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This week marks the launch of the Winter 2014/15 edition of SNOW Magazine, a sure sign winter is coming. isn’t she a beauty?

SNOW Magazine Winter 2014/15

SNOW Magazine
Winter 2014/15

On stands now, this edition is focused on all that’s warm and sumptuous and luxurious in the winter ski lifestyle. Lech’s lovely Chalet N–a luscious slopeside retreat for celebs–is profiled. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Shribman lends us a peek inside Dartmouth, his alma mater and the world’s only Ivy Ski League. Fashion photographer Daniela Federici has captured the bold colours of 2015 skiwear. Barbara Sanders, SNOW’s publisher, profiles a spa laden with Swarvoski crystals. And I, Lori Knowles, trace the rich history of Idaho’s Sun Valley, where Clarke Gable and Ingrid Bergman and Ernest Hemingway launched the first American Ski Resort, an iconic spot once known as the “American Shangri-la.”

The magazine is on stands now, as well as inside the rooms of the world’s best alpine hotels, in Air Canada lounges, and available for download on Zinio. See www.TheSnowMag.com and @SNOWmagazine for more information.

Once you’ve got it, curl up in front of a warm fire, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy your read. Lech, Park City, the Okanagan, Sun Valley, Courchevel, Aspen… Reading these pages is the next best thing to skiing in one of these fabulous places.

Lori Knowles is Editor-in-Chief of SNOW Magazine @LoriExploring

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Good morning from Munich, where the sun is refusing to warm us. Thick cloud has hung over this Bavarian capital since our arrival yesterday, indicating winter still has a strangle hold on central Europe.

I am here to experience the World Championships on now in Bavaria, where our own (Canadian) Erik Guay has just won a major race. We will wind our way up to Garmisch tomorrow to take in the women’s GS, but first, a tour of Munich, including a special BMW exposition.

Why BMW? Bavarian Motor Works.
More on this later.

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What do travel writers do when they’re not travelling?

Tweet, blog, organize pics, and oh yes… write.  They waste a great deal of time wishing they were travelling, and substantial moments schmoozing through looong, luxurious lunches with PR reps of hotspots travel hacks are hoping to hit.

Such was my Monday of this week: sipping wine inside a Toronto Odeon theatre with Swiss Tourism, checking out The Most Beautiful Men of Switzerland. How lovely it would be to be a Swiss Miss! The men of that country certainly are scintillating, if this promotional vid from Swiss Tourism is legit. Check it out for yourself:

Wasn’t that lovely? Makes me want to sail straight to Switzerland!

A few other tidbits I picked up while lunching with the Swiss:

  • Dozens of Bollywood movies are filmed amid the Swiss alps. Travel through Switzerland by train, as I did last winter, and you’ll be accompanied by hundreds of Bollywood fans making pilgrimages to Switzerland.
  • 007 loves the place. Bond has conducted his capers through many parts of Switzerland. Part of Daniel Craig’s latest is shot in Basel. And of course, who can forget… Ursula Andress is the hottest Swiss Miss!
  • Charlie Chaplin lived in Switzerland… his new museum opens in Vevey in 2012.
  • Lausanne is home to the IOC’s Olympic Museum… one of the most fantastic museums ever.
  • Air Transat is launching a Montreal-Basel direct flight this summer.
  • And best yet… Swiss Rail passes will be on sale for 50% off adult fares in mid April. (Sale Price: aro $300) Plus… kids ride free.

I’ll be seeing you… in Switzerland!

(Check out my Tweets @LoriExploring)

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