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Austria's alps from the top of Obergurgl, Solden's nextdoor neighbour.

Austria’s alps from the top of Obergurgl, Solden’s next door neighbour.

Salut from Sölden! Last March we explored this monstrous ski resort situated in the Ötztal Valley of the Austrian Tirol.

Back home in North America, we know it for the World Cup ski race it stages on its glacier every October. But Sölden is a lot more than just a glacier — it has more than 70 lifts and 186 miles of ski terrain.

This photo was snapped at the tip of Obergurgl, Solden’s next door neighbour, in the midst of the glorious Tirolean alps.

Our adventures in Sölden have been documented (by two 10 year olds) in the latest Winter edition of SNOW Magazine.

For more on exploring Solden, see www.Soelden.com

 

Lori Knowles

Lori Knowles

 

Lori Knowles is a ski and travel writer/editor based in Toronto, Canada. She is the editor of SNOW Magazine. See past work at LoriKnowles.com or follow Lori on Twitter @LoriExploring.

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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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SKAM, a Toronto graffiti artist, will be demonstrating snow art at the Toronto Snow Show

SKAM, a Toronto graffiti artist, will be demonstrating snow art at the Toronto Snow Show

Toronto skiers, it’s time for the Toronto Snow Show.

Here are five reasons why you should go:

1. The Toronto Snow Show (October 17-20) has a new name, a new location, and a new vibe. Once known as the Toronto Ski Show, it’s joined this latest century with a name that encompasses all you can do at a ski resort besides simply skiing–namely, snowboarding, tubing, skating, XC skiing, spa-ing, shopping, eating. All stuff you can do in an environment of snow. The show has moved from Exhibition Place to the International Centre–free parking, and closer to those of you living and skiing outside metro Toronto. And organizers have promised a new vibe–graffiti artists, a rail jam, a snow park. I’m hoping they’ll rev us up for the coming of snow.

Graffiti2. Art and snow are two of my favourite things and this season the Toronto Snow Show promises them both. SKAM, a Toronto graffiti artist, will be onsite with six demonstrations throughout the weekend. This guy’s work is pretty cool. I’m keen to see what he creates in the theme of snow. For a schedule of live demonstration times, visit http://tssts.sportshows.ca/skam_grafitti_demonstrations/.

3. There are $10,000 in cash giveaways to pro and amateur skiers and riders competing in the Pro-AM Rail Jam during the show. Admission is free… at least, it’s included in the cost of Snow Show Admission. Plus, new this year is an area in which you can try your own tricks. The Burton Riglet Park is a mini terrain park with features that will help you get the sensation of snowboarding.
4. Two-for-One lift passes are on sale at the Snow Show with the price of admission. Participating Ontario resorts include Blue Mountain, Horseshoe, Mount St. Louis, Brimacomb and Snow Valley.
Exploring the floor for new ski fashion.

Exploring the floor for new ski fashion.

5. My favourite: browsing. That’s right, browsing. At the Toronto Snow Show you can shop for jackets, pants, equipment, goggles and helmets. You can swap or purchase inexpensive equipment at Canada’s largest ski and snowboard Swap, organized by the Canadian Ski Patrol. And best yet, you can visit ski areas booths from all over Canada, the US and Europe… all to plan your next ski vacation.

For more info on the Toronto Snow Show, see www.TorontoSnowShow.com
Follow my #SnowShow tweets @LoriExploring
Lori Knowles is the editor of SNOW Magazine. View her work at www.LoriKnowles.comFollow Lori on Twitter @LoriExploring
Photos supplied by the Toronto Snow Show.

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Hello, and welcome to SNOW.

Snow Magazine, Winter 2014

Snow Magazine, Winter 2014

This is the first edition of SNOW Magazine for the 2014 ski season… and the very first created by our new team:

1) Barbara Sanders, Publisher/Founder

2) Anne-Marie Boissonnault, Creative Director (YQB Media)

3) Laura Doherty, Graphic Designer (YQB Media)

4) & Me… Lori Knowles, Editor.

Inside, there are features on Banff, Lech, the sexy Sachs ski dynasty of St. Moritz, and Tremblant, which is turning a tenacious 75 this ski season. And don’t miss our 007-inspired Fashion Feature: For Your Eyes Only–2014 Ski Fashion is Shaken, Not Stirred!

SNOW Winter 2014 is available on newsstands and Zineo.com. Visit www.TheSnowMag.com for more info, and the latest on life, lifts & luxury.

Lori Knowles is the editor of SNOW Magazine. View her work at www.LoriKnowles.comFollow Lori on Twitter @LoriExploring

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The morning fog is persistent. It hangs over the trees like smoke from a winter bush fire, refusing to lift so that I might catch even a glimpse of the Bavarian alps.

I am making my way south from Munich into the foothills that eventually give way to the mountains of Germany’s most treasured ski destination: Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

It is early here (7 am), even earlier in Toronto, on whose time I seem to be clinging resolutely. But the early morning travel is necessary so I can make today’s main event: the World Championship Women’s GS. Germany’s revered Maria Riesch–a bullet on snow–is the favourite and I anticipate the crowds to be noisy and proud. Brit Janyk is the only Canadian I know to be racing today. I have brought my Canada mittens.

This region of Germany, Bavaria, is one of three in the bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and the IOC is watching these World Championships closely. More from the front lines soon.

Lori

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Spring skiing for the whole family.

Spring can serve up some of the season’s best — and cheapest — skiing, you’ve just got to know where to look. Here’s a list of some easy-to-reach-at-the-last-minute ski resorts that are both spring- and wallet-friendly:

Whistler, BC: With the close of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games came a ton of new snow for Whistler, BC as well as some deals on ski-and-stay packages… the ski town is keen to keep the Olympic spirit alive. Three-night, two-day packages start at…

For the remainder of the story, including deals from Killington, Vail, Aspen, Le Massif, Mont-Saint-Anne and Tremblant, visit:

http://www.torontosun.com/travel/2010/03/26/13369781-qmi.html

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The antlers-wearing paparazzi woman.

Whistler’s gone weird during the Olympics. Here are 10 weird-o things making our ski town spooky and strange… 

1) There’s a blimp flying over Whistler Village. A plain-clothes blimp (no GOODYEAR sign on this one.) No one knows for sure what it’s doing there — it’s all major hush-hush and high security. I suspect it’s the IOC’s (or the CIA’s or the FBI’s) Big Brother eye-in-the-sky watching. Don’t pick your nose… or worse. The RCMP could be tromping up your doorstep. 

2) Forget French. During the Olympics, German is Whistler’s second language. Hell, German is Whistler’s first language. St. Anton has amalgamated Whistler — which doesn’t work in the end, just ask Greater Torontonians. Who are you, and what have you done with our ski town? 

3) There are no lift lines. No. Lift. Lines. Slip up the Glacier Express, slide down Spanky’s, whip up a little white froth on Jersey Cream, glide across  the Peak2Peak for lunch at Pika’s… all in three minutes. (Ok, I’m exaggerating. Four minutes.) 

4) There are a few too many folks carrying their skis over their shoulders with the tips pointing backwards. First, how do you do that? Second, please, please, please bribe your ski valet at the Four Seasons to carry them for you. You’ll save yourself some strife, you’ll save me some strife, and you’ll look like a rich guy instead of a geek doing it. 

5) Whistler’s in-town bus service during the Games is seriously wonky. From the bus circle at Whistler you have to go to Nesters, White Gold, Function Junction, Whistler Creekside, and up the Benchlands… just to get to the base of Blackcomb. (Yes, you could walk faster, but see No.4 RE: strife caused by ski tips pointing backwards.) 

6) Too many people are wearing red-and-white, alien-looking antlers on top of their heads. Folks, these types of headwear are embarrassing. You must be huge luge fans. 

7) You must have a reservation… to do anything. Dinner at Sushi Village at 3 pm? Need a reservation. Lunch at Subway? Need a reservation. Gotta go pee? Need a reservation. 

8) There is an exception to every rule, and I am now writing one for No.7 (see above.) I SAILED into Citta’s for a beer at 5pm while Bedoin Soundclash was on the outdoor stage at the Village plaza. I waltzed up the stairs, secured a table by the enormous front window and watched the concert warm and dry and with a beer on the table. This NEVER happens on an ordinary day in Whistler, even when a major rock band isn’t playing. 

9) The sun is shining. Ok, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights leading up to the Olympics… so much so that ducks were using the luge run as a waterslide. But the sun is shining now. (Maybe it’s not real sunshine. Maybe the blimp is beaming a massive spotlight all day on Whistler.) 

10) With The Barenaked Ladies, Michael Bublé and Rob Boyd in the crowd, Canadians in Whistler are getting a little high hoping to be caught by ‘The Paparazzi.’ When I asked one woman wearing those darn red-and-white, alien-looking antlers if I could take her picture, she looked at me deadpan and said: “Sure, I haven’t been paparazzied yet today.” 

Like I said, who are you, and what have you done with our Whistler? 

Lori Knowles is covering Whistler and Vancouver from the streets for the Toronto Sun and Ski Press World. 

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