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Hotel on Skis Debuts in Finland for Northern Lights Viewing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/21/2018, 9:15 PM

A novel way of experiencing the Northern Lights has come to Finland.  The new Aurora Wilderness Camp, located near the village of Kilpisjärvi, is comprised of three mobile cabins that have been mounted on skis so that they can be dragged into the remote reaches of the country's Lapland region. And because each unit has a glass roof, guests have a good chance of spotting the Northern Lights from t...

How Not to Do Yosemite in Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:00 AM

I sometimes think my real job as a travel writer is to be an idiot. It's my job to make mistakes and then report on them so that my readers can have fun, safe, and error-free vacations. This week, I really succeeded: I almost died twice. I just left Yosemite National Park in California. I had thought this column would be about the wonders of Yosemite in winter. And while it is wondrous, the famo...

Huge Nature-Themed Light Show Illuminates Winter Nights in Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/02/2018, 1:00 PM

Each winter at Japan's Nagashima Resort in the city of Kuwana, millions of LED lights are used to create ravishing nighttime nature scenes. Held in the gardens of the complex (which also has an amusement park and hot springs), the Nabana No Sato display has previously depicted Mount Fuji and the Northern Lights, among other wonders. For 2018, the focus is Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture. As CNN rep...

City of Ice Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/10/2017, 5:00 AM

(photo: @theeconomist / Instagram) If you take your vacation cues from Elsa in Frozen, you'll want to make your way immediately to northern China, where the 33rd annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has officially launched.   The yearly event is best known for its enormous illuminated sculptures, built this year with 180,000 cubic meters of ice—all of which came from ...

New England Ski Resorts Improving Snowmaking Capacity After Disappointing 2015-16 Season

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

The winter of 2015-16 was the warmest on record for many parts of New England, according to the National Weather Service. For the region's ski resorts, that meant a marked lack of natural snowfall. Vermont's Killington Mountain Resort, for instance, only got 81 inches all season (way down from an average of 250 inches), while Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts received a pitifu...

Outside Magazine Publishes Some Solid Advice for Money-Saving Ski Vacations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/16/2013, 4:00 PM

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado / Photo: Alex Kerney It's not often a mainstream glossy magazine publishes travel tips that don't push readers toward prohibitively expensive, jet-set, see-and-be-seen diversions, but Outside magazine's online list of ways to save on skiing in 2014 is genuinely useful for saving tons of cash. The title, "The Best Deals of the 2014 Ski Season," is worded th...

Book Review: National Geographic Issues a Delightful New Coffee Table Tome

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2013, 2:30 PM

Being in the right place at the right time. Some would say that’s the key to a good life, but the editors of National Geographic have a simpler formula: They think choosing the best season to travel will enhance your vacation immensely. Towards that end, they’ve issued a handsome coffee table book called Four Seasons of Travel: 400 Of The World’s Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Su...

Schussing Savings: No It’s NOT too Early To Book Your Winter Ski Trip

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/24/2013, 6:00 PM

No white stuff: less green stuff—that’s the crude equation that rules the ski industry. It was a point driven home in the winter of 2011-2012, when snowfalls that were 50% lower than normal. That led to the least profitable North American ski season in 30 years. Last year’s schussing was better, and the industry saw an 11% increase in the number of people buying lift tickets. But even with tha...

Schussing Savings: No It’s NOT too Early To Book Your Winter Ski Trip

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/24/2013, 6:00 PM

No white stuff: less green stuff—that’s the crude equation that rules the ski industry. It was a point driven home in the winter of 2011-2012, when snowfalls that were 50% lower than normal. That led to the least profitable North American ski season in 30 years. Last year’s schussing was better, and the industry saw an 11% increase in the number of people buying lift tickets. But even with tha...

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