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Gunnison's Wanderlust Hostel Offers $35 Crested Butte Lift Tickets

Gunnison's Wanderlust Hostel Offers $35 Crested Butte Lift Tickets While I was enjoying a few days of Nordic (read: free) activities in Crested Butte last week, a local let me in on a secret. "You can get deals on lift tickets everywhere. You just need to know where to look." And then she passed on some intel to me. In that spirit, I'd...

Top American Destinations To Avoid In 2013

Top American Destinations To Avoid In 2013 Just as useful as a list of top tourist destinations for the upcoming year is one that gives advice on where in the world you should avoid. The truth is, we've all had bad experiences, and they can really affect our perceptions of a place. When I solicited social media...

The West's Best Hostels For Winter Sports Enthusiasts

The West's Best Hostels For Winter Sports Enthusiasts Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be young, broke, or drunk to stay at a youth hostel. I'll be the first to admit not all hostels are created equal, but as a perpetually cash-strapped journalist in her 40s, they're often my only option for indulging in the snowy...

Video: Snowboarding Through Downtown Montreal

Snowboarding through downtown Montreal isn't exactly a common sight, but judging from the video below maybe it should be. This wonderful short film follows snowboarder Seb Toots as he starts at the top of Mt. Royal, a park located not far from the heart of the city, and...

Ski Free In Aspen With Killer Hotel Deals

Ski Free In Aspen With Killer Hotel Deals Think you can't afford Aspen? Think again. Two of the most elite hotels in town are offering can't-miss winter season packages that include free ski passes. Did I stutter? Nope. It's part of a "ski free" promotion designed to draw visitors back to the Rockies after last...

Snowstorms Bring Plenty Of Powder For The Holidays

Snowstorms Bring Plenty Of Powder For The Holidays Skiers and snowboarders who have been watching the weather, just hoping for an opportunity to hit their favorite ski resort this holiday season, are likely to be pretty excited at the moment. Snowstorms across the western United States have started dumping plenty of fresh...

Crested Butte's Nordic Inn: All That's Old Is New Again

Crested Butte's Nordic Inn: All That's Old Is New Again Skiing. Budget. Two words that don't generally go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, fans of fluffy Rockies pow have one more offbeat lodging option to choose from, with the re-opening of Crested Butte's classic Nordic Inn today. The 50-year-old property, which was recently...

California Restaurant Month Kicks Off In January

California Restaurant Month Kicks Off In January The land of goat milk, arugula, and honey continues to prosper, and no surprise, given that California's 81,700+ farms produce nearly half of all domestically-grown crops. Thus, the third-annual California Restaurant Month kicks off in January, offering up 33 destinations...

Yellowstone National Park Opens For Winter Season Tomorrow

Yellowstone National Park Opens For Winter Season Tomorrow The National Park Service has announced that Yellowstone National Park will open for the winter season beginning tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Visitors will be able to gain access to the park via the North, South and West Entrances and travel is allowed on interior roads via...

The New Reno: Yes, Virginia, There Is Gentrification

The New Reno: Yes, Virginia, There Is Gentrification I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that Reno has historically not been one of my favorite places to visit. But I spend a fair amount of time passing through, because my brother and his family live nearby, in the ski town of Truckee. Flying into Reno is convenient...

Video: Life In The Ruby Mountains

Video: Life In The Ruby Mountains Nestled in the mountains of northeastern Nevada is a fantastic little ski resort that delivers an unbeatable experience for skiers and snowboarders looking for something completely different. As you would expect, Ruby Mountains provides visitors with a comfortable and...

Ski Town Holidays: Not Just For Skiers

Ski Town Holidays: Not Just For Skiers It sounds crazy, but not all ski-town tourists are there to downhill ski. In fact, many don't even know how. I'll also let you in on a local's secret: not all permanent residents of ski towns know how to ski, and of those who do, many can't even afford a season pass. The...

Avoiding Altitude Woes: What To Bring On Your Next Ski Trip

Avoiding Altitude Woes: What To Bring On Your Next Ski Trip There are few things that bum out a ski trip more than altitude issues. Even if your symptoms are just in the form of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) – headache, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia or nausea – it's often enough to make you wish you'd stayed at home. I...

Dream Ski Trip: Heli-Skiing In Jackson Hole

Dream Ski Trip: Heli-Skiing In Jackson Hole Nestled deep in Wyoming's Teton Mountains and averaging more than 450 inches of snow each year, Jackson Hole is easily one of the best ski destinations in all of North America. With more than 116 different runs, spread out over 2500 skiable acres, the Jackson Hole Mountain...

Bad Trip: How To Annoy Your Tour Guide

Bad Trip: How To Annoy Your Tour Guide We've all been there. Maybe we've been one. The person on a guided tour or trip who's a complete, utter, pain in the ass. Perhaps it's unintentional. Maybe it's due to deep-seated issues that would cause empathy in another situation. Or just possibly, it's because the...

iNeverSolo.com Helps You Travel The Backcountry More Safely

iNeverSolo.com Helps You Travel The Backcountry More Safely One of the long-standing rules of backcountry travel has always been that you never set out without first letting someone else know where you are going and when you expect to be back. In the past, that was sometimes accomplished simply by leaving a handwritten note on the...

More Colorado Ski Resorts Open In Time For Thanksgiving

More Colorado Ski Resorts Open In Time For Thanksgiving Hoping to hit the slopes for the upcoming long holiday weekend? If you're heading to Colorado then you're in luck, as many of the ski resorts will soon be opening for the season. Better yet, much of the state received fresh powder over the past few days, which means there...

Travel Hacking: Best Holiday Gifts For Low-Tech Travelers

Travel Hacking: Best Holiday Gifts For Low-Tech Travelers I'm an unapologetic Luddite. My colleagues at Gadling will attest to this. The fact that I write for AOL is both cosmic luck and hilarious irony given my initial reluctance to embrace the digital era. I can't help it; it's hereditary. At least, that's what I tell...

Introducing The 2013 National Geographic Adventurers Of The Year

Introducing The 2013 National Geographic Adventurers Of The Year Yesterday National Geographic introduced their selections for the 2013 Adventurers of the Year, doling out the honor to some of the most daring – not to mention fascinating – people on the planet. As always with these awards, the recipients are people who...

New High-Speed Rail Service From The UK To The Alps

New High-Speed Rail Service From The UK To The Alps Whether you're a ski fanatic or simply a lover of natural beauty, the Swiss Alps are a destination on many people's bucket lists. Now there's a new way to get there. A new partnership between Eurostar and Lyria, a high-speed Swiss train operator, brings us a day-long...

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