Innocents Abroad… Without a Stitch Part Three: Austria — Truth or Dare?

by / Europe, Travel
Innocents Abroad… Without a Stitch Part Three: Austria — Truth or Dare?

If you’ve read Liftopia of late, you’ll know the pleasures and the perils European spas hold for those Mark Twain deemed “Innocents Abroad,” also known as Americans. Americans like me. I’ve been au naturel in France and stark naked in… Read More →

Why Your Next Winter Trip Should Be to New Mexico

by / North America, Travel
Why Your Next Winter Trip Should Be to New Mexico

While there are many fantastic North American ski destinations, if you’re looking for a special winter trip, start with New Mexico.  The first ski trails in New Mexico were cut on Sandia Peak by the Albuquerque Ski Club in 1935…. Read More →

Innocents Abroad… Without a Stitch: Part Two: Switzerland — Nude or Screwed?

by / Europe, Travel
Innocents Abroad… Without a Stitch: Part Two: Switzerland — Nude or Screwed?

Bonjour, mes amis. Last time we met, we were in France, debating whether fecal flushing is a good thing, and even if it is, whether to undergo that particular spa offering. Then we examined the bigger question: Are health spas… Read More →

Truckee and Tahoe City: Under-appreciated Ski Towns?

by / North America, Travel
Truckee and Tahoe City: Under-appreciated Ski Towns?

The northern half of the Lake Tahoe area offers a wide range of choices for skiing and boarding with 11 resorts of at least 120 skiable acres. The California towns of Truckee and Tahoe City make logical home bases to… Read More →

Innocents Abroad… Without a Stitch: Part One: Spa Day in France

by / Europe, Lifestyle
Innocents Abroad… Without a Stitch: Part One: Spa Day in France

One of the pleasures — and the perils — of European skiing for innocents abroad, i.e. Americans like thee and me, doesn’t lie on the snowy slopes. It lurks in the spas at the foot of those slopes. What’s a… Read More →

22 Gift Ideas for the Skiers, Snowboarders, and Perpetually Cold People in Your Life

by / Clothing and Gear, Guides
22 Gift Ideas for the Skiers, Snowboarders, and Perpetually Cold People in Your Life

If you’re an overachiever, you might have finished all your holiday shopping awhile ago. But the rest of us mere mortals are still scrambling to finish off our shopping lists. If you’re shopping for a skier or snowboarder, you likely… Read More →

What to Expect at Big SNOW, the First Indoor Ski Area in North America

by / North America, Ski & Snowboard
What to Expect at Big SNOW, the First Indoor Ski Area in North America

15 years. That’s how long New Jersey residents, like myself, had to endure driving by the  former Xanadu. The American Dream mega mall sat through one issue after another, drawing the ire of the passersby gawking at the long-delayed project…. Read More →

Breathing While Skiing — Sleep Apnea and CPAP, Altitude and Me

by / Lifestyle
Breathing While Skiing — Sleep Apnea and CPAP, Altitude and Me

I’m a ski journalist — writer, filmer, editor — so it’s serious business when I have a skiing-related problem. Three winters ago, I had one, a big one. Here’s what I wrote about it then: Aging worsens the effects of… Read More →

How To Know You’re Ready for Boxes and Rails

by / Ski, Ski & Snowboard, Snowboard
How To Know You’re Ready for Boxes and Rails

Here’s a scenario: You’re a solid intermediate skier or snowboarder. You ride most of the mountain and you’re feeling good about it.  Still, you keep thinking about the terrain park. You ride the lift over it. You ski by it…. Read More →

5 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals For Skiers & Snowboarders

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5 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals For Skiers & Snowboarders

Update: This blog post was originally published in November 2017. It was updated in November 2019 to include information most relevant to 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. At Liftopia, we love a good deal. If you’re on the… Read More →