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The Olympic Rings in Whistler Village.

The Olympic Rings in Whistler Village.

“If you’ve ever dreamed about blasting off to Whistler, B.C., for a three-day blow-out winter visit complete with hard skiing, sumptuous lodging, arts, culture, tasty food and a spa experience that will soothe your screaming muscles, here’s how to do it…”

And so began my 2012 Toronto Sun travel story on Whistler–the one that gives you the goods on skiing hard and playing softly in the soothing arms of the Four Seasons Whistler.

With Whistler’s recent bountiful snowfall and my pending “big family trip” to BC’s most gigantico ski resort commencing in just one week, I thought it might be fun to replay this Sun article. Consider it an enticement to join us in Whistler this season…

LINK: Toronto Sun: High On Luxury in Whistler

 

Lori Knowles is editor of SNOW Magazine and a ski travel columnist for the Toronto Sun. You can read more of her work at www.loriknowles.com

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The lobby of  Mont Tremblant's Hotel Quintessence offers a portal to Lac Tremblant and its surrounding forrest.

The lobby of Mont Tremblant’s Hotel Quintessence offers a portal to Lac Tremblant and its surrounding forest.

Believe me or not, there are times when my position as a travel editor is not all wellness and fine wine, though I’ll admit this moment is not one of them.

On assignment in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, I am ensconced in Hotel Quintessence, a boutique hotel on the edge of Lac Tremblant with the resort’s slopes only steps away. Of course, I would not know the great trembling mountain is within shouting distance, as this hotel is shrouded so entirely by trees and rock. My writing desk today offers a view of green pine and yellow maple, with the black lake and a little wooden bridge on a winding path below.

I am here to review the wellness aspects of Hotel Q for SNOW Magazine—the results of which you’ll read, I hope, in our High Season 2013-14 (December) edition. I won’t reveal the story’s secrets now, but I’m more than willing to share my views with you through a series of photos I’ve just shot—of pine, and stone, and stained glass, and wrought iron, and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, all of which warm the soul on this cold, snowy October forest.

This grand soaker tub is inside every suite at Hotel Quintessence.

This grand soaker tub is inside every suite at Hotel Quintessence.

Inside view of a typical suite at Hotel Q.

Inside view of a typical suite at Hotel Q.

The jacuzzi and infinity pool at Hotel Q.

The jacuzzi and infinity pool at Hotel Q, overlooking Lac Tremblant.

Hotel Q's Winebar, Tremblant's most sophisticated apres-ski stop.

Hotel Q’s Winebar, Tremblant’s most sophisticated apres-ski stop.

My writing desk, where I'm hoping this story will be inspired.

My writing desk, where I’m hoping this story will be inspired.

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Lori Knowles is the editor of SNOW Magazine, and a contributor to several Canadian travel publications. View her work at www.LoriKnowles.comFollow Lori on Twitter @LoriExploring

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Toronto's Snow Show, October 17-20, 2013

Toronto’s Snow Show, October 17-20, 2013

Canada’s Thanksgiving Weekend has always been a turning point for me. It’s the point in the year at which I leave my beloved Muskoka cottage behind and start thinking seriously about my second great love: skiing.

Why Canadian Thanksgiving? Because one week later, October 17-20, 2013, is the event that marks Ontario’s official start of the ski season:  The Toronto Snow Show.

Exploring the floor for new ski fashion.

Exploring the floor for new ski fashion.

I doubt I’ve missed a Snow Show since, say, I was 17. It’s been a tradition to head there after work or school on a Friday evening, link up with great friends in the ski industry, and explore the floor. I’ve planned many a ski trip at the ski show. I’ve purchased skivvies and ski jackets and goggles and hats at bargain prices from Toronto ski retailers. I’ve spotted the skis and boots I simply must sample. I’ve watched aerialists and ice sculptors and ski fashion models do their thing. Once, way back, I even interviewed for my first job as a ski pro at Whistler-Blackcomb. But mostly at the annual ski show, I’ve revved myself up for an eventful ski season—one that, in about six weeks, will be in full swing.

Why am I telling you this?

Snow Magazine, Winter 2014

Snow Magazine, Winter 2014

As the new editor of SNOW Magazine (www.TheSnowMag.com), I think a lot about skiing. I think about it all spring and summer and autumn long… yet I have few people with which I can chat skiing. Fair enough, most people want to avoid winter in summer. So this is my first opportunity of the season to get you thinking what I’m thinking.

There is another reason. Organizers of the Toronto Snow Show have asked me to spread the word, and I’ve agreed. There’s been an effort afoot to revitalize this annual event—a new location, new features, a palpable new energy. The Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows have partnered with the Canadian Ski Council to rethink the whole thing, and I applaud their efforts. Change is a good thing.

And so, here we go. A series of blogs from LoriExploring enticing you to rev up for the ski season right along with me… the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving.

Below are some essential details and my take on why I think they’re exciting. Stay tuned, there’s more to come in the next two weeks. Also, follow my #SnowShow tweets @Lori Exploring

New Location: The Toronto Snow Show, October 17-20, will be held for the first time at Toronto’s International Centre, not far from the airport. Why is this a big deal? Two words: free parking. www.TorontoSnowShow.com

Best Deal: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Lift Ticket. Buy a lift pass at an Ontario ski resort and get another one free, with the price of a Snow Show admission. Why is this a big deal? You get 50% off your ski day.

Into The Mind by Sherpa Cinemas

Into The Mind by Sherpas Cinema

Best Show: Sherpas Cinema will present their latest film, Into the Mind, at the Toronto Snow Show. Why is this a big deal? Another two words: Kye Petersen. (He’s one of Canada’s top freeskiers. He’ll be there.)

Best Buzz: Quebec’s ski areas are gathering themselves into one section of the show and giving it a traditional ski-chalet-atmosphere. Why is this a big deal? Wine and cheese are included.

As I said: stay tuned. More to come, here, at www.LoriKnowles.com and @LoriExploring

Lori Knowles is the editor of SNOW Magazine. Lori’s ski features also appear regularly in Ski Canada, Up! by Westjet, and the Toronto Sun. View her work at www.LoriKnowles.com. Follow Lori on Twitter @LoriExploring

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Farewell Glasgow…

I’ve been visiting Scotland for the past week, taking in the sights of Glasgow, wandering through museums, exploring castles.

My Toronto Sun assignment has been to preview the Commonwealth Games, taking place in this fair city one year from now, in late July, 2014.

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Here I am in the Velodrome, one of Glasgow’s sporty new additions in time for the 2014 Games.

And here’s a rainbow photo of the bonny Loch Lomand, taken from the banks of Cameron House, situated less than an hour from downtown the Games sight in Glasgow:

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I will write more memories of Glasgow in the coming days, and in upcoming features in the travel section of the Toronto Sun. For now, I need to catch my plane for Toronto.

Farewell for now… Glasgow.

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‘Tis the Season for Tall Ships

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With the Tall Ships sailing Ontario’s lakes through the month of June, it’s a perfect time for a preview.

Tall Ships crew in Norfolk, USA, 2012.

Tall Ships crew in Norfolk, USA, 2012.

I took these shots as the tall ships sailed into Norfolk, USA in June 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ropes reveal the workload of a ship's crew.

The ropes reveal the workload of a ship’s crew.

For the full story, visit www.loriknowles.com and click on ‘Travel,’ then ‘Going Nautical in Norfolk.’

All photos and text by Lori Knowles. Copyright. All Rights Reserved.

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SeaWorld Orlando’s latest family attraction opens May 24, 2013. I will be there.

Antarctica, Empire of the Penguins, features a ‘thrill ride’ through the South Pole, and a walk through a penguin habitat. Watch here for news, reviews and photos this coming week as the Orlando’s latest attraction debuts…

Lori Knowles will be on assignment at SeaWorld for the travel section of the Toronto Sun. For stories from Lori, see www.loriknowles.com Twitter: @LoriExploring.

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Brutus rests after surfing Hawaii’s North Shore. Photo/copyright: Lori Knowles

Sigh. My Surf Bus story has just appeared in the Toronto Sun’s Travel section. I’m now genuinely missing Oahu’s North Shore.

See story:

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/05/02/surfing-on-oahus-north-shore

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