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The Globe Skiing Travel Guide: From our own backyard to ... Slovenia?

Revelstoke Mountain Resort -- skiing Scenes.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort – skiing Scenes.

Ian Houghton/Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Globe Travel hits the slopes

From our own backyard to the lightly tread powder of Slovenia, ELIZABETH WARKENTIN, LORI KNOWLES,
LOUISE HUDSON, MATT MOSTELLER, ADAM BISBY
and BRUCE KIRKBY scout out the best of this year's ski season

The village of Kranjska Gora is sometimes called ‘a poor man’s Austria,’ but it features 30 kilometres of pistes, and 21 chair lifts.

The village of Kranjska Gora is sometimes called ‘a poor man’s Austria,’ but it features 30 kilometres of pistes, and 21 chair lifts.

Matej Vranic/slovenia.info

SLOVENIA

A light snow fell as I stood waiting for my instructor outside the ski rental shop. Skiers came to a stop outside the chalet, laughing easily as they placed their skis on the rack outside. All around I could hear lively Italian voices and one or two Austrian-accented German ones too. But I was in neither Italy nor Austria… Read more


Meanwhile… Trump win offers tourism boost for Melania's Slovenian hometown

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Verbier is home to Switzerland’s largest ski area, Les Quatres Vallées. The four villages range in their attractions, from family-friendly to riotous après cultures.

Verbier is home to Switzerland’s largest ski area, Les Quatres Vallées. The four villages range in their attractions, from family-friendly to riotous après cultures.

Yves Garneau

Europe


Vail Resorts may be the new owner of Whistler Blackcomb but the incredible international access provided by its Epic Pass isn't available yet. For now, WB season-pass holders can nab five free ski days at any Vail-owned resort, and EpicPass holders can do the same in British Columbia… Read more


Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Grant Gunderson/Revelstoke Mountain Resort

B.C.

Holy Moses, the stereotypes are true. I've arrived at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia revved up to debunk its reputation as a muscular, testosterone-fuelled ski area – one of Canada's toughest. I am Mountain Woman, I tell myself. Revelstoke, hear me roar. But as the flanks of Revelstoke's 2,466-metre-high Mount Mackenzie rise up aggressively before me, and the snow falling ceaselessly from a low-slung silver cloud is about as easy to see through as a hotel shower curtain, I realize a good debunking may be delayed... Read more


Goal Zero Venture 30 is an weather-proof, easy-to-use smartphone recharger featuring a built-in charging cable, so there’s no need to carry around your own.

Goal Zero Venture 30 is an weather-proof, easy-to-use smartphone recharger featuring a built-in charging cable, so there’s no need to carry around your own.

GEAR

From keeping your smartphone charged to staying warm on an outdoor jaunt, these items will help make the most out of the seasonRead more


Mount Bachelor in southwestern Oregon has become the fifth-largest U.S. ski area, and the new Cloudchaser chair adds 257 hectares of mostly advanced trails that were previously accessible only by hiking.

Mount Bachelor in southwestern Oregon has become the fifth-largest U.S. ski area, and the new Cloudchaser chair adds 257 hectares of mostly advanced trails that were previously accessible only by hiking.

NEWS

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A blizzard of big-ticket development awaits visitors to U.S. and European ski resorts this coming season, including the largest terrain expansion in North American history and the largest single lift investment of all time. In Canada? Not so much… Read more


Ski With The Pros is a three-day workshop that kicks off the winter season each year at Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia. Skiers of all skill levels can participate in the workshop.

Ski With The Pros is a three-day workshop that kicks off the winter season each year at Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia. Skiers of all skill levels can participate in the workshop.

Panorama Mountain Resort

HOW TO


Last winter, when I told friends that I'd signed up for ski lessons, two invariable responses followed. The first: "Dude, seriously? Why? You are a good skier!" The second response to my imminent ski lessons took longer to arrive and came hesitantly. But it never varied: "Ummm – funny you should mention it, because I've been kinda wondering about ski lessons. Is it too late to enroll myself?" Read more

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