Search Our News Hub
Category:

Lifestyle

Back to the roots in Ruhpolding: Finding your inner balance in the winter woods

Technology is advancing as one innovation follows the other and the world keeps turning faster. In these times, some people are longing for the simple things in life. Occasionally the winter woods, some time off and your snowshoes are all it takes to find your inner balance in this fast-paced world. How about a bit of deceleration? Then it's time for a snowshoe tour in Ruhpolding, Upper Bavaria. The motto is: Back to the roots - in many ways. Head out into nature, inhale the fragrances of the trees and let the calming atmosphere have its effect on your soul and body. But why snowshoes?  Being one with nature while snowshoeingIn Ruhpolding everything is possible, from flat areas in the…

Toboggan tips from a traditional toboggan maker in Bavaria

If you want to experience winter in Germany, you have to pay Bavaria a visit. There is something for everyone here - whether relaxed days in the snow or unforgettable adventures in the forest. And who better to tell you about it than those who have been calling winter their favourite time of the year here since childhood? Locals tell of cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snowshoe tours, winter survival, tobogganing or game feeding in Bavaria. They cultivate their customs and traditions - but they also know where the perfect winter spots are and the best part: They even reveal their secret tips.  A small brick house, located in sleepy, wintery Franconia. Smoke rises from the chimney. In the middle of…

Stratton Reserve First Chairlift Ascent of 2019-20 Season for Jake Burton

The ski season has got underway today in a number of ski and snowboard areas in Vermont, just a few days after the death of Jake Burton Carpenter, whose Burton Snowboarding business has long been headquartered in the state, right from the very start back in the 1970s. Most of those resorts, once slow to embrace snowboarding, are now organising tributes to the great man, linked together by the #RideOnJake tag. At Stratton, which was one of the very first resorts to allow snowboarders in the early 1980s,  the very first chairlift going up the mountain today, number 13, was reserved for him, and a vintage Burton Snowboard made the ascent. 13 is a big number for Burton as the…

Burton Snowboards Founder Jake Burton Carpenter Has Died

Jake Burton Carpenter who creator the Burton snowboarding empire, a name synonymous with boarding since the early years of the sport, has died of cancer at the age of 65. Burton, founded his company in Vermont in 1977 selling 300 snowboards in its first year.  In the more than four decades since Jake Burton and his company, which now employs more than 1,000 people with offices worldwide, has been as key driving force behind the sport of snowboarding. The included initially getting ski areas to accept snowboarders on their slopes, then promoting the creation of terrain parks and in the 1990s pushing for the inclusion of snowboarding in the Winter Olympics. A statement on his company’s social media says, “It…

Survival tips for your adventure in the Bavarian winter woods

The forest in Bavaria is a real adventurous playground. No one knows that better than those who live here! That is why locals who are connected to Bavarian culture and tradition reveal the most beautiful places, the most impressive experiences and the best activities to do in Bavaria.  The trees are covered in snow, the hoar frost glistens on the branches and it is unusually quiet. You can find peace and relaxation in the winter woods as you get in touch with nature. However, there are Bavarians who claim that you really can spend more time in the wilderness and forest in the winter. Now you might be wondering how? The wilderness educator Tatjana and her husband Momme Torsten Falk…

Why you should not miss out on Bavaria’s Ruhpolding as a cross-country skier!

Gentle hilly landscapes framed by the Chiemgau Alps. Lakes combined with snow-white plains and quiet forest areas. Perfectly traced cross-country ski trails, which also excite cross-country and biathlon professionals at the mere sight, coupled with idyllic views that remind you of Canada. An infrastructure that is fully committed to winter lovers on two skis. An arena in which the love for biathlon is felt by top athletes every year and which drives them to peak performances. Ruhpolding, the Mecca of cross-country skiing in Germany, is all of that. So, what does this place offer that others do not and that no cross-country skier should miss out on?  1: Exceptional snow sports schools and biathlon crash courses Because we all start…

The Second Edition of Probably the Greatest Skiing Book in the World Has Finally Been Published

Back in 2005 ski writer, powder hunter, world traveller and self-titled 'ski bum' Jimmy Petterson published one of the biggest and best ski guide books ever written.  Probably THE best. While Jimmy includes chapters about the classic resorts such as Aspen, Verbier, Chamonix, and the like, he is a true connoisseur of obscure, off-beat, and exotic ski destinations. Skiing Around The World Volume I instead, takes skiers on an exciting and entrancing travelogue through the snow slopes of no less than 47 countries. And whilst the great descents of the famous resorts of the Alps and Rockies are all in there, so, too, are more unusual and often exotic destinations many of us might never think of skiing – Hungary, Albania, Uzbekistan,…

Better Routes into the 4 Vallées This Winter

There are big improvements planned for access to Switzerland’s largest ski region, the 4 Vallées in the country’s Valais region, this winter. A new ski train service will link the Lake Geneva region with the new Châble train station on Saturday mornings. The two-storey trains will provide a direct connection to gondola lifts up to the slopes of Verbier's ski area. In addition a new eight-seater gondola lift in Nendaz - 4 Vallées ski area will provide a much improved link between Plan du Fou and Prarion, increases the transport capacity from 800 people per hour to 2,400.  There is also a new direct connection to Nendaz-Mont-Fort. The lift company is equipping all slopes between Combatseline and Thyon 2000 with…

Canada’s Ski Season To Start Early

Canada’s Nakiska ski area, the closest resort to Alberta’s capital Calgary, has announced it will open for a ‘preview weekend’ on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, it’s earliest ever. The resort, which was also a venue for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, is usually one of the first to open in Western Canada in early November along with ski areas around nearby Banff, but this year it looks to be opening a week or two ahead of the others. (Nakiska current snow cover) Nakiska may also be the first to open in Canada although Quebec ski area Mont-Saint-Sauveur usually opens a run using snowmaking in October, this year it too is reported to be targeting Saturday 26th October. Lifts…

Skier Completes 10 Years of Skiing Every Month of the Year on Scottish Snow

A Scottish skier has managed to make some turns on Scottish snow every month of the year for ten straight years. That’s 120 consecutive months on Scottish snow. Former Geography teacher Helen Rennie said that over the past decade she has had increasing difficulty finding surviving snow patches to ski in late summer/early autumn each year. Helen, now 65, started her monthly ski trips, aged 55, when she was recovering from oesophageal  cancer in 2009 and looking for a personal challenge. She has found snow in the Cairngorms every month except for September 2013, 2017 and 2019, when she had to ski a snow patch at Aonach Beag by Nevis Range, a feat that required a six mile hike there…