloody Mary And You Have Dinner At A Cozy BC Resort. Yes, poutine is one of those things that requires an excuse to eat. We’re talking the massively popular comfort food that is Canada’s answer to Mac and Cheese. There isn’t an easy way to rationalize a dish that[Read More…]

by December 10, 2019 0 comments International
Coral and sponge life growing on the side of the Ellion in Carlisle Bay. Photo by Kiera Bloom.

Non-Snow Activities: Senior Divin’

Something Else That’s Cool For Seniors. Are you ever too old to dive? What concessions might you make? I’ve been diving since I was in college, back in the 60s. On the concession front, these days I am happy to cavern dive. My days of dragging reels and half a dozen lights into the bowels of a cave are behind[Read More…]

by July 23, 2019 0 comments International
Follow the signs around Dolomiti Superski. Credit: Murray Sandman

My DIY Dolomite Ski Adventure

                With 450+ lifts, the Dolomiti in northern Italy is the largest ski region on the planet. This UNESCO World Heritage site is beautiful, historically and culturally interesting and overall, outstanding. DOLOMITI SUPERSKI represents the area’s twelve regions, some quite famous (A portion of the 2026 Winter Olympics will be held in Cortina d’Ampezzo),[Read More…]

by July 21, 2019 3 comments International
SeniorsSkiing Guide: La Parva, Chile

SeniorsSkiing Guide: La Parva, Chile

La Parva Is A GS Cruiser’s Heaven. As a first installment on the Three Valleys of ski fame in Chile, I’ll write about La Parva. One hour and a half from the Santiago airport, La Parva is perched up at 8,700 ft on the front side of the Andes, and overlooks the city. The road up involves 40 switchbacks and[Read More…]

by June 27, 2019 2 comments International
Reconstruction: Alfons & Adrie Kennis © South Tyrol Museum Archaeology/Ochsenreiter

Ötzi the Ice Man: Three Millennia Older Than Mel Brooks

  He may not be the world’s oldest skier, but at more than 5000 years, he is the world’s oldest and best-preserved wet mummy. Given his advancing years, Ötzi is in particularly good shape.  Named for where he was found in 1991 by two hikers on the Italian-Austrian border, Ötzi now resides in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in the[Read More…]

by April 17, 2019 1 comment International, Other News
Painting of Dolomites in our hotel room

Spring Ski Safari in the Vast Dolomiti Superski

The Dolomite Ski Safari we recently completed started and ended in Cavallino d’Oro, a small hotel near the historic market square of Castlerotto, a village in the South Tyrol. Cavallino d’Oro has been a hostelry for more than 700 years. Today it is beautifully appointed, comfortable, and welcoming. The Dolomite range in the northern Italian Alps is a UNESCO World Heritage site,[Read More…]

by April 11, 2019 6 comments International
The Dolomites is a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site and the world's largest ski area

Ski Safari in the Mighty Dolomiti

We just completed a six-day Ski Safari in the Dolomites. It should be on every serious skier’s bucket list. The Dolomites, or as the Italians say it, Dolomiti, is a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy. It received the designation because of the natural beauty and unique local culture. The region, also known as South Tyrol, is the[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 10 comments International
SeniorsSkiing Guide: Silver Star Update

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Silver Star Update

I hadn’t been to Silver Star Mountain in probably two decades. I remembered a mellow, family resort with an Old West theme and very easy runs. Boy, has Silver Star in British Columbia, Canada’s interior grown up. Yes, the main street still has a bit of Old West, 1900s mining town vibe. But that’s where the original Silver Star ends.[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 2 comments International, West
More from the Italian Alps

More from the Italian Alps

  There are places you don’t want to leave. For me, Italy’s Aosta Valley is one. My wife and I just completed a week of skiing magic, visiting five fantastic resorts with tour operator, Alpskitour. Despite 6+ decades of passion for the sport, I wasn’t aware of this valley’s skiing treasures. It cuts across the Alps, giving surprisingly easy access to[Read More…]

by March 20, 2019 4 comments International
A few of Silver Star Mountain's many senior skiers. All in fantastic shape, all very good skiers.
Credit: Yvette Cardozo

How BC Resorts Show Love For Senior Skiers

Big White, Sun Peaks, Silver Star Create Programs For Seniors. Ok, one thing most senior skiers—those folks in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even beyond— do a lot is ski. They love snow, they love winter, they love all things ski. In fact, nearly two thirds of all season passes bought at Silver Star Mountain in Canada’s British Columbia go[Read More…]

by March 16, 2019 3 comments International
Italy's Aosta Valley: Gateway to great skiing

Reporting From the Italian Alps

Italy’s Aosta Valley is rich with history; even richer with places to ski. The Romans used the valley as a route to Gaul. In the intervening centuries, more than 100 castles were built. Starting in the early 1930’s, the Italians, the Swiss and the French started building ski lifts. They haven’t stopped. The valley provides easy access to some of the[Read More…]

by March 14, 2019 8 comments International
Tuscany and Umbria on E-Bikes

Tuscany and Umbria on E-Bikes

To be on an E-Bike is to experience the joys of cycling while having control over the amount of effort you put into it.  Last year, at a high elevation and on a steep uphill road, the E-bike I was using required very little from me. I could have adjusted the settings to get a better workout, but I didn’t[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 2 comments International
Happo One is the largest resort in the Hakuba Valley with base areas serving the mountain. Credit: Hakuba.com

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Japan’s Hakuba Valley

A Senior’s Introduction To Some Of The Best Skiing In Japan. The Hakuba Valley sits three hours west of downtown Tokyo and boasts some of the best skiing in all of Asia. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba offers a unique combination of diverse terrain spread out over 11 resorts, 12 meters of annual snowfall, world class facilities, and[Read More…]

by November 29, 2018 2 comments International, Resort Reviews

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