Posts Tagged ‘skiing’


Give me that cool, cool desert air!


If you’ve never experienced the joys of a desert climate with it’s hot but dry, close but comfortable fresh air, then you’ve never been to Palm Springs. No longer the strict preserve of wealthy movie stars, Palm Springs has come into its own as a residential area and an environment full of outdoor pursuits for everyone.

The entertainments include horse riding, golf (of course), hiking, tennis and swimming pools. The year-round warm temps and the inevitable dryness make outdoors the natural place to be.

Golfing is probably the number one attraction in Palm Springs with some 125 courses vying for your attention. If you play, there’s a course, whatever your level, and you have almost no chance of being rained out!

There’s plenty else to do… number one being the Fabulous Palm Spring Follies! This takes everything that was good fun about the song and dance shows of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, mixes it with a strong cast and great guest appearances and serves it up for you at the theater on South Palm Canyon Drive. It’s pretty cool!

Take the aerial cable car and travel up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin your 10-minute ride at the Valley Station and ride 2 miles up to the Mountain Station. If you go in the winter months, bring a sled – sledding is fun up there. There is cross country skiing and snowshoeing as well. If you don’t have snow toys, they can be rented/purchased at the top in the rental shop. During summer months hiking and guided nature walks are popular activities.

Fancy a bit of hiking coupled with Indian history? There are several great hikes and trails and a Trading Post within the Agua Calient Indian Canyons, including the most popular Palm Canyon Trail. To get there, take Palm Canyon Drive south from downtown Palm Springs.

Sure the heat of Palm Springs can get to you if you’re not used to it – but that’s why PS is an outdoor fan’s dream The weather is warm and dry all year round – so you can hike, bike and fish to your heart’s content, and enjoy balmy evenings and beautiful scenery to lighten your big city worries. If you’re after a relaxing vacation away from the bus exhaust and noise of the city, try Palm Springs.


Make like a movie star at Aspen…


Now you probably know that Aspen was named after the magnificent stands of Aspen surrounding the village; you’re probably aware that Charlie Sheen, Hunter S Thompson and John Denver called it home and that it was first populated by silver miners in a boom that started around 1890.

But did you know it was the city chosen for the first iteration (in 1977) of something you’ll be very familiar with now? (The link is below – you’ll recognise it immediately.)

Aspen is movie stars, glitzy boutiques and fabulous restaurants. It is snow glam personified and if you’re lucky enough to visit for a week or two over the winter season you’ll fall in love with the surrounding mountain scenery, the ever-so-hot village itself and the fantastic snow.

The snow coverage (after all, that’s why you’re going there right?) is excellent; the average depth for Jan – Mar is around 27 inches and the terrain across 4 resorts caters for every level of skier. If you’re a skier, Aspen is your kind of place – brilliant scenery, great resorts that will let you cruise or test your abilities and a nightlife to ensure you celebrate those great runs in style.


No wonder people become addicted…


Clean, crisp air. Vistas of open range mountains, crystal-blue lakes and forests as far as the eye can see from high atop a chairlift. Skiing is addictive because of the sheer beauty of the places you do it in. It’s addictive because of the thrill in cutting the first tracks early on a whisper-quiet morning and it stays with you for life because of the sheer exhilaration in slicing down a slope at a speed just this side of manageable.

Skiing is one of the great family holidays, especially for the teenagers in the family (they have to come with you because how else are they going to afford it!). For our money, Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe makes skiing easy. Absolutely splendiferous scenery, a ski-friendly town geared to every budget and trails to suit cruisers, beginners and speedsters. We love Taho and my bet is you will too if you make the trip to this beautiful part of the world.