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7 Glaciers for Summer Skiing

Liftopia | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
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It can be tempting to ski in a T-shirt and jeans, but it's worth remembering that even when the weather seems moderate, you are in high Alpine territory and things can change fast.

10 Adrenaline-Pumping Outdoor Activities in the West

Liftopia | Posted 08.19.2015 | Travel
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Dig deeper and you'll find extreme adventures ranging from caving to whitewater rafting. All of these activities will get your heart rate up.

12 Rocking Ski Town Music Fests

Liftopia | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
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If you want to get to know the character of a ski town, go to a ski town music festival. The fun-loving locals are always there shaking their rumps at every show--be it clad in puffy jackets in the winter, rain coats in the spring, flannel in the fall, or flip flops in summer.

2014-15 Ski Industry Statistics & Trends: Facts, Stats & Skier Visits

Liftopia | Posted 08.03.2015 | Travel
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So how was your season? Maybe you skied more days than last year, or maybe not. Did you try a new resort this year, or just stick close to home? Did you buy a season pass or get day ticket? Ski areas are also asking themselves these same questions as they wrap up their season and tally statistics from the winter.

10 Essential Hiking Tips Every Beginner Hiker Should Know

Liftopia | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel
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Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable, variables. Of course, these variables are part of what makes it so enjoyable! Use the following hiking tips to make your first treks successful.

Work Hard, Shred Harder: Co-Working Spaces in Ski Towns

Liftopia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Travel
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Midweek powder days pose some of life's most arduous dilemmas: Should I go, or should I stay? Should I work, or should I play?

8 of the World's Most Famous Ski Runs

Liftopia | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, to some extent, fame is too. What qualifies a ski run to be one of "the world's most famous" largely depends on where you are in the world and what you consider "fame." If you live in North America, you'll have a different list from people living in Europe -- and even living in a particular state or province will give you a differing perspective.

Gear Highlight: Awka Skis, Custom Bamboo Skis From Chile

Liftopia | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel
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The ski hill --it's where lifetime friendships are made and celebrated. And it was on a chairlift five years ago that my Dad met Awka Ski co-owner, Jo...

10 Ways to Survive Mud Season

Liftopia | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
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Here are 10 ways to survive mud season. This should help you cope until summer is fully upon us, when you can deal with the loss of skiing and fully embrace the sweet, short days of not-winter.

The Season in Review: Top 10 Ski News Stories of 2014-15

Liftopia | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel
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The winter of 2014-15 brought a season of change to the skiing and snowboarding world. More accurately, much of the news involved ownership shifts and agreements that would signal changes for the seasons to come.

Show Me the Numbers: How Eco-Friendly Are Ski Areas?

Liftopia | Posted 06.04.2015 | Travel
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How eco-friendly are North American ski areas? Let me count the ways. In fact, recycling and swapping out light bulbs, while still very important, have almost become somewhat passé steps toward sustainability at ski areas.

Ski Fashion Throughout the Years: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Liftopia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
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In Norway, skis have long been an integral part of rural farm communities, allowing people to navigate in the harsh winter snow. The word "skíð" in Norwegian literally means, "split piece of wood."

9 Ski Resort Bloody Marys to Try

Liftopia | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
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Ah, the Bloody Mary: that spicy, savory, tomato juice-based, vodka-laced drink that is enjoyed with such relish (literal and figurative relish) during brunch, on a ski break or as a hangover remedy. Few "classic" cocktails have as colorful past as the Bloody Mary, which has been enjoyed for more than 80 years.

Ticket to Ride: 7 Ways to Travel By Ski Train

Liftopia | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
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We took off from Union Station in Denver at 7 a.m. as the sun was rising and rolled through the outskirts of the city towards the mountains, waving at folks who stopped to take pictures as we passed. My friend and I had come prepared for the ride with ingredients for mimosas.

Ski Quebec: 11 Hot Tips for Crushing La Belle Province

Liftopia | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
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The name Québec comes from the Algonquin word kébec, meaning "where the river narrows." From the top of La Massif and Mont Sainte Anne, it looks like you could ski right into the St. Lawrence River. It's one of the most impressive vantage points you'll see from a ski slope.

5 More Common Myths About Skiing

Liftopia | Posted 06.28.2015 | Travel
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5. Doubling up on socks (especially cotton ones) is a classic gaper mistake. Sweat is a hidden culprit that leads to cold feet. Therefore, a fairly thin, breathable sock makes a better choice. When thick socks make ski boots too tight, reduced circulation also results in cold little piggies.

5 Common Myths About Skiing

Liftopia | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
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Once upon a time, leg fractures were the typical ski injury.

A Beginner's Ski Gear Guide

Liftopia | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel
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Leave the cotton at home and stick to wool or synthetic fabrics. Once cotton gets wet, either from sweat or snow, it won't dry out, leaving you damp and cold. Don't be the shivering guy or gal skiing in damp jeans.

The World's Greenest Ski Resorts

Liftopia | Posted 06.14.2015 | Travel
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There are a lot of misconceptions about the way ski resorts are portrayed in the environment. Ski resorts are often used as scapegoats-said to be the epitome of mankind's excess, the straw that broke the environment-camel's back. But how true is that statement?

10 Things You Didn't Know About Skiing and Riding in Tahoe

Liftopia | Posted 06.13.2015 | Travel
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The Lake Tahoe area ranks among highest concentrations of major ski areas in the country. Here are ten points to know about skiing and snowboarding around Big Blue.

Riding and Skiing Etiquette: How to Not Be a Jerk On the Slopes

Liftopia | Posted 06.07.2015 | Travel
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When you begin skiing, you'll see signs telling you to follow the "Skier Responsibility Code," but what the heck is it? Ideally your ski instructor gave you a copy, or at least pointed to it on the break room wall.

Pond Skimming: When, Where & How To Do It

Liftopia | Posted 06.07.2015 | Travel
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Rites-of-spring events at ski resorts are around the corner. This is the time when we get to see totally rational people (or not) pop on a costume and try to ski, board, or slide on some other device across a stretch of icy water. You know it makes sense!

Spring Is King: 5 Ski Resorts to Keep Your Season Going

Liftopia | Posted 06.07.2015 | Travel
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The calendar has turned to April, but that doesn't mean it's time to hang up the board(s) quite yet. Here are a couple of ski resorts to keep your season going well into April and beyond

4 Wonderfully Surprising Things About Ski Portillo in Chile

Liftopia | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
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Despite all of this preparation, actually skiing at Portillo was like nothing we'd ever imagined or anticipated. It was wholly new and unexpected -- a surprising experience we can't wait to repeat.

Mountain Riders Alliance: Small But Mighty Ski Areas

Liftopia | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
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Small ski areas are critical to the future of the ski industry. If you're lucky enough to live close to one, you're probably familiar with the charms of a small hill. Even if you typically visit large ski resorts, chances are that there is a smaller hill nearby.