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Archive for January, 2011

Visit Tucson

By Linda Tancs

Will Rogers once remarked that a trip across Arizona is just one oasis after another.  That peaceful vision was decimated in Tucson during the recent massacre.  But in true Arizona fashion, this big city with a small town feel will bounce back.  And you can help.  Visit the “real southwest,” as the convention bureau says.  A 7-day bus pass will get you around town easily.  What better way to navigate the upcoming Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase beginning on 29 January and continuing through 13 February.  That’s just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Remember, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

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Voucher to Travel

By Linda Tancs

You may have heard that Delta Airlines is offering travel vouchers for lost flights.  The interesting detail is that the vouchers are obtained as a result of bidding for compensation on a bumped flight.   Undoubtedly, compensation for bumped flights costs airlines a bundle.   The current scheme saves Delta money, particularly considering that the remuneration consists of a voucher for the value of a bid for the bumped flight.  Cash is undoubtedly king–but a voucher?  Consider your options.  The same applies to travel insurance plans offered by tour operators.  Be sure that a cancellation without cause policy results in a cash refund for the full value of the tour and not simply vouchers for a future tour in a time frame of one year or less.  It’s your money.  Spend it wisely.

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Mountain Do

By Linda Tancs

The largest ski resort in the world is Les 3 Vallées in France, boasting resort areas Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Meribel and Courchevel.  With an enviable 600 km of skiable area, you might expect the luxe destination to be largely off-limits to the uninitiated.  Au contraire.  Out of the area’s 330 runs, practically half are easy and half are for experts.  And all are superbly accessible thanks to one of the most efficient and modern ski lift networks in the world.  Eighty piste grooming machines guarantee snow cover from the beginning of December to the end of April over the entire ski area.  That gives you plenty of time to plan your stay.

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The Crags Deliver

By Linda Tancs

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is known as much for its signature tram ride as for its skiing.  Emblazoned with the Wyoming Cowboys logo, the newly-refurbished fire engine red tram cars haul visitors over 4000 feet to the summit.  Once there, you better “know the code” as they say and observe all safety requirements as you descend the pistes.  Jackson Hole boasts 2500 in-bound acres and even more backcountry awaiting snowcat skiers, helicopter skiers, and snowboarders. At the Nordic Center you can find instruction on cross country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoe tours.

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Fun in the Sun Valley

By Linda Tancs

Sun Valley, Idaho is considered by many to be the birthplace of the U.S. ski resort industry.  Now in its 75th season, the resort destination has had plenty of time to perfect its ski-town image.  Located in central Idaho, this wealthy enclave has something for every level of skier.  Those willing to test their mettle should head on over to Bald Mountain, or Baldy, where the vertical drop is over 3000 feet.  For the more faint of heart, stick to the treeless Dollar Mountain where the vertical drop is a mere 600 feet.  Cross country skiers will love the 25 miles of groomed and marked trails that begin at the Nordic and Snowshoe Center.  If you need to brush up on your technique, you’ll find the area’s largest Nordic ski school in Sun Valley.  This location may also be familiar to you as the site of ice skating shows presented by the world’s best skaters.  Sun Valley Ice Rink continues to draw the biggest talent, and ice shows begin at dusk for a fabulous celestial experience.

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Life on Ice

By Linda Tancs

Over 15,000 icebergs are formed in the Arctic each year, and you can see them in places like Disko Bay in the Labrador Sea in western Greenland.  The native Inuit spend their winter months hunting for polar bear, seals, and walrus to feed and clothe their families.  Consider a visit to their local archeological sites.

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Mythic Kiev

By Linda Tancs

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, known as much for the abundance of historic architectural monuments as for the shady horse chestnut trees lining the city from end to end.  There’s almost a Parisian flair to this distinctive Slavic city—after all, the Dnieper River divides the city into two banks, left and right—just like its sister city to the west.  Learn more at Travelrific Radio.

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