In the past 40 years, the Southern Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut have seldom stood without an echo of laughter or music. That's because Woodbury Ski Area keeps them pulsing with skiers and snowboarders during winter months and warm-weather revelers and concertgoers throughout the summer. Tubing slides run down the hills throughout the summer, along with zorb balls—inflatable spheres that carry passengers to the bottom in 45 seconds.
Woodbury Ski Area's president Rod Taylor, who competed as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, maintains the facility with the same drive he used to become the national downhill ski champion and record holder for clearing 222 feet in the Glendale Jump contest. While helping to keep adrenaline levels high, Rod ensures the facility hosts more laid-back cultural events with concerts on the Woodbury stage. Past shows have featured legends including The Wailers, Fela Kuti, and UB40, as well as Muddy Waters, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, and Earl Scruggs.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
Innerlight and its crew of mind-body gurus whisk students away to a stress-free world, heralded as Best Place for Yoga by The Phoenix, with more than 50 yoga classes per week. Stretching students can join the Basics session to develop a flexible foundation of basic poses, and pupils in the heated Vinyasa class unite movement and breath while emptying pores of sweat, toxins, and vagabond dust bunnies. The Mindfulness Yoga class combines poses and meditation to hone concentration and body awareness, and the Therapeutics class targets specific corporal areas to relieve pain and stress. The studio's class calendar allows budding yogis to find a class that challenges their minds and bodies, but not their schedules.
The Boat Locker, founded in 1957, continues to furnish all manners of outdoor activities with boats and boating gear alongside an extensive stock of snowboards, standup paddleboards, and accessories. Careen across wintry slopes or down carpeted escalators atop a selection of Arbor snowboards ($299+) while outfitted in Burton boots, binding, and apparel ($20+). Standup paddleboards ($799+) surf down shores while sets of Anon goggles ($65+) shield eyes from chilly mountain breezes. The protective lenses of pairs of Kaenon, Maui Jim, Oakley and Gill sunglasses ($70+) safeguard wearers’ mugs against harsh elements when snowboarding or after accidentally falling face-first into the office koi pond.
Owned and operated by women, SpaLady provides New Jersey dames with a nurturing, non-competitive environment to shed pounds and sculpt curves. Social butterflies can choose from more than one-hundred group fitness classes that are offered weekly and include spin, kick boxing, belly dance, Pilates, and yoga. Free weights, cardio, and strength-training equipment offer lone she-wolves the opportunity to tone hind legs. After workouts, head to the sauna for some toxin-releasing relaxation, while kiddies enjoy the free childcare that comes standard with all memberships.
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