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20 Incredible Places Ski Lovers Should Visit This Winter

20 Incredible Places Ski Lovers Should Visit This Winter

Have you gone skiing this season? No? The good news for all ski lovers is that there are loads of incredible places worldwide where you can ski all year long – and even all day long! Here are just 20 resorts you should seriously consider as your next skiing destination!

1. Meribel, France

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    Absolutely lovely resort sandwiched between Courchevel and Val Thorens, this place has less crowds and more budget-friendly accommodations. The scenery is as beautiful and as luxurous as that of Courchevel, yet the prices tend to be at half the price. Be sure to grab a glass of the local mulled wine at the end of the day. It’s simply magnificent!

    – Accommodations: Double rooms start at €80 per night.
    – Weather: Mostly sunny and dry during January, with average temperatures at -5 to 2 degrees Celsius.
    – Travel tip: Don’t miss the huge indoor ice rink and a swimming pool!

    2. Cervinia, Italy

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      Situatted just on the opposite side of a popular Swiss ski resort Zermatt, Cervinia resort and hotels prices tend to be about half the cost, with the same array of skiing tracks. The place is great for both beginner and pro-riders. Just make sure you don’t run into Switzerland by accident.

      – Accommodations: You can rent out an apartment for a week starting at €250 per person.
      – Weather: Daily average temperatures fall between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius during during winter.
      – Travel tip: Freestylers should check out “IndianPark” with over 400 meters of incredible kickers and rails. Be sure you stay ’til late, as the hottest parties happen there too!

      3. Girdwood, Alaska

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        This place recently got an accolade from “National Geographic” as the best “Off-the-beaten-path powder hounds with an aversion to glamour”. Pro-skiers will love nearly vertical slopes with hardly any other folks around, along with 360 degree perspective views opening from treeless tops! Not to miss: cat-skiing and heli-skiing offered at the base of the resort. Plus, take a day trip to nearby Anchorage to unwind on your rest day. The city is absolutely lovely.

        – Accommodations: Double rooms run from €46 per night.
        – Weather: Average temperatures range from -12 to -8 degrees Celsius during winter. Make sure you know these hacks for keeping your feet warm while skiing.
        – Travel Tip: March is the best time to visit, as there is an average of 12 hours of daylight and it get’s just a tiny bit warmer.

        4 . Klosters, Switzerland

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          An incredibly charming, chalet-style village just a few miles away from Davos and seeimingly divided into two main areas. Klosters Platz, where all cool kids hang out in the bars and shop ‘tll they drop at exquisite boutiques, along with fine red and black pistes accessible by a cable-car. And Klosters Dorf, with loads of nursery slopes to practice. Riding off-piste is pretty impressive too. Did you know Klosters is Prince Charles’s favorite resort?

          – Accommodations: Double rooms start at €90 per night.
          – Weather: Daily averages of -9 to -8 degrees Celsius during the winter.
          – Travel tip: On your rest day, check out Davos Kirchner Museum dedicated to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

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          5. Soldeu, Andorra

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            Being part of the Grand Valira ski resort – the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees with 205 kilometers of runs – Soldeu is well-known for it’s sloping hills suitable for both beginners and intermediate skiers, along with a few fine black pistes for seasoned professionals.

            – Accommodations: Doubles start at €60 per night.
            – Weather: Daily averages of -5 to -2 degrees Celsius.
            – Travel tip: You can easily drive to nearby Spanish or French towns for a day trip, as Andorra is really quite compact.

            5. Zakopane, Poland

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              One of the hottest new ski destinations this year, Zakopane, offers amazingly cheap ski passes and a great array of terrains that both professional and beginners will admire. Add the excellent Polish cuisine (roasted lamb is an absolute must-try!), dirty cheap spas and a huge new water park nearby. Spending time in Zakopane would likely be fun, even for non-skiers.

              – Accommodations: Soubles start as low as €12 per night.
              – Weather: During the winter, daily temperatures range from -7 to -3 degrees Celsius.
              – Travel tip: Visit gorgeous Black Pond during your rest day.

              6. Geilo, Norway

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                Visiting Geilo may seem a bit pricey, but it is absolutely worth the splurge. Think about the five snow parks, a huge center for cross-skiing and one of the best spots for kite-skiing in the world! There are 39 slopes accessed by 20 lifts, with several easy green and blue pistes for newbies (along with a top-notch ski school), while more experienced skiers can check out Geilo’s extensive cross country system – 220 kilometers of tracks, including five km under floodlight.

                – Accommodations: from €80 a night, per double room. But if you plan on renting out a cabin,  prices can drop to €50 to €60 per person.
                – Weather: Daily averages of -8 to -4 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                – Travel Tip: Slopes are nearly empty in the morning as Norwegians tend to begin skiing late.

                7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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                  Being pretty remote, Jackson Hole is a dream destination for pro-skiers as it boasts the country’s longest continuous vertical relief, along with a bunch of nail-biting terrains and mind-blowing landscapes. Also, it’s a pretty darn great place to try heli-skiing!

                  – Accommodations: Start at €40 per double room.
                  – Weather: The daily average temperature ranges from -10 to -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                  – Travel Tip: National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park are just a stone’s throw away.

                  8. Jasna, Slovakia

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                    A hype destination for frugal young travelers, it comes with cheap beers and loads of budget accommodations available if booked in advance. Over 45 km of slopes, ranging from mild blue runs to breakneck freeride terrains.

                    – Accommodations: From €35 per double room.
                    – Weather: -6 to -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                    – Travel Tip: Nightlife in Jasna is epic, with loads of cool events hosted every other weekend during high season.

                    9. Bled, Slovenia

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                      Now, Bled may not have the giddiest pistes, yet it’s one of the most spectacular ski resorts in Europe. Watch glimpses of the sun disappear in the half-frozen Lake Blade, while riding down tree-covered slopes. And of course, you cannot miss visiting fairy-tale like Bled Castle!

                      – Accommodations: Starting at €30 for a double room.
                      – Weather: Temperatures range from -8 to -2 degrees Celsius during wintertime.
                      – Travel Tip: Should you crave for more twisted rides, check out slopes at Vogel, offering one of the biggest verticals in the area.

                      10. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada

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                        Though it has one of the most spectacular ski terrains and deep puffy snow most time of the year, Fernie still stays off the travelers’ radar – which isn’t so bad after all! You can roam fresh tracks until the late afternoon and enjoy all of the wide open alpine bowls and daredevil chutes with hardly anyone else around. The town is charming, with loads of funky traditional houses and family-owned restaurants with moderate prices.

                        – Accommodations: From €56 per double room.
                        – Weather: Temperatures range from -8 to -4 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                        – Travel TipBean Pod has some seriously awesome coffee and homemade chocolates!

                        11. Kitzbühel, Austria

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                          A charming Tirol town with loads of medieval cobblestone lanes, Kitzbühel seems to be taken from a fancy chocolate box wrapper. Both intermediate and pros alike would admire long and extensive wide-open slopes with excellent views of Mt. Hahnenkamm and Kitzbühler Horn.

                          – Accommodations: Start at €80 per double room.
                          – Weather: Temperatures fall between -8 and -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                          – Travel Tip: You should definitely take a ride on the traditional horse-drawn sleighs.

                          12. Wanaka, New Zealand

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                            You would love Wanaka for the “Lord of the Rings” scenery and loads of daredevilry tricky runs, earning the city a reputation of one of the world’s premiere adventure towns. Choose Treble Cone if you are a sucker for a good view, while riding most pistes here go above the tree line.

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                            – Accommodations: Prices for a double room start at €42.
                            – Weather: Temps fall between -2 and 3 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
                            – Travel tip: Don’t forget that seasons are reversed in NZ and ski season in Wanaka runs from June ’til October.

                            13. Niseko, Japan

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                              Due to harsh winds blowing from Siberia, mounts at Niseko, Hokkaido always stay covered with sparkling fresh powder. The terrain varies from legendary tree runs like Strawberry Fields and Miharashi, to mind blowing powder fields if you step a bit off-pesto.

                              – Accommodations: From €50 per double room.
                              – Weather: During he winter, temperatures from between -15 and -8 degrees Celsius.
                              – Travel tip: Make sure you’ve taken enough cash, as most shops and restaurants don’t accept credit cards. The closest ATM is 6 kilometers away in Kutchan.

                              14. Verbier, Switzerland

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                                Over 410 kilometers of pistes connected with 89 lifts and verticals ranging from 1500 meters to 3330 meters, makes Verbier a perfect choice for extreme junkies! Most runs are marked black, so make sure you’ve practiced well! Add to that the lively nightlife and a great choice of restaurants, and this place is all the more attractive.

                                – Accommodations: Start at €125 nightly for a double room.
                                – Weather: During the winter, temperatures fall in the range of -14 to -10 degrees Celsius.
                                – Travel Tip: If you’d like to splurge, head to Crock No Name – one of the most sophisticated places in town.

                                15. Portillo, Chile

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                                  Arguably one of the best ski resorts in South America, this place is well-known for huge mountain rains with epic views of the nearby Inca Lagoon. Seasoned skiers will fall in love with the local terrain and fabulous off-pisto tracks, making your guts cringe at first.

                                  – Accommodations: From €40 nightly per double room.
                                  – Weather: Temperatures fall between -5 and -2 degrees Celcius during the winter months. Note: seasons are also reversed here.
                                  – Travel tip: Experts should not miss Roca Jack, accessed by a high-elevation tow rope.

                                  16. Snowbird, Utah

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                                    Located in the very heart of marvelous Wasatch National Forest, Snowbird boasts mighty fine views, along with over 1,270 centimeters of snowfall per year. Yes, think loads of powder to chase on spectacular slopes!

                                    – Accommodation: From€ 60 per double room nightly.
                                    – Weather: The average temperatures fall between -8 and -5 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
                                    – Travel tip: Head to Glen’s (named after Glen Doherty, a SEAL killed defending the U.S. consulate in 2012) if you crave a challenging, steep ride.

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                                    17. Tiffindell, South Africa

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                                      Tiffindell is one and only ski resort in South Africa with only two (ungraded) runs, yet the scenery here is simply jaw-dropping as the town lies in the shadows of the marvelous Mount Ben McDuie.

                                      – Accommodations: Start at € 100 nightly per double room.
                                      – Weather: The average temperature drop is between -21 to -10 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                                      – Travel tip: Make sure you’ve taken enough warm clothes as the temperature often drops to -21 degrees Celsius.

                                      18. Riksgränsen, Sweden

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                                        Sweden ski resorts seem to be seriously underestimated, so you would hardly ever see any crowds around this place. Yet the very best thing is, you can still ski in Riksgränsen after bedtime, under the bright midnight sun.

                                        – Accommodations: From €105 nightly, per double room
                                        – Weather: Temperatures generally fall between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                                        – Travel tip: Ride down Gransleden for a brief detour into Norway, before sliding back to Sweden.

                                        19. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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                                          This ski are has been called the most beautiful in the world for it’s unusual and dramatic peaks of the Dolomites lurking here and there from the snow (watch out for them, btw!).Yet, the beauty has it’s price – Cortina is a high-end resort with loads of boutiques, ladies in exquisite furs and luxury spas.

                                          – Accommodation: Start at €120 per double room.
                                          – Weather: During the winter, the average temperatures are between -7 and -2 degrees Celsius.
                                          – Travel tip: check out Enoteca Cortina wine cellar – Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bar where he once got so drunk during lunch that he could not return to skiing afterwards.

                                          20. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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                                            It’s hard to believe you are still in North America when you walk along the charming narrow lanes of Mount Tremblant. Styled after traditional French Alpine villages, this resort boasts some of the finest gourmet dishes and fresh pastries after a long day of exploring one of the 95 runs.

                                            – Accommodation: From €59 nightly, per double room.
                                            – Weather: The average winter temperatures fall between -10 and 02 degrees Celsius.
                                            – Travel tip: Opt for the pricey, yet amazing Scandinave Spa on your rest day.

                                            Featured photo credit: Full length of skier skiing on fresh powder snow via shutterstock.com

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                                            Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                            7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                            7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                            Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                            Video Summary

                                            Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                            There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                            This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                            Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                            In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                            One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                            There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                            By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                            When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                            Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                            In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                            What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                            What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                              1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                              Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                              • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                              • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                              • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                              • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                              2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                  Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                  4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                    Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                    A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                    A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                    On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                    5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                      Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                      6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                        Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                        7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                          Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                          How to hold a plank position

                                                          1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                          2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                          3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                          4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                          5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                          6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                          7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                          Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                          Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                            How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                            1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                            2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                            3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                            Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                            Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                            You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                            • Prolapse
                                                            • After prolapse surgery
                                                            • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                            • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                            • Previous childbirth
                                                            • Overweight

                                                            Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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