- The top 10 videos of 2018, thus far ♦
- 9 Travel Nightmares Your Insurance Won’t Cover ♦
- The Top 20 Ski Resorts In North America With The Most Lifts ♦
- This Tiny Device Pairs Your Wireless Headphones with the In-Flight Entertainment System ♦
- 10 Essential Multipurpose Tools for Travel ♦
- Denver’s Alterra Mountain Co. to buy Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort ♦
- 10 reasons why you need to get to Valle Nevado this summer ♦
The internet is a place to watch crazy shit happen—and this post falls right into that category. We’ve double-checked our analytics to provide you, our insatiable FREESKIER audience, the most-watched videos of 2018, thus far.
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Jun 14, 2018
These are the potential travel insurance nightmares to be on the lookout for, and how you might be able to avoid or remedy them. Read More ▸
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When evaluating a ski area, its important to factor in the number of lifts that the resort has because that number influences the time that you will spend in line, the terrain that you can shred, and the number of other skies that you will encounter on the mountain. Chairlifts allow skiers and snowboarders to interact with other enthusiasts and …
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May 31, 2018
Finally, a dongle we can get behind.
Though they can seem like the ultimate test of endurance and patience, long-haul flights have at least one upside: Plenty of time for shameless movie marathons. But in-flight movie-viewing can also end up being a frustrating experience, in large part due to the flimsy, foam-capped headphones given out in most economy cabins. Volume all the way up, hands cupped against the crushing plastic on your ears, you still can’t hear a damn thing over the plane’s engines. It’s all the more irritating when you have a pair of top-of-the-line wireless headphones sitting in your backpack that you can’t connect to the screen. If only there was a way to use those Bluetooth cans you invested in for the in-flight system…
In today’s unfortunate Age of the Dongle, we’ve finally found one that makes life easier rather than just more annoying. AirFly is a new dongle-like gadget from Twelve South, a company that specializes in add-ons for Apple products. The matchbook-sized device works as a Bluetooth receiver: You plug it into the headphone jack in your armrest, connect your AirPods or wireless earphones to it, and presto, the audio from the screen in front of you is sent right to your ears—no wires and no disposable headphones that look like they were found in a Happy Meal.
It’s real strength is its simplicity. The AirFly, is just three tiny parts that neatly fit into a sleek microfiber pouch: a micro-USB cord for charging; a short 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable to plug the transmitter into a headphone jack; and the transmitter itself, a minimalist white rectangle with a single button that performs multiple functions. To get AirFly up and running, you simply hold down the button until it flashes amber and white, put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode, wait a couple of seconds until the two find each other, and then plug the receiver into the headphone jack. With AirPods, it’s a similar process, except you keep them in their charging case while pairing. On a full charge, which takes two hours to complete, the AirFly lasts about eight hours. It can be used in any normal 3.5mm headphone jack and not just on airplanes. The company says it works at the gym too, so you don’t have to deal with wires while watching your treadmill’s screen.
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Jun 14, 2018
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Will the resort be added to IKON Pass? Company said that will be revealed when the deal is finalized
By JOE RUBINO | The Denver Post
June 20, 2018
John F. Russell, Steamboat Today Averill Doering adjusts her boots after a morning of skiing at Steamboat in this file photo. Steamboat is among 12 resorts owned by Denver-based Alterra Mountain Co. They company announced Wednesday that it is working out a deal to buy a 13th property: Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort.
An emerging Denver-based ski industry giant expects to soon add another piece to its fast-growing empire.
Solitude is a 1,200-acre mountain resort with 77 skiing and snowboarding runs, according to its promotional materials. In summertime, it offers visitors lift-served hiking and mountain biking. It is near Deer Valley Resort, another Utah ski area Alterra bought in October.
“With its close relationship with Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort is a natural fit for Alterra Mountain Co., and a tremendous addition to our family of destinations,” Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory said in a news release. “We are especially excited to expand our reach within Utah and offer another ski and snowboard experience in a state known for its exceptional snow and mountain culture.”
The purchase is expected to be completed by late fall, according to Wednesday’s release. Terms of the deal have not been released. Alterra said further information, including whether Solitude will be included in the company’s expansive IKON Pass season pass package, will be announced after the purchase is finalized.
By adding Solitude, Alterra’s will grow its family of resorts to 13. Quite a feat for a company that didn’t exist at the beginning of 2017. It formed last year when Denver investment firm KSL Capital Partners partnered with Henry Crown and Co., owner of Aspen Skiing Co. Since then, the group has built a portfolio of resorts in five states and three Canadian provinces that includes Colorado’s Steamboat and the operating contract for Winter Park. Earlier this year, it formally launched the (for now) 26-destination IKON Pass, which is poised to compete this coming season with Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass for industry supremacy.
Alterra is in the process of moving its corporate headquarters from Lower Downtown Denver to the Zeppelin Station building in the city’s River North neighborhood.
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April 30, 2018
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of Southern Hemisphere skiing or planning your first trip to make turns below the equator, there are a few locales that you’ll find on most every skier’s bucket list. One of them, situated 10,000 feet above sea level in Chile’s Andes Mountains, is Valle Nevado. Each and every summer, as the flakes begin to fly in South America, skiers from all over the world flock to Valle Nevado with hopes of scoring deep powder turns and burly descents with the jagged pinnacles of the world’s longest mountain range as their backdrop.
It’s easy to see why Valle Nevado is on so many skiing bucket lists. Photo: Jeff CriccoFor those who have been putting off that Southern Hemisphere ski trip for years (or even those that haven’t even given it much thought), we’ve compiled a list of ten reasons why you should visit Valle Nevado in 2018.
1. To celebrate 30 years of skiing at Valle Nevado
Who doesn’t like a good party, right? The 2018 ski season marks Valle Nevado’s 30th anniversary… that’s 30 years of skiing in Chile’s largest ski resort. Well done. You can rest assured that a scrumptious Pisco Sour will be awaiting you after a day tearing up the resorts’ 2,500 skiable acres (or 7,000 via an interconnect ticket that connects Valle Nevado to El Colorado and La Parva), because it’s not a South American party without a Pisco Sour. With 30 years of excellence at its back, Valle Nevado will continue to build its reputation as Chile’s most modern ski resort with upgrades to lodging, restaurants and more.
Are you drooling, yet? Photo: Jeff Cricco
2. If it’s good enough for World Cup champions, then it’s good enough for you
When summer melts the snow north of the equator, the world’s best ski racers beeline it for Valle Nevado to train for their upcoming World Cup season. Valle Nevado serves as the training ground for international ski teams including the United States, Austria, Canada, Russia, Italy and Norway. That’s right, come August you’ll be rubbing elbows next to some of the world’s best in the lift line and sharing beverages with them come après time.
3.The best heli-skiing in South America
Valle Nevado Heli-Ski serves up 20,000 acres of mouth-watering big-mountain terrain. Sign up for a full day excursion (four to six heli drops) where Valle’s experienced guides will lead you into lines that average 4,000 to 5,000 feet of vertical that will set your quads on fire (half-day packages are available that allow for two to three heli drops). Heli-skiing with Valle Nevado is an experience unlike any other, as you can etch turns into slopes with 20,000-foot peaks surrounding you.
Helicopters are the best kind of ski lift. Photo: Jeff Cricco
Lynsey Dyer explores the Valle Nevado backcountry. Video courtesy of Stellar Adventure Travel.
Now that’s service. Photo: Jeff Cricco
4. Recent resort renovations
The folks at Valle Nevado have been hard at work with upgrades around the resort. The resort features brand new interiors in its bars, terraces and the Monte Bianco restaurant, while the Bajo Cero—located on-mountain—will expand to feature a second restaurant dishing out classic Chilean comfort food.
5. The Mountain Collective Pass
Mountain Collective pass holders receive two free lift tickets to Valle Nevado for the 2018 ski season or 15 percent off all-inclusive packages. If you’ve spent winter 2017-18 traveling to Mountain Collective resorts across the United States and Canada, and aren’t quite ready to stop the fun, head south and nab those two free lift tickets to cut some costs.
These turns could be yours. Photo: Jeff Cricco
6. The Vino
Plan your trip around the Chile Wine Festival, taking place August 17 to 24. The festival features wineries from all over Chile, both big names and smaller boutique brands that are thinking way outside the box when it comes to winemaking. Each night features tastings, wine seminars and the “grand wine festival” on the final night—be sure not to imbibe too much, you’ve got a big day of skiing ahead of you.
7. The Food
Head to Valle Nevado between August 3 and 10 to take part in the Gastronomy Festival, and be sure to bring an empty stomach. With a full week of tasting specially designed menu offerings from top chefs in Santiago (who will also be giving cooking classes and presenting shows) you’ll need every inch of real estate in your belly.
8. Lodging Discounts
Through its partnership with Explora hotels, Valle Nevado is offering a 30-percent discount on all-inclusive packages (minimum three night stay) at the resort as well as one other Explora Property (Atacama, Easter Island or Sacred Valley, Peru). A six-night stay featuring premium lodging, dining, lift tickets and daily excursions starts at $1,986 (USD) per person.
9. Plentiful bone-dry, dream-worthy snow
With the combination of high altitude and its place in the Andes, Valle Nevado is blessed with some of the most snow in Chile. And if the sheer amount doesn’t have you salivating, the snow’s low water content—we’re talking fluffy, blower pow here, folks—surely will.
Blower. Photo: Jeff Cricco
It tastes so good when it hits your lips. Photo: Jeff Cricco
10. The access
Valle Nevado is located a quick 90-minute drive from the Santiago Airport. You can rest easy knowing that after a long day of travel to get to Chile, the skiing of your dreams is only a short drive away.
Valle Nevado in perfect light. Photo: Courtesy of Valle Nevado
How To Get To Valle Nevado:
Most major airlines fly to Santiago International Airport (SCL), including Delta, United, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways and Qantas. There are direct flights from the major cities of Miami, New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris, Madrid and London. Then, it’s a 90-minute drive to the ski resort.
There are three on-mountain hotels at Valle Nevado. They range from the ultra-fancy Hotel Valle Nevado to the mid-range, family-friendly Hotel Puerta del Sol to Valle’s most affordable option, Hotel Tres Puntas. Valle Nevado also has one to three bedroom condo rentals.
You won’t go hungry at Valle Nevado. For those looking to indulge in an elegant night out, La Fourchette offers gourmet Mediterranean and French-inspired cuisine and incredible views of the Andes, to boot. Those in the mood for pub food and beers would do well by La Leñera, while hungry skiers looking for a slice should hit up Monte Bianco.
There’s no shortage of hotspots to hit up when the sun goes down. Enjoy craft cocktails in the Valle Lounge next to Hotel Valle Nevado, throw a few back over a game of pool at Bar Tres Puntas or class it up at the elegant Bar Valle Nevado.
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