Skiers and snowboarders don't have to wait long for their next adrenaline fix at Ski Vorlage. Ample lift capacity ensures short wait times for each of the ski area's 17 runs, 13 of which are open into the evening six nights a week for added thrills beneath a picturesque canopy of stars. The ski area's 80 acres encompass a vertical drop of 490 feet traversed by runs as long as 4,000 feet.
More than 140 certified instructors ensure beginners are comfortable on the slopes, although three black-diamond and one double-black-diamond runs serve to challenge experienced skiers. Between runs, skiers can warm up at the lodge restaurant or check into nearby accommodations.
A year-round hotspot at the Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark beckons families to slip into its colorful slides and lounge in its 100-plus-degree hot tubs. La Chute, a quick-descending slide 65’ above the water, launches visitors through a 360-degree turn before depositing them in the pool below only six seconds later. In the Mill Pond kids’ play area, children man water cannons, adjusting their trajectory to blast unsuspecting friends or hydrate parched marathon runners.
An arcade replete with 3-D games and immersive ride simulators provides a break from underwater exploits, and the snack shack quells cravings for pizza, burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Adults can lounge at the poolside bar, where bartenders serve up frozen cocktails, draft beers, and firsthand advice on shark wrangling.
The Catamount Trail in Vermont is a 300 mile long backcountry ski trail in Vermont. Thanks to the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), the route is a well-maintained, and offers terrain for every type of backcountry snow-slider. In addition to protecting and maintaining the Trail, the CTA advocates for human-powered backcountry skiing and snowboarding throughout the state, facilitating public access to backcountry terrain while promoting the conservation and responsible management of the mountain environment.
The Calgary Woman's Show brings together businesses, entertainers, educators, and robot overlords to appeal to female sensibilities. On the entertainment stage attendees might catch a pole-dancing for fitness exhibition, a rock-and-roll concert, or a martial-arts demo. The seminar theater might feature anything from a medical Q&A to a discussion on the Divine Feminine. And on the market floor, merchants including bakeries, cosmetics companies, and fashionable tastemakers sling their wares.
A fifth-generation Pontiac resident, Pure Life Adventures’ owner, Ray Breztloff, stays loyal to his homestead, leading outdoor excursions among the untouched natural surroundings of the Pontiac region and Ottawa Valley. Breztloff and his team of guides train in topics such as canoe instruction, swift-water rescue, and Leave No Trace camping, in which humans depart each campsite as if only a bear had built a fire there. Whether teaching courses or leading expeditions, they help their charges safely enjoy the wilderness with activities such as map-and-compass navigation courses, canoeing trips, and summertime dogsled rides. To make the most of long winters, explorers can strap on snowshoes and trek through the frozen woods or hone their outdoor-survival skills by knitting pine needles into tents on camping trips.
Going Up The Mountain
Riding the chairlift up one of Mont Ste Marie's twin peaks?Vanier Mountain and Cheval Blanc?it's hard not to be awestruck. Panoramic views of the foothills, lakes, and buildings greet visitors as they ascend, turning the ride into just as much of a thrill as the trip back down.?
But it's not just the staggering scenery that attracts veteran skiers and snowboarders to the mountains. The privacy of the landscape is a second important draw. Free from overcrowding, it's easy to steal a moment alone before a descent, and savor the sensation of standing a whopping 1,250 feet above your surroundings.
Going Down The Mountain
Mont Ste Marie's verticals are, unsurprisingly, the highest in the region. That's especially true of the newest run on the south face of Cheval Blanc, Sudermann Ridge, a high-speed 1,325-foot dive designed for expert skiers and even-more-expert belly-sliders.?
Routes besides that one are hewn into the north faces of the peaks, and cater to a mix of skill levels. In general, Vanier Mountain is the more beginner-friendly of the two peaks, with long trails known for spectacular views and a relaxed pace. Total novices can even learn the ropes at the mountain's snow school, which hosts classes for ages four and up. Cheval Blanc, on the other hand, challenges more experienced skiers and snowboarders. Here, guests can brave Betsy, a double black diamond route that has earned awards for its breathtaking steeps.
Mont Ste Marie also adds to nature's formations with obstacles of its own. Its ski and snowboard cross centre pits visitors against banked turns and rollers, whereas its terrain park encourages tricks on rails, pipes, and jumps.