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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 October 16, 2018

                                            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                            It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                            If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                            One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                            Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                            In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                            Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                            The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                            Stress

                                            If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                            Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                            We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                            While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                            Eating close to bedtime

                                            Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                            Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                            Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                            Medical conditions

                                            In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                            The vicious sleep cycle

                                            The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                            Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                            You get a bad night’s sleep
                                            –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                            –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                            –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                              You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                              How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                              To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                              1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                              What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                              Here are a few suggestions:

                                              • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                              • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                              • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                              • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                              • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                              2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                              What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                              • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                              • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                              • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                              • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                              3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                              Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                              Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                              Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                              Sleep better form now on

                                              Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                              I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                              As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                              Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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